US Pat. No. 10,139,071

MOTOR VEHICLE HEADLAMP WITH CONCAVE MIRROR REFLECTORS

Automotive Lighting Reutl...

1. A motor vehicle headlamp having a reflection system with three reflectors, the headlamp comprising a first semiconductor light source and a first concave mirror reflector, which is a first one of the three reflectors, a second semiconductor light source and a second concave mirror reflector, which is a second one of the three reflectors, and a third semiconductor light source and a third concave mirror reflector, which is a third one of the three reflectors, wherein each semiconductor light source is composed of at least two separate semiconductor chips, wherein the second semiconductor light source is composed of a first group of semiconductor chips and a second group of semiconductor chips, and having a control circuit configured for operating either the first semiconductor light source together with the first group of semiconductor chips of the second semiconductor light source but without the third semiconductor light source, or the third semiconductor light source together with the second group of semiconductor chips of the second semiconductor light source but without the first semiconductor light source, and to operate at least the first group of semiconductor chips of the second semiconductor light source together with the fist semiconductor light source,wherein, in each case, one reflector with a light source forms a reflection module, so that the headlamp has three reflection modules and in that, in each case, two reflection modules of the three reflection modules form a first pair of reflection modules, which can be activated for generating a low-beam light distribution, and in that, in each case, two reflection modules of the three reflection modules form a second pair of reflection modules, which can be activated for generating a high-beam light distribution,
wherein a first reflection module of the three reflection modules, by the shape of the first reflector, acts to generate a partial low-beam light distribution having a light/dark border for a low-beam light distribution conforming to regulations,
wherein a second reflection module of the three reflection modules is a bi-functional module, that generates both a portion of a low-beam light distribution as well as a portion of a high-beam light distribution, and in that this second reflection module has two groups of semiconductor chips, which are disposed in rows, the rows lying with their longitudinal extension transverse to the main beam direction in a horizontal plane and the rows are offset to one another in the main beam direction of the reflector, wherein the second reflection module is disposed between the first reflection module and the second reflection module,
wherein a third reflection module of the three reflection modules generates a partial high-beam light distribution without a light/dark border, which extends beyond the height of the horizon in front of the vehicle with an intended use of the headlamp.

US Pat. No. 10,139,069

PARTIALLY ALUMINIZED LENS FOR AUTOMOTIVE LAMP

SHANGHAI KOITO AUTOMOTIVE...

1. A partially aluminized lens for an automotive lamp, which is set in front of the automotive lamp light source (1), whereinthe aforesaid partially aluminized lens is comprised of a light-incident surface (2) and a light-emitting surface (3) forming a main light shape, and a reflection surface (4) forming an auxiliary light shape;
the aforesaid light-incident surface and the light-emitting surface forming the main light shape is completed by a plano-convex lens (5);
the aforesaid reflection surface forming the auxiliary light shape is completed by a reflection frame (6) integrated and provided with plano-convex lens, and the aforesaid reflection frame being formed by partial aluminization;
a succession part (7) is formed at the connection of the plano-convex lens and the reflection frame;
through the light-incident surface of the plano-convex lens, the reflection surface of the reflection frame and the succession part, a light wave can form the main light shape with horizontal shading line and the range of illumination of 35 degrees˜45 degrees of an inner side, and 65 degrees˜75 degrees of an outer side of the automobile, and can form the auxiliary light shape with the shading line with inflection points required for the low beam light shape, and with the range of illumination of both 15 degrees˜25 degrees of the inner side and outer side of the automobile.

US Pat. No. 10,139,065

IMITATION CANDLE AND FLAME SIMULATION ASSEMBLY WITH MULTI-COLOR ILLUMINATION

12. A light-emitting control assembly for use in an electronic candle, comprising:a plurality of light producing devices, each light producing device positioned at an inclined angle with respect to a vertical axis that passes through center of the light-emitting control assembly and configured to project light from a distance onto the flame element to illuminate a particular area of a flame element, wherein the angle is configured to allow the plurality of light producing devices to project a set of overlapping light beams, wherein the overlapping light beams form an overlapped area in a central area of the flame element;
a circuit board comprising a microcontroller coupled to the plurality of light producing devices and the flame element to simulate an appearance of a flame upon projection of the overlapping light beams on the flame element; and
one or more colored lighting devices positioned to provide illumination to an exterior wall of the electronic candle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,064

LIGHTING COVER ADAPTER FOR GLASS GLOBES

1. A lighting cover adapter for glass globes comprises:a socket adapter;
a tubular spacing adapter;
an external globe plate;
an internal globe plate;
the socket adapter comprises a tubular socket wall and a socket flange;
the tubular spacing adapter comprises an interior lateral wall and exterior lateral wall;
the internal globe plate comprises an internal base plate and a tubular base attachment;
the external globe plate comprises an external base plate and an internal plate receiving hole;
the socket flange being perimetrically and terminally connected to the tubular socket wall;
the tubular socket wall being positioned through the tubular spacing adapter;
the interior lateral wall engaging the tubular socket wall;
the tubular base attachment being centrally integrated into the internal base plate;
the internal plate receiving hole centrally traversing through the external base plate;
the tubular base attachment being positioned within the internal plate receiving hole;
the external base plate being removably fastened to the internal base plate;
the tubular spacing adapter being positioned within the tubular base attachment;
the tubular base attachment engaging the exterior lateral wall; and
the external globe plate being positioned between the internal globe plate and the socket flange.

US Pat. No. 10,139,063

DUAL-CONDUCTOR SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRICAL APPARATUS

Griplock Systems, LLC, C...

1. A method of making a fixture mount assembly for suspending an electrically powered assembly, the method comprising:coupling a first insulator component to at least one inner conductor connective component;
coupling to the first insulator component a first outer conductor connective component, the first outer conductor connective component having an opening;
coupling to the first outer conductor connective component a second insulator component, the second insulator component having an opening; coupling to the second insulator component at least one housing element, each of the at least one housing element having an opening;
coupling to the at least one housing element a third insulator component, the third insulator component having an opening; coupling a second outer conductor connective component to the first outer conductive component by placing the first outer conductor connective component through the openings of the third insulator component, the at least one housing element, and the second insulator component, the second outer conductor connective component having an opening;
coupling a gripper device to the inner conductor connective component, the coupling a gripper device to the inner conductor connective component comprising: placing the gripper device through the openings of at least the second outer conductor connective component, the third insulator component, and the at least one housing element, and the first outer conductor connective component, the gripper device comprising an insulator sleeve dielectrically separating the gripper device from at least the third insulator component;
coupling to the gripper device a fourth insulator component, the fourth insulator component having an opening;
providing a third outer conductor connective component, the third outer conductor connective component having an opening; and
coupling the third outer conductor connective component to the second outer conductor connective component, the coupling the third outer conductor connective component to the second outer conductor connective component comprising:
placing the fourth insulator component through the opening of the third outer conductor connective component;
wherein:
an inner conductive path is formed at least by the inner conductor connective component and the gripper device;
an outer conductive path is formed by at least the first, second, and third outer conductor connective components;
the inner conductive path is dielectrically separated from the second conductive path by at least the first, second, third, and fourth insulator components.

US Pat. No. 10,139,062

WALL PACK LIGHT FIXTURE

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A light fixture comprising:a housing comprising:
a mounting box forming a first cavity; and
a cover box that fastens to the mounting box, the cover box forming a second cavity, the cover box comprising:
a first side that faces the mounting box when the cover box is fastened to the mounting box;
a first plurality of walls defining an outer perimeter of the cover box;
a sealing surface within the second cavity and within the outer perimeter of the cover box, the sealing surface engaging the mounting box when the cover box is fastened to the mounting box;
a second side that faces away from the mounting box when the cover box is fastened to the mounting box;
a lower portion of the cover box;
at least one light emitting diode (LED) oriented to emit light from the lower portion; and
a driver that is mounted to the cover box and electrically connected to the at least one light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,061

ADJUSTABLE LIGHTING FIXTURE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a housing configured to house a light source;
a mounting bracket configured to attach with the housing to secure the housing to a surface, the mounting bracket comprising a guide mechanism and a secondary bracket, the guide mechanism defining a guide channel, the secondary bracket being adjustable in at least one direction,
wherein the housing is attachable to the mounting bracket such that at least a portion of the housing is movable relative to the mounting bracket along the guide channel of the guide mechanism when a force is applied to the housing, and
wherein the housing is attachable to the secondary bracket such that the housing is movable relative to the mounting bracket in at least the one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,059

ADJUSTABLE COMPACT RECESSED LIGHTING ASSEMBLY WITH HANGAR BARS

DMF, Inc., Carson, CA (U...

1. A compact recessed lighting system, comprising:a junction box having a sidewall that joins a top, defines an open bottom, and surrounds a cavity, wherein the junction box is fire-resistant and complies with an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire rating of up to two hours;
a unified casting having contained therein a light source module for emitting light and that is attached to a top inside surface of the unified casting, wherein the unified casting is at least partially positioned inside the cavity of the junction box such that the light source module is contained within the cavity of the junction box;
a driver for powering the light source module and that is positioned inside the cavity of the junction box;
a plurality of hangar bars for holding the junction box in a gap between beams in a structure, each one of the plurality of hangar bars being attached to one of a plurality of single piece hangar bar holders;
wherein each of the plurality of single piece hangar bar holders is moveably coupled to the junction box through an attachment mechanism formed on each of the plurality of single piece hangar bar holders, wherein each attachment mechanism is received in a corresponding one of a plurality of holes formed in the sidewall of the junction box,
wherein each single piece hangar bar holder has a front side facing inward towards the sidewall of the junction box, a back side facing outward, and a hangar bar holder railing structure extending outward that is to slide along a corresponding one of the hangar bars.

US Pat. No. 10,139,058

ORNAMENT WITH BACKLIT FILM IMAGE

1. An ornament, comprising:a substantially rigid and upright frame generally forming a plurality of open frame sections each having a smooth inner surface and framing a respective viewing region;
at least one transparent outer lens having a smooth outer surface and a smooth inner surface, the smooth outer surface being positioned flush against the smooth inner surface of one of the open frame sections;
at least one backlit film image having a flat top surface positioned flush against the smooth inner surface of the at least one transparent outer lens and substantially aligned within the framed viewing region of one of the open frame sections for viewing;
at least one transparent inner lens having a smooth outer surface configured for flush engagement with a flat bottom surface of the backlit film image; and
at least one retainer cap configured to selectively receive and retain at least a portion of the frame to define an enclosure with the at least one backlit film image positioned therein and viewable within respective viewing region.

US Pat. No. 10,139,056

LED LAMPS WITH IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIGHT

Soraa, Inc., Fremont, CA...

1. A three-way lighting system comprising:a first light emitting diode (LED) configured to emit first light having a first spectral power distribution (SPD);
a second LED configured to emit second light having a second SPD substantially different from said first SPD;
a driver coupled to said first LED and said second LED and configured to selectively power said first LED to emit said first light and said second LED to emit said second light, wherein said driver is configured to interface with a user-operated switch to operate in at least first, second, and third modes, in said first mode, said driver is configured to power one of said first LED and said second LED, in said second mode, said driver is configured to power both of said first LED and said second LED, and in said third mode, said driver is configured to power neither of said first LED and said second LED.

US Pat. No. 10,139,051

REPLACEABLE LED LAMP

Shenzhen Yaorong Technolo...

1. A replaceable LED lamp,comprising a mounting base grid for fixing the replaceable LED lamp on a mounting surface, an LED light source main body for lighting and illuminating, and a clamping piece; and
the clamping piece fixes the LED light source main body on the mounting base grid by clamping with an elastic structure fixed on the LED light source main body,
wherein
the clamping piece is an elastic sheet with a Z-shaped section, comprising a clamping piece top face for clamping the clamping piece under the elastic structure, a clamping piece vertical face for attaching onto the LED light source main body, and a clamping piece bottom face for attaching onto the mounting base and the LED light source main body; and
by means of the clamping piece vertical face and the clamping piece bottom face, the clamping piece is attached onto the LED light source main body and the mounting base grid;
and, by camping the clamping piece top face between the elastic sheet of the elastic structure and the LED light source main body, the LED light source main body is fixedly connected to the mounting base grid via the clamping piece.

US Pat. No. 10,139,050

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR EQUALIZATION OF PRESSURE OF A PROCESS FLOW STREAM ACROSS A VALVE

SOLRAY HOLDINGS LIMITED, ...

1. A system for equalizing pressure of an abasive flow stream across a first process valve, said system comprising:a first pump including a first pump piston having a first side and a second side, said first side of said first pump piston being in fluid connection with an abrasive flow stream;
a first process valve downstream of said first side of said first pump piston, in fluid connection with said abrasive flow stream;
a first slave cylinder including a first slave cylinder piston having a first side and a second side, said second side of said first slave cylinder piston being in fluid connection with said abrasive flow stream;
a first non-abrasive fluid line connecting said second side of said first pump piston with said first side of said first slave cylinder piston, said first non-abrasive fluid line comprising a non-abrasive fluid; and
a first needle valve in fluid connection with said non-abrasive flow stream and disposed between said second side of said first pump piston and said first side of said first slave cylinder, the first needle valve arranged to be opened to permit flow of said non-abrasive fluid between said second side of said first pump piston and said first side of said first slave cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,139,046

BIASED-AXIS ROTATIONAL FRAME MOUNTING SYSTEM

Folding Enterprises, LLC,...

1. An apparatus for mounting rigid structures, comprising:a first mounting arm comprising a first portion affixed to a first surface and a second portion coupled to a frame, wherein the second portion is rotatably coupled to the first portion; and
a second mounting arm comprising a first portion affixed to a second surface and a second portion coupled to the frame, wherein the second portion is rotatably coupled to the first portion;
wherein the first mounting arm comprises a first longitudinal axis and the second mounting arm comprises a second longitudinal axis, and wherein an axis of rotation about which the frame rotates comprises an axis that runs through both the first longitudinal axis of the first mounting arm and the second longitudinal axis of the second mounting arm, wherein the axis of rotation comprises a first angle relative to the first surface and a second angle relative to the second surface, wherein the first angle and the second angle are substantially congruent and less than 90-degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,139,045

ART AND A TELEVISION (ARTV) MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. An art picture frame and television mounting device comprising:a) roller brackets mounted to a front frame for rolling beneath an art picture frame for raising and lowering said art picture frame,
b) a motorized pulley system attached to a wall mount, a back frame, and said front frame for extending and retracting said front frame while simultaneously raising and lowering said art picture frame,
c) roller extension arms, for raising said art picture frame, and
d) swivel arms attached to said front frame that permit a flat screen television to pivot side to side in a horizontal plane, and
e) a combination of said back frame, said front frame, up/down arms, television bracket cross arms, and television brackets that permit said mounting device to fold up into a space of one and one-half inch depth, and with said flat screen television attached, fit within a standard 4-inch construction wood stud wall.

US Pat. No. 10,139,044

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR ACCESSORY

Moen Incorporated, North...

1. An accessory mounting system, comprising:a marking assembly, the marking assembly including:
a marker base, the marker base including a front side, the front side of the marker base including an opening extending into the marker base from the front side of the marker base;
a marker element, the marker element operable to make a mark on a mounting surface, the marker element operable to be inserted into the opening in the front side of the marker base; and
a marker pad, the marker pad including a front side and a rear side, the front side of the marker pad being generally flat, the marker pad including an opening extending from the front side of the marker pad through the rear side of the marker pad, when assembled, the opening in the marker pad generally aligning with the opening in the marker base, the marker pad being made from a compressible material;
wherein the marking assembly is operable to be secured in an accessory;
wherein the accessory can be placed against a mounting surface with the front side of the marker pad against the mounting surface;
wherein, when the accessory is placed against the mounting surface with the marker pad uncompressed, the marker element does not contact the mounting surface;
wherein the accessory can be pushed against the mounting surface thereby compressing the marker pad and enabling the marker element to make a mark on the mounting surface; and
wherein the marking assembly further includes a marker cap, the marker cap including a rear side, the rear side of the marker cap including a rim extending around a perimeter of the rear side of the marker cap, the rear side of the marker cap including a projection extending from the rear side of the marker cap forming an opening, when assembled, the opening in the marker cap generally aligning with the opening in the marker base and the opening in the marker pad.

US Pat. No. 10,139,043

FLASHLIGHT MOUNT

1. A flashlight mount comprising:a modular, flexible mast configured to be positioned in one of a plurality of orientations;
a clamp adaptor attached to an elbow joint at one end of said flexible mast wherein a plurality of inner grooves are formed vertically on an inside surface of said clamp adaptor wherein said elbow joint is rotatable relative to said flexible mast and wherein said clamp adaptor is rotatable relative to said elbow joint; and
an inner ring configured to be mounted inside said clamp adaptor, said inner ring having:
a plurality of outer grooves formed vertically on an outside surface of said inner ring wherein said inner grooves and said outer grooves interlock; and
an opening in said inner ring having a first diameter configured to receive a device having a second diameter wherein said inner ring is rotatable with respect to said clamp adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,042

CRANE APPARATUS FOR SHOOTING

Nihon Video System Co., L...

1. A crane apparatus for shooting, comprising: a jib to keep a camera horizontal; and a jib fulcrum mount supporting the jib, whereinthe jib includes a main jib and a sub jib,
the apparatus is configured to have the sub jib built in the main jib or not to expose a gap between the main jib and the sub jib to outside,
the apparatus includes first and second shafts, first and second sub jib mounting arms, and first and second sub jib mounting movable portions,
the first sub jib mounting arm is provided between the first shaft and the first sub jib mounting movable portion,
the second sub jib mounting arm is provided between the second shaft and the second sub jib mounting movable portion,
a distance between the first shaft and the first sub jib mounting movable portion is same as a distance between the second shaft and the second sub jib mounting movable portion,
the main jib is relatively rotatably coupled to the first sub jib mounting arm at the first shaft,
the main jib is relatively rotatably coupled to the second sub jib mounting arm at the second shaft,
the sub jib is relatively rotatably coupled to the first sub jib mounting arm at the first sub jib mounting movable portion,
the sub jib is relatively rotatably coupled to the second sub jib mounting arm at the second sub jib mounting movable portion,
the jib fulcrum mount is mounted to the main jib via the first shaft not to move the first sub jib mounting arm when an angle of the sub jib to the first and second sub jib mounting arms is changed;
the camera is mounted to the main jib via the second shaft not to allow movement relative to the second sub jib mounting arm;
the first and second sub jib mounting arms are configured to be maintained in parallel when the angle of the sub jib to the first and second sub jib mounting arms is changed; and
the camera is configured to be movable in an up-and-down direction while maintained horizontal by changing the angle of the sub jib to the first and second sub jib mounting arms.

US Pat. No. 10,139,041

TELESCOPIC ARM WITH A PUSH-PULL CHAIN DRIVE

1. A telescopic arm for a current collector system for a vehicle which can be driven along a power rail arrangement, the telescopic arm including:a base unit of the telescopic arm of the current collector system configured to be attached to the vehicle,
a first telescopic stage of the telescopic arm of the current collector system arranged displaceably in one direction,
a second telescopic stage of the telescopic arm of the current collector system arranged displaceably on the first telescopic stage in the one direction, and
an adjustment drive arranged on the first telescopic stage and configured to interact with a rigid chain having a first end connected to the base unit and a second end connected to the second telescopic stage,
wherein the telescopic arm is configured to be extended and/or retracted by means of the adjustment drive.

US Pat. No. 10,139,040

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ROTATING CYLINDRICAL MEMBERS

1. An apparatus for rotating a plurality of cylindrical members, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of wheels;
a plurality of drive gears, wherein each drive gear of the plurality of drive gears is connected with two wheels of the plurality of wheels, each of the two wheels is connected on opposite sides of each drive gear, and wherein the plurality of drive gears are positioned along a generally straight line; and
a housing assembly enclosing the plurality of drive gears, wherein the plurality of wheels is positioned outside of the housing, wherein the apparatus receives two or more cylindrical members thereon, wherein the plurality of wheels rotates the two or more cylindrical members.

US Pat. No. 10,139,039

CAMERA TRIPOD FOR A SMART PHONE

1. An accessory comprising:a plurality of grips, a base, a threaded connector, and a charger;
wherein the accessory is an adapted for use with a personal data device;
wherein the accessory works with a tripod;
wherein the accessory adjustably attaches the personal data device to the tripod;
wherein the solar powered charger attaches to the tripod;
wherein the solar powered charger charges personal data device while the personal data device is in use and in the tripod;
wherein the base is a strip is formed in the shape of a rectangular block;
wherein the base is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the base supports the personal data device;
wherein the threaded connector is a hole that is formed in the surface of the base;
wherein the interior surface of the threaded connector is formed with an interior screw thread;
wherein the threaded connector is formed to receive the exterior screw thread of a standard connection post;
wherein each individual grip comprises a slider, a shaft, a plurality of clamps, and a base hole;
wherein the slider attaches to the base;
wherein the slider has formed in it a base hole;
wherein the base hole is sized to receive the base;
wherein the relative position of each individual grip to the slider is adjusted by sliding the slider through the base hole;
wherein the relative position of each individual grip selected from the plurality of grips to the remaining grips is adjusted by sliding the slider through the base hole;
wherein the shaft projects perpendicularly away from the slider in the direction away from the tripod;
wherein each of plurality of clamps is a trapezoidal plate;
wherein each of plurality of clamps projects perpendicularly away from the shaft;
wherein the plurality of clamps further comprises a first clamp and a second clamp;
wherein the first clamp is generally parallel with the second clamp;
wherein the first clamp and the second clamp are formed with elasticity to form a cantilever spring.

US Pat. No. 10,139,037

PREFABRICATED REUSABLE CONCRETE PEDESTAL ELEMENT

1. A base assembly for supporting a crane pedestal comprising:(i) four base units, each having a first end and a second end, and each base unit being of an L-shape with an outside beveled corner;
(ii) fastening devices for connecting each base unit at its first and second end to respective first and second ends of another of said four base units;
the four base units being dimensioned so that, when connected by said fastening devices, the four base units form an octagonal-shaped base structure; and
the four base units being dimensioned to support four pads that each rest on a face of each unit adjacent to its beveled corner when the four base units are assembled in the octagonal-shaped base structure.

US Pat. No. 10,139,036

SECUREMENT FOR CRAWLER CRANES AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE OF SAME

1. A system for securing a crawler crane having a crane mounted to an undercarriage with a set of parallel tracks having endless treads, the system comprising:first and second structural securements spaced at approximately a track-distance apart with respect to the crawler crane, each of the first and second structural securements including:
a structural mat subsystem having four wide flange beams welded together with a plurality of crossbar members such that openings are formed between the wide flange beams and crossbar members,
a plurality of structural support members secured proximate the openings,
the structural mat subsystem having a first end and a second end,
the structural mat subsystem having a width greater than one of the tracks of the crawler crane,
the structural mat subsystem having a length greater than one of the tracks of the crawler crane by at least ten feet, the structural mat subsystem having from the first end to the second end, a tie down region, an original crawler crane region, and an enhanced crawler crane region,
the structural mat subsystem having a height configured to accept the crawler crane in forward drive thereon on the first end, and
the tie down region having a plurality of surfaces for accepting a plurality of tie-downs; and
a plurality of transverse support members coupling the first structural securement to the second structural securement such that the first and second structural securements are spaced at approximately the track-distance apart,
wherein with respect to the first and second securements, the enhanced crawler crane region in combination with the original crawler crane region, and the tie down region shift the tipping fulcrum of the crawler crane toward the second end of the securement when the crawler crane is driven thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,139,035

THERMAL INSULATION PRODUCTS FOR USE WITH NON-PLANAR OBJECTS

Nanopore, Inc., Albuquer...

1. A thermal insulation product, comprising:a substantially gas-tight enclosure comprising first and second opposing surfaces and a thickness between the first and second opposing surfaces, wherein a ratio of the thickness to a radius of curvature of the first surface is at least about 1 to 8, and comprising first and second outer edge portions disposed along a length of the substantially gas-tight enclosure;
a sealed interior portion within the substantially gas-tight enclosure between the first and second opposing surfaces and the first and second outer edge portions;
a gas-permeable enclosure disposed within the substantially gas-tight enclosure;
a support material comprising fine powder that is disposed within the gas-permeable enclosure; and
a liquid within the sealed interior portion of the substantially gas-tight enclosure,
wherein the pressure within the sealed interior portion is not greater than about 500 mbar at a temperature of at least about 20° C.,
wherein the substantially gas-tight enclosure comprises a substantially gas impermeable envelope comprising at least one of a polymeric film and a metallic foil.

US Pat. No. 10,139,033

RESIN COATING LAYER AND LIFE-EXTENSION METHOD FOR PIPING

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A life-extension method of a heat transfer tube, comprising:filling a viscous liquid thermo-setting resin into the heat transfer tube; and
forming a resin coating layer on an inner wall of the heat transfer tube by simultaneously heating the entire outer peripheral surface of the heat transfer tube to cause a temperature difference in the thermo-setting resin filled-up inside the heat transfer tube so that temperature is higher at the inner wall side thereof than at a center portion thereof while simultaneously removing uncured thermo-setting resin composition in a viscosity state inside of the heat transfer tube by introducing gas or air into the heat transfer tube, thereby simultaneously curing the thermo-setting resin composition on the entire inner wall side of the heat transfer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,139,032

THREAD PROTECTOR

Texas International Oilfi...

1. A thread protector for protecting the outside threaded end of a tubular member comprising:a. an outer member capable of rotating in a first direction about an axis comprising
i. a first housing having a substantially closed top end, an open bottom end, an outer side wall structure extending about the axis between the top end and the bottom end, an outer surface defined by a side wall surface and an outer top end surface, an inner side wall surface, an inner top end surface, and an interior space defined by the open bottom end, the inner side wall surface and the inner top end surface;
ii. one or more outer member lugs disposed on the inner side wall surface of the outer member, each lug having an outer member lug entrance oriented in the first direction of rotation, an outer member lug slope, and an outer member lug slope exit opposite the lug entrance, the slope generally increasing between the lug entrance and the lug exit;
iii. one or more outer member retaining shoulders axially disposed about a circumference of the inner side wall surface and extending inwardly toward the axis; and
b. an inner member coaxially nested within the outer member and capable of rotating in a second direction opposite the first direction about the axis comprising
i. a second housing having a substantially annular wall structure disposed about the axis having top and bottom opposed open ends, a flexible outer annular wall surface, an inner annular wall surface of a desired inner diameter capable of receiving the tubular member threaded end, and an inner member inner space defined by the opposed open ends and the inner wall surface,
ii. one or more inner member lugs disposed on the outer wall surface of the inner member, each inner member lug having an inner member lug leading edge oriented in the second direction of rotation, an inner member lug slope, and an inner member lug slope exit opposite the lug leading edge, the slope generally increasing between the lug leading edge and the inner member lug slope exit;
iii. one or more inner retaining shoulders axially disposed about a circumference of the inner member outer surface for interfacing with the one or more outer member retaining shoulders to retain the nested rotatable inner member within the outer member,
wherein the inner member lugs and outer member lugs are disposed on their respective inner member outer surface or outer member inner surface so that when the inner member is nested within the outer member and the outer member is rotated in its first direction relative to the inner member or the inner member is rotated in its second direction relative to the outer member, one or more of the respective one or more outer lugs will engage with a corresponding one or more of the respective one or more inner lugs to urge the outer annular wall structure of the inner member to be compressed toward the axis thereby radially inwardly compressing the inner annular wall surface of the inner member towards the axis to engage with the tubular member threaded end when such threaded end is received within the inner member inner annular space.

US Pat. No. 10,139,031

PIPE SPLITTING APPARATUS WITH CABLE ENGAGEMENT SYSTEM

TT Technologies, Inc., A...

1. A pipe breaking device, comprising:a pilot segment, including a plurality of splitting blades, the pilot segment having a first outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter of a pipe to be split;
an expander located behind the pilot segment, the expander increasing in diameter from the pilot segment to a second outer diameter larger than the inner diameter of the pipe to be split, wherein a beginning of the expander is located behind the plurality of splitting blades;
a cable gripping device located within the pipe breaking device, the cable gripping device including a taper to engage with a corresponding taper on an inside surface of the pipe breaking device;
a biasing device to urge the cable gripping device in an engaged position about a cable when in use; and
a segment extractor in contact with a front end of the cable gripping device to counter the biasing device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,030

CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE UNIT AND REHABILITATION

Rush Sales Company, Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for installation and curing of cured-in-place pipe, comprising:a unitary apparatus mounted as a vehicle, further comprising:
a pressurization system mounted on the vehicle for pressurizing the cured-in-place pipe, wherein the pressurization system comprises a low pressure-high volume blower system;
a low-NOx burner system mounted on the vehicle to provide heat to a heat exchange system;
a pumping system mounted on the vehicle for providing a volume of water to the heat exchange system;
a power system mounted to the vehicle;
a burner chamber system mounted on the vehicle to contain the low-NOx burner system; and
a steam separator system mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,029

ARRANGEMENT FOR ADJOINING A SUPPORT STRUCTURE TO A PIPE

ROLLS-ROYCE POWER ENGINEE...

1. An assembly comprising:a support structure;
a pipe passing through the support structure,
a mount connected to the support structure; and
radial bellows connected to the mount and to the pipe, the bellows extending circumferentially around the pipe and being connected to the pipe such that a volume is defined by the bellows, mount and pipe,
wherein a resilient material is provided in the volume defined by the bellows, mount and pipe, and contacts each of the bellows, mount and pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,139,026

SWIVEL JOINT WITH HYDRAULIC POSITION SIGNAL

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A swivel joint, comprising:a pivot provided with a longitudinal axis, the pivot comprising:
an inlet conduit comprising an inlet configured to be placed in communication with a source of pressurized fluid;
a signal conduit comprising an inlet configured to be placed in communication with the inlet conduit;
a discharge conduit comprising an inlet configured to be placed in communication with the signal conduit and an outlet configured to be placed in communication with a low-pressure environment;
a seating concentric to the pivot and in which the pivot is sealedly rotatable; and
a connecting device, structured so as to assume a first configuration, in which it closes the inlet conduit and places the signal conduit in communication with the discharge conduit, and a second configuration, in which it places the inlet conduit in communication with the signal conduit and closes the discharge conduit wherein the connecting device is further structured so as to move between the first configuration and the second configuration following rotation of the pivot with respect to the seating for the pivot over a predetermined angle starting from an initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,025

FLUID CONNECTOR WITH LOCKING RING

SANTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A female connector, for fluid connection, adapted for receiving a male connector having a retaining external annular rim, the female connector comprising:a body with a bore of axis X,
a housing forming a slide extending generally within a transverse plane YZ perpendicular to axis X,
the housing comprising two parallel lateral grooves and the housing being open at least at one of its ends in the direction Z of the slide, and
a deformable locking ring distinct from the body, adapted to be inserted into the housing and to lock the male connector in the coupling position,
the deformable locking ring comprising two diametrically opposed first arched portions, concave as viewed from the axis X, and two diametrically opposed second arched portions of inverse curvature, meaning convex as viewed from the axis X, each of said second arched portions being interposed between said two first arched portions,
the second arched portions being adapted to flex outward during insertion of the male connector and to abut against the retaining external annular rim to prevent withdrawal of the male connector, whereby, after locking the male connector in the female connector, a definitive locking is obtained.

US Pat. No. 10,139,024

PRESSING JAW, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A NON-DETACHABLE PIPE JOINT, FITTING AND SYSTEM CONSISTING OF A PRESSING JAW AND A FITTING

1. A fitting for a metallically sealing joint with at least one metallic pipe, comprisinga metal fitting base body and
a press sleeve,
wherein the metal fitting base body has a cylindrical socket with an internal diameter adapted to an external diameter of the pipe to be joined,
wherein the press sleeve has at one end a receiving portion for receiving an outermost end of the cylindrical socket,
wherein the press sleeve has a pressing portion, an inner profile of which tapers in an axial direction to a diameter smaller than an external diameter of the metal fitting base body, such that the inner profile of the pressing portion is configured during an axial displacement onto the metal fitting base body to deform the outermost end of the cylindrical socket radially inwards so that the outermost end of the cylindrical socket cuts into material of the pipe,
wherein in a starting position, the metal fitting base body is partly inserted into the press sleeve,
wherein the press sleeve further comprises an outer obliquely deflecting bearing surface and the metal fitting base body further has an outer clamping ring being secured and recessed in a longitudinally centralized groove in the fitting base body and the clamping ring has an outer bearing surface which runs in an opposite direction to the bearing surface of the press sleeve, and wherein a longitudinal space is maintained between the clamping ring and the press sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,139,023

ADVANCED BRAZE JOINT FOR TUBE-TO-TUBE CONNECTION

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A device having an aperture for receiving a tube, the aperture comprising:an inlet portion comprising a first diameter, the inlet portion located at an inlet of the aperture;
a braze filler collector portion located axially adjacent to and coaxial with the inlet portion, comprising a second diameter, the second diameter being greater than the first diameter;
a necked portion located axially adjacent to and coaxial with the braze filler collector portion, the necked portion configured to contact the tube and comprising a third diameter, the third diameter being less than the first diameter and the second diameter, wherein the braze filler collector portion is located axially between the inlet portion and the necked portion;
a flow surface configured to convey a fluid between the device and the tube, the flow surface comprising a fourth diameter, the fourth diameter being less than the third diameter;
a stopping surface adjacent to the flow surface and substantially perpendicular to a center axis of the flow surface, the stopping surface configured to contact the tube in response to the tube having been fully inserted into the aperture; and
a collection pocket located between and coaxial with the necked portion and the stopping surface, the collection pocket configured to collect a braze filler material from the necked portion to prevent the braze filler material from contacting the flow surface,
wherein at least one of the inlet portion, the braze filler collector portion, the necked portion and the collection pocket define a junction surface configured to be coupled to the tube via the braze filler material.

US Pat. No. 10,139,019

POLYMER-LINED PIPES AND FITTINGS WITH REPLACEABLE COMPONENTS

SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD., Po...

1. A polymer-lined pipe or fitting having an end configured to receive a replaceable component to form a continuous bore, the end comprising a mechanical coupling for attaching and detaching another pipe or fitting, the replaceable component comprising:(a) an outer ring having at least a portion having an outside diameter matching an inside diameter of the pipe or fitting, wherein the outer ring comprises two or more rings, separated by the polymer liner; and
(b) a polymer liner bonded to or encapsulating the outer ring and having an inside diameter matching the inside diameter of the polymer liner of the pipe or fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,139,018

PRE-DUCT DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MAKING AIR DUCTS

UNIQUE FARBICATING INC, ...

10. A thermoformed full pre-duct device comprising:a first portion of a hollow duct including a first wall defining an interior passage configured to allow passage of a gas and a connector extending from the first wall;
a second portion of the hollow duct including a second wall; and
a cut-out between the first and second portions of the device, wherein the pre-duct device is bendable at the cut-out to mechanically join the first portion and the second portion to form the hollow duct, such that the second wall of the second portion is disposed within the interior passage of the first portion and the connector engages an outer surface of the second wall.

US Pat. No. 10,139,016

GARDEN HOSE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A garden hose support assembly configured for supporting a garden hose above a ground surface, said garden hose support assembly comprising:a hold configured to be attached to a support, said hold forming a receiving space for receiving a hose, said hold including a first arm, a second arm and a middle arm extending between and being attached to said first and said second arms, said first and second arms being angularly positionable relative to said middle arm, said first and second arms being releasably securable in a selected angular position relative to said middle arm;
a plurality of rollers, each of said first, second and middle arms having one of said rollers positioned thereon, said rollers being rotatable with respect to said hold;
a mount being attached to a distal end of said first arm relative to said middle arm, said mount being configured to engage a vertically oriented surface such that said hold extends laterally away from the vertically oriented surface; and
wherein said roller on said middle arm engages said roller on said first arm when an angle between said middle arm and said first arm is less than 75°, said roller on said middle arm engaging said roller on said second arm when an angle between said middle arm and said second arm is less than 75°, wherein engaged ones of said rollers rotate together.

US Pat. No. 10,139,015

HOLDER WITH LINER FOR A ROD

1. An apparatus for engaging a single rod, the apparatus comprising:a single frame configured to be secured to a surface;
two arms extending from the single frame at a predetermined fixed distance away from each other, each of the two arms including:
a base; and
a pair of opposing legs curved into the base;
wherein each of the pair of opposing legs has a free terminal edge located at a higher elevation than the single frame;
wherein the base and the pair of opposing legs define a connecting surface and a U-shaped channel, the connecting surface is connected to the single frame, the U-shaped channel defines an opening between the pair of opposing legs, and the opening is arranged substantially perpendicularly to the single frame; and
wherein a portion of the free terminal edge of each of the pair of opposing legs extends over a portion of the opening to define a lip, and the portions of the free terminal edges of the pair of opposing legs extend towards one another; and
two liners, each of the two liners fitted into a corresponding one of the two arms, each of the two liners including:
a base; and
a pair of curved members;
wherein the pair of curved members has a first terminal end and a second terminal end;
wherein the base and the pair of curved members define a U-shaped profile, an outside surface, and a pair of flanges extending from the first terminal end to the second terminal end;
wherein the outside surface and the pair of flanges define a groove, and the outside surface is configured to frictionally engage entirely onto the U-shaped channel of the corresponding one of the two arms; and
wherein the base and the pair of curved members define an inside surface profile with a shape of a circular major arc;
wherein the single frame is arranged entirely between the connecting surfaces of the two arms;
wherein the two arms extend substantially perpendicularly from the single frame such that the U-shaped channels of the two arms are aligned along a single axis;
wherein when each of the two liners is installed in the U-shaped channel of the corresponding one of the two arms, the lips of the free terminal edges of the pair of opposing legs of the corresponding one of the two arms extend over the first and second terminal ends of the respective liner such that the respective liner does not extend upwardly past the lips of the free terminal edges of the pair of opposing legs of the corresponding one of the two arms; and
wherein the two liners fitted within the two arms are configured to engage the single rod.

US Pat. No. 10,138,826

FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE ETHANOL OCTANE ENHANCEMENT OF GASOLINE ENGINES

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE O...

1. A fuel management system for a spark ignition engine that has a first fueling system that uses direct injection and also has a second fueling system that uses port fuel injection;and where the fueling is such that there is a first torque range where both the first and second fueling system are used throughout the range;
and where the fraction of fueling provided by the first fueling system is higher at the highest value of torque in the first torque range than in the lowest value of torque in the first torque range;
and where there is a second torque range where only the second fueling system is used;
where when the torque is higher than the highest value of torque in the second torque range the engine is operated in the first torque range;
and where the second torque range extends from zero torque to the highest torque in the second torque range.

US Pat. No. 10,138,825

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for controlling an internal combustion engine provided with a fuel injector configured to inject fuel into a cylinder of an engine body,the internal combustion engine having a temperature region, wherein, during chemical reactions of the fuel in a compression stroke in a cycle where premixed gas is made to burn by compression ignition in the cylinder, a change of ignition delay time accompanying a rise in a cylinder temperature of the cylinder when the cylinder temperature is in the temperature region is smaller than when the cylinder temperature is out of the temperature region,
the control system comprising a processor configured to
control the fuel injector to successively inject primary fuel and secondary fuel into the cylinder to burn the premixed gas by compression ignition inside the cylinder, and
when a self ignition timing of the secondary fuel is earlier than a self ignition timing of the primary fuel injected at a predetermined crank angle due to the secondary fuel being injected at a crank angle at which the cylinder temperature is higher than an upper boundary temperature of the temperature region,
control a ratio of the secondary fuel in a total fuel injection amount of the primary fuel and secondary fuel to be lower than when the self ignition timing of the secondary fuel is later than the self ignition timing of the primary fuel injected at the predetermined crank angle due to the secondary fuel being injected at a crank angle at which the cylinder temperature is within the temperature region.

US Pat. No. 10,138,824

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A turbocharged engine control device for controlling an engine equipped with a turbocharger having a compressor provided in an intake passage, based on a driving state of a vehicle mounting the engine, the engine comprising: an air amount control part for controlling an intake air amount according to a target torque; and an ignition timing control part for controlling an ignition timing of an ignition system, the turbocharged engine control device comprising:a basic target torque-deciding part for deciding a basic target torque based on a driving state of the vehicle including an accelerator pedal operation state;
a torque reduction amount-deciding part for deciding a torque reduction amount based on a driving state of the vehicle other than the accelerator pedal operation state; and
a final target torque-deciding part for deciding a final target torque based on the decided basic target torque and the decided torque reduction amount, wherein:
the air amount control part is operable to decide a target air amount required for the engine to output the final target torque, and control the intake air amount so as to realize the decided target air amount; and
the ignition timing control part is operable to control, according to the controlled intake air amount, ignition timing of the ignition system so as to enable the engine to output the decided final target torque,
and wherein the air amount control part is operable, when an operating state of the engine falls within a supercharging region where supercharging by the compressor is performed, to restrict a reduction in the intake air amount according to a reduction in the final target torque corresponding to a change in the torque reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,138,822

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SPLIT EXHAUST ENGINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:adjusting a timing of a first set of cylinder exhaust valves to adjust a flow of exhaust from engine cylinders to an intake passage, upstream of a compressor, via an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) passage, where the first set of cylinder exhaust valves open at a different time than a second set of cylinder exhaust valves coupled to an exhaust passage, wherein the adjusting the timing of the first set of cylinder exhaust valves is responsive to a condition of the compressor including one or more of condensate formation at the compressor, a compressor inlet temperature less than a lower threshold temperature, a compressor outlet temperature greater than an upper threshold temperature, and a compressor speed greater than a threshold speed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,819

VEHICLE, STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE, AND METHOD OF DRIVING THROTTLE VALVE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle vehicle comprising:an engine including a plurality of combustion chambers;
a plurality of throttle valves provided at the plurality of combustion chambers to correspond to the plurality of combustion chambers, respectively, to independently adjust flow rates of intake air flowing into the plurality of combustion chambers, respectively;
two or more driving mechanisms for electrically driving the plurality of throttle valves divided into two or more groups in such a manner that each of the two or more driving mechanisms drives the throttle valve in a corresponding group of the two or more groups; and
an engine control unit for controlling the two or more driving mechanisms based on an amount of throttle operation information input by a rider and a predetermined vehicle state,
wherein when a predetermined output adjustment condition is not met, the engine control unit provides a common throttle opening rate command to the driving mechanisms, in response to the throttle operation information input by the rider,
wherein when the predetermined output adjustment condition is met, the engine control unit provides the common throttle opening rate command to at least one of the two or more driving mechanisms, and an adjustment throttle opening rate command, different from the common throttle opening rate command, to another driving mechanism of the two or more driving mechanisms,
wherein a change over time in a throttle opening rate occurring in response to the adjustment throttle opening rate command is set to be larger than a change over time in the throttle opening rate occurring in response to the common throttle opening rate command, and
wherein the predetermined output adjustment condition includes a condition in which the common throttle opening rate command is a command for increasing an output of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,138,816

FUEL PUMPING UNIT

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A fuel pumping unit comprising:a low pressure centrifugal pump and a high pressure centrifugal pump, the low pressure centrifugal pump supplying fuel at a boosted pressure to the high pressure centrifugal pump for onward supply to a fuel metering unit;
a drive input that drives the low pressure centrifugal pump and the high pressure centrifugal pump, the drive input being a single input drive shaft from an engine accessory gearbox;
a gear arrangement that is operatively located between the drive input and the low pressure centrifugal pump and the high pressure centrifugal pump such that the low pressure centrifugal pump and the high pressure centrifugal pump are driven at different speeds by the drive input;
a positive displacement start pump that is driven by the drive input via the gear arrangement; and
a selector valve that is configured to selectably provide a high pressure mode, a low pressure mode, and a start mode,
wherein:
in the high pressure mode, the low pressure centrifugal pump supplies fuel at the boosted pressure to the high centrifugal pressure pump for onward supply to the fuel metering unit, the selector valve isolating the start pump or recirculating fuel between the start pump and the selector valve;
in the low pressure mode, the fuel supply from the low pressure centrifugal pump to the high pressure centrifugal pump is shut off such that the high pressure centrifugal pump runs dry and the low pressure centrifugal pump supplies fuel to the fuel metering unit, the selector valve isolating the start pump or recirculating fuel between the start pump and the selector valve; and
in the start mode, the low pressure centrifugal pump supplies fuel at the boosted pressure to the start pump for onward supply to the fuel metering unit, and the fuel supply from the low pressure centrifugal pump to the high pressure centrifugal pump is shut off such that the high pressure centrifugal pump runs dry.

US Pat. No. 10,138,815

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIFFUSION COMBUSTION IN A STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION GAS TURBINE SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:a turbine combustor comprising a first diffusion fuel nozzle, wherein the first diffusion fuel nozzle is configured to produce a diffusion flame;
a turbine driven by combustion products from the diffusion flame in the turbine combustor;
an exhaust gas compressor, wherein the exhaust gas compressor is configured to compress and route an exhaust gas from the turbine to the turbine combustor along an exhaust recirculation path; and
a catalyst heat and recovery system disposed along the exhaust recirculation path, wherein the catalyst heat and recovery system is configured to receive exhaust gas extracted from a plurality of exhaust gas extraction points, wherein the plurality of exhaust gas extraction points comprises the exhaust gas compressor, the turbine combustor, the turbine, or any combination thereof, wherein the catalyst heat and recovery system comprises:
a first catalyst unit disposed inside of the catalyst heat and recovery system, wherein the first catalyst unit is configured to adjust a composition of the exhaust gas; and
a first heat recovery unit disposed inside of the catalyst heat and recovery system and upstream of the first catalyst unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,814

GAS TURBINE ENGINE HEAT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A method of managing oil cooling and fuel heating in a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:a) distributing oil from a pumped oil supply into first and second oil flows, the second oil flow being parallel to the first oil flow;
b) transferring heat from the first oil flow to a fuel flow;
c) using ambient air to cool the second oil flow; and
d) using a first fixed restrictor and a second fixed restrictor to respectively limit the first and second oil flows differently, in response to viscosity changes of the oil caused by temperature changes of the oil during engine operation, comprising directing the first oil flow through the first fixed restrictor including a diaphragm having a flow orifice, and directing the second oil flow through the second fixed restrictor including a plurality of holes extending though a body, the plurality of holes being smaller in diameter and longer in axial length than the flow orifice of the first fixed restrictor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,811

ENHANCED TEMPERATURE CONTROL ANTI-ICE NOZZLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for preventing formation of ice on an engine, the apparatus comprising:a nozzle housing having an internal cavity defining an internal volume of the nozzle housing, wherein the nozzle housing is configured to receive gases from a compression stage of the engine, and wherein the nozzle housing is further configured to provide at least some of the gases to a leading edge housing of the engine;
a first nozzle included in a first portion of the nozzle housing, wherein the first nozzle is configured to generate a first flow pattern, and is further configured to generate a first flow of a first portion of the gases received from the compression stage, the first flow being provided into an internal volume of the leading edge housing based on the first flow pattern; and
a second nozzle included in a second portion of the nozzle housing, wherein the second nozzle includes a concentric nozzle having an inner flange and an outer flange, wherein the inner flange defines a through-hole that passes through the second nozzle and the nozzle housing, wherein the second nozzle is configured to generate a second flow pattern based on a second portion of the gases received from the compression stage, wherein the second nozzle is configured to generate a second flow of the second portion of the gases into the internal volume of the leading edge housing based on the second flow pattern, the second flow passing between the inner flange and the outer flange.

US Pat. No. 10,138,809

GEARED TURBOFAN ENGINE WITH A HIGH RATIO OF THRUST TO TURBINE VOLUME

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine turbine comprising:a high pressure turbine configured to rotate with a high pressure compressor as a high pressure spool in a first direction about a central axis;
a low pressure turbine configured to rotate in said first direction about said central axis;
a fan connected to the low pressure turbine via a gear reduction and will rotate in said first direction,
wherein the engine is configured to have a ratio of a thrust provided by said engine, to a volume of a turbine section including both said high pressure turbine and said low pressure turbine that is greater than or equal to about 1.5 and less than or equal to about 5.5 lbf/in3; and
said thrust is sea level take-off, flat-rated static thrust.

US Pat. No. 10,138,808

DUAL PISTON ENGINE COMPRESSION DEVICE

1. A dual piston engine compression device comprising:an engine block having a plurality of cylinders, each cylinder having a pair of linearly aligned open ends;
a pair of piston crankshafts, each said piston crankshaft being positioned on a respective side of said engine block, each said piston crankshaft being positioned in alignment with said cylinders;
a plurality of pistons, each of said pistons being positioned in an associated one of said cylinders to provide an opposed pair of said pistons within each said cylinder, each of said pistons being operationally coupled to an associated one of said piston crankshafts such that rotation of said piston crankshaft moves said piston within said associated cylinder, each said piston having an end protrusion, said end protrusion being disc-shaped and having a diameter less than a diameter of a main section of said piston, said end protrusion being concentric with said main section of said piston such that said piston has a uniform lip extending around a distal end of said piston;
a pair of gears, each said piston crankshaft being coupled to and rotated by an associated one of said gears, said gears being geared together wherein rotation of said piston crankshafts is coordinated such that said piston crankshafts alternately urge oppositely positioned said pistons together and apart within said associated cylinders as said piston crankshafts rotate;
a plurality of intake conduits, each intake conduit extending through said engine block and being in environmental communication with an associated one of said cylinders, each said intake conduit being positioned between said opposed pair of said pistons such that said distal ends of each of said opposed pair of pistons remains spaced offset from crossing a central longitudinal axis of said intake conduit and only said end protrusion extends over said intake conduit when said opposed pair of said pistons are each fully extended into said associated one of said cylinders;
a plurality of intake valves, each said intake valve being positioned in an associated one of said intake conduits; and
an intake camshaft, each of said intake valves being coupled to said intake camshaft, said intake camshaft being rotated by rotation of said gears wherein each said intake valve moves within said associated intake conduit such that each said intake valve is configured for urging a fuel into said associated cylinder when the fuel is introduced into said associated intake conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,807

DRIVE DEVICE PROVIDED WITH XY-SEPARATING CRANK MECHANISM

Z MECHANISM TECHNOLOGY IN...

1. A drive device for an engine comprising:a first cylinder in a first mount plane located on one side of a central reference plane;
a first piston in the first cylinder reciprocatively along a first direction within the first mount plane;
a first crankshaft extending orthogonal to the first mount plane;
a first XY separation crank mechanism between the first piston and the first crankshaft within the first mount plane, which converts reciprocating motion of the first piston and rotary motion of the first crankshaft into each other;
a second cylinder in a second mount plane located on an opposite side of the central reference plane and located symmetrical to the first mount plane with regard to the central reference plane;
a second piston in the second cylinder reciprocatively along a second direction symmetrical to the first direction within the second mount plane;
a second crankshaft extending orthogonal to the second mount plane;
a second XY separation crank mechanism between the second piston and the second crankshaft within the second mount plane, which converts reciprocating motion of the second piston and rotary motion of the second crankshaft into each other; and
a coupler-synchronizing mechanism which couples the first crankshaft and the second crankshaft with each other and rotates the first crankshaft and the second crankshaft in a synchronous motion with each other,
the first XY separation crank mechanism comprising: a first support member component provided reciprocatively along in the first direction and including a first support portion extending along the first direction, a second support portion extending from the first support portion along a third direction orthogonal to the first direction within the first mount plane and a third support portion extending from the first support portion along the third direction to oppose the second support portion with a gap therebetween; a first crank connection member provided between the second support portion and the third support portion of the first support member to be reciprocative along the third direction within the first mount plane, which engages with a crankpin of the first crankshaft to be rotatable; and a first coupling member which couples the first piston and the first support member with each other,
the second XY separation crank mechanism comprising: a second support member provided reciprocatively along the second direction and including a first support portion extending along the second direction, a second support portion extending from the first support portion along a fourth direction orthogonal to the second direction within the second mount plane; and a third support portion extending from the first support portion along the fourth direction and opposing the second support portion with a gap therebetween, a second crank connection member provided between the second support portion and the third support portion of the second support member to be reciprocative along the fourth direction within the second mount plane, which engages with a crankpin of the second crankshaft to be rotatable, and a second coupling member which couples the second piston and the second support member with each other,
the first crank connection member and the second crank connection member, each comprising a first sliding portion supported by the second support portion to be reciprocative along the third direction or the fourth direction, a second sliding portion supported by the third support portion to be reciprocative along the third direction or the fourth direction, and a through-hole extending along a direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction, to which the crank of the first crankshaft or the second crankshaft is penetrated rotatably, and
each of the first crank connection member and the second crank connection member being separated along a separated plane passing through a central axis of the through-hole and orthogonal to the first direction or the second direction into a first connection member including the first sliding portion and a second connection member including the second sliding portion, separation surfaces of the first and second connection members being formed into an uneven concave and convex surface configuration arranged along an axial direction of the through-hole, and the first connection member and the second connection member being mounted to the crankpins and engaged with each other while the separation surfaces are abutted against each other.

US Pat. No. 10,138,805

SIX-STROKE AND EIGHT-STROKE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

1. A method for improving the efficiency of an internal combustion engine, having a cycle, for each cylinder of the engine, including intake, compression, power, and exhaust strokes, the method comprising:inserting two strokes into the cycle in addition to the intake, compression, power, and exhaust strokes:
wherein no material other than air is introduced into each cylinder during either of the additional two strokes; and
wherein the two additional strokes occur at a time in the cycle for each cylinder after the end of the compression stroke, before combustion occurs, and before the power and exhaust strokes of the cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,803

WASTEGATE FOR AN ENGINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A wastegate, comprising:a valve plate including an interior with a multiplane curved surface and a first mating feature centered along the curved surface, the curved surface forming a raised edge and a side opening on opposite sides of the valve plate; and
a passage bifurcated by a central wall, an end of the central wall including a second mating feature adapted to have face-sharing contact with the first mating feature;
wherein the passage includes a constricted section positioned upstream of the valve plate, on a first side of the passage, where the first side of the passage is aligned with the second side of the valve plate;
wherein the passage further includes a lip formed downstream of the constricted section, the lip having a larger diameter than the constricted section;
wherein the end of the central wall is arranged flush with the lip and wherein an outer end of the rib that is adapted to mate with the end of the central wall is arranged flush with the raised edge.

US Pat. No. 10,138,800

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING CONDENSATION IN EGR SYSTEMS

Cummins, Inc., Columbus,...

1. A method of controlling condensation in a low pressure loop exhaust gas recirculation system, the method comprising:receiving an EGR condensation temperature factor from at least one first sensor;
determining an EGR condensation temperature of recirculated exhaust gas upstream of an EGR cooler in the low pressure loop exhaust gas recirculation system based on the EGR condensation temperature factor; and
providing EGR coolant to the EGR cooler at or above the EGR condensation temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,138,798

HEAT ACCUMULATOR

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. A heat accumulator for use in a motor vehicle, the heat accumulator comprising:a heat storage tank integrated into a motor oil circuit, through which the motor oil flows when an engine is running, and which is decoupled from the motor oil circuit when the engine is turned off, wherein an oil pan of the engine is provided as the heat storage tank and is provided with heat-insulating tank walls; and
a metal element for increasing a heat capacity of the heat accumulator,
wherein the metal element is a wall coating provided on interior walls of the heat storage tank, such that the wall coating contacts motor oil present inside of the heat storage tank,
wherein the heat storage tank includes an outer tank and an inner tank provided inside the outer tank, each of the outer tank and the inner tank being formed of the heat-insulating tank walls that are made of plastic,
wherein an intermediate thermal insulation layer is provided between the inner tank and the outer tank, such that the intermediate thermal insulation layer surrounds all sides of the inner tank, and
wherein the intermediate thermal insulation layer directly contacts an inner wall surface of the outer tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,797

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a cylinder block in which at least one cylinder is formed;
a cylinder head including an intake port and an exhaust port, the cylinder head being integrally formed with the cylinder block;
a water jacket covering circumferences of the cylinder, the intake port, and the exhaust port;
a partition wall dividing the water jacket into a cylinder block side and a cylinder head side;
a combustion chamber formed by the cylinder, a piston arranged to be reciprocated within the cylinder, and the cylinder head, wherein
the exhaust port is connected from one side surface side of the internal combustion engine to a top portion of the combustion chamber;
the intake port is connected from an other side surface side of the internal combustion engine to the top portion of the combustion chamber;
the partition wall is connected to a connection portion between the top portion of the combustion chamber and the exhaust port, on the one side surface side of the internal combustion engine, with respect to the combustion chamber; and
the partition wall is connected to a side portion of the combustion chamber, on the other side surface side of the internal combustion engine, with respect to the combustion chamber; and
a knock sensor mounting boss provided on a side surface of the other end surface side of the internal combustion engine, at a position on an extension line of the partition wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,794

METHODS OF CLEANING GAS SENSORS

1. A method for cleaning a gas sensor used in an exhaust gas system including an exhaust gas stream supplied by an exhaust gas source through an exhaust gas conduit, and a gas sensor having a sampling end disposed within the exhaust gas conduit, the method comprising:positioning at least one glow plug proximate the gas sensor; and
activating the at least one glow plug such that exhaust gas deposits accumulated on the gas sensor sampling end are removed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,792

EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas control apparatus comprising:a dust collection device configured to apply a direct current voltage between a charging electrode and a counter electrode, and to collect particulate matter on an oxidation substrate that is arranged inside the counter electrode, the charging electrode being arranged in a flow channel for exhaust gas containing particulate matter, and the counter electrode constituting at least a part of an inner wall surface of the flow channel;
an oxidation treatment device configured to apply an alternating current voltage between an oxidation electrode and the counter electrode, and to subject the particulate matter deposited on the oxidation substrate to an oxidation treatment, the oxidation electrode being provided in the oxidation substrate and being at least partially covered with a dielectric; and
an electronic control unit configured to control the dust collection device and the oxidation treatment device,
the electronic control unit being configured to estimate a distribution of a deposition amount of the particulate matter deposited on the oxidation substrate in a flow direction of exhaust gas, based on input information including at least a flow rate of exhaust gas and a mass of the particulate matter in exhaust gas, setting information including at least an electric field intensity between the charging electrode and the counter electrode, and history information on the oxidation treatment by the oxidation treatment device, and
the electronic control unit being configured to carry out the oxidation treatment by the oxidation treatment device when the deposition amount of at least a part of the deposited particulate matter exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,138,791

METHOD OF CLEANING UP A PARTICULATE FILTER OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

9. An internal combustion engine comprising a particulate filter and an electronic control unit configured to:operate the internal combustion engine to regenerate the particulate filter;
measure, using a sensor, a value of an engine speed, during the regeneration; and
control a temperature of the particulate filter if the measured value of the engine speed is smaller than or equal to a predetermined threshold value thereof;
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to boost, using an electric compressor disposed in an intake duct of the internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine, and supply, using an exhaust gas recirculation valve which is in fluid communication with an exhaust pipe and with an intake duct of the internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine with an amount of recirculated exhaust gases for controlling the particulate filter temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,138,790

HEAT RECOVERY DEVICE OF A VEHICLE AND AN ASSEMBLY HAVING THE SAME

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A heat recovery device comprising:a coolant path segment; and
a thermal expansion bracket
having two end portions supported by the coolant path segment and a middle portion supported by an exhaust gas path segment that is spaced a distance away from the coolant path segment, and
configured to deform in response to an increase in temperature to increase the distance and decrease heat transfer between the segments.

US Pat. No. 10,138,789

EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT SYSTEMS UTILIZING A PLURALITY OF REDUCED-RESISTANCE MIXERS

1. An exhaust gas treatment system comprising:an ICE configured to communicate exhaust gas to a selective catalytic reduction device (SCR) via a conduit defined by an outer periphery;
a reductant injector configured to communicate reductant into the conduit upstream from the SCR;
a first mixer disposed within the conduit upstream from the reductant injector, wherein the first mixer comprises a plurality of first blades extending between a center region of the conduit to the conduit periphery, wherein each of the first blades at least partially obstructs fluid flow through the conduit and are angled relative to a cross sectional plane of the conduit such that fluid flow is permitted between adjacent first blades, and the plurality of first blades form a first turbulence plane defined by a first plane angle measured from the two outermost first blades of the first turbulence plane; and
a second mixer disposed within the conduit downstream from the reductant injector and upstream from the SCR, wherein the second mixer comprises a plurality of second blades extending between a center region of the conduit to the conduit periphery, wherein each of the second blades at least partially obstructs fluid flow through the conduit but are angled relative to a cross sectional plane of the conduit such that fluid flow is permitted between adjacent second blades, and the plurality of second blades form a second turbulence plane defined by a second plane angle measured from the two outermost second blades of the second turbulence plane;wherein the first plane angle and the second plane angle are not collectively greater than 360 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,138,786

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas purification apparatus of an internal combustion engine comprising:an adding valve which is provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine and configured to add an ammonia precursor or ammonia into the exhaust passage; and
a selective reduction-type NOx catalyst which is provided in the exhaust passage on a downstream side of the adding valve and configured to reduce NOx using ammonia adsorbed inside the catalyst,
the exhaust gas purification apparatus of an internal combustion engine configured to control an ammonia adsorption amount of the selective reduction-type NOx catalyst by adding the ammonia precursor or ammonia using the adding valve,
the exhaust gas purification apparatus of an internal combustion engine further comprising:
a controller programmed to:
estimate the ammonia adsorption amount based on at least one prescribed parameter related to the ammonia adsorption amount and estimate a specific ammonia adsorption amount that is an estimated value of the ammonia adsorption amount specified by at least one of a maximum value and a minimum value of an estimated value of the ammonia adsorption amount based on an error in the at least one prescribed parameter; and
when the specific ammonia adsorption amount is outside a target range of the ammonia adsorption amount, control addition of the ammonia precursor or ammonia using the adding valve such that the specific ammonia adsorption amount returns to the target range, wherein
the controller is further programmed to:
estimate an ammonia adsorption amount of the selective reduction-type NOx catalyst based on the at least one prescribed parameter that does not take the error in the at least one prescribed parameter into consideration, and
set a range of the ammonia adsorption amount including a prescribed allowable error as the target range with respect to an ammonia adsorption amount of the selective reduction-type NOx catalyst which is estimated based on the at least one prescribed parameter that does not take the error in the at least one prescribed parameter into consideration.

US Pat. No. 10,138,784

CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an electronic control unit including a computer and processor for executing programs stored in memory of the computer, the electronic control unit configured to detect the state of the internal combustion engine based on outputs from a plurality of sensors located on the engine and control the state of the internal combustion engine based on the outputs;
a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve that ventilates a crankcase by causing suction of an in-case gas into an intake passage;
a three-way catalyst and an NOx storage/reduction catalyst disposed in an exhaust passage; and
the electronic control unit drives an actuator of the internal combustion engine,
wherein the electronic control unit is programmed to:
perform a stoichiometric control for making the internal combustion engine run in a stoichiometric region including a theoretical air-fuel ratio and a lean control for making the internal combustion engine run in a lean region that is leaner than the stoichiometric region, and,
when it is determined by the electronic control unit that ventilation is necessary for the crankcase, the electronic control unit extracts as a ventilation condition, a combination of an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture, a fuel injection amount and an intake manifold pressure with which a ventilation amount of the in-case gas per unit time increases among combinations of those, and changes the air-fuel ratio, the fuel injection amount and the intake manifold pressure in accordance with the ventilation condition,
wherein the extraction concerning the air-fuel ratio is performed within an allowable air-fuel ratio range in which the three-way catalyst and the NOx storage/reduction catalyst are capable of purifying an exhaust gas and ensuring in-cylinder combustion of the air-fuel mixture, and
wherein the air-fuel ratio and the fuel injection amount extracted as the ventilation condition meets a relationship that maintains a constant engine torque before and after the change.

US Pat. No. 10,138,783

METHOD FOR THERMALLY REGULATING AN INJECTOR FOR INJECTING A REDUCING AGENT INTO AN EXHAUST PIPE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for thermally regulating an injector injecting a reducing agent into an exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine having an engine coolant circuit including a main coolant pump configured to deliver coolant from a main coolant tank to the internal combustion engine, and an auxiliary coolant circuit including an auxiliary pump configured to deliver the coolant from an auxiliary coolant tank to a heat exchanger in heat exchange relation with the injector, the auxiliary coolant tank in fluid communication with the main coolant tank to accumulate the coolant from the engine coolant circuit, the method comprising:activating, by a processor, the auxiliary pump to deliver a coolant in the auxiliary coolant circuit to the heat exchanger in heat exchange relation with the injector;
determining, by the processor, a value of a mass flow rate of the coolant delivered by the auxiliary pump;
calculating, by the processor, a value of a temperature of the injector as a function of the determined value of the mass flow rate;
calculating, by the processor, a difference between the calculated value of the injector temperature and a predetermined set-point value thereof; and
controlling, by the processor, the mass flow rate of the coolant delivered by the auxiliary pump based on the calculated difference.

US Pat. No. 10,138,781

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO IMPROVE COLD-START CATALYST LIGHT-OFF

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A turbocharger system, comprising:a shaft rotationally coupled to a turbine and a compressor; and
a shaft locking mechanism that inhibits movement of the shaft responsive to engine cold-start conditions, wherein the shaft locking mechanism is a passive shaft locking mechanism, and wherein the passive shaft locking mechanism includes a phase-transitioning material that surrounds the shaft and is within recesses of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,780

METHOD OF OPERATING AN AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

8. An exhaust gas aftertreatment system for an internal combustion engine in an vehicle comprising:a particulate filter having a selective catalytic reduction washcoat;
a lean NOx trap upstream of the particulate filter; and
an electronic control unit for controlling a regeneration of the exhaust gas aftertreatment system, the electronic control unit configured to:
monitor a lean NOx trap inlet temperature;
monitor a parameter representative of a quantity of NOx stored in the lean NOx trap;
use a map correlating the lean NOx trap inlet temperature and the quantity of NOx stored in the lean NOx trap to determine an ammonia quantity produced during a lean NOx trap regeneration at such values of the lean NOx trap inlet temperature and of the parameter representative of a quantity of NOx stored in the lean NOx trap; and
performing a lean NOx trap regeneration when the estimated ammonia quantity is greater than a threshold value thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,779

SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION FILTER DEVICES HAVING NOX STORAGE CAPABILITIES

1. An exhaust gas treatment system, the system comprising:an exhaust gas source;an exhaust gas conduit capable of receiving an exhaust gas stream from the exhaust gas source;an oxidation catalyst device in fluid communication with the exhaust gas conduit, wherein the oxidation catalyst device includes a water-absorbing alkali oxide; anda selective catalytic reduction filter (SCRF) device in fluid communication with the exhaust gas conduit and disposed downstream relative to the oxidation catalyst device, wherein the SCRF device includes:a filter having an upstream side and a downstream side,a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst disposed on at least a portion of the filter, and
a NOx storage coating on at least a portion of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,138,778

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust purification system of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a particulate filter which is provided in an engine exhaust passage;
a selective reduction catalyst which is provided in the engine exhaust passage at a downstream side from said particulate filter in a direction of exhaust flow;
an ammonia ingredient feed device which feeds an ammonia ingredient to said selective reduction catalyst;
a control device which controls the amount of feed of ammonia ingredient from said ammonia ingredient feed device so that the amount of the ammonia ingredient which is adsorbed at said selective reduction catalyst becomes a target adsorption amount; and
a filter regeneration system which performs filter regeneration processing to remove PM which has built up on said particulate filter, when an execution start condition of the filter regeneration processing stands,
wherein when removal of PM which has built up on said particulate filter is demanded, so long as the execution start condition of the filter regeneration processing by said filter regeneration system does not stand, said target adsorption amount is decreased a plurality of times in stages, and
said execution start condition of the filter regeneration processing is changed to a different condition at each stage of said target adsorption amount.

US Pat. No. 10,138,777

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING A SOOT QUANTITY ACCUMULATED IN A SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION WASHCOATED PARTICULATE FILTER

1. A method of evaluating a soot quantity accumulated in a selective catalytic reduction wash-coated particulate filter (SCRF) of an exhaust gas treatment system, the method comprising:injecting reductant proximate the SCRF via a reductant injector;
determining one or more of a reductant injection quantity value to be injected by the reductant injector, a NOx quantity value at an inlet of the selective catalytic reduction wash coated particulate filter, a temperature value at the inlet of the selective catalytic reduction wash coated particulate filter, and a mass flow value of an exhaust gas;
computing a correction value of a soot quantity using a map correlating the one or more determined reductant quantity value, the NOx quantity value, the temperature value, and the mass flow value;
detecting an apparent soot burning operating temperature; and
correcting an estimated value of the soot quantity using the correction value in order to obtain an evaluated value of the soot quantity when the step of injecting reductant does not occur at the apparent soot burning operating temperature;
wherein the apparent soot burning operating temperature comprises a temperature at which a pressure difference (?P) across the SCRF improperly implies an actual soot burning.

US Pat. No. 10,138,776

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust gas purifying device that is provided in an exhaust channel of an internal combustion engine and purifies exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas purifying device comprising:a columnar honeycomb carrier in which a plurality of cells, which extend from an inlet-side end face to an outlet-side end face of exhaust gas to form pathways of exhaust gas, is divided and formed by porous partition walls; and
a tubular case member that houses the honeycomb carrier via a retaining member, wherein the honeycomb carrier includes a sloped part or stepped part formed at an outer circumferential side of both end faces in a central axis direction thereof and formed so that a cross-sectional area orthogonal to the central axis direction becomes larger towards a side of an outer circumferential edge thereof, and is retained inside of the case member by the sloped part or stepped part catching in an inner wall of the case member via the retaining member,
wherein the case member has reduced-diameter parts provided to at least part of an end on an exhaust gas inlet side thereof and with an inside diameter smaller than the outside diameter of a central part of the honeycomb carrier, excluding the sloped part or stepped part in the inlet-side end face,
wherein the reduced-diameter parts are provided along arc-shaped regions spanning a predetermined retaining length around a center among the circumferential edge of the tubular case member, and
wherein the arc-shaped regions are indented inward of the tubular case member toward the center of the circumferential edge of the case member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,774

SILENCER FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A silencer for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle having a turbocharger having a turbocharger connector and a charge air cooler having a feed line, the silencer comprising:a turbocharger module having a first inlet interface configured to be fastened to the turbocharger connector, a first outlet interface and a first passage duct extending through the turbocharger module; and
a resonator module having a second inlet interface detachably fastened with a fastener to the first outlet interface of the turbocharger module forming a plug connection interface, a second outlet interface configured to be fastened to the feed line, a second passage duct extending through the resonator module and in communication with the first passage duct, and a resonator chamber in communication with the second passage duct via a choke formed in the resonator module.

US Pat. No. 10,138,773

SINGLE HANDED OIL FILTER PUNCHER TOOL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A single handed oil filter puncher tool, the tool comprising:a puncher tool assembly having;
a combination handle and guide shaft having;
a handle at a proximate end;
a guide shaft including;
a hollow inner tube;
at least one guide slot; and
an opening at a distal end;
a latch assembly mounting tab having;
a latch assembly mounting bolt hole;
a latching assembly including;
a first pivot nut and bolt assembly;
a pivoting latch lever having;
 latching notch; and
 a lever tab including;
 a first lever pivot hole;
an activation lever having;
 a second lever pivot hole;
a second pivot nut and bolt assembly; and
a latching spring;
an outer sliding sleeve having;
a latching cleat;
a punch assembly retainer bolt;
a driving spring;
a sliding punch assembly including;
a piercing pin having;
a tapered point at the proximate end; and
a threaded male distal end;
a striking head having;
a threaded receiver and
a threaded retainer bolt hole;
wherein said handle and said guide shaft are oriented in a single plane at an angle of ninety degrees with respect to each other;
wherein said handle and said guide shaft work together in functional combination as a structural support and handling means;
wherein said combination handle and guide shaft, said outer sliding sleeve, said sliding punch assembly, and said latching assembly work together in functional combination as a means for single handedly piercing an oil filter when mounted on a vehicle engine;
wherein said sliding punch assembly, said punch assembly retainer bolt, and said outer sliding sleeve work together in functional combination and slide along said guide shaft;
wherein depth of said threaded retainer bolt hole is configured such that said punch assembly retainer bolt can be tightened against said striking head such that said striking head is clear of said guide shaft as a means for enabling movement and guidance of said sliding punch assembly within said hollow inner tube;
wherein said threaded male distal end of said piercing pin is a means for removably connecting said piercing pin from said threaded receiver of said striking head;
wherein said sliding punch assembly is retained within and slides inside said guide shaft by said hollow inner tube;
wherein said outer sliding sleeve is mounted outside and slides along said guide shaft;
wherein said sliding punch assembly is forced along said hollow inner tube by said driving spring;
wherein said sliding punch assembly is cocked into position by sliding said punch assembly retainer bolt and said outer sliding sleeve as a means for compressing said driver spring to a point that said latching assembly engages said latching notch into said latching cleat;
wherein said latching spring automatically engages said latching notch into said latching cleat with and is held into place by force due to said latching spring;
wherein said activation lever is a means for releasing said latching notch from said latching cleat;
wherein said guide slot retains said punch assembly retainer bolt as a means for guiding said sliding punch assembly along said hollow inner tube and said outer sliding sleeve along said guide shaft;
wherein said guide slot limits travel distance of functional combination of said punch assembly retainer bolt along said hollow inner tube and said outer sliding sleeve along said guide shaft; and
wherein said latching assembly mounting bolt and said latching assembly mounting self-locking nut are fastened to said latch assembly mounting tab as a means for supporting said latching assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,138,772

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING FRICTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A vehicle, comprising:an engine including a transmission fluidly coupled to a natural gas source via a flow control valve,
the transmission being fluidly coupled to a fresh air intake line of a PCV system; and
a controller having executable instructions stored in memory to
deliver natural gas from the natural gas source to the transmission responsive to a blow-by flow rate being less than a PCV valve flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,770

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driving force source including at least one electric motor;
a mechanical oil pump;
an electric oil pump; and
an electronic control unit configured to select any one of a first drive mode and a second drive mode, the first drive mode and the second drive mode of the vehicle being modes that use the at least one electric motor,
the second drive mode being a mode in which a driving force that is output from the at least one electric motor is larger than the driving force in the first drive mode,
the electronic control unit being configured to detect a vehicle load at the time when the vehicle is traveling, and
the electronic control unit being configured to operate the electric oil pump and select the second drive mode when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle load is larger than a predetermined value and determines that the vehicle has been switched from an ignition off state to an ignition on state.

US Pat. No. 10,138,769

VARIABLE VALVE TRAIN

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

1. A variable valve train, comprising:a camshaft rotatably supported in a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine;
a cylindrical cam carrier fitted on and around the camshaft in a state co-rotatable with and axially slidable relative to the camshaft, the cam carrier having therearound a plurality of cam lobes different in cam profile and axially adjacent to each other; and
a cam changeover mechanism for axially shifting the cam carrier to change over the cam lobes for operating an engine valve; characterized in that:
the variable valve train includes:
a lead groove formed around the cylindrical cam carrier;
changeover pins provided to advance and retract relative to the cylindrical cam carrier to be engaged with and disengaged from the lead groove; and
a changeover driving shaft associated with the changeover pins and having an associated cam mechanism operable to advance the changeover pins selectively into the lead groove to cause the cam carrier to shift axially, while being rotated, due to the lead groove having engaged therein a selectively advanced changeover pin so as to change over the cam lobes for operating the engine valve.

US Pat. No. 10,138,767

CONTINUOUS VARIABLE VALVE DURATION APPARATUS AND ENGINE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A continuous variable valve duration system comprising:a camshaft;
a first cam portion including a first cam, into which the camshaft is inserted and of which a relative phase angle of the first cam with respect to the camshaft is variable;
an inner bracket transmitting rotation of the camshaft to the first cam portion;
a slider housing into which the inner bracket is rotatably inserted, and on which a control slot is formed, the slider housing being rotatable around a pivot shaft;
a first rocker arm including a first end contacting the first cam and a second end connected to a first valve;
a rocker shaft to which the first rocker arm is rotatably connected, and onto which an eccentric shaft inserted into the control slot is formed;
a duration controller configured to rotate the rocker shaft for the slider housing to move with respect to the camshaft; and
an operation mode controller configured to change a position of the pivot shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,766

IRON-BASED ALLOYS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USE THEREOF

L.E. Jones Company, Meno...

1. An iron-based alloy comprising, in weight percent:carbon from about 2 to about 3 percent;
manganese from about 0.1 to about 0.4 percent;
silicon from about 0.3 to about 0.8 percent;
chromium from 11.5 to about 14.5 percent;
nickel from about 0.05 to about 0.6 percent;
vanadium from about 0.8 to about 2.2 percent;
molybdenum from about 4 to about 7 percent;
tungsten from about 3 to about 5 percent;
niobium from about 1 to about 3 percent;
cobalt from about 3 to about 5 percent;
boron from zero to about 0.2 percent; and
balance iron and incidental impurities;
wherein the alloy has a total carbon and silicon content of 2.3 to 3.5 percent and a microstructure of interdendritic regions comprising eutectic reaction phases.

US Pat. No. 10,138,764

CONTINUOUS VARIABLE VALVE DURATION APPARATUS AND ENGINE PROVIDED WITH THE CONTINUOUS VARIABLE VALVE DURATION APPARATUS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A continuous variable valve duration apparatus comprising:a camshaft;
a first and second cam portion, each including a cam and a cam key, where the camshaft is inserted into the first and second cam portions and where relative phase angles with respect to the camshaft are variable;
a first and second inner bracket transmitting a rotation of the camshaft to the first and second cam portions respectively and on which a first and a second sliding hole are formed respectively;
a first and second slider housing into which the first and second inner bracket are rotatably inserted, and where relative positions of the first and second slider housings with respect to the camshaft are variable;
a cam cap rotatably supporting the first and second cam portions respectively and where each slider housing is slidably mounted to a cam cap;
a slider pin rotatably inserted into the first sliding hole and slidably inserted into the camshaft;
a cam pin on which a cam key slot for the cam key to be slidably inserted thereinto is formed and rotatably inserted into the second sliding hole;
a control shaft disposed parallel to the camshaft and engaged with the first and second slider housings for selectively moving the first and second slider housings; and
a control portion selectively rotating the control shaft for changing positions of the first and the second inner brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,138,763

ROCKER ARM

OTICS CORPORATION, Aichi...

1. A rocker arm comprising:a roller to be contacted with a cam and having a rotation axis;
a support shaft extending along the rotation axis and coaxially mounted in the roller to rotatably support the roller to rotate about the rotation axis, the support shaft having end portions;
walls extending perpendicular to the rotation axis and opposite each other with the roller located therebetween, the walls each having a through hole through which a respective one of the end portions of the support shaft is inserted, and each of the walls having an inner surface opposite the roller;
a bearing arranged between the support shaft and the roller; and
holding members each mounted to a respective one of the walls for holding the support shaft, each of the holding members including:
a tubular portion arranged in one of the through holes of one of the walls and disposed between an inner peripheral surface of the one of the through holes and an outer surface of one of the end portions of the support shaft, the tubular portion having a first end and a second end, the first end being opposite the roller;
a first stopper portion included at the first end of the tubular portion adjacent to the inner surface of the one of the walls, and
a second stopper portion included at the second end of the tubular portion adjacent to an end surface of the one of the end portions of the support shaft, wherein
the holding members and the support shaft are coaxially arranged and the holding members are rotatable around the rotation axis with respect to the walls, and
the first stopper portion of each of the holding members is disposed between the roller and one of the walls.

US Pat. No. 10,138,762

POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

KYUSHU ELECTRIC POWER CO....

1. A power generation system comprising:(A) a fixed carbon production device for producing fixed carbon and hydrocarbon gas by dry-distilling and cooling low rank coal;
(B) a power generator for combusting the hydrocarbon gas as a main fuel, thereby generating main steam and moving a steam turbine by the main steam and a condenser; and
(C) a heat supply unit using exhaust heat from the condenser for heating of inert gas in drying; wherein
(D) the fixed carbon production device conducts the dry-distilling and the cooling; and wherein the fixed carbon production device is provided with:
a dry distillation furnace for dry-distilling, said dry' distillation furnace being erected in a cooling bath for cooling dry-distilled fixed carbon;
a dry distillation unit which is partitioned into a rectangular or a polygonal shape in a vertical direction on a horizontal cross-section in the dry distillation furnace by a separating wall from an upper portion to a lower portion;
a plurality of dry distillation mini-furnaces which are each partitioned into a rectangular or a polygonal shape in the vertical direction on the horizontal cross-section in the dry distillation unit by a partition plate from an upper portion to a lower portion:
a pipe heating means for heating which is arranged on the separating wall of the dry distillation unit and the partition of each of the dry distillation mini-furnace; and
a collection path for collecting fixed carbon produced in the cooling bath by feeding raw material coal from the upper portion and performing dry distillation in each of the dry distillation mini-furnaces by the pipe beating means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,761

HEAT ENGINE SYSTEM FOR POWER AND HEAT PRODUCTION

UNIVERSITY OF ONTARIO INS...

1. A heat engine system comprising:a first heat exchanger comprising a desorber in fluid communication with a low temperature heat source for heating a working fluid therein to produce a heated working fluid;
a positive displacement scroll type expander downstream of the first heat exchanger and in fluid communication therewith for receiving the heated working fluid, the expander comprising a scroll head comprising a pair of interleaving scroll walls, one of the pair of interleaving scroll walls being a fixed scroll wall and the other of the pair of scroll walls being an orbiting scroll wall mounted to a rotating shaft mounted to bearings for orbiting eccentrically in relation to the fixed scroll wall, the expander comprises a gas intake port providing for intake of a superheated vapor as a main intake and a liquid intake port comprising a tube defining an injection channel that is separate from the scroll head;
a second heat exchanger comprising a resorber downstream the expander and in fluid communication therewith for cooling the working fluid received therefrom to produce a cooled working fluid, the second heat exchanger being in fluid communication with the first heat exchanger for providing the cooled working fluid to flow thereto;
a valve assembly interposed between the first and second heat exchangers and comprising an automated three way valve in fluid communication with the second heat exchanger and the expander via the gas and liquid ports for providing for selectively injecting the expander via a conduit in fluid communication with the injection channel with cooled working fluid from the second heat exchanger and for inducing gas intake to increase a concentration of gas within the expander when the working fluid flashes, the valve assembly providing for automatically regulating the concentration and temperature of the working fluid within the expander during the cycle of the working fluid within the system via regulating the flow rate thereof; and
a single variable speed pump for both circulating and pressurizing the working fluid,
wherein the three-way valve is in fluid communication with the pump and the first heat exchanger, the system is configured to provide adjusting the three-way valve based on pump speed and expander load thereby providing for determining optimum liquid injection,
wherein the position and configuration of the injection channel allows for the cooled working fluid received from the conduit to be injected in liquid form between the interleaving scroll walls at a location corresponding to the beginning of the expansion cycle thereby providing for the cooled working fluid to: simultaneously act as a sealant and a coolant for interleaving scroll walls and as a lubricant for the bearings.

US Pat. No. 10,138,760

WORKING FLUID COLLECTING APPARATUS FOR RANKINE CYCLE WASTE HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A working fluid collecting apparatus for a Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system, comprising:a storage tank for storing a working fluid circulated in a Rankine cycle therein; and
a collection means for collecting the working fluid into the storage tank,
wherein the collection means includes:
a directional control valve for controlling a flow direction of the working fluid in the Rankine cycle; and
a collection line for introducing the working fluid into the storage tank by a control of the directional control valve,
wherein the directional control valve includes a first collection port and a second collection port, and the collection line includes a first collection line connected to the first collection port and a second collection line connected to the second collection port, and
wherein the first collection port and the second collection port are sequentially opened, such that the working fluid is stepwise collected into the storage tank through the first collection line and the second collection line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,759

METHOD OF CONTROLLING, AFTER DETECTING A VEHICLE ACCIDENT SITUATION, THROTTLING MEANS FOR AN OPENING PROVIDED ON A CLOSED LOOP PERFORMING A RANKINE CYCLE AND LOOP USING SAME FOR COMMUNICATING AN INSIDE OF THE CLOSED LOOP WITH AMBIENT AIR OUTSIDE THE CLOSE

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of controlling a closed loop performing a Rankine cycle for a motor vehicle, said loop comprising a circulation and compression pump for a working fluid, a heat exchanger swept by a hot source for heating said working fluid, expansion means for expanding the hot fluid and a cooling exchanger swept by a cooling fluid for cooling this working fluid connected by fluid circulation lines, the method comprising, detecting a vehicle accident situation and, in response to detecting a vehicle accident situation, controlling throttling means for an opening provided on the closed loop for communicating an inside of the closed loop with ambient air outside the closed loop to totally discharge the working fluid contained in the closed loop.

US Pat. No. 10,138,758

QUATRO-GENERATION SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A quarto-generation system, comprising:a power generation engine driven by fuel gas;
an exhaust-heat boiler configured to utilize energy of exhaust gas discharged from the power generation engine to produce steam from boiler water;
a boiler-water circulation device configured to supply the steam produced by the exhaust-heat boiler to a steam-energy recovery unit, and to return condensed water of the steam to the exhaust-heat boiler after the steam-energy recovery unit recovers energy of the steam;
a condensation economizer configured to utilize condensation latent heat of exhaust gas discharged from the exhaust-heat boiler to heat a heat medium;
a heat-medium circulation device configured to supply the heat medium heated by the condensation economizer to a thermal-energy recovery unit, and to return the heat medium to the condensation economizer after the thermal-energy recovery unit recovers energy of the heat medium; and
an exhaust-gas condensed water supply device configured to supply condensed water of the exhaust gas condensed by the condensation economizer to a water consumer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,757

BEARING SYSTEM FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A bearing system for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a spring defined about an axis, the spring including a multiple of beams that extend between a radial flange and a damper attachment;
a damper defined about the axis, the damper fastened to the damper attachment and nested within the spring; and
a bearing mounted to the damper, wherein a hearing element of the bearing is axially aligned with the radial flange.

US Pat. No. 10,138,753

AUXILIARY FLUID DRIVEN ELECTRIC GENERATOR

1. An auxiliary generator of electrical energy, comprising:an external shell including an intake opening for a fluid and an outlet opening for the fluid;
a rotor housed inside the shell along a path of the fluid from said intake opening to said outlet opening; said rotor including a plurality of vanes for intercepting the fluid and an output shaft;
a generator of electrical current housed inside the shell, the generator including an input shaft mechanically connected to the output shaft of the rotor, and also including an output electrical terminal; and
an accumulator of electrical energy electrically connected to said output electrical terminal;
a speed multiplier housed inside the shell and connecting the output shaft of the rotor and the input shaft of the generator of electrical current;
wherein the shell includes a fixing element for fixing to an external body;
wherein the rotor is a single rotor, and the output shaft is a single output shaft, the single rotor rotatable around an axis and including a plurality of sections, each of the plurality of sections having a respective configuration of vanes for intercepting the fluid to drive the single rotor; the single output shaft at least partially passing through each of the plurality of sections radially inwardly of the vanes of each of the plurality of sections; the respective configuration of the vanes of each of the plurality of sections being different from the respective configuration of the vanes of an axially adjacent section with respect to at least one chosen from size and shape of the vanes;
wherein the shell has a modular structure comprising first, second and third elementary blocks assembled in a successive axial alignment;
the first elementary block containing the rotor;
the second elementary block containing the speed multiplier; and
the third elementary block containing the generator;
the generator comprising an electronic unit for controlling the generator;
the generator comprising an inverter housed inside the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,138,752

ACTIVE HPC CLEARANCE CONTROL

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine clearance control system comprising:a cooling air passage extending from a cooling air inlet port to a cooling air outlet port, said cooling air inlet port and outlet port formed within an external surface of a compressor casing of a compressor and axially spaced on said external surface, said cooling air passage extending from said cooling air inlet port radially inwardly to at least one of a flange joint, a radially outer surface of a compressor casing ring, and a radially outer surface of a connector case, said cooling air passage further extending aftward along said radially outer surfaces of said connector case and said compressor casing ring, said cooling air passage further extending radially outward to said cooling air outlet port, wherein selectively supplying cooling air to said cooling air passage controls a rotor tip clearance between a rotor tip of a rotor blade of said compressor and an inner surface of said compressor casing ring and further controls an interstage seal clearance between an inner band and a rotor spool of said compressor, wherein:
said rotor blade extends radially outwardly from an inner flow path surface of a rotor blade platform attached to said rotor spool towards an inner surface of said compressor casing ring and terminates at said rotor tip proximate said inner surface;
each of a plurality of stator vanes extends radially inwardly from a radially inner surface of an outer band and terminating at an inner band;
said outer band is configured to couple to said compressor casing ring radially with axial contact to said adjacent outer band; and
said flange joint is configured to couple said compressor casing ring and said connector case, said compressor casing ring comprising a radially outwardly extending flange portion configured to be coupled to radially outwardly extending mounting flanges of said connector case axially adjacent to said flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,751

SEGMENTED SEAL FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal segment, comprising: a first axial wall; a second axial wall spaced from said first axial wall; a radially outer wall that interconnects said first axial wall and said second axial wall; at least one curved member radially inwardly offset from said radially outer wall and extending between said first and second axial walls, wherein said at least one curved member is configured to convey an axial force against an adjacent structure of said seal segment; and at least one truss member that extends between said radially outer wall and said at least one curved member, wherein said at least one truss member extends from the first axial wall or the second axial wall to the radial outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,750

BOAS SEGMENTED HEAT SHIELD

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal assembly, comprising:a seal arc segment defining first and second seal supports;
a carriage defining first and second support members, the first support member supporting the seal arc segment in a first ramped interface and the second support member supporting the seal arc segment in a second ramped interface;
a spring configured to bias the seal arc segment axially; and
a heat shield radially inward of the spring and having a radially-extending leg disposed axially between the spring and the seal arc segment.

US Pat. No. 10,138,749

SEAL ANTI-ROTATION FEATURE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal assembly, comprising:a monolithic seal arc segment having a first circumferential end defining a first seal support and a second circumferential end defining a second seal support, wherein the first circumferential end is circumferentially spaced from the second circumferential end with respect to the seal arc segment;
a carriage defining first and second support members, the first support member supporting the seal arc segment in a first ramped interface and the second support member supporting the seal arc segment in a second ramped interface such that the seal arc segment is circumferentially moveable with respect to the carriage, wherein the seal arc segment includes a radially outer side for interfacing with the carriage and a radially inner surface radially opposite the radially outer side and configured to bound a core gas flow path; and
an anti-rotation interface in which the seal arc segment and the carriage are engaged, the anti-rotation interface restricting circumferential movement of the seal arc segment.

US Pat. No. 10,138,748

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS WITH OPTIMIZED LEADING EDGE GEOMETRY

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine component comprising: a main body having a leading edge and a leading edge wall including an elongated transition portion configured as a section of an ellipse extending between the leading edge and a proximate flowpath surface of the main body, wherein the section comprises a portion defined between an intersection of a major axis with the ellipse and an intersection of a minor axis with the ellipse, wherein the length of the major axis is greater than the length of the minor axis, and wherein the elongated transition portion has an axial length that is greater than a radial height.

US Pat. No. 10,138,747

SEAL ASSEMBLY TO SEAL END GAP LEAKS IN GAS TURBINES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A seal assembly to seal a gas turbine hot gas flow path in a gas turbine, the seal assembly comprising:an intersegment seal including a plurality of seal segments, the plurality of seal segments defining one or more end regions, the intersegment seal disposed in a slot defining a high-pressure slot side and a low-pressure slot side, wherein the slot includes a plurality of slot segments, one or more of the plurality of seal segments including at the one or more end regions a plurality of jet holes and a channel having a wire disposed therein, wherein the intersegment seal provides sealing of one or more end gaps defined proximate the one or more end regions.

US Pat. No. 10,138,746

GAS TURBINE ENGINE FLOW CONTROL DEVICE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

11. An assembly for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a casing defining a plurality of hooks configured to receive a vane assembly and separated circumferentially by a plurality of interrupted surfaces; and
a flow control device including a seal body having a radially inner surface, a radially outer surface, and a plurality of stand-ups protruding from the radially outer surface, wherein the plurality of stand-ups are received in the plurality of interrupted surfaces for sealing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,744

TURBOCHARGER WITH VARIABLE TURBINE GEOMETRY HAVING GROOVED GUIDE VANES

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A guide vane for regulating a flow of exhaust gas through a wheel inlet to a turbine wheel in a variable turbine geometry turbocharger, said guide vane comprising:a body extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge, said body including opposing first and second edges and opposing front and rear surfaces, wherein said first edge is adjacent to one side of the wheel inlet and said second edge is adjacent to another side of the wheel inlet; and a pivotal shaft extending in the axial direction from at least the first edge; and
at least one flow feature disposed on said body of said guide vane for manipulating the flow of exhaust gas during use of the turbocharger, wherein the first flow feature comprises a raised rib protruding from the body and extending from a surface of one of the first or second edges in the axial direction of pivotal shaft, and wherein the rib splits, and wherein the rib is constructed and arranged to disturb the flow of exhaust gas as the exhaust gas attempts to flow around one of the first or second edges to prevent or minimize exhaust gas from leaking around one of the first or second edges.

US Pat. No. 10,138,743

IMPINGEMENT COOLING SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An impingement cooling system for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a gas turbine engine component; and
an insert positioned within the gas turbine engine component, the insert comprising:
an insert body comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, the insert body defining an inner cavity therein, a first impingement aperture, a first heat exchanger inlet aperture, and a first heat exchanger outlet aperture;
a first baffle extending outwardly from the outer surface of the insert body, wherein the first baffle, the gas turbine engine component, and the insert body collectively define a first cooling chamber and a second cooling chamber therebetween, and wherein the first impingement aperture fluidly couples the inner cavity of the insert body and the first cooling chamber; and
a first heat exchanger wall coupled to the inner surface of the insert body, the first heat exchanger wall and the insert body collectively defining a first heat exchanger chamber therebetween, wherein the first heat exchanger inlet aperture fluidly couples the first cooling chamber and the first heat exchanger chamber, and wherein the first heat exchanger outlet aperture fluidly couples the first heat exchanger chamber and the second cooling chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,742

MULTI-PLY FINGER SEAL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A finger seal for a gas turbine engine comprising:a seal land surface defining at least a portion of a first cavity and a second cavity;
a first ply having an arcuate shape and both a free end and a mounting portion, wherein the first ply is constructed from a first material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, and wherein the first ply interfaces with the first cavity; and
a second ply disposed against the first ply and having an arcuate shape and both a free end and a mounting portion, wherein the second ply is constructed from a second material having a second coefficient of thermal expansion that exceeds the first coefficient of thermal expansion of the first material, wherein a difference between the first coefficient of thermal expansion of the first material and the second coefficient of thermal expansion of the second material produces differential expansion between the first and second plies as a consequence of a maximum temperature applied to the finger seal that generates a force on the finger seal, and wherein the force on the finger seal reduces a contact force at the free end between the second ply and the seal land surface by an amount that maintains sealing contact between the second ply and the seal land surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,741

BLADED ROTOR

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A bladed rotor for a turbo-machine, the bladed rotor having a rotational axis and comprising a hub including a plurality of circumferentially spaced-apart ribs around the periphery of the hub, the ribs defining a plurality of spaced-apart slots, each of the spaced-apart slots slideably receiving a root portion of a respective rotor blade of a plurality of rotor blades, the respective root portion of each respective rotor blade of the plurality of rotor blades defining a radially inwardly open blade retaining groove within which a respective region of a retaining ring locates to retain each of the rotor blades in the respective spaced-apart slots without the retaining ring making contact with a radially outermost region of the respective blade retaining grooves, whereinthe retaining ring also engages within a plurality of radially inwardly open hub grooves formed in the ribs spaced around the hub,
the retaining ring engages each of the hub grooves such that a radial gap is defined between the retaining ring and a radially outermost region of each of the blade retaining grooves, and
the engagement of the retaining ring within each of the hub grooves is effective to maintain a radial gap between the retaining ring and a radially outermost region of each of the blade retaining grooves wherein the retaining ring defines a first contact surface on a first flank of the retaining ring for engagement within each of the hub grooves, and the first contact surface lying at an acute angle to a plane orthogonal to the rotational axis of the bladed rotor, wherein each of the hub grooves defines a corresponding internal contact surface for contact with the first contact surface of the retaining ring, and the internal contact surface of each of the hub grooves lies at a substantially equal acute to a plane orthogonal to the rotational axis of the bladed rotor as the first contact surface of the retaining ring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,740

SILICON-BASED MATERIALS CONTAINING GALLIUM AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A ceramic component comprising: a substrate defining a surface; and a silicon-based layer forming a bond coating directly on the surface of the substrate, wherein the silicon-based layer comprises a silicon-containing material and about 1% to 25% by weight of a Ga-containing compound, wherein the substrate is formed from a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material, and wherein the silicon-containing material forms a continuous phase within the silicon-based layer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,738

COMPOSITE VANE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A composite vane comprising:a composite vane body formed of a composite material of a thermosetting resin or a thermoplastic resin, and reinforced fibers; and
a metal sheath formed of a thin sheet made of a titanium alloy that is bonded to a leading edge section of the composite vane body via a soft adhesive to cover the leading edge section,
wherein an adhesive filling section in which the soft adhesive is filled, leading edge side contact sections that come into contact with a curved section corresponding to a leading edge of the metal sheath, and a plurality of protrusions that come into contact with a planar section corresponding to a vane surface of the metal sheath and have at least a same height as a thickness of a layer of a requisite amount of the soft adhesive filled in the adhesive filling section are formed in the leading edge section of the composite vane body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,735

TURBINE AIRFOIL INTERNAL CORE PROFILE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An airfoil for a turbine blade, the airfoil comprising:a pressure side wall having a normalized pressure side wall thickness;
a suction side wall having a normalized suction side wall thickness, the suction side wall connected to the pressure side wall at a leading edge and a trailing edge, the leading edge having a normalized leading edge thickness and the trailing edge having a normalized trailing edge thickness; and
an internal cavity defined by the pressure side wall and the suction side wall;
wherein the airfoil defines a span extending between zero percent of the span at an airfoil root and one hundred percent of span at an airfoil tip, the normalized pressure side wall thickness is a value of the pressure side wall thickness at a given span divided by a value of the pressure side wall thickness at fifty percent of the span, the normalized suction side wall thickness is a value of the suction side wall thickness at a given span divided by a value of the suction side wall thickness at fifty percent of the span, the normalized leading edge thickness is a value of the leading edge thickness at a given span divided by a value of the leading edge thickness at fifty percent of the span, and the normalized trailing edge thickness is a value of the trailing edge thickness at a given span divided by a value of the trailing edge thickness at fifty percent of the span;
wherein the normalized pressure side wall thickness suction side wall is between 0.194 and 0.214 at zero percent of the span, between 0.107 and 0.127 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.080 and 0.100 at one hundred percent of the span;
wherein the normalized suction side wall thickness is between 0.202 and 0.222 at zero percent of the span, between 0.102 and 0.122 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.089 and 0.109 at one hundred percent of the span;
wherein the normalized leading edge thickness is between 0.212 and 0.232 at zero percent of the span, between 0.108 and 0.128 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.086 and 0.106 at one hundred percent of the span; and
wherein the normalized trailing edge thickness is between 0.856 and 0.876 at zero percent of the span, between 0.900 and 1.100 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.998 and 1.018 at one hundred percent of the span.

US Pat. No. 10,138,733

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A TURBINE ROTOR

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A process for producing a turbine rotor (1), which has, as joining partners, a turbine wheel (2) made of TiAl and a shaft (3) produced from steel, with the following process steps:providing the turbine wheel (2);
providing a solder;
providing the shaft (3);
determining a TiAl soldering temperature window having a lower end at which the solder will melt and an upper temperature which is the maximum process temperature of TiAl;
determining a steel soldering temperature window having a lower end at which the solder will melt and an upper temperature which is the maximum process temperature of steel;
contacting the turbine wheel (2) to the shaft (3) with said solder between turbine wheel (2) and shaft (3); and
moving an electron beam (5) alternately over the TiAl turbine wheel (2) and the steel shaft (3) to raise the temperature of the TiAl turbine wheel (2) at the solder to within the TiAl soldering temperature window and simultaneously raise the temperature of the steel shaft (3) at the solder to within the steel soldering temperature window, wherein the joining partners (2, 3) are turned at the same time during said soldering.

US Pat. No. 10,138,732

BLADE SHIELD REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method comprising:milling a nose of a first shield of a blade to leave at least one strip of the first shield coupled to a blade body;
subsequent to the milling, applying a cryogenic technique to the blade to weaken a bond between the first shield and the blade body;
subsequent to the applying of the cryogenic technique, removing the at least one strip of the first shield from the blade body;
coupling a second shield to the blade body subsequent to the removal of the at least one strip from the blade body;
applying a heat blanket to the second shield; and
bonding the second shield to the blade body subsequent to the applying of the heat blanket.

US Pat. No. 10,138,731

FIXED DISPLACEMENT TURBINE ENGINE

1. An engine comprising:a compression portion comprising a male compression screw rotor rotatably engaged with a female compression screw rotor, the male compression screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-extending lobes and the female compression screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-arranged flutes, the flutes of the female compression screw rotor receiving the lobes of the male compression screw rotor;
a combustion portion comprising a male combustion screw rotor rotatably engaged with a female combustion screw rotor, the male combustion screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-extending lobes and the female combustion screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-arranged flutes, the flutes of the female combustion screw rotor receiving the lobes of the male combustion screw rotor, the male compression screw rotor sharing a longitudinal axis with the male combustion screw rotor and the female compression screw rotor sharing a longitudinal axis with the female combustion screw rotor;
a combustion plate disposed between the compression portion and the combustion portion, the combustion plate comprising a solid plate and an orifice extending through the plate, the solid plate configured to block gas flow between the compression portion and the combustion portion and the orifice configured to permit gas flow from the compression portion to the combustion portion;
a combustion valve affixed to the male combustion screw rotor adjacent to the combustion plate, the combustion valve comprising a thin plate with a plurality of petals, each petal associated with and covering a corresponding lobe of the plurality of helically-extending lobes of the male combustion screw rotor, each petal extending beyond the corresponding lobe of the plurality of helically extending lobes of the male combustion screw rotor, adjacent ones of the plurality of petals of the combustion valve separated from one another by a combustion valve recession, the combustion valve recession at least partially overlapping the orifice of the combustion plate in a longitudinal direction at some point while the male combustion screw rotor is rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,138,730

POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT ROTARY DEVICES WITH UNIFORM TOLERANCES

MALLEN RESEARCH LIMITED P...

11. A method for making a first rotor that is configured to rotate adjacent to a second rotor that comprises a circular main body with a first axis of rotation and a substantially straight vane extending radially from the main body, the vane having a leading edge and a trailing edge when the second rotor rotates in the clockwise direction and the method comprising the steps of:forming a first curved surface having a constant radius about a second axis of rotation and extending from a second curved surface to a third curved surface of the first rotor, the second axis of rotation being that of the first rotor; and
forming a vane-receiving groove disposed between the second curved surface and the third curved surface that is configured to receive a distal end of the vane therein,
wherein the first curved surface is dimensioned to maintain substantially the same distance from the main body of the second rotor when adjacent to the main body of the second rotor, the second curved surface is dimensioned to maintain substantially the same distance from the leading edge of the vane when adjacent to the leading edge of the vane, the third curved surface is dimensioned to maintain substantially the same distance from the trailing edge of the vane when adjacent to the trailing edge of the vane, and the vane-receiving groove is dimensioned to maintain substantially the same distance from the distal end of the vane when the vane is received in the vane-receiving groove.

US Pat. No. 10,138,729

DRIVE ASSEMBLY WITH PRESSURE FORCE AGGREGATING PISTON ARRANGEMENT FOR HYDRAULIC MOTOR SPEED/TORQUE SELECTOR

1. A drive assembly, comprising:a housing;
a drive motor at least in part contained in the housing and having a rotor rotating an output shaft;
a selector mechanism at least in part contained in the housing and movable into one of a plurality of orientations corresponding to one of a plurality of drive motor settings; and
an actuator at least in part contained in the housing and arranged to move the selector mechanism into one of the plurality of orientations, the actuator including:
a first piston disposed in the housing for movement by hydraulic pressure; and
a second piston disposed in the housing for movement by hydraulic pressure, the second piston being arranged in contact with the first piston and configured to aggregate and transfer forces from hydraulic movement of the first piston and the second piston to move the selector mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,138,727

ACOUSTIC MULTI-MODALITY INVERSION FOR CEMENT INTEGRITY ANALYSIS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for characterizing a physical barrier comprising a plurality of casings and a plurality of annular fills installed in a borehole traversing a formation, the method comprising:locating an acoustic tool with at least one receiver and at least one transmitter at a location in the borehole, wherein the acoustic tool is configured to perform at least two of (i) sonic measurements, (ii) ultrasonic pulse-echo measurements, and (iii) ultrasonic pitch-catch measurements of the physical barrier;
using the at least one transmitter of the acoustic tool, generating at least two types of acoustic waveforms that interact with the plurality of casings and the plurality of annular fills of the physical barrier, wherein the at least two types of acoustic waveforms comprise at least two of (i) sonic waveforms, (ii) ultrasonic pulse echo waveforms, wherein the at least one transmitter is oriented normal to the physical barrier, and (iii) ultrasonic pitch-catch waveforms, wherein the at least one transmitter is oriented at one or more angles to excite at least one mode within the physical barrier;
using the at least one receiver of the acoustic tool, recording resulting waveforms that result from the interaction of the at least two types of acoustic waveforms with the plurality of casings and the plurality of annular fills of the physical barrier to obtain at least two types of acoustic waveform data, wherein the at least two types of acoustic waveform data comprise at least two of (i) sonic waveform data, (ii) ultrasonic pulse-echo waveform data, and (iii) ultrasonic pitch-catch waveform data; and
processing the at least two types of acoustic waveform data using an inversion to determine barrier parameters as a function of azimuth and depth along the borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,726

DOWNHOLE COMMUNICATIONS USING SELECTABLE FREQUENCY BANDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system that is usable to improve wireless communications transmitted through a wellbore in a subterranean formation, the system comprising:a first transceiver that is positionable external to a casing string in the wellbore for wirelessly transmitting data via a signal within a frequency band, wherein the first transceiver comprises:
a processing device; and
a memory device that includes instructions executable by the processing device for causing the processing device to:
receive one or more sensor signals from one or more sensors;
determine a fluid property of a fluid in the wellbore based on the one or more sensor signals;
determine a property of a subterranean formation based on the one or more sensor signals;
select the frequency band based on the fluid property and the property of the subterranean formation by consulting a lookup table in which a plurality of fluid properties and a plurality of subterranean formation properties are mapped to a plurality of frequency bands; and
a second transceiver that is positionable externally the casing string and operable to receive the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,138,723

AUTODRILLING SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF OPERATION OF A HYDRAULIC DRILLING RIG

Ensign Drilling Inc., Ca...

17. An autodrilling system for controlling operation of a drilling rig having one or more hydraulic drill string hoisting cylinders, the system comprising:a) a central controller for operating the cylinders with programmable logic control to meet specified drilling parameters including weight-on-bit (WOB), rate of penetration (ROP) and differential pressure (DP), and for storing drilling parameters for different drilling modes;
b) an autodrilling interface in data communication with the central controller, for setting the specified drilling parameters; and
c) a plurality of sensors configured to generate data indicating status of operation of the cylinders and drilling fluid pressure; wherein the sensors are configured to transmit the data to the central controller for processing by the programmable logic control to modify operation of the cylinders to cause the drilling rig to meet the specified drilling parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,138,720

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORATING AND FRAGMENTING SEDIMENTS USING BLASTING MATERIAL

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY GROUP, ...

1. A method for treating a hydrocarbon bearing formation bounded by at least one nonbearing formation comprising the steps of:inserting a tubular into a wellbore formed in the hydrocarbon bearing formation, the tubular defining proximal and distal ends and further having a sidewall defining inner and outer surfaces and a tubular bore, where an annulus is defined between the outer surface of the sidewall and the inner surface of the wellbore;
disposing a detonation means in the annulus through at least a portion of the hydrocarbon bearing formation;
pumping a first explosive fluid including a first explosive through the tubular bore into a selected portion of the annulus;
pressurizing the tubular bore using a drilling fluid;
inserting an isolation material in the annulus between an entrance of the wellbore and the first explosive fluid; and
detonating the first explosive fluid with the detonation means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,718

PERFORATION CRACK DESIGNATOR

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. At least one crack designator for a perforating gun, wherein the gun comprises a longitudinal direction, a lateral direction, and at least one scallop, wherein the at least one crack designator has a lesser stiffness than surrounding material of the gun and wherein the at least one crack designator defines a crack track that encourages crack growth in the gun in the longitudinal direction, the crack track redirecting crack growth in the gun from the lateral direction to the longitudinal direction of the gun.

US Pat. No. 10,138,717

PREDICTING WELL PERFORMANCE WITH FEATURE SIMILARITY

Novi Labs, LLC, Austin, ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining, by a computing device, m input features related to wells;
obtaining, by the computing device, for a plurality of n operational wells, a set of m×n input factor values, wherein m groups of n of the input factor values are respectively associated with the m input features, and wherein the n input factor values of each group are respectively associated with the n operational wells;
obtaining, by the computing device, n well productivity output values, each measured from one of the n operational wells;
based on the m×n input factor values and the n well productivity output values, iteratively constructing, by the computing device, a decision tree, wherein the decision tree includes a root node, wherein iteratively constructing of the decision tree continues until all leaf nodes of the decision tree are defined, and wherein each iteration comprises:
(i) selecting an intermediate node of the decision tree, wherein the selected intermediate node is either the root node or a previously-defined intermediate node;
(ii) placing each of the n input factor values for each remaining input feature into buckets according to non-overlapping input factor value ranges defined by the buckets, wherein the remaining input features are not yet assigned to any intermediate node;
(iii) based on the placement of the n input factor values for each input feature into buckets, determining an input feature with a lowest entropy of all of the remaining input features, wherein entropy is inversely proportional with distributional skew of the placement;
(iv) assigning the determined input feature as a decision point of the selected intermediate node, wherein edges representing the buckets into which the m input factor values were placed each connect the selected intermediate node to another intermediate node or a leaf node, wherein each leaf node is associated with a range of well productivity output values;
(v) removing the determined input factor from further consideration during further construction of the decision tree;
beginning at the root node, traversing, by the computing device, the decision tree in accordance with a further set of m input factor values associated with a proposed well in order to determine a predicted well productivity output value for the proposed well, wherein the predicted well productivity output value is based on a particular leaf node that is an endpoint of the traversal;
providing, for display on a user interface of a client device, j of the m input features with respective ranges of selectable input factor values, wherein the j input features are assigned to intermediate nodes, and wherein j receiving, via the user interface and from a user, selected input factor values for at least one of the j input features;
determining, based on the selected input factor values, one or more predicted well productivity output values; and
providing, to the client device, a graphic representing the predicted well productivity output values, wherein reception of the graphic by the client device causes the client device to display the graphic.

US Pat. No. 10,138,716

MODULAR NOZZLE INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE WITH AUTONOMY AND FLOW BIAS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

17. A method for controlling a flow of fluid downhole, the method comprising:receiving the fluid using a removable fluid nozzle in fluid communication with a production tubular disposed in a borehole penetrating an earth formation, the removable fluid nozzle being configured for bi-directional flow, wherein a pressure drop of fluid flow in one direction is greater than the pressure drop of fluid flow in the other direction; and
flowing the fluid in at least one flow path between the earth formation and the removable fluid nozzle at one end and between the removable fluid nozzle and a basepipe in fluid communication with the production tubular at another end in order to control the flow of the fluid;
wherein the removable fluid nozzle is disposed in a nozzle sleeve that is disposed in an annulus formed by a nozzle housing surrounding at least a portion of the basepipe.

US Pat. No. 10,138,714

SUBSEA NOISE MITIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method of exploiting an offshore oil and gas reservoir, comprising:installing a drilling structure in a body of water;
drilling a well from the drilling structure;
deploying a plurality of buoyant, flexible structures adjacent to the well, wherein the buoyant, flexible structures are flat hoses that are deployed in an uninflated rolled up condition adjacent the seafloor; and
inflating the plurality of buoyant, flexible structures with a gas into an upright position after being deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,712

SUBSEA ELECTRICAL UNIT AND SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A subsea electrical unit, comprising:a first electric power connection to receive electric power for operating the subsea electrical unit;
a second electric power connection towards a further subsea electrical unit;
a line insulation monitor coupled to the second electric power connection;
a further line insulation monitor coupled to the first electric power connection; and
a control unit adapted to determine whether electric power is present on the first electric power connection and whether electric power is present on the second electric power connection, wherein the control unit is adapted to disconnect the line insulation monitor from the second electric power connection upon determining that electric power is present on the second electric power connection and to disconnect the further line insulation monitor from the first electric power connection upon determining that power is present on the first electric power connection, wherein the control unit includes a first power sensing circuit for measuring the presence of electric power on the first electric power connection and a second power sensing circuit for measuring the presence of electric power on the second electric power connection.

US Pat. No. 10,138,711

WELLHEAD GAS HEATER

Adler Hot Oil Service, LL...

1. A method of burning wellhead gas, comprising:providing a wellhead gas burner comprising an expansion chamber, a fuel rail, and a plurality of fuel rail fingers each connected to the fuel rail and comprising a plurality of combustion chambers, wherein each combustion chamber comprises a combustion tube holder connected to one of the fuel rail fingers, a combustion tube connected to the combustion tube holder, and a combustion nozzle connected to one of the fuel rail fingers, wherein a longitudinal axis of each combustion tube holder extends in a vertical direction;
receiving a flow of wellhead gas from a wellhead in a first pipe;
accommodating pressure fluctuations in the flow of wellhead gas by expanding the wellhead gas within the expansion chamber, wherein the expansion chamber has a larger inner diameter than the first pipe;
passing the expanded wellhead gas from the expansion chamber to the fuel rail;
distributing the expanded wellhead gas from the fuel rail to the plurality of fuel rail fingers and to the plurality of combustion chambers of each fuel rail finger;
combusting the distributed wellhead gas within the plurality of combustion chambers;
heating a wellbore treatment fluid with heat produced by the combustion of the distributed wellhead gas; and
treating a wellbore with the heated wellbore treatment fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,710

BIDIRECTIONAL DOWNHOLE ISOLATION VALVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. An isolation valve for use in a wellbore, comprising:a downhole tubular housing;
a plurality of closure members pivotally coupled to the tubular housing, wherein the plurality of closure members are movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a sealing member disposed between two adjacent closure members and in contact with the two adjacent closure members when the two adjacent closure members are in the closed position, wherein the two adjacent closure members are in contact with each other in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,708

REMOTELY OPERATED PRODUCTION VALVE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A remotely operated valve for use with a subterranean well, the valve comprising:a port which provides for fluid communication between an exterior and an interior of the valve;
a closure member which selectively permits and prevents fluid flow through the port, the closure member permits flow through the port in response to a decrease in a pressure differential from the interior to the exterior of the valve; and
a locking device which prevents displacement of the closure member, the locking device being releasable in response to mechanical force applied to the locking device,
wherein the closure member is released for displacement relative to the port in response to, following release of the locking device, an increase in the pressure differential prior to the decrease in the pressure differential.

US Pat. No. 10,138,707

METHOD FOR REMEDIATING A SCREEN-OUT DURING WELL COMPLETION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of completing a well that remediates occurrence of a hydraulic fracturing screen-out condition, comprising:forming a wellbore, the wellbore comprising a bore extending into a subsurface formation;
lining at least a lower portion of the wellbore with a string of production casing;
placing a first valve along the production casing in a closed position, the valve creating a removable barrier to fluid flow within the bore;
perforating the production casing along a first zone of interest within the subsurface formation, the first zone of interest residing at or above the valve;
injecting a slurry into the wellbore perforation at a first injection pressure that is below a screen-out pressure, the slurry comprising a fracturing proppant;
continuing injecting the slurry into the wellbore perforation at the first injection pressure and until the first injection pressure increases to a second injection pressure that is greater than the screen-out pressure, wherein the second injection pressure is sufficient to move the valve from the closed position to the open position and expose ports along the production casing to the subsurface formation at or below the valve; and
further pumping the slurry through the exposed ports, thereby remediating the screen-out condition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,705

FLOW RESTRICTION DEVICE FOR WELL BORE

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A flow restriction device for restricting flow through a conduit, the flow restriction device comprising:a deformable insert having a wall section having an inner surface and an outer surface and defining a throughbore, the wall section having properties that are conducive to deformation, the deformable insert being adapted, in use, to be located in or adjacent to an insert support;
at least one pressure generating material portion adapted in use, to generate a deformation force in response to an activation signal, the deformation force adapted to induce a first deformation on the deformable insert wall section when applied to the deformation insert outer surface to reduce a throughbore cross sectional area; and
at least one trigger adapted to generate the activation signal;
wherein, in use, when the flow restriction device is exposed to an internal throughbore pressure, a force generated on the deformable insert inner surface by the internal throughbore pressure is substantially resisted by the deformable insert in combination with the insert support such that deformation of the deformable insert by the internal throughbore pressure is limited, wherein the flow restriction device comprises a deformation mechanism adapted to facilitate a second deformable insert deformation, and wherein the second deformable insert deformation is a bypass.

US Pat. No. 10,138,704

STRADDLE PACKER SYSTEM

16. A method of operating a straddle packer system, comprising:lowering the system into a wellbore;
actuating an anchor of the system into engagement with the wellbore;
energizing an upper seal member and a lower seal member of the system to isolate a section of the wellbore;
equalizing pressure across the upper seal member by applying a tension force to actuate an upper equalizing valve of the system, wherein the upper equalizing valve has an upper outer housing, an upper inner mandrel, and a biasing member disposed between the upper outer housing and the upper inner mandrel, wherein the upper outer housing is movable against a bias force of the biasing member and relative to the upper seal member and the upper inner mandrel to equalize pressure across the upper seal member, wherein the upper seal member does not move when the upper equalizing valve is actuated by the tension force; and
equalizing pressure across the lower seal member by applying the tension force to actuate a lower equalizing valve of the system, wherein the lower seal member does not move when the lower equalizing valve is actuated by the tension force.

US Pat. No. 10,138,703

DRAINAGE FOR A TELESCOPE SECTION OF A LANDING STRING

WellPartner AS, Tananger...

1. A drainage device for a tubular, telescopic pipe-landing unit provided with a through pipe bore partially formed of a center pipe extending from an upper end portion of an outer pipe-landing section and with a free end in through an upper end portion of an inner pipe-landing section, which is axially movable in the outer pipe-landing section, the center pipe being provided with at least one fluid-communication opening arranged for pressure equalization between the pipe bore and an annulus defined between the center pipe and the outer pipe-landing section, wherein the annulus is provided with a drain passage which is arranged to be opened by the axial movement of the inner pipe-landing section into the outer pipe-landing section away from an extended, operative position, in which an abutment portion of the upper end portion of the inner pipe-landing section is resting sealingly against a seat portion on a lower end portion of the outer pipe-landing section.

US Pat. No. 10,138,702

MINERAL EXTRACTION WELL SEAL

Cameron International Cor...

14. A method, comprising:coupling a seal assembly to a tool, wherein the seal assembly comprises:
an annular body; and
an interior sealing assembly disposed radially interior of the annular body;
inserting the tool and the seal assembly axially into a second fixed substantially tubular member of a well;
applying a first pressure via a first pressure port, moving a first piston, and sealing an exterior sealing assembly, wherein the exterior sealing assembly forms a first seal between the seal assembly and the second fixed substantially tubular member;
applying a second pressure via a second pressure port, moving a second piston, and sealing an interior sealing assembly, wherein the interior sealing assembly forms a second seal between the seal assembly and a first fixed substantially tubular member disposed radially interior of the seal assembly, wherein the interior sealing assembly comprises:
an annular body seal ring disposed radially interior of the annular body and having an inward tapered interior surface;
an annular casing seal ring disposed radially interior of the annular body seal ring and having an inward tapered exterior surface, wherein the inward tapered exterior surface and the inward tapered interior surface interface with one another such that as the annular casing seal ring and the annular body seal ring move toward one another in an axial direction, the annular casing seal ring is pushed radially inward and the annular body seal ring is pushed radially outward; and
an annular push ring disposed radially interior of the annular body, wherein an annular bottom surface of the annular push ring abuts an annular top surface of the annular casing seal ring, and wherein the annular push ring, in operation, pushes the annular casing seal ring in the axial direction toward the annular body seal ring, such that the annular casing seal ring moves in the axial direction;
decoupling the seal assembly from the tool; and
retrieving the tool from the well.

US Pat. No. 10,138,701

SWAB-RESISTANT DOWNHOLE TOOLS COMPRISING SEALING ELEMENTS COMPOSED OF SHAPE MEMORY POLYMERS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A swab-resistant downhole tool comprising a body and a sealing element,wherein at least a portion of the sealing element is composed of a shape memory polymer, the shape memory polymer having a glass transition temperature (“Tg”), and exhibiting a resilient characteristic above the Tg and a rigid characteristic below the Tg,
wherein the Tg is in the range of about 50° C. to about 150° C., and
wherein the shape memory polymer has a rigid characteristic modulus over about 1 gigapascal and a resilient characteristic modulus between about 1 megapascal and about 20 megapascal.

US Pat. No. 10,138,700

DUAL RUBBER CARTRIDGE

18. A method of installing a first stripper rubber and a second stripper rubber to an inner barrel of a rotating head assembly to rotate the stripper rubbers with the inner barrel, the inner barrel having an upper portion and a lower portion, the method comprising:attaching the first stripper rubber to a housing wherein at least a portion of the first stripper rubber is within the housing;
attaching the second stripper rubber to the housing wherein said second stripper rubber extends at least partially outside of the housing; and
securing the housing to the lower portion of the inner barrel at a radially outward surface of the inner barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,699

HANGER LOCK SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a hanger lock system, comprising:
a positive lock system, comprising:
a load ring configured to engage a first tubular; and
a lock ring configured to energize the load ring, wherein the lock ring comprises first threads configured to interface with first mating threads of a second tubular along a first threaded interface;
a tool, comprising:
a first piston having second threads configured to interface with second mating threads of the second tubular along a second threaded interface, wherein the tool is configured to rotate the first piston to couple and uncouple the tool with the second tubular via the second threaded interface; and
a second piston configured to couple to the lock ring with at least one torque transfer interface to energize the load ring, wherein the at least one torque transfer interface comprises an axial protrusion that interfaces with an axial groove over an axial path of movement between the second piston and the lock ring, the tool is configured to rotate the second piston to drive rotation of the lock ring along the first threaded interface to cause axial movement of the lock ring that causes radial movement of the load ring between an unenergized position and an energized position relative to the first tubular, and the second piston couples to the first piston with one or more shear structures configured to shear in response to torque after the load ring is driven from the unenergized position to the energized position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,697

MINERAL EXTRACTION SYSTEM HAVING MULTI-BARRIER LOCK SCREW

Cameron International Cor...

25. A method of testing a wellhead assembly, comprising:applying external pressure to a port of a lock screw to apply pressure to a testing region to test an integrity of at least one component of the wellhead assembly, wherein the lock screw comprises:
a body extending through a first component of the wellhead assembly crosswise to a central axis of the first component, wherein the lock screw has a tip portion fixed to the body, and the tip portion selectively engages a recess in a second component disposed inside of the first component of the wellhead assembly to block movement of the second component relative to the first component; and
a passage extending axially through the body between the port and the testing region, wherein the passage terminates at a distance away from the tip portion such that the tip portion is closed to the passage, wherein the tip portion is fixed to the body as a one-piece structure.

US Pat. No. 10,138,695

DOWNHOLE FLUID FLOW DIVERTING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A flow-diverter assembly positionable in a wellbore, comprising:a housing having a circumferential sidewall, the circumferential sidewall defining an internal flow passage, the sidewall including a discharge port fluidly coupling the internal flow passage to a fluid flow path outside of the housing;
a valve piston located in the housing, said valve piston including a valve body in fluid communication with the internal flow passage, and said valve piston being movable axially along a longitudinal axis of the housing in response to pressure variations in the internal flow passage of the housing between an open position, where a vent of the valve body is fluidly coupled to the discharge port, and a closed position, where the vent of the valve body is substantially sealed from the discharge port;
a barrel cam rotatably mounted inside the housing, the barrel cam defining a circumferentially-arranged track path including axially-spaced first and second path locations corresponding to the open and closed positions of the valve piston;
a cam follower coupling the valve piston to the track path such that rotation of the cam displaces the valve piston between at least the open and closed positions of the valve piston; and
a locking piston located within the housing and configured to prevent movement of the valve piston when the pressure within the internal flow passage of the housing is above a predetermined threshold, such that at an index pressure within the housing the valve piston actuates the valve piston and not the locking piston.

US Pat. No. 10,138,694

DRILLING DEVICE AND UNLOAD CONTROL PROGRAM

Furukawa Rock Drill Co., ...

1. A drilling device comprising:a compressor switch configured to switch air pressure in an air tank so as to bring the air pressure to a first air pressure when the compressor switch is off and to bring the air pressure to a second pressure when the compressor switch is on, wherein the second air pressure is higher than the first air pressure;
a first air pressure unload control unit configured to perform unload control of a compressor to bring air pressure in the air tank to the first air pressure when an engine starts up, and to keep the air pressure in the air tank at the first air pressure while the engine is being driven and a flushing mechanism is not driven whether the compressor switch is on or whether the compressor switch is off; and
a second air pressure unload control unit configured to perform the unload control of the compressor to increase the air pressure in the air tank to the second air pressure when the flushing mechanism starts up and the compressor switch is on.

US Pat. No. 10,138,692

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW OF WELLBORE RETURNS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of controlling a flow of wellbore returns and regulating a down-hole hydrostatic pressure of a wellbore, the method comprising:directing the flow of wellbore returns through an intake flow line into a gas/liquid separator; and
in response to the wellbore returns lacking a desired level of associated gases, introducing a supplemental gas into the separator from a supplemental gas source, thereby controlling the flow of wellbore returns into the separator and regulating the down-hole hydrostatic pressure of the wellbore while the wellbore is being drilled.

US Pat. No. 10,138,691

MOBILE SERVICE RIG WITH INTEGRATE PIPE HANDLING ASSEMBLY

Option Technologies Corp....

1. A mobile service rig for handling a pipe, the rig comprising:(a) an elongate wheeled frame defining a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis in a substantially horizontal plane;
(b) a mast assembly comprising an elongate mast substantially aligned longitudinally with the frame and extending from a mast base to a mast crown, wherein the mast base is pivotally attached to the frame for moving the mast from a substantially horizontal orientation to a substantially non-horizontal orientation; and
(c) a pipe handling assembly attached to the frame and comprising:
(i) an elongate pipe trough substantially aligned longitudinally with the frame; and
(ii) a pipe lifting assembly for moving the pipe trough, in relation to the mast in the substantially non-horizontal orientation, between a substantially horizontal position in which the pipe trough is level with the frame and a pipe delivery position in which the pipe trough is substantially parallel with the mast and elevated above the frame, wherein the pipe lifting assembly comprises at least one trough lifting arm having a first end pivotally connected to the frame directly or indirectly, and a second end pivotally attached to the pipe trough, the at least one trough lifting arm comprises a first trough lifting arm having an end pivotally attached to the frame and another end pivotally attached to a first portion of the pipe trough, and a second trough lifting arm having an end pivotally attached to the frame and another end pivotally attached to a second portion of the pipe trough disposed longitudinally between the first portion of the pipe trough and the mast assembly when the pipe trough is in the substantially horizontal position, and wherein the first trough lifting arm is articulated between a between a lower trough lifting segment and an upper trough lifting segment, and a lower end of the first trough lifting segment is movable longitudinally in relation to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,138,690

APPARATUS FOR GRIPPING A TUBULAR ON A DRILLING RIG

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

11. A method of connecting a gripping apparatus to a top drive, comprising:coupling a connection of the gripping apparatus to the top drive to rotationally fix the gripping apparatus relative to the top drive, wherein the gripping apparatus includes one or more gripping members for gripping the tubular; and
coupling a lock to the connection and the top drive to prevent the apparatus and the top drive from rotating independently of one another, wherein the lock comprises:
two or more link elements configured to surround the connection, and
one or more gripping dies on an inside surface of each link element, the one or more gripping dies configured to engage the apparatus and the top drive.

US Pat. No. 10,138,689

TOOL AND METHOD FOR USE IN SUPPORTING A SUCKER ROD STRING IN AN OIL OR GAS WELL

1904296 ALBERTA LTD., Ca...

1. A method for supporting a sucker rod string and associated downhole pumping equipment on a tubing string inlet or an upper extension thereof, during preparation of a wellhead for suspension of an oil or gas well, the method comprising:a) lifting and supporting the sucker rod string and partially disassembling the wellhead to expose an uphole end of the sucker rod assembly;
b) engaging a support tool to a portion of the uphole end of the sucker rod assembly, the support tool having:
i) a lower narrow portion dimensioned to fit within the interior cavity of the tubing string inlet or an upper extension thereof, the lower narrow portion comprising a lower threaded end for attachment to a first rod coupler;
ii) an upper wide diameter portion defining a substantially horizontal landing surface dimensioned to rest upon the top edge of the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof and an upper threaded end extending above the wide diameter portion, the upper threaded end provided for attachment of a second rod coupler;
iii) one or more longitudinal slots extending through the lower narrow portion and the upper wide diameter portion to allow passage of fluid or gas through the tool when the tool is supported on the top edge of the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof; and
iv) an upper spacer segment between the wide diameter portion and the upper threaded end, and a lower spacer segment between the narrow diameter portion and the lower threaded end, the upper and lower spacer segments each having opposed flat wrench-landing surfaces to facilitate connection and removal of the tool from the first and second sucker rod couplers; and
c) lowering the sucker rod string into the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof, until the lower narrow portion enters the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof, and the landing surface of the support tool rests upon the top edge of the tubing string inlet or the top edge of the upper extension thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,688

WIRELESS DOWNHOLE TOOL POSITIONING CONTROL

1. A method of restraining the descent rate of a well tool within a well pipe comprising the steps of:securing said tool to an end of a stem tube having a hollow bore;
providing an arched cage around a perimeter of said stem tube;
securing first and second ends of said arched cage to said stem tube;
confining said stem tube to the approximate center of a well pipe by an arched cage surrounding a perimeter of said stem tube; and
providing a flexible material cone within said cage having an apex portion secured to said stem tube in an up-hole direction from an open base of said cone,
wherein a stem tube wall around said hollow bore is penetrated by apertures on opposite axial sides of said cone apex.

US Pat. No. 10,138,687

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRELOADING CONNECTION USING PRESSURE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

16. A method, comprising:forming a rotationally interlocked connection between a first tubular component and a second tubular component;
securing the second tubular component to the first tubular component via a coupler;
providing a hydraulic chamber within the coupler; and
positioning the hydraulic chamber such that application of hydraulic pressure from a predetermined hydraulic volume source to the hydraulic chamber establishes a desired preloading of the first tubular component and the second tubular component across a connection.

US Pat. No. 10,138,686

DOWNHOLE SELF-ISOLATING WELLBORE DRILLING SYSTEMS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellbore drilling system comprising:a cutting grinder tool attached to a drill string uphole relative to a drill bit attached to a downhole end of the drill string, the cutting grinder tool to receive and pulverize formation cuttings resulting from drilling a formation using the drill bit; and
an isolation tool attached to the drill string uphole relative to the cutting grinder tool, the isolation tool to control flow of a mixture of the pulverized formation cuttings mixed with a drilling mud through the drill string based on a change in a pressure of the mixture caused by a presence, in the mixture, of hydrocarbons released from the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,685

DRILLING SYSTEM WITH TEETH DRIVEN IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS

1. A drilling system comprising:a drill bit, the drill bit defining a longitudinal axis between a distal end and a proximal end, the drill bit configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis and to cut material at the distal end, the drill bit comprising:
a plurality of chain assemblies, each of the plurality of chain assemblies comprising:
a chain made up of a plurality of cutters, each cutter having teeth positioned in rows extending radially around the cutter, the teeth configured to rotate axially as the teeth engage a material for cutting;
a proximal cog with a first set of gear teeth configured to drive the chain; and
a distal cog configured with a second set of gear teeth configured to engage the chain, the drill bit configured to cut material with each chain at each distal cog;
wherein the plurality of chain assemblies comprises at least a first chain assembly and a second chain assembly, the proximal cog of the first chain assembly configured to drive the first chain assembly in a direction opposite of the proximal cog of the second chain assembly; and
wherein in a moment of time, the teeth on longitudinally adjacent cutters of the first chain assembly rotate in opposite directions when they engage a material for cutting.

US Pat. No. 10,138,683

DIRECTIONAL CASING-WHILE-DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:rotating a drill bit in a borehole by rotating an upper section of a casing string without substantially rotating a lower section of the casing string, the upper section of the casing string being operatively coupled to the drill bit; and
radially diverting the drill bit from the longitudinal axis of the borehole with a rotary steerable system that is coupled to the lower section of the casing string and disposed at least partially within the lower section of the casing string.

US Pat. No. 10,138,681

LADDER TIE OFF SYSTEM

1. A ladder tie off system comprising:a ladder, said ladder having a pair of lateral side members and a plurality of rungs extending between said lateral side members;
an extendable tether, said extendable tether including a tensioning mechanism, a fixed section coupled to said tensioning mechanism, and an extendable section coupled to said tensioning mechanism;
a mount, said mount being coupled to said tensioning mechanism of said extendable tether, said mount being coupled to said ladder proximate a top end of said ladder wherein said extendable tether is configured for being secured to a static object near said top of said ladder whereby said ladder is inhibited from tipping during use;
said ladder having a top member extending between aligned ends of said lateral side members;
said mount being attached to said top member, said mount being positioned on an underside of said top member facing a topmost one of said plurality of rungs of said ladder;
a slot extending through said top member, said extendable section passing through said slot in said top member;
a fixed end hook being coupled to a free end of said fixed section; and
said fixed section being wrapped around one of said lateral side members and said fixed end hook being engaged to one of said plurality of rungs of said ladder.

US Pat. No. 10,138,680

HINGED TRAY FOR LADDER OR STEP STOOL

Tricam Industries, Inc., ...

1. A ladder comprising:a front rail;
a rear rail, wherein the rails are configured to pivot between a ladder open position and a ladder folded position;
a folded ladder depth defined by a first distance between a front surface of the front rail and a rear surface of the rear rail when said rails are in the ladder folded position;
a hinged tray configured to pivot between a hinged tray open position and a hinged tray closed position, the hinged tray comprising:
a top cap portion comprising:
a top cap surface platform having a top cap portion upper face and a top cap portion recess having a top cap portion recess face recessed from the top cap portion upper face,
a top cap portion width, and
a top cap portion rear face spaced a second distance from a top cap portion front face;
a folding portion comprising:
a folding surface platform having a folding portion upper face and a folding portion recess having a folding portion recess face recessed from the folding portion upper face,
a folding portion width, and
a folding portion rear face spaced the second distance from a folding portion front face;
a hinge connecting the top cap portion and the folding portion;
wherein the top cap portion rear face and the folding portion rear face abut when the folding portion is in the hinged tray open position;
wherein the top cap portion rear face and the folding portion rear face are coplanar when the folding portion is in the hinged tray closed position;
a hinged tray folded depth defined by the second distance when the hinged tray is in the hinged tray closed position;
wherein the hinged tray folded depth is not deeper than the folded ladder depth when the front rail and the rear rail are in the ladder folded position;
wherein the hinged tray is secured to at least one of the front rail or the rear rail;
wherein the folding portion upper face is generally coplanar with the top cap portion upper face when the hinged tray is in the hinged tray open position;
wherein the folding portion upper face abuts the top cap portion upper face when the hinged tray is in the hinged tray closed position;
wherein the top cap portion recessed face and the folding portion recessed face are generally and continuously coplanar along at least one third of the widths when the folding portion is in the hinged tray open position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,674

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CORDLESS BLINDS ASSEMBLY

CHING FENG HOME FASHIONS ...

4. A cordless blinds assembly comprising:a top box, a bottom box and multiple slats connected between the top box and the bottom box, two cords connected to the top box and each cord extending through the slats and extending through a cord hole defined through a top of the bottom box;
the bottom box having two fixed plates located therein and located close to two ends of the bottom box, each of the two fixed plates has a connection tube through which a rectangular hole is defined, the two cord holes respectively defined through the top of the bottom box and located close to the two ends of the bottom box, two outlets defined through the top of the bottom box and located between the two cord holes;
a control device including a rod unit having an operation unit, two scrolling belt units and two transmission rods, the operation unit having a first case, a second case, a button, an engaging member and a coil spring plate seat, the first case having a first room defined therein which communicates with an opening at an inside of the first case, a first side hole defined through an outside wall of the first case, a first pivotal hole defined in an end face of a top wall of the first case, an engaging plate located in the first room;
the second case having a second room defined therein which communicates with an opening at an inside and a portion of a top of the second case, a second side hole defined through an outside wall of the second case, a second pivotal hole defined through the outside wall of wall of the second case, a stud extending from a top of a front wall of the second room, a resilient member mounted to the stub;
the button having a protrusion extending from an underside thereof;
the engaging member having a contact plate extending from a front thereof, a pawl connected to a rear side of the engaging member, two pivots respectively extending from two sides of the engaging member;
the coil spring plate seat having a central rod which is connected between two restriction plates, a coil spring plate wrapped around the central rod between the two restriction plates, each of the two restriction plates having an axial tube extending from an outside thereof, each axial tube having a rectangular hole defined in an end face thereof, a gear connected to one of the restriction plates and located between the restriction plate and the axial tube corresponding to the restriction plate, one of the two axial tubes of the coil spring plate seat extending through the first side hole, and the other one of the two axial tubes of the coil spring plate seat extending through the second side hole, an end of the coil spring plate engaged with the engaging plate in the first room of the first case, the two pivots of the engaging member pivotably connected to the first and second pivotal holes, an underside of the contact plate of the engaging member contacting the resilient member on the stub of the second case, the pawl of the engaging member engaged with the gear of the coil spring plate seat, the first and second cases connected to each other at the two respective insides thereof;
the scrolling belt units each having a housing, a cover and a belt wheel, the housing having a first through hole defined in an outside wall thereof, a belt slot defined in a rear side wall thereof, the cover having a second through hole defined centrally therethrough, a scrolling belt scrolled to the belt wheel which has a tube extending from each of two ends thereof, each of the tubes of the belt wheel having a rectangular hole defined in an end face thereof, the two tubes of the belt wheel respectively extending through the first and second through holes, one end of the scrolling belt extending through the belt slot, the cover connected to the housing, and
each of the transmission rods having two ends which are respectively inserted into the corresponding rectangular hole of the coil spring plate seat and the corresponding rectangular hole of the scrolling belt unit corresponding thereto, each of the transmission rods adapted to be connected with ropes extending from a top box of the cordless blinds assembly, each of the scrolling belts adapted to be connected to the top box.

US Pat. No. 10,138,667

SPRING AND/OR DAMPING ELEMENT

HAHN GASFEDERN GMBH, Aic...

1. A damper element for damping a translational movement of a component and for causing the component to stop at a stop position, the damper element comprising a housing, a carrier displaceably supported in the housing for movement in a translational direction, and a damper part for damping the translational movement, wherein the damper part has a first end connected to the housing and a second end pivotably connected to the carrier, wherein the carrier is pivotable about a pivot axis perpendicular to the translation direction between a first position and a second position, wherein the damper element further includes at least one leaf spring connected to bias the carrier toward the first position, and wherein the carrier includes at least one actuating pin configured to deform the at least one spring when the carrier pivots from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,663

LOCKING DEVICE FOR A TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE LOCKING DEVICE

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A locking device comprising:a locking cover that is opened and closed when a toner container for receiving toner to be replenished to a development device for developing a toner image is attached to and detached from an image forming apparatus body;
an engagement part that is engaged with the locking cover when the locking cover is in a closed state;
a tension member that pulls the engagement part from a prescribed direction, thereby allowing the engagement part to be engaged with the locking cover;
a movement part that moves the engagement part in an opposite direction of the prescribed direction, thereby releasing an engagement state between the engagement part and the locking cover; and
a mounting member that is mountable at the image forming apparatus body at two postures, and limits movement of the movement part to the opposite direction so as to maintain the engagement state when the mounting member is mounted at one posture while permitting the movement of the movement part in the opposite direction so as to allow the engagement state to be releasable when the mounting member is mounted at a remaining one posture.

US Pat. No. 10,138,661

INGRESS AND EGRESS AID THROUGH CHECK STRAP LATCH

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a door rotatably supported by said vehicle body and rotatable relative to the vehicle body along a path between an open state and a closed state;
an interior door handle operatively associated with an interior of the door and actuable to unlatch the door to an unlatched state permitting the door to rotate from the closed state toward the open state;
a check strap extending between said vehicle body and said door and operable to restrict rotation of said door relative to the vehicle body;
a locking mechanism operable between a locked state, engaging said check strap to restrict rotation of said door relative to said vehicle body when said door is rotated between said closed state and said open state, and an unlocked state, disengaged from said check strap to permit rotation of said door relative to said vehicle body;
an assist handle moveable between a non-actuated state and a deployed state, said locking mechanism movable from said unlocked state to said locked state upon movement of said assist handle from said non-actuated state to said deployed state; and
wherein said assist handle is moveable from said non-actuated state to said deployed state to move said locking mechanism from said unlocked state to said locked state at any position of the door along the path the door travels between the closed state and the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,138,655

KEY COVER

David Frank Borenstein, ...

1. A cover for a key, comprising:a first wall, wherein the first wall defines a first cavity extending partially from an exterior surface of the first wall to an opposite interior surface of the first wall;
a metallic plate embedded in the first wall and positioned at least partially within the first cavity;
a first magnet inserted in the first cavity and fixedly attached to the metallic plate;
a second wall opposite to the first wall; and
an outer wall extending between the first wall and the second wall, the outer wall defining a pair of slots extending therethrough, the slots being positioned opposite to each other on the outer wall, wherein the slots are sized to interlock with lateral bow tips of an SC1 key and wherein the slots are rectangular slits,
wherein the first wall, the second wall, and the outer wall define a closed chamber for receiving a bow of the key and an opening to the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,652

FOLDABLE TENT RACK

XIAMEN ROADZUP OUTDOOR PR...

1. A tent rack, comprising:a first support stand including a first connecting base; two first stand poles; and two second stand poles; and
a second support stand 50 including a third stand pole; a second connecting base; and one second stand pole of the two second stand poles,
wherein each first stand pole of the two first stand poles has a first end that is rotatably connected to the first connecting base so that the two first stand poles are rotatable between a folded position and an unfolded position,
wherein each first stand pole of the two first stand poles is rotatably connected to and coupled with one second stand pole of the two second stand poles to form a scissor-type structure, and
wherein the first support stand with the two first stand poles unfolded has an arch shape and the two second stand poles are separated from one another
wherein one second stand pole of the two second stand poles and the third stand pole have respective first ends, and the first end of the third stand pole and the first end of the one second stand pole are rotatably connected by the second connecting base,
wherein the third stand pole and the one second stand pole are rotatable between an unfolded position and a folded position,
wherein the third stand pole is rotatably connected to and coupled with a fourth stand pole to form a scissor-type structure, and
wherein the second support stand, the third stand pole, and the one second stand pole in the unfolded position form an arch shape and one first stand pole of the two first stand poles and the fourth stand pole are separated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,138,643

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOVING STANDING WATER FROM A COVER

Cover-Pools Incorporated,...

1. A system for removing standing water from a pool/spa cover, the system comprisinga diaphragm pump mounted in a remote location relative to the pool/spa cover of a pool/spa;
one or more weights coupled to the pool/spa cover to create a depression into which standing water will accumulate; and
at least one hose having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled to an inlet in the diaphragm pump and the second end configured to be received in the depression in the pool/spa cover; and
a drain coupled to the diaphragm pump via a fluid conduit,
wherein:
the remote location is a roller mechanism housing or a recess in a pool deck, and
the drain is located at and discharges at the remote location to remove the standing water from the pool/spa cover and away from the pool/spa.

US Pat. No. 10,138,641

METHOD FOR RESTORING A STRUCTURE HAVING A CRACK BY FOLLOWING A CURVE REPRESENTING THE SEPARATION OF THE EDGES OF THE CRACK

ARMAN INNOVATIONS S.A., ...

1. A method for closing at least one crack appearing on a structure resting on settled soil, the at least one crack resulting from settling of the soil comprising:a preliminary step of consolidating a deep soil by a technique applied to a deep layer Z2 situated at a depth of between 2 B and 8 B, B being the width of said structure, said suitable technique including, in said deep layer Z2, at least one of a jet grouting, an injection of microcement, and an injection of an expanding material,
a main step of lifting a base of the cracked structure by means of injection of a reinforcement substance into foundation soil of the structure applied to a foundation layer situated on the surface and extending over a depth of between 0 and 2 B, said injection being made in line with said at least one crack in a primary drilling hole, the method comprising simultaneously with the injection, acquiring in real time a curve revealing edges of the at least one crack being brought together, stopping the injection as soon as an abrupt reduction in slope in absolute value is detected on the curve.

US Pat. No. 10,138,640

ADJUSTABLE CONCRETE FORM

1. A method for use of an adjustable form unit comprising:assembling an adjustable form unit; the adjustable form unit including at least:
at least two elongated form parts which are structurally configured for being attachable lengthwise relative to each other in multiple infinitesimal length adjustable dispositions relative to each other within the maximum length of the two elongated forms and/or at multiple angle dispositions; with one or multiple anchor points; in one or both of infinitely or infinitesimally adjustable lengths relative to each other along the lengths thereof;
the structural configuration including at least:
a first one of the at least one of the at least two elongated form parts having a single elongated slot disposed therein defined lengthwise relative thereto and another one of the at least two elongated form parts having one or more bolt holes disposed therein to provide for connection of the at least two elongated form parts together; and,
one or more of: a connection device, bolt or screw for holding the at least two elongated form parts in operative disposition relative to each other;
wherein the single elongated slot disposed in the first elongated form part and the plurality of bolt holes disposed in the second of the elongated form parts and the one or more of connection devices, bolts and screws coact to provide for connection of the parts together in one or both of infinitely or infinitesimally adjustable lengths relative to each other along and anywhere in the entire length of the single elongated slot; the one or more of the connection devices, bolts and screws are configured to be disposed simultaneously inserted in and through both the single elongated slot and the one or more bolt holes to effectuate the connection of the at least two elongated form parts to each other; and
the two or more elongated parts being adapted to be connected in an alternative angular disposition relative to each other, and in anchored position relative to a substrate, support structure, floor or wall;
disposing the adjustable form unit in the creation of an overall structure form for the creation of the ultimate structure;
creating the ultimate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,138,638

DECK COVERING SYSTEM

1. A deck covering system comprising:a deck covering configured to cover an existing building deck, the deck covering being substantially continuous across a surface, wherein the deck covering comprises a base layer, and a plurality of elongate panels on a top of the base layer, each of the plurality of elongate panels spaced apart from the other of the plurality of elongate panels forming a spacing between each of the plurality of elongate panels; and
a drainage channel insert connected to at least two edges of the base layer, the drainage channel insert allowing fluid drainage away from the deck covering, and connected to the at least two edges of the base layer such that the spacing between each elongate panel is in communication with the drainage channel;
a coping, the coping being an elongate panel connected to the drainage channel insert on an opposite side to the drainage channel insert and base layer connection, and the coping configured to connect to the building deck about a perimeter of the building deck, the coping having a downwardly extending portion configured to fit over an edge of the building deck.

US Pat. No. 10,138,637

FLOOR COVERING AND LOCKING SYSTEMS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A method for producing a building panel having a horizontal plane which is parallel with a front side surface of the building panel, wherein the method comprises:displacing the building panel in a feeding direction relative a tool set and a pressure shoe, via a chain and a belt,
pressing on a rear side of the building panel via the pressure shoe,
forming an edge portion of the building panel via a first tool of the tool set, when the building panel is displaced relative the tool set,
forming a guiding surface in the building panel via a second tool of the tool set, and
guiding the building panel via a guiding device of the pressure shoe which cooperates with the guiding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,636

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR FLOOR PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of essentially identical floor panels provided with a mechanical locking system comprising a flexible tongue, which is arranged in a displacement groove at a first edge of a first panel, and a tongue groove at a second edge of an adjacent second panel, the flexible tongue is configured to cooperate with the tongue groove for locking of the first and the second edge in a vertical direction,wherein:
the flexible tongue comprises a sliding surface and a locking surface,
the displacement groove comprises at least two cavities, each comprising upper, inner and lower cavity walls and a horizontal opening, wherein a portion of the displacement groove provided between said at least two cavities is configured to cooperate with a portion of the flexible tongue during locking,
the second floor panel comprises at least two protrusions, each comprising a sliding edge which is configured to cooperate with the sliding surface during locking and to press and bend a flexible tongue section into the at least two cavities, and
the flexible tongue section is configured to move back outwardly in a final stage of the locking such that the locking surface is inserted into the tongue groove.

US Pat. No. 10,138,633

SELF-ADHERING UNDERLAYMENT SHEETS TO FORM WATERPROOFING JOINTS, RELATED BUILDING ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

Gardner-Gibson, Inc., Ta...

1. A building underlayment sheet comprising: an underlayment lamina having a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface includes an interior portion and a selvage portion that extends from the interior portion of the bottom surface to a terminal distal edge of the sheet, wherein the interior portion of the bottom surface bears a self adhesive layer, and the selvage portion of the bottom surface bears a bonding composition that is capable of bonding to a top surface of a second underlayment lamina to form a full lap joint.

US Pat. No. 10,138,631

ROOFING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Spray Tech Industries, LL...

1. A roofing system, comprising:a first shingle layer comprising a first plurality of shingles;
a second shingle layer comprising a second plurality of shingles wherein each of the second plurality of shingles has a portion of which that overlays a portion of one the first plurality of shingles;
a first shingle in the first shingle layer, the first shingle having a single first rectangular channel and a single first rectangular protrusion in an upward-facing surface and the first rectangular-channel is contiguous with the first rectangular protrusion, the first rectangular channel and the first rectangular protrusion formed on an interlocking end of the first shingle, the first shingle comprising a slot that traverses the first shingle and the slot is configured to traverse the shingle underneath the first rectangular channel;
a second shingle in the second shingle layer, the second shingle having a single second rectangular channel and a single second rectangular protrusion in a downward-facing surface and the second rectangular channel is contiguous with the second rectangular protrusion such that the first rectangular channel is configured for receiving the second rectangular protrusion and the second rectangular channel is configured for receiving the first rectangular protrusion wherein the first rectangular protrusion is dimensioned such that it extends a distance above an upward surface of the second shingle,
wherein when interlocking the first shingle and the second shingle, a fastener is inserted through the first shingle, the second shingle, a nail strip inserted within the slot, another portion of the second shingle, and through a roofing substrate, and wherein the first shingle is flush with the second shingle so that such at a bottom of the first shingle and the bottom of the second shingle are fully attached to the roofing substrate and no opening exist between the shingles and the roofing substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,630

CONCRETE SHEARWALL AND ASSEMBLIES THEREOF, AND RELATED METHODS

1. A shearwall assembly comprising:a floor;
a first concrete column and a second concrete column extending upwardly from the floor with a first column face of the first column facing a second column face of the second column, a first protrusion and second protrusion extending from the first column face and the second column face, respectively, and;
a first column capital and a second column capital arranged at upper ends of the first and second columns, respectively;
a pair of horizontal slab panels positioned between the first and second precast concrete columns, each of the pair of horizontal slab panels extending in a length direction between first and second panel ends and in a height direction between upper and lower panel edges,
the first and second panel ends of each of the pair of horizontal slab panels extending toward the first and second column faces, respectively, and abutting opposite sides of the first and second protrusions,
end gaps being defined between adjacent ones of the first and second column faces and the first and second panel ends, and lower edge gaps being defined between the lower edges and the floor,
the upper edges extending up to the first and second column capitals, and each of the pair of horizontal slab panels having roughened inner faces; and
poured concrete at a volume formed between the pair of horizontal slab panels and the first and second precast concrete columns and filling the end gaps and lower edge gaps;
wherein a respective horizontal reinforcement extends from the first and second protrusions; and
wherein a plurality of trusses extend from the roughened inner faces of the pair of horizontal slab panels such that the horizontal reinforcements extending from the first and second protrusions are fitted between the respective trusses within the volume embedded in the poured concrete.

US Pat. No. 10,138,629

FACADE ASSEMBLY, BUILDING STRUCTURE, AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING THE FACADE ASSEMBLY

HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A facade assembly for a building, comprising:at least one facade element, configured to be fastened to a wall or an inter-story ceiling of the building,
at least one fire-protection element, configured to be mounted between the facade element and the wall or the inter-story ceiling, and
a protective layer which covers the fire. protection element at least partly,
wherein the fire-protection element comprises an insulating layer and at least one self-supporting angle profile with two flanges disposed at an angle relative to one another,
wherein one of the flanges of the angle profile is fastened to the facade element and the other flange of the angle profile bears on the insulating layer, and
wherein the protective layer comprises an elastic material.

US Pat. No. 10,138,625

WATER RUNOFF TREATMENT APPARATUS

1. A water runoff treatment apparatus, comprising:(a) a membrane comprising one or of more layers defining a thickness of said membrane, a first exterior surface of said membrane positioned in contact with a surface of an upper layer of a soil structure, and an aperture formed through a thickness of said membrane, said aperture aligned with a vertical well provided in the soil structure;
(b) an elongated member mounted vertically, during use of said apparatus, through said aperture in said membrane and positioned within the vertical well, said elongated member comprising:
i. a hollow interior,
ii. a first open end positioned above an opposite second exterior surface of said membrane,
iii. a second open end positioned within an interior soil layer of said soil structure and sized and shaped to expel treated water runoff therefrom, and
iv. at least one opening formed through a wall thickness of said elongated member in a portion thereof extending above said opposite second exterior surface of said membrane and in an open communication with said hollow interior;
(c) a filtration member comprising:
i. a center bore sized and shaped for mounting said filtration member on an exterior surface of said elongated member for a linear reciprocal movement due to levels of the water runoff accumulating above said opposite second exterior surface of said membrane or the surface of the upper layer of the soil structure,
ii. a first hollow chamber including intake openings formed through a wall thickness of said filtration member in said first hollow chamber,
iii. a second hollow chamber in fluid communication with said first hollow chamber said second hollow chamber including, discharge openings in said second hollow chamber in fluid communication with said at least one opening in said elongated member during said linear reciprocal movement,
iv. an air chamber provided below said second hollow chamber during use of said apparatus,
v. an adjustable buoyancy counter weight disposed on an exterior surface of said filtration member below said air chamber,
vi. a filtering medium positioned in said second hollow chamber configured and operable to at least separate contaminant(s) from the water runoff received through said intake openings prior to discharging the filtered water runoff through said discharged openings into said hollow interior of said elongated member, and
vii. said filtration member being sized and shaped to cover said at least one opening formed through a wall thickness of said elongated member during said linear reciprocal movement;
(d) a trash rack comprising a bottom wall positioned in a contact with said opposite surface of said membrane, a peripheral side wall upstanding on said bottom wall and openings formed through a thickness of said peripheral side wall; and
(e) a barrier positioned adjacent and/or on said peripheral side wall of said trash rack, said barrier configured to reduce flow of the water and/or absorb a portion of the contaminant(s) prior to the water entering said filtration member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,059

INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN BUILDING

1. A multi-storey warehouse comprising:a warehouse building,
a plurality of floor levels within the warehouse building,
an inclined ramp arrangement connecting the floor levels with a ground level, the ramp arrangement being adapted to be used by a ramp vehicle,
at least one automated storage and retrieval system within the warehouse building, the automated storage and retrieval system comprising two adjacent rows of multi-storey pallet racks which are separated by an aisle, the pallet racks and the aisle essentially being arranged along a straight line, wherein a first end of the automated storage and retrieval system is provided adjacent to a side of the floor levels, and
at least one handling device, the handling device being located in the area of the aisle; the handling device comprising a floor rail supporting a lower cart, a top rail above the multi-storey pallet racks supporting an upper cart, and an aisle vehicle;
the aisle vehicle comprising:
the lower cart,
the upper cart,
an upper platform rotatably connected to the upper cart, the upper platform configured to rotate about a vertical axis,
a lower platform rotatably connected to the lower cart, the lower platform configured to rotate about the vertical axis,
at least one vertical beam extending between the upper cart and the lower cart, and
a pallet load pick/place unit;
wherein the handling device serves the multi-storey pallet racks.

US Pat. No. 10,138,058

WASTE CONTAINER TRANSPORT DEVICE

GREAT DAY, INC., Tallula...

1. An apparatus for transporting a waste container, the apparatus comprising:a base member;
a latch housing connected to the base member;
a cantilever arm hingedly connected to the base member and adapted to be coupled to the waste container, wherein, when the cantilever arm is coupled to the waste container, the cantilever arm is adapted to pivot about the base member between a loading configuration and a transporting configuration; and
a latch hingedly connected to the cantilever arm and adapted to slidingly engage the latch housing and pivot about the cantilever arm when the cantilever arm is pivoted about the base member, the latch being actuatable between a latched configuration and an unlatched configuration;
wherein, when the cantilever arm is in the loading configuration, the waste container is adapted to be coupled to the cantilever arm while the waste container is situated on a surface location;
wherein, when the cantilever arm is in the transporting configuration, the waste container is elevated above the surface location by the cantilever arm; and
wherein the latch housing comprises:
a guide plate connected to the base member;
a slot formed through the guide plate and defining first and second end portions; and
a notch formed through the guide plate at the first end portion of the slot, the notch extending downwardly from the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,057

GARBAGE CAN LID HAVING GARBAGE COMPRESSING MECHANISM AND GARBAGE CAN INCLUDING THE SAME

Michael Shek, San Mateo,...

1. A garbage can lid having garbage compressing mechanism, including:a main body, adapted for being disposed on a can above a can opening of the can, the main body being formed with an opening;
a pivoting lid, pivotally disposed on the main body to selectively close the opening, the pivoting lid being formed with a through hole;
a pressing pad, arranged below the pivoting lid, a face of the pressing pad facing the pivoting lid having a connecting portion which positionally corresponds to the through hole;
a restoring element, associating the pivoting lid and the pressing pad so that the
pressing pad tends to move toward the pivoting lid;
a pressing rod, the pressing rod having a pressing element and an engaging portion at two opposite ends thereof, the engaging portion being able to be inserted through the through hole of the pivoting lid to be detachably engaged with the connecting portion of the pressing pad so as to push the pressing pad downward;
wherein a top of the pivoting lid is recessedly formed with a receiving room, the through hole is formed on a bottom of the receiving room, a top lid is disposed on the pivoting lid to selectively cover the receiving room, the pressing rod includes four rod segments which are pivotally linked one by one so that the pressing rod is foldable to be received in the receiving room, a restriction structure is arranged between any two adjacent rod segments, the restriction structure includes a restriction notch and a restriction protrusion which has an inclined top face, the restriction notch is formed on one of the two adjacent rod segments, the restriction protrusion is formed on an outer surface of the other one of the two adjacent rod segments, the restriction protrusion is covered by its adjacent rod segment and the restriction notch and the restriction protrusion are staggered from each other when the two adjacent rod segments are aligned, the restriction protrusion is received in the restriction notch to prohibit the two adjacent rod segments from pivoting with respect to each other when the two adjacent rod segments are substantially perpendicular to each other, the pressing element is pivotally disposed on a free end of the most distal rod segment, the restriction structures allow the four rod segments to pivot to form a rectangular frame, the rectangular fame is able to be received in the receiving room.

US Pat. No. 10,138,056

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SECURING BAGS WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A securing device for securing trash bags entirely within a trash receptacle comprising:a belt member for securing a trash bag within the trash receptacle and configured to conform to an inner wall of the trash receptacle at a top of the trash receptacle and to clamp a top portion of the trash bag between the belt member and the inner wall of the trash receptacle without the top portion of the trash bag extending over the top of the trash receptacle;
at least one resilient member coupled to the belt member at a first end of the at least one resilient member and operably configured to couple to the inner wall of the trash receptacle, below the belt member, at a second end of the at least one resilient member, the at least one resilient member biasing the belt member against the inner wall of the trash receptacle to clamp the trash bag, without any other external forces, against the inner wall between the belt member and the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,055

CHUTE SYSTEM FOR WASTE AND OTHER MATERIALS

1. A chute system for a building, the chute system including:an inlet, through which an item is received;
a chute, coupled to the inlet;
a door located between the inlet and the chute to seal the inlet;
a venturi vent in the chute on an outer side of the door; and
an outlet hood, coupled to the chute, configured to fit over an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the outlet hood provided with an outlet opening in communication with the chute and a multi-fit bristle sealing surface on an underside of the hood configured to form a bristle seal with an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the multi-fit sealing surface configured to enable a seal to be formed with different receptacles having different sized or shaped openings, the bristle seal spacing an underside of the outlet hood from the opening of the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,053

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LINING PROCESS TANKS

21. A method of providing a tank liner that includes a shell and a plurality of sheets defining an internal volume usable for storage of materials, the method comprising infusing extrusion weld material within a first gap defined by and/or adjacent at least one wall of the shell and within a second gap along an interface between a pair of adjacent sheets of the plurality of sheets, whereby the pair of adjacent sheets are joined by the extrusion weld material infused within the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,138,052

FLOATING ROOF TANK HAVING SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR PROTECTING THE PERIPHERAL SEAL

Vertical Tank, Inc., Bak...

1. A floating roof tank comprising:a tank having a tank interior surface and a tank interior space, said tank interior space capable of storing a fluid;
a floating roof disposed within said tank interior space wherein said floating roof floats on said fluid and wherein said floating roof has a first guide collar and a second guide collar;
at least one seal extending between said floating roof and said interior surface of said tank wall, establishing a seal therebetween;
a first guide post disposed within said tank interior space and passed through said first guide collar and a second guide post disposed within said tank interior space and passed through said second guide collar wherein said floating roof can move with respect to said first guide post and said second guide post along said first guide collar and said second guide collar; and
at least one locking mechanism configured to lock the floating roof to said locking mechanism such that the floating roof is supported by said first and second guide posts and said first and second guide collars when said tank is in a position other than vertical.

US Pat. No. 10,138,051

GLOVE AND HAND PRODUCT CADDY ASSEMBLY

1. A glove and product holding assembly comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall being attached to and extending upwardly therefrom;
a pair of posts, each of said posts being attached to and extending upwardly from said housing, each of said posts having a bottom end and a top end; and
a pair of glove engagement members, each of said top ends having one of said glove engagement members attached thereto, each of said glove engagement members including five protruding members, each of said protruding members being configured to be extended into one of a plurality of finger sleeves; and
a pair of receivers being attached to said housing, each of said receivers extending outwardly from an exterior side of said perimeter wall wherein said pair of receivers is positioned outside of said housing, each of said bottom ends being threadably coupled to one of said receivers wherein said pair of posts are positioned to extend upwardly outside of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,050

DISPENSING VALVE INCORPORATING A METERING VALVE

Summit Packaging Systems,...

1. A dispensing valve comprising a metering valve for use in a pressurized aerosol application, the dispensing valve comprising:a mounting cup supporting a gasket, and an opening extending through both the mounting cup and the gasket to facilitate receiving a valve stem;
a valve housing defining a cavity, the valve housing being captively retained by the mounting cup, with the gasket sandwiched between the valve housing and the mounting cup, a valve body being accommodated within the valve cavity, and a spring being accommodated within the cavity and biasing the valve body against the gasket into a closed position for preventing flow through the dispensing valve;
a lower portion of the valve housing comprising a passage which facilitates communication between the product to be dispensed and the cavity of the valve housing;
the valve stem being coupled to the valve body, and the valve stem extending out through the opening formed in the gasket and the opening formed in the mounting cup;
an actuator being supported adjacent a free end of the valve stem to facilitate dispensing product to be dispensed through the dispensing valve; and
the metering valve comprising:
a metering chamber delimited by a metering valve seat and a stop, and a metering member being movable, within the metering chamber, between the stop and the valve seat to facilitate dispensing a predetermined quantity of the product to be dispensed, and, following priming of the metering valve, a predetermined quantity of the product being dispensed from the metering chamber each time that the metering valve is actuated; and
the metering valve seat comprising at least one micro vent formed therein to facilitate supplying unpressurized external air to the metering valve seat and breaking a seal formed by surface tension of the product to be dispensed and thereby releasing the metering member from its sealing engagement with the metering valve seat so that the metering member can move from the metering valve seat back into engagement with the stop for another dispensing cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,049

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS HAVING FLEXIBLE VALVES

7. A non-durable flexible stand-up container comprising:at least one product volume made from one or more layers of a flexible material and containing a fluent product;
a nonstructural panel, made from one or more layers of a flexible material, defined by a plurality of expanded structural support volumes, and overlaying the product volume;
at least one flexible valve having a flow path for dispensing the fluent product from the product volume, wherein:
the flow path is formed between a first, relatively flat flexible material overlapping a second, relatively flat flexible material;
the flexible valve is closed when a pressure inside of the product volume is below a critical pressure;
the flexible valve automatically opens when a squeeze force applied to the nonstructural panel causes the pressure inside of the product volume to exceed the critical pressure;
wherein the flexible valve further comprises tension-inducing elements;
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is an expandable volume;
wherein the tension-inducing elements comprise a first expandable volume and a second expandable volume opposed from one another and defining the flow path therebetween;
wherein at least one of the expandable volumes is located adjacent to at least one of the expanded structural support volumes; and
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is in fluid communication with one or more of the expanded structural support volumes.

US Pat. No. 10,138,046

NEGATIVE PRESSURE STORAGE CONTAINER

Shin Hung Yih Technology ...

1. A negative pressure storage container, comprising:a container body comprising a storage chamber with an open side and an anti-slip pad mounted on a bottom surface thereof;
a container cover covering said container body, said container cover comprising an outer cover member, an inner cover member and an inner plastic cushion member, said outer cover member and said inner cover member being fastened together, said inner cover member being made of a plastic material and having a top side thereof fastened to said outer cover member and an opposing bottom side thereof fastened to said inner plastic cushion member, said inner cover member comprising a suction hole located on a bottom wall thereof, said inner plastic cushion member comprising a suction through hole, which is disposed in communication with the inside space of said container body after said container cover is covered on said container body;
a rotary device rotatably connected to said outer cover member of said container cover, said rotary device comprising an inner shaft fixedly fastened to a bottom end thereof and a gear portion located at a distal end of said inner shaft and suspending inside said outer cover member and adapted for driving a gear transmission mechanism;
a gear transmission mechanism mounted at said bottom wall of said inner cover member of said container cover, said gear transmission mechanism comprising a transmission gear set, an eccentric wheel and a link, said transmission gear set comprises a driving gear meshed with said gear portion of said inner shaft of said rotary device and drivable by said rotary device to rotate said eccentric wheel, said eccentric wheel being eccentrically and pivotally connected to one end of said link, said link having an opposite end thereof pivotally connected to a reciprocating piston of a vacuum pump;
a vacuum pump mounted at said bottom wall of said inner cover member of said container cover and disposed in communication with said suction hole of said inner cover member, said vacuum pump comprising a reciprocating piston drivable by said gear transmission mechanism to reciprocate and to further draw air out of said container body; and
a balance spring mounted between said reciprocating piston and said vacuum pump;
wherein when said rotary device is rotated by an external force, said gear portion of said inner shaft is forced to rotate said driving gear and then said transmission gear set of said gear transmission mechanism, causing said eccentric wheel to move said link and to further reciprocate said reciprocating piston in drawing air out of said container body, and thus, a negative pressure is created in said container body; when the negative pressure in said container body reaches a predetermined level, said bottom wall of said plastic inner cover member of said container cover is forced to curve in direction toward the inside of said container body, and thus, said transmission gear set of said gear transmission mechanism is moved with the deformed said bottom wall of said inner cover member toward the inside of said container body to disengage said driving gear from said gear portion of said inner shaft of said rotary device, enabling said rotary device to run idle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,045

ENCASEMENT PROTECTIVE APPARATUS

1. An encasement protective apparatus for an article, said apparatus comprising:(a) a flexible surrounding sidewall that is substantially fluid tight about a longitudinal axis, wherein said surrounding sidewall has a substantially fluid tight first end portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second end portion wherein said longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said surrounding sidewall also having a substantially fluid tight first margin portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second margin portion, wherein said first and second margin portions are substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis, said surrounding sidewall also having an outer surface portion that is adjacent to an external environment and an inner surface portion that defines a primary interior formed by said surrounding sidewall, said first and second end portions, and said first and second margins, said primary interior forms a rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis, wherein said outer surface portion is attached at said first and second end portions forming a pocket that the article is disposed within, wherein said first and second margin portions at said outer surface portion are removably engagable to one another and define a first aperture opening, thereby said pocket defining a secondary interior, further a second aperture is disposed therethrough said surrounding sidewall allowing fluid communication from said primary interior into the external environment, wherein said primary interior can have a portion of a fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture into the external environment; and
(b) a plurality of compressible particulate items loosely disposed within said primary interior, wherein operationally when said primary interior has a portion of the fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture, said apparatus is in an evacuated state being defined as when said compressible particulate items are substantially in contact with one another and also substantially immovable relative to one another, this results in said surrounding sidewall becoming rigidified to provide a rigid shell that partially encompasses the article to protect the article, further said compressible particulate items are relatively movable and loose to one another being defined as an un-evacuated state when said primary interior is un-evacuated therethrough said second aperture thereby placing said apparatus into said un-evacuated state allowing said surrounding sidewall to be pliable, facilitating the article to be taken from the pocket or disposed within the pocket therethrough said first aperture, further operationally said primary interior that forms said rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis results in a symmetrical shrinkage of said flexible surrounding sidewall in going from said un-evacuated state to said evacuated state due to said compressible particulate items being dispersed symmetrically within said primary interior.

US Pat. No. 10,138,044

AIRTIGHT SHEATH FOR PACKING A BOTTLE

10. An airtight sheath for packing a bottle, the airtight sheath made of at least two outer films heat-sealed together and comprising:a first buffering unit comprising a plurality of first air columns, and two distal heat-sealing sides being heat-sealed to terminate two opposite sides of the first buffering unit;
a second buffering unit comprising a plurality of second air columns, two opposite sides of the second buffering unit being heat-sealed with the two distal heat-sealing sides of the first buffering unit;
a bottom unit comprising a plurality of bottom air columns connected with ends of the plurality of first air columns and second air columns, the bottom unit and the first and second buffering units cooperatively forming a packing space for packing the bottle therein, each of the bottom air columns having at least a sealing node being heat-sealed, the sealing nodes being arranged in alignment with each other, two recessed sealing lines respectively formed at and bending inwardly from opposite end portions of the bottom unit and connecting the distal heat-sealing sides, the sealing nodes and the recessed sealing lines cooperatively enabling the bottom air columns to bend toward the packing space when being inflated; and
a cover extending from one end of the first buffering unit opposite to the bottom unit and disposed within the packing space, the cover and the first buffering unit cooperatively forming an insertion slot communicating with the packing space for buckling and enveloping a neck portion of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,042

CONTACT LENS DISPENSING CONTAINER

Optic 18 Limited, Loughb...

1. A contact lens dispensing container comprising:an upwardly opening receptacle configured to receive a single contact lens and storage solution;
a peripheral flange providing a planar engagement surface surrounding the receptacle;
a peelable cover sheet securable to the engagement surface to seal the receptacle, the peelable cover peelable from the engagement surface to allow removal of the contact lens from the receptacle;
an applicator comprising a handle, the handle having a first end and a second end, the handle being pivotably mounted on the flange and having a carrier located at the first end of the handle and a hand grip located at the second end of the handle, the handle and the hand grip forming a continuous member pivotable at the second end of the handle relative to the flange; and
the applicator being moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein in the stowed position the carrier is received in the receptacle with the handle not extending above the engagement surface, and in the deployed position the hand grip is rotated in relation to the flange causing the handle to be raised so that the carrier is located above the engagement surface to facilitate direct application of the contact lens from the carrier onto a wearer's eye without need for manual contact.

US Pat. No. 10,138,041

PACKAGE FOR LAUNDRY SCENT ADDITIVE

1. A package comprising;a container, said container having an open end and containing a particulate laundry scent additive, said particulate laundry scent additive comprising perfume;
a dosing cup comprising a closed end, a peripheral rim, and a wall extending from said closed end to said peripheral rim to define a dosing volume, wherein said dosing cup comprises a vent opening in said closed end or in said wall, wherein said vent opening is sized and dimensioned to retain said particulate laundry scent additive; and
a shrink sleeve wrapping around said container and at least a portion of said wall of said dosing cup thereby providing a mechanism of engagement between said dosing cup and said container;
wherein said package further comprises a closure engaged with said open end of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,039

TWIST-TIE DISPENSER REFILL

Twist-Ease, Inc., Crysta...

1. A base for a twist-tie dispenser refill, the base comprising:a base portion and a rear portion, the base portion being generally U-shaped and forming an opening configured to receive a twist-tie cluster and the rear portion extending from the generally U-shaped base portion;
at least one mounting member protruding from the rear portion, the at least one mounting member configured for mounting the base to a fixture, wherein the at least one mounting member defines a hook configuration with a stop portion and a vertical retention portion, the at least one mounting member configured to receive a mounting structure of the fixture in the form of a rod.

US Pat. No. 10,138,035

TAMPER EVIDENT FLIP-TOP CLOSURE, METHOD AND TOOL FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A closure for a container comprising:a base having a cylindrical shape with at least one recessed area along a top perimeter of the base and a retaining ring near a bottom of the base;
a lid having an upper surface and a lower surface, and configured to close over and open off of the base; and
at least one tab having an inner surface and an outer surface, the at least one tab extending from the lower surface of the lid and comprising a lip portion configured to fold back onto the at least one tab through contact with the base and lock with the base, when the lid is closed over the base, the at least one tab configured to detach from the lid when upward movement of the at least one tab is prevented by the base as the lid is opened from the base after the lid is closed over the base, and a portion of the outer surface of the at least one tab being visible through the at least one recessed area after the lid is closed over the base and remaining partially visible through the at least one recessed area after the at least one tab has detached from the lid,
wherein the base further comprises at least one undercut region disposed surrounding the at least one recessed area and in which the at least one tab is disposed when the lid is closed over the base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,034

SINGULAR CAP COMPOUND VENTED NURSING AND RELATED BOTTLE

1. A double vented container for use for holding a liquid, and for dispensing of the same, said container having a body portion, a neck portion, the neck portion having integral threads, a collar provided for the container, and having internal threads capable of engagement with the neck portion of said container, said container having a spout extending upwardly from the collar for use for dispensing of any liquid contained therein, a double vent operatively associated and assembled with the collar, said collar having an upper surface, a vent port provided therethrough, and an integral vent tube extending from the interior of the collar, and into the said container, and communicating with the vent port, said vent tube having a passage therethrough and in communication with the vent port of said collar, a separate reservoir, said reservoir having an integral reservoir tube extending downwardly therefrom, the upper surface of the reservoir is a separable cap, which may be secured onto or removed from the upper edge of the reservoir, during assembly and prepared for sealed reception of the vent tube therethrough, said separable cap having said aperture provided therethrough and provided for pressure fitting and sealing of said vent tube therethrough during assembly for usage, when the reservoir and separable cap are pressure fitted and sealed onto the vent tube, such that when the container holding a liquid is inverted, liquid may be dispensed from its spout, while atmospheric air may be double vented through the vent tube and said reservoir and reservoir tube into the interior of the container to prevent the generation of any vacuum therein during dispensing of its contained liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,137,990

ARMREST TABLE

LIQ MENG CORP., Taipei (...

1. An armrest table comprising:an armrest casing having
an inner space; and
a front opening communicating with the inner space of the armrest casing;
a frontward-moving stand front and rear movably mounted in the armrest casing, capable of moving out of the front opening of the armrest casing, and having
an inner space; and
a top opening communicating with the inner space of the frontward-moving stand;
at least one table panel up and down moveably mounted in the frontward-moving stand, and capable of moving out of the top opening of the frontward-moving stand;
wherein when the at least one table panel is moved to a highest position of its movement route, the at least one table panel is rotatable to be horizontal;
wherein when the at least one table panel is moved to a lowest position of its movement route, the frontward-moving stand and the at least one table panel are capable of being received in the armrest casing;
a frontward-moving power device mounted in the armrest casing, connected to the frontward-moving stand, and capable of moving the frontward-moving stand front and rear;
a control panel mounted on the armrest casing; and
a control system electrically connected to the control panel and the frontward-moving power device, such that the control panel controls a movement and a position of the frontward-moving stand by the frontward-moving power device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,679

MATERIAL DEPOSITION SYSTEM FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A material deposition system for additive manufacturing comprising:an extruder having:
two or more input ports for receiving two or more feed materials,
a mixing chamber for receiving the two or more feed materials supplied from the two or more input ports,
a mixing device for mixing the two or more feed materials in the mixing chamber to create a blended deposition material, and
an extrusion port for extruding the blended deposition material;
two or more actuators, each of the two or more actuators being configured to independently feed a respective one of the two or more feed materials at a feed rate toward the mixing chamber;
a measuring device configured to measure the viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the blended deposition material in the mixing chamber; and
a controller operatively coupled to the measuring device and operatively coupled to the two or more actuators;
wherein the controller is configured to receive information from the measuring device corresponding to the measured viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the blended deposition material in the mixing chamber; and
wherein the controller is configured to adjust the respective feed rates of the two or more actuators independently of one another in response to the information received from the measuring device corresponding to the measured viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the blended deposition material in the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,677

CELLULOSE FILM PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SUBSTRATES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE PRINTING

POLYMERIC CONVERTING LLC,...

1. A method of printing a single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film having a top surface and a bottom surface in a high temperature printer:said method comprising:
(a) coating said bottom surface of said single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film with a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive and coating said top surface of said single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film with a functional top coating while controlling the moisture content of the single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film at between 4.5 and 6.5 wt % water, based on the weight of the single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film;
(b) laminating a lay flat liner onto said layer of pressure sensitive adhesive to form a laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film; and
(c) passing said laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film through a laser printer to affix printed indicia to said laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film.

US Pat. No. 10,137,674

ELASTOMERIC LAMINATE WITH ACTIVATION THICKNESS

1. A method for forming an elastomeric laminate comprising the steps of:providing a first coverstock material;
SELF'ing the first coverstock material to create a pre-SELFed coverstock layer having a primary activation pattern comprising SELF-specific land areas and deformed areas;
providing an elastomeric layer; and
joining the elastomeric layer at zero strain to the pre-SELFed layer in a relaxed state wherein the deformed areas exist, such that the elastomeric layer and pre-SELFed coverstock layer are joined at one or more bonding sites.