US Pat. No. 10,247,777

DETECTING AND LOCATING SHOOT-THROUGH TIMING FAILURES IN A SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

TESEDA CORPORATION, Port...

1. A method for testing a scan chain of a semiconductor integrated circuit, the method comprising the steps of:determining whether a shoot-through condition exists in the scan chain, and a base shift amount resulting from the shoot-through condition using flush test patterns;
determining a number of shoot-through cells in the scan chain using flush test patterns;
confirming the number of shoot-through cells using reset test patterns;
determining locations of shoot-through cells and locations of delayed cells associated with the shoot-through cells; and
identify a defective clock net/buffer of the integrated circuit that drives the delayed cells that cause the identified shoot-through conditions in the scan chain.

US Pat. No. 10,247,776

STRUCTURALLY ASSISTED FUNCTIONAL TEST AND DIAGNOSTICS FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of structurally assisted functional test and diagnostics, the method comprising:executing one or more functional test exercisers in a functional execution sequence for a device under test up to one or more checkpoints;
applying one or more built-in structural test support circuits of the device under test to identify one or more likely causes of a failure identified at the one or more checkpoints;
iteratively invoking a portion of the functional execution sequence between a plurality of the checkpoints to progressively isolate the one or more likely causes of the failure as a most likely failure source in combination with one or more results from the one or more built-in structural test support circuits; and
storing a plurality of cumulative results from the one or more built-in structural test support circuits in one or more signature registers from a starting configuration of the one or more functional test exercisers to a compare end-point at one of the one or more checkpoints, wherein the cumulative results are indicative of a pass signature or a fail signature and wherein the device under test comprises logic under test and memory under test, the logic under test and the memory under test each having at least one associated instance of the one or more signature registers to isolate the most likely failure source as a portion of the logic under test or a portion of the memory under test.

US Pat. No. 10,247,775

LENGTH ADJUSTABLE ARM AND MEMS POSITION DETECTION EQUIPMENT ROTATION TEST APPARATUS

LEAP ELECTRONIC CO., LTD....

1. A length adjustable arm and micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) position detection equipment rotation test apparatus, comprising:a feeding section, wherein the feeding section comprises a feeding component that is operable to convey an un-burnt integrated circuit (IC) into a loading section;
a rotation device, wherein the rotation device has one end coupled to a first feeding component, the first feeding component being operable for upward/downward/leftward/rightward movement and rotary motion so that when the first feeding component is moved to a location above the loading section, the first feeding component carries out an operation of downward movement to suck and pick up an un-burnt IC located in the loading section and then carries out an operation of upward movement to move the un-burnt IC; and
a plurality of operation stations, wherein the operation stations are arranged on a circumferential area of and adjacent to the rotation device, the operation stations having a surface that is provided with an operation section, so that when the first part feeding component sucks and picks up the un-burnt IC located in the loading section, the rotation device moves the first part feeding component to a location adjacent to the operation stations, and then, the first rotary body and the second rotary body are operable to adjust the location of the first part feeding component in order to allow the un-burnt IC to be placed into the operation section for performance of a burning operation and after the burning operation of IC is completed, the first part feeding component is further operable to move the burnt IC from the operation section to an out-feeding section, wherein a process of feeding, burning, and out-feeding is cyclically and repeatedly performed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,774

TEST KEY STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MEASURING RESISTANCE OF VIAS

UNITED MICROELECTRONICS C...

1. A test key structure, comprising:a substrate with a test region;
a plurality of first conductive lines in the test region;
a plurality of second conductive lines in the test region and on the first conductive lines, wherein the first conductive lines and the second conductive lines overlaps vertically in plurality of target regions; and
a plurality of vias disposed between the first conductive lines and the second conductive lines, wherein at least two vias vertically contact one of the first conductive lines and one of the second conductive lines, wherein a density of the vias in one of the target regions is different from a density of the vias in another one of the target regions.

US Pat. No. 10,247,773

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRELESS DEVICE TESTING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A device, comprising:a memory that stores computer-executable instructions;
a logic circuit;
a test block comprising one or more scan blocks and a test module configured to test at least one of the logic circuit or the memory of the device;
a wireless connectivity module configured to wirelessly communicate with a tester device, the wireless connectivity module comprising a first communication circuitry and a second communication circuitry, the second communication circuitry comprising a high bandwidth wireless communication connection; and
at least one processor of one or more processors configured to access the memory, wherein the at least one processor of the one or more processors is configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to:
determine, using the first communication circuitry of the wireless connectivity module, a first wireless connection between the device and the tester device;
determine, using the second communication circuitry of the wireless connectivity module, a second wireless connection between the device and the tester device;
receive, using the first communication circuitry over the first wireless connection, a first signal from the tester device, the first signal comprising first data including a manufacturing test for at least one of the logic circuit or the memory of the device;
cause to send the first data to the test module of the test block;
receive, using the second communication circuitry over the second wireless connection, a second signal from the tester device, the second signal comprising second data including a scan pattern for a scan test;
convert, using a serial to parallel scan converter, the scan pattern to a number of parallel scan inputs;
cause to send the parallel scan inputs to the one or more scan blocks of the device;
receive from the test module, third data indicative of a result of the manufacturing test;
receive from the one or more scan blocks, fourth data indicative of a result of the scan test;
cause to send, using the wireless connectivity module over the first wireless connection, the third data to the tester device; and
cause to send, using the wireless connectivity module over the second wireless connection, the fourth data to the tester device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,772

POSITION CALIBRATION METHOD, TEST CIRCUIT BOARD, SAMPLE PANEL AND POSITION CALIBRATION APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A position calibration method for calibrating a position of a test circuit board and/or a to-be-tested display panel before the to-be-tested display panel is tested, the position calibration method comprising:Step S1, providing the test circuit board and forming at least one first sample connecting finger outside of a first connecting finger setting region of the test circuit board;
Step S2, making a sample panel comprising a second connecting finger setting region and a second sample connecting finger outside of the second connecting finger setting region corresponding to each of the first sample connecting fingers, so that when each of the first sample connecting fingers is aligned with a corresponding second sample connecting finger, a plurality of first connecting fingers provided in the first connecting finger setting region are aligned with positions corresponding to a plurality of second connecting fingers on the to-be-tested display panel within the second connecting finger setting region;
Step S3, bringing the test circuit board into contact with the sample panel; and
Step S4, detecting whether each first sample connecting finger is electrically connected to a corresponding second sample connecting finger, and when any one of the first sample connecting fingers is detected as in disconnection with the corresponding second sample connecting finger, adjusting a position of the test circuit board and/or the sample panel until each first sample connecting finger is electrically connected to the corresponding second sample connecting finger, in which case, a position of the sample panel is a position of the to-be-tested display panel,
wherein each second sample connecting finger is provided with at least one standby connecting finger at either side thereof respectively, and the Step S4 comprises:
when any one of the first sample connecting fingers is disconnected with the corresponding second sample connecting finger, detecting which standby connecting finger is electrically connected with the first sample connecting finger; and
when the first sample connecting finger is electrically connected with a standby connecting finger at a first side of the corresponding second sample connecting finger, moving the test circuit board towards a second side of the sample panel; and when the first sample connecting finger is electrically connected with a standby connecting finger at the second side of the corresponding second sample connecting finger, moving the test circuit board towards the first side of the sample panel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,771

TESTING DEVICE

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A testing device comprising:a base;
a testing mechanism rotatably fastened to the base and configured to be rotated from a first position to a second position;
a pushing mechanism rotatably fastened to the testing mechanism; and
a fastening mechanism mounted on the base;
wherein when the testing mechanism is in the first position, the pushing mechanism is away from the fastening mechanism; when the testing mechanism is in the second position, the testing mechanism is configured to connect to a tested member; when the testing mechanism is rotated from the first position to the second position, the pushing mechanism is rotated to push the testing mechanism, and the testing mechanism is fixed in the second position via the fastening mechanism; and
wherein the testing member is pushed by the pushing mechanism along a direction perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the pushing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,247,770

GATE OXIDE SOFT BREAKDOWN DETECTION CIRCUIT

Advanced Micro Devices, I...

1. An apparatus for detecting a breakdown of gate oxide of a transistor comprising:a first instance of a device responsive to a first node, the first instance of the device configured to be stressed in a first mode of the apparatus and to be unstressed in a second mode of the apparatus;
a second instance of the device responsive to a second node;
a power control circuit configured to couple a first high voltage reference input of the first instance of the device to a first power supply node in the first mode of the apparatus and to couple the first high voltage reference input of the first instance of the device to a second power supply node in the second mode of the apparatus;
a precharge circuit configured to selectively precharge the first node and the second node in response to a precharge control signal in the second mode of the apparatus; and
a voltage difference detection circuit configured to generate a gate oxide breakdown detection signal in response to a voltage difference across the first node and the second node in the second mode of the apparatus after precharging the first node and the second node.

US Pat. No. 10,247,769

MEASURING INDIVIDUAL DEVICE DEGRADATION IN CMOS CIRCUITS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A test oscillator, comprising:a plurality of oscillator stages, with each stage comprising a delay stage and one or more fan-out devices to simulate a load; and
a test stage, comprising a delay stage and a test device having an input terminal connected to a source or drain of a transistor of the test device, for measuring one or more electrical properties of the test device,
wherein the plurality of oscillator stages and the test stage are arranged linearly, with a final stage feeding back into a first stage to provide oscillation.

US Pat. No. 10,247,768

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING INSULATION RESISTANCE OF FUEL CELL VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for measuring an insulation resistance of a fuel cell vehicle, comprising:a fuel cell configured to supply power;
a rechargeable high-voltage battery;
a bidirectional converter disposed between an output terminal of the fuel cell and the high-voltage battery and configured to adjust an output voltage at the output terminal of the fuel cell;
a first measurement unit configured to measure the insulation resistance of the fuel cell vehicle by being connected to the output terminal of the fuel cell, wherein the first measurement unit is a fuel cell stack voltage monitor (SVM) that is configured to monitor the output voltage of the fuel cell;
a second measurement unit configured to measure the insulation resistance of the fuel cell vehicle by being connected to an output terminal of the high-voltage battery, wherein the second measurement unit is a battery management system (BMS) that is configured to monitor an output voltage of the high-voltage battery; and
a controller configured to operate the bidirectional converter based on a state of the fuel cell vehicle and measure the insulation resistance of the fuel cell vehicle using the first measurement unit or the second measurement unit,
wherein when the state of the fuel cell vehicle is an idle stop mode and when the voltage at the output terminal of the fuel cell is less than a preset threshold voltage, the controller is configured to maintain a voltage of the bidirectional converter at a preset reference voltage and measure the insulation resistance of the fuel cell vehicle using the second measurement unit, and
wherein the threshold voltage is set using a minimum voltage measurable by the first measurement unit and a minimum voltage for operating an electronic unit connected to the output terminal of the fuel cell.

US Pat. No. 10,247,767

FAULT DETECTION AND DIRECTION DETERMINATION

1. A method of fault detection and direction determination in a three-phase electric power distribution system including a grid having a first source on a first side of the grid and a second source on a second side of the grid, the method comprising:measuring a current and voltage for each of the three power phases at a location between the first and second side to determine an operational state of the electric power distribution system including a zero sequence torque, a ground current, a negative sequence torque, a negative sequence current, and a phase torque and a phasor current for each of the three phases;
evaluating the operational state using a ground element logic algorithm to indicate a first fault condition in a direction of the first side when at least one of the zero sequence torque, the negative sequence torque or a sum of the phase torques is less than zero and a magnitude for the ground current is greater than an overcurrent ground threshold value for the first side, a second fault condition in a direction of the second side when at least one of the zero sequence torque, the negative sequence torque or the sum of the phase torques is greater than zero and the magnitude for the ground current is greater than the overcurrent ground threshold value for the second side, and a no fault condition when neither the first or second fault condition is indicated;
evaluating the operational state using a negative element logic algorithm to indicate the first fault condition when the negative sequence torque is less than zero and the magnitude for the negative sequence current is greater than an overcurrent negative threshold value for the first side, the second fault condition when the negative sequence torque is greater than zero and the magnitude for the negative sequence current is greater than an overcurrent negative threshold value for the second side, and the no fault condition when neither the first or second fault condition is indicated; and
evaluating the operation state using a phase element logic algorithm to indicate the first fault condition when any one of the three phase torques is less than zero and a maximum value of the magnitude of the phasor current for any one of the three phases is greater than an overcurrent phase threshold value for the first side, the second fault condition when any one of the three phase torques is greater than zero and the maximum value of the magnitude the phasor current for any one of the three phases is greater than an overcurrent phase threshold value for the second side, and the no fault condition when neither the first or second fault condition is indicated.

US Pat. No. 10,247,766

SYSTEM, METHOD AND TEST LAYOUT FOR DETECTING LEAKAGE CURRENT

SHANGHAI HUALI MICROELECT...

1. A system for detecting leakage current in a metal layer, comprising:a test layout module, a detecting module and a calculating module; the test layout module includes M PN junction diode leakage current test units and a classical leakage current test unit, wherein the M PN junction diode leakage current test units are formed in FEOL processes, the classical leakage current test unit is formed in the metal layer; the M PN junction diode leakage current test units are parallel-connected with the classical leakage current test unit; wherein, the classical leakage current test unit is formed by two-group metal lines, of which one group is connected to a high potential and the other group is connected to a low potential; wherein each PN junction diode leakage current test unit comprises a P-type contact point with high concentration which is connected to the high potential and an N-type contact point with high concentration which is connected to the low potential, junction areas of the PN junction diode leakage current test units are different in size from each other, each of the PN junction diode leakage current test units is controlled by one switch respectively, M is a positive integer greater than or equal to 1;
the detecting module, utilized to detect leakage values of the test layout module, leakage values of each PN junction diode leakage current test unit respectively, and leakage values of each PN junction diode leakage current test units paralleled with the classical leakage current test units in the metal layer respectively; and
the calculating module, utilized to calculate final leakage value in the metal layer according to the leakage values of the test layout module, the leakage values of each PN junction diode leakage current test units respectively, the leakage values of each PN junction diode leakage current test units paralleled with the classical leakage current test units in the metal layer respectively, and the relations between them.

US Pat. No. 10,247,765

DETECTING ACTUATION OF ELECTRICAL DEVICES USING ELECTRICAL NOISE OVER A POWER LINE

GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH COR...

1. A system comprising:an electrical plug;
a sensor electrically coupled to the electrical plug and configured to monitor second electrical noise on an electrical power line of a structure when the electrical plug is coupled to an electrical power outlet on the electrical power line of the structure; and
a processor configured to use the second electrical noise to identify a first electrical device from among two or more electrical devices by recognizing a pattern of a first noise signature produced by the first electrical device while the first electrical device is in a powered operation coupled to the electrical power line and while the two or more electrical devices are coupled to the electrical power line, wherein the first noise signature is a non-transient noise signature, wherein the two or more electrical devices comprise the first electrical device and a second electrical device, wherein the second electrical device is configured to produce a second noise signature while the second electrical device is in powered operation coupled to the electrical power line, and wherein the second electrical noise comprises the first noise signature.

US Pat. No. 10,247,763

VOLTAGE DETECTING GLOVE

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

1. A voltage detecting glove, comprising:(a) an outer glove shell;
(b) a glove liner having a proximal portion and a distal portion having fingers extending from the proximal portion, the proximal portion and distal portion each having opposing front sides and back sides, the glove liner being constructed with a nonconductive material and disposed within the outer shell; and
(c) a voltage detector comprising: (i) voltage detecting circuitry having an input and (ii) an antenna connected to the input,
and wherein:
(i) the antenna is disposed between the glove liner and the outer shell and comprises a conductor that begins at a connector end located on the back side of the proximal portion, then extends along, and wraps around the end of, a preselected one of the fingers, and then terminates at a free end;
(ii) a buffer having a thickness of at least 2.5 mm is interposed between the glove liner and the antenna; and
(iii) the voltage detector is configured to sense the presence of an AC electric field having a predetermined, expected frequency proximate the antenna and activate an alarm in response to detection of a signal at the input indicative of a field having a strength exceeding a preselected threshold limit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,762

METHOD TO QUANTIFY CLOSED LOOP POSITION CONTROL HEALTH

General Electric Company,...

1. A monitoring system, comprising:a processor configured to:
calculate a first travel distance of a first signal, wherein the first travel distance corresponds to a first linear distance representative of the first signal over a period of time, and wherein the first signal is associated with a desired signal output of a feedback loop system;
receive a second signal from an output of the feedback loop system;
calculate a second travel distance of the second signal, wherein the second travel distance corresponds to a second linear distance representative of the second signal over the period of time;
determine a first difference between the first travel distance and the second travel distance; and
provide an error signal indicating an error in response to the first difference exceeding a threshold value, wherein the error signal causes one or more actuators to adjust one or more positions of one or more vanes associated with an engine.

US Pat. No. 10,247,761

FIBER-OPTIC SENSOR AND METHOD

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A fiber optic sensor comprising:a light source, a polarizing element, a detector, a polarization maintaining (PM) fiber, and a sensing element,
wherein the fiber optic sensor further comprises a cross-coupling element in an optical path between the polarizing element and the sensing element, with the cross-coupling element generating a defined cross-coupling between the two orthogonal polarizations of the fundamental mode in the PM fiber, and wherein the cross-coupling element and the sensing element are separated along the optical path, and further wherein the cross-coupling element is designed such that shifts in a sensor signal introduced by the wavelength dependence of the cross-coupling element balance signal shifts introduced by the wavelength dependence of further sensor elements;
wherein the shifts introduced by the wavelength dependence of further sensor elements include shifts introduced by wavelength dependence of any or all of: the Verdet constant, of retarders or Faraday rotators in the optical path, or of the sensing element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,760

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING PRIMARY VOLTAGE FROM THE SECONDARY SIDE OF AN ISOLATED POWER SUPPLY

LifeSafety Power, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a zero steady state error regulator, having a first input terminal operatively coupled to a primary voltage of an isolated power supply;
a PWM (pulse width modulation) generator operative to generate two identical PWM signals, each having a duty ratio proportional to the primary voltage, the PWM generator having an input terminal operatively coupled to the zero steady state error regulator output terminal, and having a first output terminal operatively coupled to a second input terminal of the zero steady state error regulator to a provide a feedback signal;
an optical coupler having an input terminal operatively coupled to a second output terminal of the PWM generator; and
a scaling circuit, having an input terminal operatively coupled to the optical coupler output terminal and having a scaling circuit output terminal to provide a scaled PWM output signal having a duty ratio that is linearly proportional to the primary voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,759

CURRENT SENSOR

Asahi Kasei Microdevices ...

1. A current sensor comprising:a first current pathway through which a first measured current flows;
a first magnetic sensor arranged near the first current pathway;
a second magnetic sensor arranged opposite the first magnetic sensor with the first current pathway in between;
a second current pathway through which a second measured current flows;
a third magnetic sensor arranged near the second current pathway;
a fourth magnetic sensor arranged opposite the third magnetic sensor with the second current pathway in between; and
a signal processor configured to generate a signal based on a quantity of the first measured current from output of the first magnetic sensor and output of the second magnetic sensor, and generate a signal based on a quantity of the second measured current from output of the third magnetic sensor and output of the fourth magnetic sensor, and
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor are arranged at an equal distance from the second current pathway, and the third magnetic sensor and the fourth magnetic sensor are arranged at an equal distance from the first current pathway;
the first current pathway includes a first pathway, a second pathway curving from the first pathway, and a third pathway additionally curving from the second pathway;
the second current pathway includes a fourth pathway, a fifth pathway curving from the fourth pathway, and a sixth pathway additionally curving from the fifth pathway; and
the second pathway is a pathway parallel to a line segment joining the third magnetic sensor and the fourth magnetic sensor, and the fifth pathway is a pathway parallel to a line segment joining the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,758

CURRENT SENSOR

ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS, LLC...

1. A current sensor, comprising:a ferromagnetic core having a substantially central opening for receiving a current conductor and at least two gaps portions, each of the gap portions having an associated gap spacing; and
a detector comprising at least one first magnetic field sensing element disposed in a first one of the gap portions and configured to generate a respective first magnetic field signal in response to a first magnetic field generated in the first gap portion in response to a current through the current conductor, and at least one second magnetic field sensing element disposed in a second one of the gap portions and configured to generate a respective second magnetic field signal in response to a second magnetic field generated in the second gap portion in response to the current through the conductor, wherein the first magnetic field has a magnitude greater than the second magnetic field, wherein the detector further comprises a first circuit portion responsive to the first magnetic field signal and a second, substantially identical circuit portion responsive to the second magnetic field signal, and wherein a sensitivity of the first circuit portion is calibrated based on the spacing of the first gap portion and a sensitivity of the second circuit portion is calibrated based on the spacing of the second gap portion to be lower than the sensitivity of the first circuit portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,757

ELECTRICITY METER FORMS MODULE

Honeywell International I...

1. An electrical energy meter base assembly, comprising:a universal base comprising an inner surface, an outer surface, and a plurality of base openings shaped to receive a plurality of meter terminals and configured to enable the universal base to support a plurality of meter forms; and
a selected one of a plurality of forms modules, each forms module of the plurality of forms modules adapted to support a specific one of the meter forms, wherein a first specific one of the meter forms is different from a second specific one of the meter forms, and wherein each forms module comprises an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface comprising mechanical features to support one or more meter components used in the specific one of the meter forms,
wherein the selected one of the plurality of forms modules is coupled to the universal base so that the forms module outer surface abuts the universal base inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,753

MEMS DEVICE WITH OFF-AXIS SHOCK PROTECTION

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device comprising:a substrate;
a movable mass suspended from said substrate, said movable mass having a first portion and a second portion; and
a spring system interconnecting said first portion of said movable mass with said second portion of said movable mass, said spring system enabling translational movement of said second portion of said movable mass in response to a first force imposed upon said movable mass in a first direction that is orthogonal to a sense direction, wherein said spring system inhibits movement of said first portion of said movable mass in said first direction in response to said first force, and wherein said first direction is parallel to a surface of said substrate such that said translational movement of said second portion of said movable mass in response to said first force is oriented substantially parallel to said surface of said substrate, said first and second portions of said movable mass are configured to move together in response to a second force imposed upon said movable mass in said sense direction, and said first portion is limited to a single degree-of-freedom motion in said sense direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,752

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING ACCELERATION AND MOTOR MONITORING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A method comprising:receiving a first fiber optic interconnect and a second fiber optic interconnect, wherein the first and second fiber optic interconnects are to be housed in a cable along with power and ground lines;
deflecting an input light received from the first fiber optic interconnect in response to a vibration or movement of a module; and
transmitting the deflected input light as an output light to the second fiber optic interconnect.

US Pat. No. 10,247,751

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR CALCULATING AN INTERNAL LOAD OF A COMPONENT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprisingan acceleration module configured to:
obtain an acceleration measurement associated with a component, wherein the acceleration measurement is associated with a response point relative to a center of gravity of the component;
a skew matrix module configured to:
determine a skew matrix based on the response point associated with the acceleration measurement;
a center of gravity response module configured to:
calculate a center of gravity response for the component based on the acceleration measurement and the skew matrix;
a mass/inertia module configured to:
determine a mass/inertia matrix based on a measured mass value associated with the component and a measured inertia value associated with the component; and
an internal load module configured to:
calculate an internal load at the center of gravity of the component based on the calculated center of gravity response and the mass/inertia matrix; and
an isolation system optimization module configured to:
configure at least one parameter of an attachment system for attachment to the component based on the calculated internal load.

US Pat. No. 10,247,749

METHOD OF OPERATING ACCELERATION SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method in an electronic device, the method comprising:identifying whether at least one vibrator in the electronic device operates;
changing a sampling frequency of an acceleration sensor in the electronic device to a higher frequency than a vibrating frequency of the vibrator, upon identifying that the vibrator operates;
obtaining sensor data by using the acceleration sensor that operates based on the changed sampling frequency; and
obtaining refined sensing data by using a filter of the electronic device, the filter removing components of the vibration frequency from the sensing data.

US Pat. No. 10,247,748

METHOD TO REDUCE DATA RATES AND POWER CONSUMPTION USING DEVICE BASED ATTITUDE GENERATION

Invensense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A method of generating orientation of a device comprising;receiving a gyroscope output generated by a gyroscope located on a motion processing unit (MPU), the gyroscope sensing an angular velocity of the device at a first rate to generate the gyroscope output, the gyroscope and the MPU formed on a first package;
integrating, by a processor, the gyroscope output at the first rate to generate an integrated gyroscope output, the integrated gyroscope output representing a change in the orientation of the device, the processor formed on the first package;
receiving an accelerometer output generated by an accelerometer, the accelerometer sensing the orientation of the device to generate the accelerometer output, the accelerometer formed on the first package;
transmitting the integrated gyroscope output to a second processor at a rate lower than the first rate thereby reducing processing requirements of the MPU, traffic from the MPU, and power consumption;
transmitting the received accelerometer output to the second processor; and
performing sensor fusion, by the second processor using the transmitted integrated gyroscope output and the transmitted accelerometer output to generate the orientation of the device, the second processor formed on a second package;
receiving a requested data rate and based on the received requested data rate utilizing an output of the second processor to determine the data rate being requested,wherein the first and second packages are distinct package and the lower rate of the transmitted integrated gyroscope output allows use of the MPU with various sensor fusion algorithms performed by the second package and reducing power consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,247,747

TITRATION MODULE OF BIOCHIP AND TIRATION TEST APPARATUS THEREOF

King Yuan Electronics Co....

1. A titration test apparatus of biochip, comprising:a needle test device, including a mobile stage and a probe card, wherein the mobile stage is provided for carrying a biochip, and the probe card is located above the biochip;
a titration module, including a base, a plurality of titration units, a plurality of pipelines, a transfer unit, and a control unit, wherein the titration units each includes a needle element and a reservoir which are communicated with each other, and the transfer unit is arranged on the base, and is connected with the plural titration units and the plural pipelines, and wherein the transfer unit includes at least one driving device for driving, selectively, the plural titration units and the plural pipelines in a lateral direction (leftward and rightward), a longitudinal direction (frontward and rearward) and a vertical direction (upward and downward), respectively, and the control unit is electrically connected with the transfer unit, and controls the same for switching, selectively, the plural titration units and the plural pipelines; and
a test head, provided with a test circuit board which is electrically connected with the probe card.

US Pat. No. 10,247,744

IN-VITRO DIAGNOSTIC ANALYSIS METHOD AND SYSTEM

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. An automatic in-vitro diagnostic analysis method comprising:adding a first reagent type to a first test liquid, wherein the addition of the first reagent type comprises dispensing the first reagent type into a vessel held by a static vessel holder; and
adding a second reagent type to a second test liquid, wherein the addition of the first reagent type to the first test liquid comprises parallel addition of the second reagent type to the second test liquid and wherein the addition of the second reagent type comprises dispensing the second reagent type into a vessel being held by a gripper of a movable vessel workstation.

US Pat. No. 10,247,742

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR DETECTION OF TARGET CONSTITUENT IN EXHALED BREATH

HOUND LABS, INC., Oaklan...

1. A method of detecting THC in exhaled breath, comprising:combining THC captured from an exhaled breath sample with a diazotized fluorophore in a solution to form a fluorescent-labeled THC adduct;
detecting and determining a quantity of the THC captured from the exhaled breath sample by exposing the fluorescent-labeled THC adduct to a light source to produce a fluorescence and measuring the fluorescence.

US Pat. No. 10,247,741

MICROFABRICATED DEVICE WITH MICRO-ENVIRONMENT SENSORS FOR ASSAYING COAGULATION IN FLUID SAMPLES

Abbott Point of Care Inc....

1. A sample analysis cartridge comprising:an inlet chamber configured to receive a biological sample; and
a conduit fluidically connected to the inlet chamber and configured to receive the biological sample from the inlet chamber, the conduit comprising:
a micro-environment prothrombin time (PT) sensor; and
a micro-environment activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) sensor;
wherein the micro-environment PT sensor and the micro-environment aPTT sensor each comprise a polymer layer and diagnostic reagents configured in such a way that any reaction occurring in an immediate vicinity of each of the micro-environment sensors in a manner sufficient to achieve a signal at each of the micro-environment sensors will not detectably interfere or impact another reaction occurring at an adjacent sensor during normal usage,
wherein the micro-environment PT sensor comprises PT diagnostic reagents, comprising at least one reagent for inducing extrinsic coagulation pathway in the biological sample, and
wherein the micro-environment activated aPTT sensor comprises aPTT diagnostic reagents, comprising at least one reagent for inducing intrinsic coagulation pathway in the biological sample.

US Pat. No. 10,247,726

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL DETECTION AND ISOLATION DISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for a first responder to immediately detect a plurality of aerosolized chemical hazards and determine the minimum safe isolation distance associated therewith, the method consisting essentially of:providing an apparatus for the immediate detection and identification of a plurality of aerosolized chemical hazards, the apparatus consisting essentially of:
a substantially flat card having a front surface and a rear surface;
a plurality of chemically sensitive detection membranes integrated into the front surface and configured to detect on contact at least one of the plurality of aerosolized chemical hazards in the local atmosphere when present at a threshold level, wherein each of the chemically sensitive detection membranes changes color upon contact with the threshold level of the aerosolized chemical hazard it is configured to detect;
a plurality of optical apertures integrated into the rear surface, the plurality of optical apertures having such sizes, shapes and locations to enable the first responder to see the plurality of chemically sensitive detection membranes;
a color change intensity scale for each of the plurality of chemically sensitive detection membranes, visible at the rear surface; and
at least one recommended action visible at the rear surface and corresponding to the color change intensity of each of the plurality of chemically sensitive detection membranes, wherein the at least one recommended action comprises a) establishing a safe isolation distance from a detected aerosolized chemical hazard b) preventing human exposure to the detected aerosolized chemical hazard or c) a combination thereof;
exposing the apparatus to a local atmosphere; and
establishing a safe isolation distance from the detected aerosolized chemical hazard, preventing human exposure to the detected aerosolized chemical hazard, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,247,701

DISSOLVED-OXYGEN SENSOR UTILIZING IONIC OXYGEN MOTION

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an oxide layer having ion transport channels therein, the channels facilitating the migration of oxygen ions from a first side of the layer to a second side of the layer;
a first chamber having a polarizable medium located on the second side of the oxide layer;
a second chamber having a liquid analyte that includes dissolved oxygen, the second chamber being located on the first side of the oxide layer; and
a gate electrode that is in contact with, and applies a voltage to, the polarizable medium, such that an electric field is applied to the second side of the oxide layer, thereby driving oxygen ions across the oxide layer, so that oxygen ions travel from the first side of the oxide layer to the second side of the oxide layer, wherein:
molecular oxygen is decomposed into oxygen ions at the first side of the oxide layer; and
oxygen ions recombine into molecular oxygen at the second side of the oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,698

GAS SENSOR ELEMENT, GAS SENSOR, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GAS SENSOR ELEMENT

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. A gas sensor element comprising:a composite ceramic layer including a plate-shaped insulating portion including an insulating ceramic and defining a through-hole in a direction of a thickness of the insulating portion, and an electrolyte portion including a solid electrolyte ceramic and having at least a portion disposed in the through-hole; and
a first conductor layer formed over a first insulating surface as a surface, on one side, of the insulating portion and a first primary electrolyte surface as a surface, on the one side, of the electrolyte portion, wherein
a maximum thickness of the electrolyte portion is larger than a maximum thickness of the insulating portion,
the electrolyte portion has, on a first primary electrolyte surface side, an extending portion that overlays the first insulating surface, extends outside of the through-hole, and protrudes beyond the first insulating surface in the direction of the thickness of the insulating portion,
a thickness of the extending portion decreases toward an outer periphery of the extending portion, and the outer periphery of the extending portion is continuously connected to the first insulating surface, and
a first extending surface as a surface, on the one side, of the extending portion continuously extends between the first insulating surface and the first primary electrolyte surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,695

ELECTRODE FOR GAS SENSOR, AND GAS SENSOR

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. A gas sensor comprising: a solid electrolyte body predominantly formed of zirconia; and a pair of electrodes arranged on the solid electrolyte body,wherein each of the electrodes comprises:
particles formed of a noble metal or an alloy thereof;
first ceramic particles formed of stabilized zirconia or partially stabilized zirconia; and
second ceramic particles formed of one or more selected from the group consisting of Al2O3, MgO, La2O3, spinel, zircon, mullite and cordierite; and
wherein a ratio of an amount of the second ceramic particles to an amount of the first ceramic particles is greater than or equal to 3 volume % and less than 40 volume %.

US Pat. No. 10,247,692

REFERENCE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR AND ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR

HAMILTON BONADUZ AG, Bon...

1. A reference electrode assembly for an electrochemical sensor, the reference electrode assembly comprising:a reference half-cell space having a reference electrode provided therein,
the reference half-cell space comprising a storage space in which a reference electrolyte is provided in a storage state of the reference electrode assembly, wherein the reference electrode extends into the storage space,
the reference half-cell space further comprising a lock space that is permeable with respect to the passage of reference electrolyte into an environment of the reference half-cell space,
the storage space, in the storage state of the reference electrode assembly, being separated from the lock space with respect to the passage of reference electrolyte, and
the reference electrode assembly being designed such that a connection permeable for the passage of reference electrolyte from the storage space to the lock space can be created between the storage space and the lock space in order to transfer the reference electrode assembly from the storage state to an operative state.

US Pat. No. 10,247,630

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, MECHANICAL QUANTITY MEASURING DEVICE, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FABRICATING METHOD

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a metal body;
a bonding layer placed on the metal body; and
a semiconductor chip placed on the bonding layer,
wherein the bonding layer includes:
a first layer that contains a filler and is formed between the metal body and the semiconductor chip, and
a second layer bonded to the first layer and the semiconductor chip, wherein the second layer has a thermal expansion coefficient higher than that of the first layer and a thickness of the second layer is half as large as that of the first layer or less.

US Pat. No. 10,247,627

FORCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Torque And More (TAM) Gmb...

1. A force measurement device, comprising:a first magnetic field generating unit configured to generate a magnetic field for being applied to a test object;
a first magnetic field sensing unit configured to sense the generated magnetic field;
a second magnetic field sensing unit configured to sense the generated magnetic field;
a flux concentrator having a first pole, a second pole and a third pole; and
a control unit,
wherein the first pole, the second pole and the third pole extend in the same direction,
wherein the first magnetic field generating unit is arranged at the first pole,
wherein the first magnetic field sensing unit is arranged at the second pole,
wherein the second magnetic field sensing unit is a coil wound around the third pole,
wherein a line enveloping a first end face of the first pole, a second end face of the second pole and a third end face of the third pole is concave shaped,
wherein the control unit is adapted to deteimine a force applied to a test object based on the sensed magnetic field,
wherein a cross section of the first pole is greater than a cross section of the second pole and greater than a cross section of the third pole, and
wherein the flux concentrator interconnects the first pole, the second pole, and the third pole in a V-shaped manner, so that a first connection line between the first pole and the second pole and a second connection line between the first pole and the third pole intersect at an angle between 80° and 100°.

US Pat. No. 10,247,626

MOTION RECOGNITION METHOD AND APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

10. An apparatus for determining a motion type of a body of a user among a plurality of motion types of the body of the user, the apparatus comprising:a camera to photograph images of the user having the motion;
a plurality of pressure and position sensors configured to be installed apart from each other at a predetermined distance and in the form of a matrix on a floor and to measure a floor contact position, a floor contact area and a floor contact pressure of the user, the plurality of pressure and position sensors comprising identical sensors; and
a motion analyzer configured to identify characteristics of the motion of the body based on at least one of the measured floor contact position, the measured floor contact area, and the measured floor contact pressure of the user, and to identify the motion type of the body corresponding to the identified characteristics of the motion of the body among the plurality of motion types of the body identified based on the photographed images, the plurality of motion types of the body being different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,625

APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING OF TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SIGNAL

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. An apparatus for correcting a temperature sensing signal, the apparatus comprising:an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) temperature sensing device comprising
a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor,
a first voltage distributing resistor connected between an input terminal of an output limiting diode and a driving power supply,
a second voltage distributing resistor connected between the input terminal of the output limiting diode and a ground, and
a current limiting resistor connected between an output terminal of the output limiting diode and the driving power supply,
wherein the IGBT temperature sensing device is configured to output only a temperature sensing signal having a voltage value equal to or higher than a preset voltage value, by using the output limiting diode, and
wherein the NTC thermistor is connected between the input terminal of the output limiting diode and the ground, and the second voltage distributing resistor is connected in parallel to the NTC thermistor; and
a temperature sensing signal corrector comprising
a calculating part configured to calculate a conduction current value of the output limiting diode by using the resistance of the NTC thermistor included in the IGBT temperature sensing device,
a determining part configured to determine a drop voltage value of a voltage drop occurring in the output limiting diode based on the conduction current value, and
a correcting part configured to correct the temperature sensing signal by increasing the voltage of the temperature sensing signal output from the IGBT temperature sensing device by the drop voltage value,
wherein the correcting part controls the increased voltage of the temperature sensing signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,624

SELF-CALIBRATED THERMAL SENSORS OF AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DIE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A thermal sensing device, the device comprising:a resonator to oscillate at a frequency corresponding with a temperature of circuitry of an integrated circuit (IC) die, wherein the resonator is disposed on an active side of the IC die, and thermally coupled with the circuitry to operate in a first mode or a second mode;
an actuation electrode disposed on the IC die to activate oscillation of the resonator to provide a first mode oscillation or a second mode oscillation; and
an automatic level control (ALC) module, wherein the ALC module is to provide a level of gain for the first mode oscillation or the second mode oscillation.

US Pat. No. 10,247,622

TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT METHOD

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A temperature measurement device comprising:an optical fiber that is arranged along a predetermined path;
a light source configured to input a light into the optical fiber;
a measurer configured to measure each temperature of each position in an extension direction of the optical fiber based on a back-scattering light from the optical fiber; and
a corrector configured to make a filter for reducing a noise component of temperatures measured by the measurer based on each difference of a part of the temperatures measured by the measurer at each position corresponding to each other between two different regions of the optical fiber in which common temperatures are obtained, and correct the temperatures measured by the measurer by applying the filter to the temperatures measured by the measurer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,620

WIRING BOARD AND TEMPERATURE SENSING ELEMENT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A wiring board, comprising:an insulating substrate composed of a stack of a plurality of insulating layers, the insulating substrate having an upper face, a lower face, and side faces; and
a plurality of line conductors formed of platinum or a metallic material comprising platinum as a main component, the plurality of line conductors each including a first end and a second end located on a side opposite to the first end, the plurality of line conductors being respectively disposed in interlayers between the plurality of insulating layers,
in the line conductors, a line width of a line conductor located in an interlayer among the interlayers which interlayer is closest to the upper face or the lower face of the insulating substrate being greater than a line width of a line conductor located in each of the other interlayers.

US Pat. No. 10,247,619

RESISTANCE TEMPERATURE DETECTOR WITH MEDIUM TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT AND HIGH LINEARITY

VISHAY MEASUREMENTS GROUP...

1. A resistance temperature detector (RTD), comprising:a temperature sensing circuit including a first connection point for a first lead formed from a first material and a second connection point for a second lead formed from the first material, and having a single conductive element extending from the first connection point to the second connection point, the conductive element is formed from a metal having a temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) from about 10 ppm/° F. to about 1000 ppm/° F.

US Pat. No. 10,247,617

MIDDLE-OF-LINE (MOL) METAL RESISTOR TEMPERATURE SENSORS FOR LOCALIZED TEMPERATURE SENSING OF ACTIVE SEMICONDUCTOR AREAS IN INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (ICS)

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A middle-of-line (MOL) temperature sensor for an integrated circuit (IC), comprising:an active semiconductor layer;
a metal resistor having a resistance and comprising a first metal material disposed in an MOL layer disposed above the active semiconductor layer, wherein the resistance of the metal resistor is a function of an ambient temperature of the metal resistor;
a first contact disposed above the metal resistor in the MOL layer, the first contact electrically coupled to a first contact area of the metal resistor;
a second contact disposed above the metal resistor in the MOL layer, the second contact electrically coupled to a second contact area of the metal resistor, wherein the metal resistor has a resistance between the first contact area and the second contact area;
a first interconnect disposed in a first interconnect layer above the MOL layer in the active semiconductor layer, the first interconnect layer electrically coupled to the first contact to electrically couple the first interconnect to the first contact area of the metal resistor; and
a second interconnect disposed in a second interconnect layer above the MOL layer in the active semiconductor layer, the second interconnect layer electrically coupled to the second contact to electrically couple the second interconnect to the second contact area of the metal resistor,
wherein the MOL layer has a thickness of approximately eighteen (18) nanometers (nm) or less.

US Pat. No. 10,247,616

ELECTRONICS DEVICE

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. An electronics device, comprising:a power semiconductor device;
a first semiconductor integrated circuit device which drives the power semiconductor device; and
a second semiconductor integrated circuit device which controls the first semiconductor integrated circuit device,
wherein the power semiconductor device includes:
a switching transistor, and
a temperature detection diode,
wherein the first semiconductor integrated circuit device includes:
a drive circuit which drives the switching transistor, and
a detection circuit which detects forward voltage (VF) from the temperature detection diode, and
wherein the second semiconductor integrated circuit device includes:
a control circuit configured to control the drive circuit,
an outside air temperature acquisition circuit configured to acquire outside air temperature information and capable of acquiring the outside air temperature information from outside of the electronics device,
a communication interface circuit configured to acquire temperature characteristic data of the temperature detection diode, the temperature characteristic data being provided from outside of the electronics device,
a storage which stores the temperature characteristic data and a first value which is based on a signal from the detection circuit at a first temperature, and
a temperature arithmetic processing circuit configured to calculate a temperature of the power semiconductor device from a third value which is based on a signal from the detection circuit, the temperature characteristic data, the first temperature which has been acquired by the outside air temperature acquisition circuit and the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,247,613

OPTICAL HEAD TRACKING AND OBJECT TRACKING WITHOUT THE USE OF FIDUCIALS

ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC., ...

1. A method of determining the angular orientation of headgear, the headgear having tracking points being at least four tracking points, the relative position of the tracking points being calibrated and stored as relative position information, each of the tracking points comprising an infra-red (IR) reflective point, the method comprising:filtering light reflected from at least some of the at least four tracking points of the headgear to allow only light in an IR wavelength band to pass;
processing the filtered IR light to provide a detected image including at least some of the at least four tracking points;
identifying at least some of the at least four tracking points in the detected image, and determining the position of the identified tracking points in the detected image; and
determining the angular orientation of the headgear in multiple different angular directions based on the stored relative position information and the position of the identified tracking points.

US Pat. No. 10,247,612

DETECTING DEVICE

Total Thermal Vision S.R....

1. A detecting device of a thermographic image, comprising:a thermal camera sensitive to infrared radiation for acquiring the thermographic image;
a protective case internally of which the thermal camera is inserted,
the protective case including a window through which the thermal camera is able to acquire the thermographic image,
a screen arranged externally of the protective case and mobile between a first operating position in which the screen is superposed on the window to protect the window from environmental disturbances and a second operating position in which the screen is shifted from the window to enable the thermal camera to acquire the thermographic image,
a pneumatic air supply system internally of the protective case and including an external inlet positioned externally of the protective case,
wherein the pneumatic air supply system comprises an air adjusting and distributing mechanism positioned and operatively active internally of the protective case and in communication with the external inlet, the air adjusting and distributing mechanism comprising a plurality of solenoid valves in communication with the external inlet and a plurality of conduits in communication with the plurality of solenoid valves,
a computerised control and command unit for controlling and commanding the plurality of solenoid valves.

US Pat. No. 10,247,611

ENHANCED DETECTOR OPERATION MADE POSSIBLE BY APPLICATION OF A FUNCTIONAL PLURALITY OF GRATINGS AND COMBINATION DICHROIC BEAM SPLITTER-PRISMS

J.A. WOOLIAM CO., INC., ...

1. A system for producing, and detecting in multi-channel detectors, a plurality of separate wavelength ranges from a spectroscopic beam incident thereupon, said system comprising a sequence of at least two elements, each thereof being selected from the group consisting of:a grating which when presented with an incident spectroscopic beam of electromagnetic radiation produces a spectrum of diffracted dispersed wavelengths and simultaneous therewith an altered spectral content reflected beam of electromagnetic radiation; and
a combination dichroic beam splitter-prism which when presented with a spectroscopic beam of electromagnetic radiation produces a spectrum of dispersed wavelengths that transmit through and exit from said prism, and simultaneous therewith an altered spectral content reflected beam of electromagnetic radiation;such that in use a spectroscopic beam of electromagnetic radiation is caused to impinge onto a first selected element such that a spectrum of dispersed wavelengths is produced which dispersed wavelengths are, without the requirement of additional processing, directed toward a first multi-channel detector, simultaneous with production of a reflected altered spectral content reflected beam of electromagnetic radiation, at least some of which is directed to impinge on a second selected element which likewise produces a spectrum of dispersed wavelengths, which dispersed wavelengths are, without the requirement of additional processing, directed toward a second multi-channel detector.

US Pat. No. 10,247,610

CHROMATIC CONFOCAL SENSOR AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A chromatic confocal sensor, comprising:a light source portion that emits a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths;
a plurality of optical heads that converge the plurality of light beams emitted from the light source portion at different focal positions and emit measurement light reflected by a measurement point at the focal positions;
a spectrometer including
a line sensor, and
an optical system that includes a diffraction grating that diffracts a plurality of measurement light beams emitted from the plurality of optical heads, and emits each of the plurality of measurement light beams diffracted by the diffraction grating to a plurality of different light-receiving areas of the line sensor; and
a position calculation portion that calculates a position of each of a plurality of measurement points as a measurement target of the plurality of optical heads based on a light-receiving position of each of the plurality of light-receiving areas of the line sensor, wherein the line sensor is arranged while using a predetermined reference axis as a reference, and
the optical system is configured while using the predetermined reference axis as a reference and includes a plurality of light-incident ports that the plurality of measurement light beams enter, the plurality of light-incident ports being provided at different positions while using the predetermined reference axis as a reference.

US Pat. No. 10,247,609

SPECTROMETRY DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SPECTROMETRY METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A spectrometry device comprising:a spectroscope that includes a light source that emits illumination light to a measurement target, a condenser that condenses light from the light source at the measurement target, a reflecting mirror that reflects light incident from the measurement target onto an optical axis of an interference filter that performs spectroscopy on light incident from the measurement target, and a light receiver that detects an intensity of the light that is transmitted through the interference filter;
an extraneous light detector that detects an intensity of extraneous light; and
a light intensity control unit that controls an intensity of the illumination light emitted from the light source such that a light intensity ratio of the illumination light emitted from the light source and the extraneous light detected by the extraneous light detector is equal to a light intensity ratio of an illumination light and an extraneous light determined during a calibration procedure of the spectroscope,
wherein the light intensity control unit controls the light intensity ratio to be constant at all times by maintaining the light intensity ratio to be equal to the light intensity ratio of the illumination light and the extraneous light determined during the calibration procedure of the spectroscope.

US Pat. No. 10,247,608

SPECTROSCOPIC MODULE CONTROL METHOD

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A method of controlling a spectroscopic module for dispersing a measurement light beam and detecting dispersed light,the spectroscopic module comprising:
a measurement light source configured to emit the measurement light beam;
a reference light source configured to emit a reference light beam of a known single wavelength;
a variable-wavelength optical filter configured to output an interference light beam based on the measurement light beam or reference light beam by multiple reflection; and
a photodiode configured to detect the interference light beam,
wherein the variable-wavelength optical filter includes a pair of opposed reflectors and a driver that lets a gap between the pair of reflectors undergo displacement by receiving of a drive signal, and
the spectroscopic module has a conversion circuit configured to convert a voltage of the drive signal into gap displacement data by a first conversion formula for a piezoelectric drive method and to convert the gap displacement data into data about an interference wavelength of the variable-wavelength optical filter by a second conversion formula for an interference of light,
the method comprising:
detecting two maximum points corresponding to orders of the interference light beam based on the reference light beam from the photodiode;
updating the first conversion formula through use of results obtained from the two points;
defining an absolute value of the gap; and
alternating dispersing the measurement light beam and rewriting the first conversion formula by the reference light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,247,607

OPTICAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A SPECTRAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM, METHOD FOR ITS PRODUCTION, AND SPECTRAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM

1. An optical arrangement for a spectral analysis system comprising:a carrier substrate comprising:
a placement area for a frame; and
a base area; and
a diffraction grating movably arranged in the frame, wherein the frame is arranged on the placement area in an inclined placement position with respect to the base area so that the diffraction grating, arranged in a base position, is inclined with respect to the base area.

US Pat. No. 10,247,606

LONG WAVELENGTH INFRARED DETECTION AND IMAGING WITH LONG WAVELENGTH INFRARED SOURCE

1. An infrared detection system, comprising:a laser source comprising an optical parametric oscillator having a pump laser and a nonlinear medium, the laser source providing output radiation for illuminating a target, wherein the output radiation excludes a broadband output and is tuned to at least one wavelength in the fingerprint region of the infrared spectrum, and both an idler beam and a signal beam of the optical parametric laser are provided by the laser source,
wherein the idler beam is tuned to provide output radiation at least partly within the fingerprint region and the signal beam is tuned to provide output radiation at least partly at shorter wavelengths than in the fingerprint region;
wherein the idler beam, the signal beam, or both the idler beam and the signal beam of the optical parametric laser are provided as output radiation;
a detector configured to detect radiation backscattered from the target, wherein the detector comprises an imaging system;
an analyser adapted to match detected radiation signals against predetermined spectra to determine from at least the presence or absence of detected signal in said at least one wavelength whether a predetermined volatile compound is present; and
an imager adapted to provide an image of the target including an indication of whether the predetermined volatile compound is present.

US Pat. No. 10,247,604

SPECTROMETER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SPECTROMETER, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SPECTROMETER

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A spectrometer, comprising:a first mirror unit which is semitransparent for electromagnetic radiation of at least one wavelength or wavelength range; and
a second mirror unit comprising a first area and a second area facing the first mirror unit, wherein at least a part of the first area and the second area are spaced apart from the first mirror unit, wherein the first area is at least partially reflective for the electromagnetic radiation of at least one wavelength or wavelength range, wherein the second area comprises at least a part of a photodetector, and wherein the photodetector is configured to detect the electromagnetic radiation of at least one wavelength or wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 10,247,603

ULTRAVIOLET-SENSITIVE SHEET, ULTRAVIOLET-SENSING KIT, AND METHOD FOR SENSING ULTRAVIOLET

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultraviolet-sensing kit comprising:a sheet containing an ultraviolet-sensing layer and a film for adjusting ultraviolet-sensitivity;
wherein the sheet containing an ultraviolet-sensing layer comprises a support and an ultraviolet-sensing layer in this order;
the sheet containing an ultraviolet-sensing layer and the film for adjusting ultraviolet-sensitivity are separately provided, are not laminated to each other, and are used together as the kit;
the ultraviolet-sensing layer comprises capsules containing a photo-oxidant and a leuco dye capable of developing color by the photo-oxidant;
the mass ratio of the photo-oxidant and the leuco dye is 0.2 to 1.0:1; and
the leuco dye is present in an amount of 0.1 to 1.0 g per 1 m2 of a surface area of the ultraviolet-sensing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,602

CONFOCAL MEASURING DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A confocal measuring device using a confocal optical system, the confocal measuring device comprising:a light source that emits light having a plurality of wavelengths;
a first diffractive lens that causes chromatic aberration in the light emitted from the light source;
a second diffractive lens that increases chromatic aberration of light passing through the first diffractive lens;
an objective lens that condenses light passing through the second diffractive lens into a measurement target range along an optical axis such that the condensed light has chromatic aberration along the optical axis;
a measurement part that measures strength of light of a wavelength focused on a measurement target object among light condensed by the objective lens; and
a first divergence optical part at an objective lens side of the first diffractive lens for diverging light.

US Pat. No. 10,247,601

METHOD FOR MONITORING RADIATION

KUKA DETUSCHLAND GMBH, A...

9. An apparatus for monitoring a radiation, in particular a laser radiation, the apparatus comprising:an optical sensor arranged to receive said radiation;
said optical sensor being arranged to monitor a dark current pulse rate of said optical sensor;
said optical sensor being arranged for generating a shut-off signal of said radiation if the dark current pulse rate of the sensor drops below a minimum pulse rate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,600

MODE-MATCHING OF MEMS RESONATORS

Analog Devices, Inc., No...

1. A method for operating a device having a first mechanical resonator with a first resonance frequency and a second mechanical resonator with a second resonance frequency, the method comprising:generating an impulse response of a transfer function of the first mechanical resonator by driving a noise signal to the first mechanical resonator and cross-correlating the noise signal with a signal representing or derived from an output signal of the first mechanical resonator; and
determining a difference between the first resonance frequency of the first mechanical resonator and the second resonance frequency of the second mechanical resonator using the impulse response of the transfer function of the first mechanical resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,543

TYRE TREAD DEPTH AND TYRE CONDITION DETERMINATION

Pre-Chasm Resarch Limited...

1. A method for assessing tyre tread depth and/or tyre condition of a tyre for a vehicle, the method comprising:taking and analysing, using portable instrumentation, a camera image or multiple camera images of a tyre;
using image processing software, implemented on or controlled by the portable instrumentation, to measure tyre tread depth by performing edge and feature detection image analysis on the camera image or the multiple camera images to detect the presence/absence of grooves of different depths in known tread patterns, wherein the edge and feature detection image analysis is performed on the camera image or the multiple camera images to detect traverse edges of a groove edge, after which the Image processing software runs edge and corner detection routines to derive a compressed descriptor unique to a tyre type to assess the tyre tread depth and/or the tyre condition; and then
indicating by assqament of the tyre tread depth and/or the tyre condition determined by the edge and corner detection routines indicate the tyre is in an unsafe defective,damaged, or illegal condition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,542

HANDHELD MEASURING AID WITH A 3-AXIS JOINT CONNECTION AND A SPHERICAL ENCODER

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...

1. A handheld measuring aid for use in a system including a station for determining the position and orientation of the handheld measuring aid for surveying an object surface, the handheld measuring aid comprising:a body;
a plurality of visual markings, disposed in a defined spatial relationship, forming a pattern, on the body in a marking region; and
a connection disposed on the body, which is configured to receive a measuring, inspection or processing tool,
wherein the connection has at least one joint to provide three rotational degrees of freedom with two connecting elements movable relative to each other, so that the position of one of the connecting elements in relation to the other connecting element and thus in relation to the body is variable with respect to three rotational axes, and the connection has at least one spherical position encoder, so that the rotational position of the movable connecting element with respect to the three rotational axes and thus of the measuring tool relative to the body is able to be determined.

US Pat. No. 10,247,541

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ESTIMATING THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SIZE OF AN OBJECT FOR PACKAGING OR STORING THE OBJECT

Gorilla Technology Inc., ...

1. A method of estimating the three-dimensional size of an object for packaging or storing the object, the method comprising:providing first three-dimensional image data of a measurement environment and a reference object with a known length, known width and known height in the measurement environment;
constructing a back-projection model by finding a correspondence between the first three-dimensional image data of the reference object with the known length, known width and known height and the measurement environment to construct a back-projection model;
providing second three-dimensional image data of the measurement environment and an object to be estimated in the measurement environment; and
detecting a position of the object to be estimated in the measurement environment in said second three-dimensional image data; and
using a virtual space frame in the back-projection model with a shape of a box to enclose the object to be estimated therein so as to determine a three-dimensional size for packaging or storing the object to be estimated in accordance with the three-dimensional size of the box.

US Pat. No. 10,247,540

DETERMINING THE THICKNESS OF A SUBMICRON CARBON COATING ON A CARBON-COATED METAL BASE PLATE USING RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of determining a thickness of a submicron carbon coating of a carbon-coated metal base plate, the method comprising:providing a carbon-coated metal base plate that includes a metal base plate and an exteriorly-exposed submicron carbon coating over the metal base plate;
conducting Raman spectroscopy at a target location of the carbon-coated metal base plate to obtain a Raman shift spectrum for the target location; and
converting the Raman shift spectrum obtained at the target location into a calculated thickness of the submicron carbon coating at the target location, wherein converting the Raman shift spectrum obtained at the target location into the calculated thickness of the submicron carbon coating at the target location comprises:
isolating a Raman carbon signal from the Raman shift spectrum obtained at the target location for the carbon-coated metal base plate;
integrating the Raman carbon signal isolated from the Raman shift spectrum over a defined wavenumber range to derive an integrated intensity of the Raman carbon signal;
establishing a linear correlation over the defined wavenumber range between (1) an integrated intensity of a Raman carbon signal obtained from each of a series of reference plates that includes a submicron carbon coating having a verified thickness and (2) the verified thicknesses of the submicron carbon coatings of the series of reference plates; and
referencing the linear correlation to convert the integrated intensity of the Raman carbon signal isolated from the Raman shift spectrum into the calculated thickness of the submicron carbon coating at the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,247,539

TWO-CHANNEL POINT-DIFFRACTION INTERFEROMETER

9. An apparatus for testing optical components/systems using a two-channel two-pinhole interferometry, the apparatus comprising:a laser source providing a linearly polarized light beam;
a beam splitter, configured to divide the linearly polarized light beam to a first beam for a working channel and to a second beam for a reference channel;
the working channel comprising:
a focus-collimator element, configured to be adjusted for providing best coupling of the first beam to a first single-mode polarization maintaining optical fiber,
a collimator adapted to collimate an output first beam emanating from the first single-mode polarization maintaining optical fiber,
a quarter-wave plate, adapted to convert the collimated output first beam into a circular polarized first beam,
a focusing objective, adopted to be adjusted for providing best focusing of the circular polarized first beam to a first pinhole of a first pinhole plate, and
a test optical component/system adopted to receive a circular polarized first divergent beam diffracted through the first pinhole of the first pinhole plate and to focus light transmitted through the test optical component/system to a second pinhole plate;
the reference channel comprising:
a further focus-collimator element, configured to be adjusted for providing best coupling of the second beam to a second single-mode polarization maintaining optical fiber,
a further collimator adapted to collimate an output second beam emanating from the second single-mode polarization maintaining optical fiber,
a further quarter-wave plate, adapted to convert the collimated output second beam into a circular polarized second beam,
a further focusing objective, adopted to be adjusted for providing best focusing of the circular polarized second beam to a second pinhole of a second pinhole plate; and
an imaging objective, configured to receive an interfering pattern of the circular polarized first divergent beam transmitted through the test optical component/system and further reflected from the second pinhole plate, and a circular polarized second divergent beam diffracted through the second pinhole of the second pinhole plate, to provide an interferogram of the test optical component/system.

US Pat. No. 10,247,538

ACCURATE CHIRPED SYNTHETIC WAVELENGTH INTERFEROMETER

Bridger Photonics, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a first chirped laser source configured to provide a first laser output having a first optical frequency varying with a first chirp rate;
a second chirped laser source configured to provide a second laser output having a second optical frequency varying with a second chirp rate;
a calibration unit comprising at least one gas cell having at least one absorption line, the calibration unit configured to receive a portion of the first laser output and the second laser output and to output a calibration signal, wherein the first optical frequency, the second optical frequency, or both are swept through the at least one absorption line at the respective first chirp rate or second chirp rate;
a first plurality of optical paths configured to direct at least a portion of the first laser output onto an optical detector to produce a first interference signal;
a second plurality of optical paths configured to direct at least a portion of the second laser output onto the optical detector or a different optical detector to produce a second interference signal; and
a signal processor configured to receive the first interference signal, the second interference signal, at least one of the first chirp rate or the second chirp rate, and the calibration signal, the signal processor further configured to:
calibrate a synthetic wavelength and determine a synthetic fringe number or an interferometer fringe number, at least in part by measuring a time difference between a start time and a time the first optical frequency or the second optical frequency matches a feature of the at least one absorption line;
and wherein the signal processor is further configured to determine a pathlength difference between at least two optical paths of the first and second plurality of optical paths using the synthetic wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,247,536

DIFFERENTIAL COMPENSATOR TO REDUCE UNCERTAINTY IN DETERMINATION OF MOVEMENT OF A STRUCTURAL MEMBER

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A differential compensator to reduce uncertainty in determination of movement of a structural member, the differential compensator comprising:a first probe line comprising a first coefficient of thermal expansion to attach to the structural member and to provide a first combination of displacement of the structural member and a first expansion of the first probe line in response to movement of the structural member and expansion of the first probe line; and
a second probe line comprising a second coefficient of thermal expansion that is different than the first coefficient of thermal expansion, the second probe line to attach to the structural member at a position on the structural member proximate to a point of attachment of the first probe line to the structural member and to provide a second combination of displacement of the structural member and second expansion of the second probe line in response to movement of the structural member and expansion of the second probe line.

US Pat. No. 10,247,534

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FEEDSCREW AND BARREL WEAR

GLYCON CORP., Tecumseh, ...

1. An assembly for determining wear of a feedscrew comprising:a barrel having a central bore extending along a longitudinal axis and a measuring aperture extending radially from the central bore to an outer surface of the barrel, the measuring aperture including an internally threaded portion, the feedscrew being rotatably disposed in the central bore; and
a probe configured for removable insertion into the measuring aperture, the probe including a measuring sensor, a longitudinally extending stem, and a retainer slidably disposed over the stem, the retainer including an externally threaded portion configured to mate with the internally threaded portion of the measuring aperture when the probe is inserted into the measuring aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,247,533

ISCHIAL TUBEROSITY MEASUREMENT TOOL

1. A bicycle saddle fit system comprising a base, at least one impression pad of sufficient size to span the Ischial Tuberosity (IT) bones of a user and removably fastened to said base; said at least one impression pad being made of a material with sufficient shape memory to maintain impressions long enough to permit the measurement of a distance between impressions left by a user sitting and standing during the measurement process; a substrate layer extending laterally beyond the perimeter and securely fixed to the at least one impression pads; a set of ferrous metal balls that will self-level on the at least one impression pad, wherein said ferrous balls will be placed in the impressions left by the user in said impression pad; a detached measurement gauge comprising a scale used to measure from the center of each of said ferrous metal balls after each metal balls are placed on the at least one impression pads which will indicate the distance between the IT impressions of the cyclist previously seated on the at least one impression pads; wherein when the measurement gauge is placed over a saddle will clearly show the amount of drop from a level surface to the point of contact of the users' IT.

US Pat. No. 10,247,532

TUBING PIPE SIZING TOOL

1. A tubing pipe sizing tool comprising:a main body;
a measuring portion provided on a first part of the main body in a first direction;
a handle-installing hole provided on an external surface of the main body on a second part of the main body in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a bump portion provided around an opening of the handle-installing hole; and
a handle engaging the handle-installing hole fixedly facilitates pipe sizing,
wherein the main body has a cylindrical shape,
wherein the measuring portion is provided along a central axis of the cylindrical shape of the main body,
wherein the measuring portion comprises a measuring tube portion extending in the first direction for measuring an outer diameter of an external pipe,
wherein the main body, the measuring portion, and the handle-installing hole are monolithic, and
wherein the bump portion has a cylindrical shape protruding in the direction of the handle, configured for being hit loose by an external force.

US Pat. No. 10,247,531

MONOLITHIC FRAGMENTATION CASING

1. A fragmentation casing, comprising:a monolithic tube being defined by an alternating axial arrangement of first rings and second rings,
each of said first rings being a contiguous ring of fused powder defining spaced-apart first elements of said fused powder and at least one second element of said fused powder joining adjacent ones of said spaced-apart first elements, wherein each of said at least one second element is smaller than each of said spaced-apart first elements, and
each of said second rings being a contiguous lattice of said fused powder, wherein each of said spaced-apart first elements is contiguous with a portion of said contiguous lattice associated with at least one of said second rings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,530

PROJECTILE WITH SINGLE-PIECE MAIN BODY

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A projectile comprising:a one-piece body;
a divert thruster system; and
an attitude control system;
wherein the attitude control system includes a pressurized fluid in a pressurized fluid cavity defined by the body;
wherein the divert thruster system includes fuel, and an oxidizer in one or more additional cavities defined by the body;
wherein the body defines one or more combustion cavities for combustion of the fuel and the oxidizer;
wherein the body defines one or more passages connecting the pressurized fluid cavity to components of the attitude control system that are external to the body, aft of the body;
wherein the attitude control system includes attitude control thrusters that are external to the body; and
wherein the attitude control thrusters are cold gas thrusters or warm gas thrusters.

US Pat. No. 10,247,529

REACTIVE SHOT SHELL FOR BREACHING BARRIERS

1. A shot shell comprising:a casing;
a projectile, located within said casing, includes
a reactive material (RM) pellet; and
an inert capsule partially covers said RM pellet, wherein said inert capsule includes a nose having metal powder and an annulus having metal powder, wherein said metal powder in said nose has a higher density than said metal powder in said annulus;
a wad, located within said casing, includes a sabot; and
a propellant and a primer for igniting said propellant.

US Pat. No. 10,247,528

TARGETS

1. A target, comprising a sheet of a material, the sheet includes an uprange-facing surface, a downrange-facing surface, an upper end, a lower end, and opposed sides each formed with an origami structure, each said origami structure is a partially cut-out and foldable structure formed in the material of the sheet being foldable from an unfolded condition to a folded condition, wherein each said origami structure is flattened in a direction toward the downrange-facing surface of the sheet, when in the unfolded condition, and forms a sleeve structure deployed rearwardly from the downrange-facing surface of the sheet that is adapted to receive a support pole therein for retaining the sheet to the support pole, when in the folded condition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,522

COMPOSITE BALLISTIC RESISTANT LAMINATE

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

1. An unconsolidated impact and penetration resistant laminate comprising a plurality of cross-plied sheets, each cross-plied sheet further comprising (i) first and second layers of fibrous or non-fibrous ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and (ii) first and second layers of thermoplastic adhesive, each adhesive layer having a basis weight of no greater than 5 gsm, wherein the thermoplastic adhesive has a zero-shear-rate viscosity, as measured by ASTM D 4440, of at least 1500 Pa-s and wherein(a) the layers of polyethylene and thermoplastic adhesive alternate within the sheet,
(b) greater than 50 percent of the polyethylene layers are arranged such that the orientation of the first polyethylene layer is offset with respect to the orientation of the second polyethylene layer, and
(c) the plurality of cross-plied sheets form a stack that does not suffer a pressure loss greater than 8 bar within the first two minutes of compaction under Test Method B.

US Pat. No. 10,247,521

ARMOR COMPONENT

1. An armor component comprising:a body including a first portion including:
a first phase comprising silicon carbide (SiC), wherein the first phase has an average grain size (GS1) of not greater than about 6 microns;
a second phase comprising calcium boride (CaB6), wherein the second phase has an average grain size (GS2) of not greater than GS1;
a density of at least about 80% theoretical density; and
wherein the body includes a first content (C1) of the first phase and a second content (C2) of the second phase, and wherein C1? C2.

US Pat. No. 10,247,519

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LINE OF SIGHT DRIFT

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A system for adjusting a line of sight to a target in an image, the system comprising:an optical assembly having a field of view from which the image is generated;
a display window for viewing a line of sight to the target in the image;
a controller configured to operate in an automatic mode for automatically adjusting offsets to a drift in the line of sight to the target in the display window, and in a manual mode to receive operator adjustments to the offsets;
one or more first manual operator controls connected to a digital processor configured to adjust the offsets for the drift in the line of sight in the manual mode;
an operator control switch configured to switch the system between the automatic mode and the manual mode; and
a mode indicator to indicate whether the automatic mode or manual mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,247,514

WATERPROOF HOLSTER

Serco

1. A waterproof holster, the holster comprising:a main body and a cover, the main body and cover secured to each other by a hinge, the hinge operative to permit movement of the main body and cover relative to each other about the hinge;
wherein movement of the main body and cover about the hinge allows the holster to be moved between a closed configuration to an open configuration;
wherein when in the closed configuration, the main body and cover cooperatively form an interior cavity in which a weapon can be stored and protected from exposure to the elements;
wherein when in the open configuration, a user can access the interior cavity in order to store or retrieve the weapon;
a holster latch, the holster latch positioned at a location substantially opposition to a location where the hinge is positioned, the latch comprising complimentary structures located on the main body and cover which when engaged maintain the holster in the closed configuration, and when disengaged permit the holster to be moved to the open configuration;
a sealing component, the sealing component positioned between an inner aspect of the main body and an inner aspect of the cover, and configured to seal off the inner cavity of the holster off from the exterior environment of the holster when the holster is in the closed configuration; and
a dock, the dock movable between an open position and a closed position, the dock secured to the interior of the holster by a dock hinge; wherein the dock is configured to engage a portion of the weapon to be stored within the holster; wherein the portion of the weapon to be engaged by the dock is a barrel; and wherein the dock is configured such that the dock surrounds a portion of the barrel of the weapon when the weapon is engaged by the dock.

US Pat. No. 10,247,512

SPLIT STOCK ASSEMBLY

1. A firearm comprisinga) an action;
b) a grip attached to said action, wherein said grip has a recess disposed on a back portion of said grip;
c) a stock removably secured to said grip, wherein said stock has a protrusion disposed on a front portion of said stock, wherein said protrusion is disposed within said recess;
d) one or more pin assemblies comprising a pin and a set screw;
e) wherein said grip further comprises one or more channels disposed in said grip;
f) wherein each of said one or more pin assemblies is respectively disposed in said one or more channels; and
g) wherein said set screw has a threaded exterior surface engaging an inner surface of said channel and an inner recess, wherein said pin is disposed in said inner recess of said set screw.

US Pat. No. 10,247,510

COMPOSITE WHIP

1. A composite whip comprising:(a) a handle;
(b) an outer sleeve connected to said handle, where said outer sleeve extends distally from the interior of said handle;
(c) an inner cable within said outer sleeve;
(d) a distal anchor, which anchors said inner cable to the distal end of said outer sleeve; and
(e) an anchor, which anchors said inner cable to the proximal end of said outer sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,509

FIRE STARTING FLARES LAUNCHER

1. A single-shot, non-automatic reloading launcher device comprising:an upper receiver and a lower receiver modified to create a single unified receiver;
a welded magazine block inside of said single, unified receiver, said magazine block being configured to receive a specialized magazine, said specialized magazine allowing only the receipt of a single blank round;
an outer tube of sufficient size to house an item to be launched;
a gas plug positioned between said outer tube and said single, unified receiver where said single blank round is received;
a firing pin positioned proximate said single blank round;
a slam fire bolt actuator positioned proximate said firing pin;
a buffer tube proximate said slam fire bolt actuator that is activated by a drop bolt lever wherein said buffer tube is surrounded by an activating buffer coil that provides the pressure to strike said firing pin to ignite the launcher.

US Pat. No. 10,247,506

INDIRECT FIRE MISSION TRAINING SYSTEM—ARTILLERY AMMUNITION MANAGEMENT

Cubic Corporation, San D...

1. An indirect fire mission training round, comprising:a projectile training shell having an outer periphery, a proximal end, and a distal end, the proximal end defining an interior chamber, the projectile training shell being configured to be inserted within a cavity of a projectile firing instrument;
an interlock member configured to securely receive a proximal portion of a subsequent training round within the interior chamber of the projectile training shell; and
a resistance brake extending outward from the outer periphery and configured to contact a wall of the cavity of the firing instrument and provide resistance that secures the projectile training shell at a position within the cavity, wherein the resistance brake is selectively disengageable such that the position of the projectile training shell is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,247,497

FIREARM GAS REDIRECTION ASSEMBLY

1. A firearm gas redirection assembly, the assembly comprising:a bolt frame comprising a bolt frame lip surface and a bolt, the bolt operable to slide rearwardly immediately upon discharge of a firearm, the bolt further operable to recoil slide rearwardly after discharge of the firearm, the bolt frame further comprising a striker concentric to the bolt, the bolt frame further comprising a rotary cam that opens the bolt;
a barrel defined by an elongated body, an inner barrel sidewall, an outer barrel sidewall, a rear end, and a forward end terminating at a muzzle, the forward end forming at least one gas vent; the barrel is fixed motionless on the frame, the barrel further being defined by a barrel locking lug; and
a jet nozzle concentrically coupled around the barrel, the jet nozzle integrated with the bolt frame, the jet nozzle defined by an inner jet sidewall, an outer jet sidewall, and a jet nozzle edge,
whereby the inner jet sidewall and the outer barrel sidewall form a gas space that is in communication with the bolt frame,
whereby discharge of the firearm forces a gas through from the at least one gas vent against the jet nozzle edge through the gas space,
whereby the discharged gas displaces the bolt frame rearwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,491

PROCESS OF FRICTION STIR WELDING ON TUBE END JOINTS AND A PRODUCT PRODUCED THEREBY

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A process of connecting a tube to a tube sheet, comprising:inserting a tube end of the tube into a tube sheet hole of the tube sheet with an interference fit between the tube end and the tube sheet that locks the tube end into the tube sheet without flaring or expanding any cross-sectional dimension of the tube end adjacent to the tube sheet; and
friction stir welding the tube to the tube sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,247,480

HIGH TEMPERATURE FURNACE

General Electric Company,...

1. A high temperature furnace defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction, the high temperature furnace comprising:a shell defining a heating chamber; and
a plurality of heating elements each extending at least partially through the heating chamber, the plurality of heating elements including a first top heating element, a first bottom heating element, a second top heating element, and a second bottom heating element, the first top heating element spaced apart from the second top heating element along the lateral direction, the first bottom heating element spaced apart from the second bottom heating element along the lateral direction, and the first and second top heating elements spaced apart from the first and second bottom heating elements along the vertical direction;
wherein during operation of the high temperature furnace, the heating elements define at least two heating zones, including a first heating zone and a second heating zone.

US Pat. No. 10,247,477

PANEL FOR FERROUS OR NON-FERROUS METAL MAKING FURNACE

1. A plate cooler stave for use in a furnace having a shell wall, comprising:a top portion housing a cooling fluid circulating tube including at least one cooling fluid inlet and at least one cooling fluid outlet for a flow of cooling fluid to and from the plate cooler stave from outside the furnace; and
a main body, wherein the main body includes the top portion and wherein the main body is disposed at an angle relative to the top portion so that the main body is insertable into the furnace through an opening defined by the shell wall, wherein upon installation, at least a part of the top portion is disposed in the opening;
wherein the main body defines a plurality of ribs and a plurality of channels, wherein a front face of the main body defines a first opening into each of the channels; and
wherein the plate cooler stave further comprises a plurality of bricks wherein at least one of the plurality of bricks is insertable into one of the plurality of channels via its first opening to a position, upon rotation of said at least one of the plurality of bricks, partially disposed in the one channel such that one or more portions of said at least one of the plurality of bricks at least partially engage one or more surfaces of the one channel and/or of a first rib of the plurality of ribs whereby said at least one of the plurality of bricks is locked against removal from the one channel through its first opening via linear movement without first being rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,247,469

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet with a first storage compartment;
an inner door rotatably installed to the cabinet, the inner door having a second storage compartment;
an outer door configured to open or close the second storage compartment; and
a drawer installed in the second storage compartment, the drawer being configured to move forward and rearward,
wherein the drawer includes a basket part configured to receive food and a frame unit configured to allow the basket part to be separably seated on the frame unit,
wherein the frame unit includes:
a coupling member coupled to the inner door; and
a support member movably coupled to the coupling member, the support member being configured to support the basket part seated on the support member,
wherein the support member includes:
two first members configured to extend in a front-and-rear direction; and
two second members configured to connect the two first members to each other,
wherein the coupling member includes:
a horizontal piece that is configured to extend from the inner door in a horizontal direction, and coupled to a side surface of the inner door; and
a vertical piece that is configured to extend perpendicular to the horizontal piece, the vertical piece being coupled to a bottom surface of one of the two first members,
wherein the first members and the second members are respectively connected to each other and define a hollow rectangle,
wherein the frame unit is configured to transfer the weight of the basket part into the inner door,
wherein the basket part is above the coupling member, and
wherein a bottom of the basket part is lower than a top of the support member, and wherein the support member includes a central hollow region, and wherein the basket part is provided with a protrusion configured to be inserted into and coupled to the hollow region.

US Pat. No. 10,247,468

VACUUM INSULATION BODY

1. A vacuum insulation body comprising a vacuum-tight casing which surrounds an evacuated region, wherein a core material is arranged in the evacuated region,characterized in
that the casing includes an opening for filling the casing with the core material, which is covered by a vacuum-tight cover film, wherein the casing is folded inwards in the edge region protruding towards the opening, so that the opening is reduced in size, and subsequently again is folded outwards, wherein the region folded to the outside and a region of the cover film are vacuum-tightly connected with each other all around.

US Pat. No. 10,247,465

COOLING DEVICE COMPRISING A THAWING COMPARTMENT AND THE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI, ...

1. A cooling device comprising:a body;
a thawing compartment that is disposed in the body, wherein frozen foods are placed in the thawing compartment;
a heater that heats the thawing compartment;
a sensor that measures humidity of ambient air of the thawing compartment; and
a controller that is disposed on the body, wherein the controller is configured to calculate a humidity level change rate (dH/dt) in the thawing compartment with data received from the sensor, wherein the controller is configured to enable a thawing process to be started if the humidity level change rate (dH/dt) is above a humidity level decrease rate limit value (V1) determined by a manufacturer or wherein the controller is configured to enable the thawing process to be ended if the humidity level change rate (dH/dt) is between a humidity level increase rate lower limit value (Vbot) determined by the manufacturer and a humidity level increase rate upper limit value (Vtop) determined by the manufacturer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,456

INTEGRATED RECEIVER AND SUCTION LINE HEAT EXCHANGER FOR REFRIGERANT SYSTEMS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

6. A receiver for a refrigeration system comprising:an enclosure with an inlet for liquid refrigerant at and through a first end and an outlet for the liquid refrigerant at and through a second end, the first and second ends each having a concave shape that extends outward from an interior of the enclosure toward their respective inlet and outlet; and
a heat exchanger with an exchanger inlet and an exchanger outlet for at least refrigerant vapor to transfer heat from the liquid refrigerant to the refrigerant vapor, the exchanger inlet being formed on the concave shape of the second end, the exchanger outlet being formed on the concave shape of the first end;
wherein the heat exchanger is surrounded by the enclosure, and
wherein the heat exchanger includes:
a tube for passage of at least the refrigerant vapor, the tube having a cross-section that is wider than a cross-section of the inlet and a cross-section of the outlet of the enclosure; and
stack baffles with planar surfaces so that the liquid refrigerant flows on and across the planar surfaces, from one baffle to a next baffle, in alternating opposite directions, each stack baffle having no more than three holes for receiving the tube;
wherein the tube includes a plurality of straight portions joined by bend portions, each straight portion extending through the holes in every stack baffle within the enclosure;
wherein there is only the tube between the planar surfaces of adjacent baffles.

US Pat. No. 10,247,444

FURNACE AND METHOD FOR HEATING AIR

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A method of heating air using hot gases, comprising:directing the hot gases through a primary heat exchanger, receiving the hot gases from the primary heat exchanger into a collection/discharge box, and directing the hot gases from the collection/discharge box through a secondary heat exchanger;
receiving a flow of air into a furnace enclosure housing the primary heat exchanger, collection/discharge box, and secondary heat exchanger;
diverting a portion of the air through a bypass channel to bypass at least a portion of the primary heat exchanger and the secondary heat exchanger;
passing the diverted air over the collection/discharge box to receive heat from the hot gasses within the collection/discharge box;
passing the un-diverted air over the primary and the secondary heat exchanger to receive heat from the hot gases flowing through said heat exchangers;
recombining the heated diverted air and the heated un-diverted air;
removing the recombined air from the furnace enclosure; and
passing the diverted air over at least a portion of the primary heat exchanger after recombining the diverted air and the un-diverted air.

US Pat. No. 10,247,442

AIR FILTER DIMENSION ADAPTER

1. An air filter adapter, comprising:an elongate channel member, having a base portion and a pair of upstanding legs extending from the base portion; and
a dimensional spacing element, configured to be positioned between the upstanding legs and a frame edge of an air filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,433

APPARATUS FOR BOTH HUMIDIFICATION AND AIR CLEANING

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A humidification and air cleaning apparatus comprising:a water tank configured to store water, the water tank comprising a bottom wall and a side wall extending upward from the bottom wall;
a watering housing that is rotatable and disposed in the water tank to spray water stored in the water tank, the watering housing comprising a bottom surface that is opened, a lower end that is spaced apart from the bottom surface by a suction gap, and a nozzle, the watering housing configured such that during rotation, the stored water is suctioned from the water tank to an inside of the watering housing and upwardly pumped, and the pumped water is sprayed through the nozzle;
a watering housing cover closing an upper side of the watering housing and forming an upper surface of the watering housing;
a watering motor rotating the watering housing; and
a watering blade formed to outwardly protrude from an outer surface of the watering housing,
wherein the nozzle is disposed on a side wall of the watering housing,
wherein the watering blade is disposed in the side wall of the watering housing and extends in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,431

FAN COIL APPARATUS INCLUDING A HUMIDIFICATION UNIT AND A HUMIDIFICATION UNIT

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A fan coil apparatus comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a heating zone to a fan coil air outlet and including a humidification section;
(b) a humidification unit comprising a humidification unit water droplet outlet and an air permeable water retaining member, wherein the air permeable water retaining member and the humidification unit water droplet outlet are provided in the humidification section and the air permeable water retaining member is positioned downstream from the humidification unit water droplet outlet;
(c) a water filter upstream of the humidification unit; and,
(d) a treatment applicator providing a disinfecting agent directly upstream from the air permeable water retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,421

TOOL AND METHOD FOR DECOUPLING CROSS-FIRE TUBE ASSEMBLIES IN GAS TURBINE ENGINES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A tool for decoupling a telescoping tube from a first liner positioned in a first chamber of a first component, the tool comprising:a rod comprising a first portion comprising a non-circular cross-section and a threaded second portion, wherein the rod is configured for partial positioning in a telescoping tube passage defined by the telescoping tube such that the second portion of the rod is positioned in a second chamber and the first portion of the rod is at least partially in the second chamber;
a plug coupled to the rod, the plug configured for engaging a first side surface of a first tube segment of the telescoping tube;
a base defining a base passage extending therethrough, the base passage comprising a first portion comprising a non-circular cross-section, wherein the first portion of the rod is at least partially positioned in the first portion of the base passage, the base further comprising an elastomeric pad including an arcuate surface configured to engage an arcuate wall defining the second chamber; and
a handle threadingly coupled to the rod, wherein rotating the handle in a first direction moves the handle along the rod to decouple the telescoping tube from the first liner.

US Pat. No. 10,247,419

COMBUSTOR LINER PANEL WITH A MULTIPLE OF HEAT TRANSFER RIBS FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A liner panel for a combustor of a gas turbine engine, the liner panel comprising:a multiple of heat transfer ribs that extend from a cold side of the liner panel, each of the multiple of heat transfer ribs comprising a respective multiple of cooling holes that extend therethrough, each cooling hole of the respective multiple of cooling holes for each of the multiple of heat transfer ribs define a direction vector directed at an angle to penetrate a hot side and the cold side, the direction vector of each cooling hole aligned with the respective heat transfer rib, and wherein the multiple of heat transfer ribs avoids cold side structures.

US Pat. No. 10,247,411

INTEGRATED BURNER ASSEMBLY

1. An integrated burner system for use in a classified area comprising:a burner housing having a burner assembly, an air inlet end and a combustion end,
a flame arrestor fluidly connected to the air inlet end for forming a first non-classified chamber in the burner housing between the burner assembly and the flame arrestor;
a second non-classified chamber extending from the first non-classified chamber;
a discontinuous barrier extending between the first and second non-classified chambers;
a control system located in the classified area external to the burner housing;
a valve train in the classified area external to the burner housing for supplying fuel to the burner for combustion thereat;
mechanically protected wiring extending between the control system and the second non-classified chamber of the burner housing;
mechanically protected wiring extending between the valve train and the second non-classified area of the burner housing; and
open electrical connections, formed within the second non-classified chamber, between the burner assembly, the mechanically protected wiring from the control system and the mechanically protected wiring of the valve train area.

US Pat. No. 10,247,408

HUMID AIR TURBINE POWER, WATER EXTRACTION, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE

University of Florida Res...

1. A combined heat and power (CHP) system, comprising:a turbine system comprising a high pressure compressor, a high pressure turbine, a combustor and a recuperator;
a turbocharger system comprising a low pressure compressor and a low pressure turbine; and
a refrigeration system comprising a hot gas heat exchanger and a cold gas heat exchanger, wherein the refrigeration system receives combustion products from the turbine system and compressed air from the turbocharger system;
wherein the refrigeration system cools the combustion products and the compressed air to generate a cooled combustion product mixture that is provided to the turbine system; and
wherein the refrigeration system further generates steam that is provided to the turbine system.

US Pat. No. 10,247,405

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, PROJECTOR, AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A LIGHT SOURCE UNIT

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A light source unit comprising:a device holder including a semiconductor light emitting device;
a holder case including an opening where the device holder is disposed; and
a dustproof member including a frame-shaped dustproof portion disposed in a gap between an outer periphery of the device holder and a wall surface of the opening,
wherein the frame-shaped dustproof portion includes (i) a packing portion including an inner peripheral rib which contacts an outer peripheral surface of the device holder, and an outer peripheral rib which contacts the wall surface, and (ii) a support frame connected to the packing portion, the support frame being harder than the packing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,402

LAMP DEVICE

1. A lamp device comprising a base, a circuit board, a lamp seat installed in said base and electrically connected with said circuit board, at least one USB interface, and a lamp shade hooding said lamp seat thereinside, wherein said USB interface includes a cartridge disposed in said base and a USB socket module disposed inside said cartridge, andwherein said USB socket module is separated from said circuit board and electrically connected with said circuit board through cables, and
wherein said USB socket module includes at least one of Type-C USB sockets, Micro USB sockets, and Mini USB sockets, and
wherein a wall of said cartridge, which is corresponding to a socket of said USB socket module, has at least one opening, and
wherein an interface of an external USB data line is passed through said opening and inserted into said socket of said USB socket module, said base includes a baseplate, a plurality of studs installed on said baseplate, and a support platform connected with tops of said studs, and wherein said lamp seat is installed on said support platform, and there are one or more said USB interfaces, and wherein said baseplate and/or at least one said stud has an installing hole for installing said cartridge, and wherein after said cartridge is installed in said installation hole, said opening is faced outward.

US Pat. No. 10,247,401

LIGHTING DEVICE

FEELUX CO., LTD., Gyeong...

1. A lighting device comprising:an illumination part; and
a power connection part adapted to supply external power to the illumination part and to prevent an electrical short circuit, the power connection part including at least two power connectors which are separated from each other and into which the external power is transferred and an insulator provided between the at least two power connectors and coupled with the at least two power connectors;
wherein the illumination part includes a circuit board and the circuit board is provided directly on the at least two power connectors; and,
a diffusion member is directly connected with the at least two power connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,247,400

SAFETY LIGHT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ROAD-SIDE EMERGENCY

1. A portable light comprising:an LED floodlight;
a battery case having a top half and a bottom half, the LED floodlight mounted to the battery case top half by a two dimensional hinge allowing relative motion of the LED floodlight to the battery case in both bearing and azimuth;
a battery disposed within the battery case;
wiring providing an operative electrical connection between the battery and the LED floodlight;
a power switch having two positions, in a first position the electrical current flow from battery to LED floodlight is allowed and in a second position the electrical current is disconnected;
whereby the bottom half of the battery case is used as a base;
an LED strip comprising a plurality of colored LEDs, the LED strip mounted to a rear side of the battery case;
a LED power switch having an operative electrical connection to the wiring and to the LED strip;
a mode selection switch controlling the LED strip, the mode selection switch also having an operative electrical connection to the LED strip.

US Pat. No. 10,247,397

ROTATABLE RETROFIT TRIM LIGHTING DEVICE

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A retrofit trim lighting device comprising:a bracket comprising a planar portion, two attachment portions positioned at opposing ends of the planar portion and normal to the planar portion, and an opening positioned centrally on the planar portion and between the two flanged portions;
a pair of torsion springs each secured directly to a corresponding one of the two attachment portions of the bracket and configured to mount the retrofit trim lighting device within a recessed housing;
a retrofit housing comprising at least one light engine; and
an engagement element secured to the retrofit housing through the opening of the bracket such that, when so secured, the retrofit housing and the bracket are rotatable relative to one another about a rotation axis that intersects a surface defined by the planar portion of the bracket through a center of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,247,393

REMOVABLE LED MODULE WITH TILTING ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A lighting unit, comprising:a light engine comprising a light source and a heat sink, the heat sink attached to and in thermal communication with the light source, the heat sink comprising first and second arms defining an open channel between the first and second arms;
a module frame shaped and sized to slide within the open channel of the heat sink, the module frame having first and second sides and defining a first pair of curved grooves in the first side of the module frame and a second pair of curved grooves in the second side of the module frame; and
at least four protrusions, two of the protrusions extending from the first arm of the heat sink and respectively engaging the first pair of curved grooves, and two of the removable protrusions extending from the second arm of the heat sink and respectively engaging the second pair of curved grooves,
wherein the light engine is tiltable with respect to the module frame by sliding the protrusions within the pairs of grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,247,387

ILLUMINATION DEVICE SYSTEM

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. An illumination device system comprising:an illumination device support base including an accessory shoe; and
an illumination device including an engaging portion configured to engage with the accessory shoe, a main body portion to which the engaging portion is fixed, a swing portion capable of swinging around a turning axis in relation to the main body portion, a light emitting portion provided in the swing portion, a cable extending from the main body portion, and a diffuser,
wherein the diffuser is turnable relative to the main body portion around the turning axis, one end of a range of the turning is an advanced position where the diffuser is positioned in front of the light emitting portion, another end of the range of the turning is a withdrawn position where the diffuser is withdrawn from the front of the light emitting portion, and
the diffuser is provided with a first locking portion configured to engage with the illumination device support base and stop the turning of the diffuser in a case that the diffuser is at the advanced position, and a second locking portion configured to engage with the cable and stop the turning of the diffuser in a case that the diffuser is at the withdrawn position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,386

SYSTEM FOR VISUAL SIGNALLING

OBSTA, Sevres (FR)

1. A light-signaling system (1) comprising three lighting modules, in which:each lighting module (28) comprises two projectors (6) being fixed together;
each projector (6) of the lighting module comprising:
an elongated cylindrical lens (7), the cylindrical shape of which is defined by a horizontal generatrix direction (10); and
a linear light source (16) parallel to the horizontal generatrix direction (10), extending over all or part of a length of the cylindrical lens in order to emit a luminous flux (31) in a direction of the cylindrical lens;
the cylindrical lens being capable of generating a main flat light beam (26, 27) by concentrating the luminous flux within a predefined elevation (S) angular sector (3) around the horizontal generatrix direction in the direction of the space located on an opposite side of the cylindrical lens (7) with respect to the light source (16), and being capable of projecting the main flat light beam (26, 27) within a predefined elementary azimuthal angular sector around a vertical direction, the predefined elementary azimuthal angular sector (45) being greater than or equal to 60°;
each lighting module (28) being configured to illuminate within an azimuthal angular sector (450) smaller than or equal to the sum of the two elementary azimuthal angular sector(s) (45) of each of the two projector(s);
a bisectrix (432) of the azimuthal angular sector (450) of each lighting module defining a main direction of the lighting module (28), the lighting modules (281, 282, 283) being arranged such that the main directions (431, 432) of two adjacent lighting modules form between them an angle of 120°, such that the light-signaling system (1) is capable of emitting light around the light-signaling system (1) in all azimuthal directions (?), in which
a first lighting module of the lighting modules (28) and a second lighting module of the lighting modules (28), are defined as secondary modules (43) and a third lighting module of the lighting modules (28), is defined as a main module (44), each of the secondary modules is connected by a power supply cable (35) to the main module, the main module itself being connected to a main power supply cable (41) that is capable of being connected to an electrical power supply in order to supply the projectors (6) of each lighting module (43, 44) with power,
in which each lighting module (28) comprises a housing fixing the two projectors (6) together, in which the housing is horizontally substantially triangular in shape, a first side of the triangle (38) and a second side of the triangle (38) each being defined respectively by the respective generatrix direction of one of the two projectors (6) fixed to the housing and a third side being capable of being fixed to a support,
in which the third side of one of the housings forms an angle of 60° with the third side of the other housings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,385

LIGHTING DEVICE, LENS AND METHOD, HAVING A MIXING STRUCTURE WITH A VARIABLE BLURRING STRENGTH

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A lighting device for issuing a light beam in a main direction along an optical axis, the lighting device comprising:a light source;
a positive, refractive lens provided on the optical axis, the lens being movable with respect to the light source along the optical axis; and
a mixing structure provided on the optical axis and having a blurring strength FWHM, with FWHM being in a range of 3° to 15°, the blurring strength of the mixing structure gradually and continuously increases with an increase in distance R in a radial direction from the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,380

LUMINAIRE

OSRAM GMBH, Munich (DE)

1. A luminaire comprising:at least one first light source, the light from which is substantially emittable to a reflector and is deflectable by the latter to an optical intermediate plane as a result of which a first light function is realized;
a second light source, the light from which is guidable via an optical waveguide to the optical intermediate plane as a result of which a second light function is realized;
a further light source, the light from which is guidable via a drum lens to the optical intermediate plane as a result of which a third light function is realized; and
a collimation lens connected with the drum lens via at least one web provided between the collimation lens and the drum lens.

US Pat. No. 10,247,377

HEADLIGHT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A headlamp for a motor vehicle, comprisinga first semiconductor light source for emitting a primary radiation having a first wavelength;
a second semiconductor light source for generating a second radiation having a second wavelength that is substantially the same as the first wavelength;
an optical coupling device for coupling a first radiation and the second radiation, the optical coupling device includes a first and a second coupling surface;
a converter element arranged in an optical path between the first semiconductor light source and the first coupling surface, the converter element configured to convert the primary radiation into a first radiation; and
an optical filter element arranged between the converter element and the first coupling surface, the optical filter element being adjusted to the first wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,247,372

LED TROFFER LENS ASSEMBLY MOUNT

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A troffer light fixture, comprising:a LED assembly comprising at least one LED operable to emit light when energized through an electrical path;
a housing; and
a lens assembly comprising a lens covering the at least one LED and a first end cap and a second end cap, the lens having a first end connected to the first end cap and a second end connected to the second end cap, wherein the first end cap comprises a first wall that that closes the first end of the lens, the first wall comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, and a first slot formed in the first side of the first wall for receiving the first end, and the second end cap comprises a second wall that closes the second end of the lens, the second wall comprising a third side and a fourth side opposite the third side, and a second slot formed in the third side of the second wall for receiving the second end, and wherein the second side of the first wall and the third side of the second wall comprise a first one of a resilient first engagement member and second engagement member and the housing comprises a second one of the resilient first engagement member and the second engagement member where the resilient first engagement member engages the second engagement member such that the resilient first engagement member is deformed into engagement with the second engagement member such that the first end cap and the second end cap are releasably connected to the housing such that the lens and the first end cap and the second end cap are releasably mounted to the housing as a unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,360

METHOD FOR FILLING HYDROGEN STORAGE ALLOY

THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LT...

1. A method for filling a hydrogen storage alloy, comprising:when the hydrogen storage alloy that has been made as a resin composite material by mixing hydrogen storage alloy particles or powder having an average particle diameter of 1 to 1000 ?m with a resin, viscosity of the resin at 25° C. being 500 to 10,000 mPa·s, the resin being a gel-like resin having a 1/4 consistency of 10 to 200 at 25° C., and a mixing amount of the resin being 1 to 50% by weight relative to the amount of the hydrogen storage alloy and carbon fiber, the mixing ratio of the carbon fiber being controlled to 0.1 to 5.0% by weight relative to the amount of the hydrogen storage alloy, is filled into a tank,
disposing a funnel in an opening of the tank;
disposing a scraping rod extending downward from a central part of the funnel;
filling the hydrogen storage alloy, which has been made as the resin composite material, into the tank through the funnel with scraping of the resin composite material by the scraping rod; and
during the filling the hydrogen storage alloy into the tank, vibrating the tank at a predetermined frequency of 30 to 70 Hz through movement at least in a vertical direction for 0.5 to 30 minutes, vibration amount for the movement in the vertical direction being 0.1 to 2.0 mm, to adjust a filling ratio of the hydrogen storage alloy in the tank to 40 to 55%.

US Pat. No. 10,247,358

METHOD AND STATION FOR FILLING GAS TANKS

1. A method of filling a tank with pressurized hydrogen via a filling station comprising at least one buffer container and a fluid circuit connected to said at least one buffer container, the circuit of the filling station comprising a first end connected to at least one source of gaseous hydrogen for carrying out the filling of the at least one buffer container with gas originating from the source, the circuit comprising a second end equipped with a transfer pipe intended to be removably connected to the tank to be filled with hydrogen originating from the at least one buffer container, the method comprising the steps of:cooling the hydrogen supplied to the tank by transfer of negative calories between a cold source and the hydrogen;
purifying the hydrogen supplied by the source in a purification component before it is transferred to the at least one buffer container;
transferring negative calories from said cold source to the hydrogen before and/or during the purification step, wherein the purification step uses at least one purification component selected from the group consisting of a pressure swing adsorption separation device and a temperature swing adsorption separation device; and
allowing pressurized hydrogen to flow from at least one of the at least one buffer container to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,354

CORNER SHIELD

1. A corner shield for placement on a substantially horizontal surface, the corner shield comprising:a body comprising:
an inner support comprising two sections connected together at an inner support corner with a corner angle of about 90 degrees, the support having an outer surface and a bottom:
an outer support comprising two sections connected together at an outer support corner with the corner angle, the support having an inner surface and a bottom, the outer support having end sections that are rounded;
a slot having a top and a bottom, the slot being between the inner surface of the outer support and the outer surface of the inner support, the inner surface of the outer support being angled inwardly from the bottom to the top by a slope angle of about 2 degrees from the perpendicular relative to the surface, the slot having a height and two sections connected together at a slot corner with the corner angle, where in the slot is V-shaped with the top of the slot wider than the bottom of the slot;
a flange extending from the bottom of the outer support outwardly for preventing the corner shield from tipping over;
at least one weight at the bottom of the outer support; and
an elongated cardboard protector shaped for fitting into the slot, the protector being longer than the slot height, the protector having two sections connected together at a corner with the corner angle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,353

TRIPOD

SHIN TAI SPURT WATER OF T...

1. A tripod comprising:an outer tube, an intermediate tube, an inner tube, at least two positioning members, a connecting joint, a knob, a clamping device and a leg set, wherein:
the outer tube, the intermediate tube and the inner tube are sequentially and slidably sleeved onto each other, a first of the at least two positioning members is engaged between the outer tube and the intermediate tube, and a second of the at least two positioning members is engaged between the intermediate tube and the inner tube;
the inner tube is provided with a first engaging disk having a through aperture;
the connecting joint is provided with a locking rod and a second engaging disk having a bolt, the bolt passing through the through aperture of the first engaging disk such that the connecting joint is pivoted onto the first engaging disk of the inner tube;
the knob further includes a threaded aperture configured for engaging with the bolt extending from the first engaging disk, such that the connecting joint can be clamped and fixed onto the first engaging disk by the second engaging disk and the knob;
the clamping device comprises a back member, a side member and a slidable member, the back member and the side member are respectively provided with a first locking aperture and a second locking aperture configured for engaging with the locking rod of the connecting joint; and
the leg set is secured below the outer tube and includes a plurality of supporting legs, each supporting leg comprising a first surface and a second surface, and the second surface is provided with a recess with a pivoting grounding nail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,342

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, FLUID SYSTEMS INCLUDING CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, AND PROCEDURES FOR MAKING FLUID CONNECTIONS

Pall Corporation, Port W...

1. A connector assembly for making fluid connections comprising:(a) a first hollow connector body, the first hollow connector body comprising a first resilient deformable seal having a central aperture and a lip surrounding the central aperture; a first locking mechanism integrally formed with the first hollow connector body, the first locking mechanism comprising at least one lug including a slot, and at least one ramp; a first hollow connector first body end and a first hollow connector second body end;
(b) a second hollow connector body, the second hollow connector body comprising a second resilient deformable seal having a central aperture and a lip surrounding the central aperture; a second locking mechanism integrally formed with the second hollow connector body, the second locking mechanism comprising at least one lug including a slot, and at least one ramp; a second hollow connector first body end and a second hollow connector second body end;
(i) wherein the first hollow connector body and the second hollow connector body contact each other in a first position, and when subsequently twisted together, the first resilient deformable seal seals against the first hollow connector body, and the second resilient deformable seal seals against the second hollow connector body, in a second position, the second position comprising an actuation position;
the connector assembly further comprising a removable anti-actuation assembly comprising at least one peel strip, interposed between the first hollow connector first body end and the second hollow connector first body end, wherein, when the first hollow connector body and the second hollow connector body contact each other in the first position,
the anti-actuation assembly, when present, prevents forming the actuation position of the connector assembly, and when removed, allows forming the actuation position of the connector assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,339

ELECTRICAL AND HYDRAULIC COUPLING DEVICE FOR A SCREEN-WASH SUPPLY AND/OR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

1. An electrical and hydraulic coupling device comprising:at least one tube manufactured with at least one material;
a heating element; and
at least one first electrically conductive cable,
wherein the tube is a single component comprising:
a wall made of the at least one material which delimits at least two liquid circulation ducts and comprises at least one recess that opens towards an outside face of the tube and in which all or part of said cable is housed,
a first straight line that overlaps a cross section width of each of the at least two liquid circulation ducts, and
a second straight line that overlaps a cross section width of the wall, passes through the recess, splits the heating element, and is perpendicular to the first straight line, and
the heating element is completely surrounded by the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,247,338

DOCKSIDE SHIP-TO-SHIP TRANSFER OF LNG

Excelerate Energy Limited...

1. A method for quick release of a conduit comprising:measuring a distance between a sending location (10) and a receiving location (14) using a first transponder (80) on the sending location (10) and a second transponder (80) on the receiving location (14), wherein the sending location (10) and the receiving location (14) are coupled to a conduit (52), wherein the conduit (52) comprises an emergency release coupling (ERC) (500);
sending a radio signal to the ERC (500) when the measured distance deviates from at least one preset parameter; and
pneumatically actuating the ERC (500) upon receipt of the radio signal, wherein actuating the ERC (500) decouples the conduit (52).

US Pat. No. 10,247,330

ADJUSTABLE PIPE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. An adjustable pipe strap apparatus for use in supporting and stabilizing pipes and other tubular members comprising:a. a flexible strap having a first end and a second end;
b. a bracket member adapted to connect to each of said first end and said second end of said strap;
c. a base plate member adapted to secure each of said bracket members to a surface, wherein said base plate member comprises a plurality of bolts that extend in a relatively upward direction from said surface, and wherein said bracket members are adapted to attachably connect to said bolts; and
d. a plurality of pipe chocks disposed between said first end and said second end of said strap, wherein:
i. said pipe chocks support a section of a pipe;
ii. said pipe chocks comprise a centralizer that attachably connects to and is disposed between said pipe chocks to stabilize said pipe; and
iii. said pipe chocks comprise a vibration regulator that attachably connects said pipe chocks to each of said bracket members to further eliminate movement of said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,247,328

GUIDE SYSTEM FOR SUPPLY LINES AND ROBOT HAVING A GUIDE SYSTEM

IGUS GMBH, Cologne (DE)

1. A guide system for supply lines for a handling device, comprising:a guide base,
a deflecting element guided along a linear travel path by the guide base, and
a chain-like, hose-like or belt-like strand, in or on which the supply lines are arrangeable,
wherein the strand is guided around the deflecting element such that the strand forms a reversing bend and two branches adjoining the reversing bend, each branch having a free end and a connecting point located on the free end,
wherein a first connecting point of the connecting points is stationary relative to the guide base and a second connecting point of the connecting points moves relative to the guide base, and
wherein the deflecting element is movable from a retracted position into an extended position, by a tensile force acting on the branch having the second connecting point and against a restoring force,
wherein the restoring force is provided by a restoring device located on or in the guide base,
wherein the restoring device comprises at least one elastic cord or elastic belt that is guided around a deflecting device coupled to the guide base adjacent to the retracted position of the deflecting element,
wherein the at least one elastic cord or elastic belt comprises a first section connected to the deflecting element, and a second section connected to the guide base,
wherein the guide base comprises a guide rail and the deflecting element is located on a slide that is guided by the guide rail along the travel path,
wherein the deflecting device further comprises a roller arranged such that the at least one elastic cord or elastic belt is guided around the roller,
wherein the deflecting device is located at an end of the guide rail in a direction of the travel path, the deflecting device comprising a housing configured to provide a stop which limits travel of the slide along the travel path,
wherein the guide rail has a longitudinal length in a longitudinal direction of the guide rail corresponding to a direction of the travel path,
wherein the housing is arranged outside the longitudinal length of the guide rail at an end face of the guide rail, and
wherein the housing has an opening facing the end face of the guide rail, through which the at least one elastic cord or elastic belt extends towards the guide rail in the longitudinal direction of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,325

CONDENSATE DRAIN

GEA Aseptomag AG, Kirchb...

1. A condensate drain, comprising:a thermodynamic actuator;
a closing arrangement for switching a fluid connection between a first connector and a second connector of the condensate drain in a thermodynamically controlled manner under the action of the thermodynamic actuator; and
an adjusting device connected with the closing arrangement, wherein:
the closing arrangement is set up for switching the fluid connection under action of the adjusting device,
the adjusting device is designed as a shifting device for effectuating a straight-line movement, and
the adjusting device is arranged to exert a force directly onto the thermodynamic actuator to interrupt the fluid connection in a permanently closed position,
wherein a larger passage surface is released through switching by the adjusting device than through switching by the thermodynamic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,320

PRESSURE REGULATING VALVE

FISHER JEON GAS EQUIPMENT...

1. A pressure regulating valve, comprising:a valve body,
a valve rod having a first end and a second end,
a valve seat connected to the second end of the valve rod,
an actuator coupled to the valve body, the first end of the valve rod being connected to the actuator, the actuator being configured to move the valve seat in the valve body via the valve rod to control fluid flow through the valve body,
a regulating rod have a third end and a fourth end, the third end disposed outside of the actuator and the fourth end disposed within the actuator,
a guide sleeved on the valve rod and arranged between the valve body and the actuator,
a communicating passage being arranged in the guide between a cavity of the valve body and a cavity of the actuator,
wherein a pressure tapping tube is further arranged in the cavity of the valve body, one end of the pressure tapping tube in fluid communication with the communicating passage and the other end of the pressure tapping tube is suspended,
wherein the actuator comprises:
a diaphragm cap assembly comprising a first diaphragm cap and a second diaphragm cap coupled to the first diaphragm cap, the second diaphragm cap connected to the valve body,
a diaphragm assembly comprising a diaphragm captured between the first diaphragm cap and the second diaphragm cap, and
a spring arranged in the first diaphragm cap and configured to apply a spring force on the diaphragm, and
wherein the guide has a flange that is captured between and in contact with the second diaphragm cap and the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,319

PUMP HEAD

BETO ENGINEERING AND MARK...

1. A pump head for connecting an air supply source and an air valve, comprising:a casing unit including a main body configured for connecting the air supply source, and an abutment wall connected to said main body, said main body defining a casing chamber that has an installation section, said abutment wall having a valve-entering hole configured for allowing the air valve to enter said installation section;
a tightening member disposed in said installation section proximally to said valve-entering hole and having a retaining hole configured for allowing the air valve to pass therethrough; and
a control unit including a control valve, a resilient member and a control lever, said control valve being movably disposed in said installation section, said resilient member urging said control valve to move toward said abutment wall and to pressingly clamp said tightening member between said control valve and said abutment wall, said control lever being pivotally connected to said main body and operable to move said control valve against said resilient member and away from said abutment wall.

US Pat. No. 10,247,318

STACKED DISK CHECK VALVE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fluid apparatus comprising:a housing defining a fluid flow passageway between an inlet and an outlet, the housing having a first valve seat and a second valve seat positioned in the fluid flow passageway, the first valve seat being spaced from the second valve seat; and
a flow control member positioned in the fluid flow passageway, the flow control member including a first disk and a second disk coupled to a pylon of the flow control member, the first disk to engage the first valve seat and the second disk to engage the second valve seat, the first disk includes a first inner edge and a first peripheral edge, the first inner edge being fixed to the pylon, the first peripheral edge to deflect relative to the first valve seat to allow or prevent fluid flow through the fluid flow passageway, the pylon and the first inner edge remain stationary when the first peripheral edge moves relative to the first valve seat, the flow control member being adjustable relative to the housing to adjust cracking pressures of the respective first and second disks.

US Pat. No. 10,247,317

ROTARY VALVE WITH AN ISOLATING DISTRIBUTION BODY

1. A rotary valve, comprising:a housing having an inner chamber;
a plurality of passages including a first inlet, a first outlet, a second inlet, and a second outlet on the housing;
a valve body rotatably positioned in the housing, the valve body including a first isolated fluid pathway and a second isolated fluid pathway that, dependent upon a rotational position of the valve body, both
(a) provides a first direct connection between a first adjacent pair of passages of the plurality of passages, and a second direct connection between a second adjacent pair of passages of the plurality of passages, and
(b) permits flow via an opening formed in a radially outer wall of the valve body between:
(1) one of the passages of the plurality of passages that are not aligned with the direct connections created by the first isolated fluid pathway and the second isolated fluid pathway, and
(2) the inner chamber,
wherein the opening is circumferentially positioned between (i) ends of the first isolated fluid pathway, or (ii) ends of the second isolated fluid pathway; and
at least one actuator that controls the position of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,315

SPOOL FOR HYDRAULIC VALVE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

12. A hydraulic system comprising:a pump;
a tank; and
a hydraulic valve in fluid communication with the pump and the tank, the hydraulic valve comprising:
a valve body defining at least one bore, a first flow passage configured to communicate with the pump via at least one pump port, and a second flow passage configured to communicate with the tank via at least one tank port;
at least one spool slidably disposed within the at least one bore of the valve body, and configured to selectively communicate with first flow passage and the second flow passage, the at least one spool comprising:
a cylindrical body having a first end, a second end disposed opposite the first end along a longitudinal direction, and an annular wall defined by an internal surface of the cylindrical body and an external surface of the cylindrical body; and
at least one biasing member disposed within the valve body, and coupled to the first end of the cylindrical body of the at least one spool,
the annular wall defining a plurality of holes therethrough along a radial direction, the radial direction being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction,
the internal surface defining a first chamber, a second chamber, and a slot chamber within the cylindrical body, the second chamber being in fluid communication with the plurality of holes via the first chamber, the slot chamber being located between the second chamber and the second end of the cylindrical body and being blocked from fluid communication with the second chamber by a plug disposed within the cylindrical body,
the annular wall defining a slot therethrough, the slot extending from the second end of the cylindrical body toward the first end of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal direction, the slot being open at the second end of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal direction, an entirety of the slot being disposed between the plug and the second end of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal direction, the slot being in direct fluid communication with the slot chamber along the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,313

SPRAY GUN AND ADJUSTMENT VALVE THEREOF

1. A spray gun, comprising:a spray gun main body, having an air intake passage, a first air outlet passage, a second air outlet passage, and a mounting hole defined therein, the mounting hole being in communication with the air intake passage, the first air outlet passage and the second air outlet passage; and
an adjustment valve, mounted to the spray gun main body and located in the mounting hole, the adjustment valve including a first operating member and a second operating member, the first operating member being coupled to a cylinder that is movable relative to the spray gun main body for adjusting an outflow passing through the air intake passage and the first air outlet passage, the second operating member being movably mounted on the first operating member and having an engaging end disposed in correspondence with a valve hole in the second air outlet passage for adjusting an outflow passing through the second air outlet passage, the adjustment valve further including a valve seat, the valve seat having a pivot trough defined therein, and the cylinder being pivotally connected to the pivot trough of the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,247,312

FLUID TRANSFER DEVICE

EMD Millipore Corporation...

1. A fluid transfer device comprising:a body;
an elongate passage having an interior wall and extending through the body and having a proximal end and a distal end;
a longitudinally displaceable plunger disposed in and extending along the passage, the plunger having a proximal end and a distal end and having a first position displaced toward the distal end of the passage and a second position displaced toward the proximal end of the passage;
at least one static diaphragm seal mounted on the proximal end of the plunger to form a fluid tight seal between the plunger and the passage, said static diaphragm seal remaining intact during movement of said plunger from said first position to said second position and back to said first position;
a gland seal; and
a fluid transfer opening positioned between the proximal end of the plunger and the distal end of the plunger;
wherein the body comprises a first section and a second section, wherein rotation of the first section relative to the second section causes longitudinal displacement of the plunger, and wherein the longitudinal displacement of the plunger towards its first position opens the passage to form a substantially aseptic fluid pathway from an upstream component to a downstream component through the fluid transfer opening and a channel in the interior of the plunger; and
wherein the gland seal is arranged along a length of the plunger, a first portion of the gland seal being retained within a groove on a surface of the first section of the body and a second portion of the gland seal being retained within a groove on the plunger, and wherein the gland seal stretches to accommodate the displacement of and maintain a seal about the plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,247,311

VARIABLE HEIGHT BACKUP ASSEMBLY FOR ARTICULATING BOOTS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A seal assembly for sealing a gap between two components of a joint assembly, the seal assembly comprising:a diaphragm seal component; and
a backup assembly comprising an elastomer, a spring element embedded within the elastomer, and first and second rings that are located adjacent to the elastomer on opposite sides of the spring element;
wherein the backup assembly supports the diagraph seal assembly against pressures applied to the diaphragm seal component; and
wherein the elastomer with the embedded spring is positioned to extend into a gap between the first and second rings such that the spring element and elastomer expand and compress to accommodate different spacings at the gap between the first and second rings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,310

SELF-RETAINING, EASILY REMOVABLE PNEUMATIC SEAL

Pawling Engineered Produc...

1. A sealable structure, with a self-retaining inflatable seal configured and constructed for repetitive cycles of inflation and deflation and periodic removal and replacement for servicing, which comprisesa first sealable member formed with an outer surface and a seal-receiving groove open at said outer surface,
said groove having a predetermined depth from said outer surface and a predetermined width and having substantially parallel side walls,
a second sealable member having a sealing surface positionable in opposed, closely spaced relation to the outer surface of said first sealable member, and
a self-retaining, fluid-inflatable seal removably received in said groove, said seal having bottom and top walls and spaced apart side walls connecting said bottom and top walls,
said side walls extending upward with outer surfaces thereof in parallel relation to the side walls of said groove,
said seal, when unpressurized, having a width between outer surfaces of its side walls, which is about 80% to about 90% of the width of said groove,
said seal, when unpressurized, having a height no greater than the depth of said groove,
said seal having a bottom structure comprising said bottom wall and lateral extensions at each side of said bottom wall,
said lateral extensions having an overall width greater than the width of said groove and being deflected upward and inward upon insertion of said seal into said groove,
said bottom structure securing said seal in said groove by frictionally gripping its opposed side walls whether said seal is inflated or deflated.

US Pat. No. 10,247,306

COMBINED OIL CONTROL RING

Kabushiki Kaisha Riken, ...

1. A combined oil control ring comprising a pair of upper and lower side rails, and an axially corrugated spacer expander having upper and lower portions; said upper and lower portions of said spacer expander having tabs pushing inner peripheral surfaces of said side rails, projections supporting said side rails, and intermediate portions between said tabs and said projections; each intermediate portion opposing said side rail having a bottom which is center-raised when viewed along a substantially circumferential direction and a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,305

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising: an input section to which power generated by a drive source is input; an output section configured to output a drive force; and a gear shifting mechanism configured to change a gear ratio between the input section and the output section, the power being input to the input section without intervention of a hydrodynamic power transmission device, the gear shifting mechanism including a predetermined frictional engagement element for achieving a starting gear ratio of the vehicle, and the predetermined frictional engagement element including: a plurality of friction plates arranged with clearances therebetween; a piston movable between a releasing position where the friction plates are brought into a released state, and an engaging position where the friction plates are brought into an engaged state by pressing the friction plates; and a first spring and a second spring configured to directly contact and urge the piston toward the engaging position, then the second spring separating from the piston prior to the first spring engaging the friction plates.

US Pat. No. 10,247,303

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING VEHICLE SPEED AND CONTROLLING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle having a continuously variable transmission (CVT) including a variator assembly comprising:monitoring an operational state of the vehicle with a control system having at least one controller, an accelerometer and one or more sensors in communication with the at least one controller;
determining a vehicle acceleration rate with the accelerometer;
determining when the vehicle encounters an event causing a change in the operational state of the vehicle with the accelerometer and the one or more sensors;
computing an adjusted vehicle speed, based, at least in part, on the vehicle acceleration rate in response to the event causing the change in the operational state of the vehicle, wherein the step of computing the adjusted vehicle speed further comprises:
detecting a grade acceleration signal with the accelerometer,
determining an adjusted vehicle acceleration rate by computing a difference between the vehicle acceleration rate and the grade acceleration signal, and
computing the adjusted vehicle speed during the change in the operational state of the vehicle by numerically integrating the adjusted vehicle acceleration;
generating a variator speed ratio based upon the adjusted vehicle speed; and
transmitting the variator speed ratio in response to the change in the operational state of the vehicle to the variator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,302

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A control method comprising:determining a base control signal for controlling a hydraulic pressure supplied to a friction element through an actuator by a transmission control unit;
determining a basic compensation value based on a dynamic characteristic coefficient of the friction element and the actuator by the transmission control unit;
determining a compensation value based on a shift type by the transmission control unit; and
outputting a corrected control signal that corrects the base control signal by using the basic compensation value and the compensation value depending on the shift type by the transmission control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,301

SERVO CONTROL SYSTEM WITH POSITION COMPENSATION FUNCTION FOR DRIVEN MEMBER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A servo control system, comprising:a servo motor;
a table configured to be driven by the servo motor;
a coupling mechanism coupled with the servo motor and the table, the coupling mechanism configured to use the servo motor as a power source to generate a table drive torque acting on the table at a coupling part of the table and the coupling mechanism; and
a motor control part configured to control the servo motor, wherein
the motor control part comprises
a position command generating part configured to generate a position command value of the table,
a force estimating part configured to estimate the table drive torque acting on the table at the coupling part,
a compensating part configured to compensate the position command value generated by the position command generating part based on the table drive torque estimated by the force estimating part,
a control signal output part configured to output a control signal to the servo motor based on a position command value compensated by the compensating part,
a disturbance torque estimating part configured to estimate a total disturbance torque occurring due to a disturbance acting on the servo motor, the coupling mechanism, and the table,
an acceleration/deceleration torque calculating part configured to
calculate angular acceleration of the servo motor based on an angular position of the servo motor or a detected value of a rotational speed of the servo motor, and
calculate an acceleration/deceleration torque required for acceleration or deceleration of the table based on the calculated angular acceleration, and
a disturbance torque calculating part configured to calculate a disturbance torque occurring due to a disturbance acting on the servo motor and the coupling mechanism based on the detected value of the rotational speed of the servo motor,
wherein
the force estimating part is configured to estimate the table drive torque by subtracting the disturbance torque calculated by the disturbance torque calculating part from a sum of
the total disturbance torque estimated by the disturbance torque estimating part, and
the acceleration/deceleration torque calculated by the acceleration/deceleration torque calculating part.

US Pat. No. 10,247,300

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A method of controlling an automatic transmission mounted on a vehicle having an automatic engine stop mechanism for automatically stopping an engine when a given automatic stop condition is satisfied, and automatically starting the engine when a given restart condition is satisfied in a state where the engine is automatically stopped, the automatic transmission including:a controller including a processor;
a piston having a first surface and a second surface opposite from each other in an axial direction of the piston, and movable in the axial direction;
a plurality of friction plates disposed on a first surface side of the piston;
an engaging hydraulic pressure chamber for applying hydraulic pressure to the second surface of the piston and directing the piston to an engaging position to push the plurality of friction plates to be engaged with each other in an engaged state;
a disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber for applying hydraulic pressure to the first surface of the piston and directing the piston to a disengaging position to cause the plurality of friction plates to be in a disengaged state;
a hydraulic pressure control valve operatively coupled to the processor and having an output port of hydraulic pressure, and for supplying and discharging hydraulic pressure to and from the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber and the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a first oil path communicating the output port of the hydraulic pressure control valve with the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a second oil path communicating the output port with the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a pressure reducing valve disposed in the second oil path and for preventing hydraulic pressure of the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber from exceeding a given set pressure;
a hydraulic pressure supply device for supplying hydraulic pressure to an input port of the hydraulic pressure control valve when the engine is in an automatic stop state; and
a mechanical oil pump using the engine as a drive source and for supplying hydraulic pressure to the input port while the engine is driving, the second surface having a larger area for receiving hydraulic pressure than an area of the first surface for receiving hydraulic pressure,
the method comprising adjusting a set pressure of the pressure reducing valve to be lower when the engine is in the automatic stop state than while the engine is driving.

US Pat. No. 10,247,298

RESILIENT BEARING PIN AND GEAR ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING RESILIENT BEARING PINS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A bearing pin assembly comprising:a bearing pin comprising a substantially rigid pin body;
a resilient section disposed about said substantially rigid pin body, said resilient section configured to facilitate bending of said bearing pin during operational loading of said bearing pin;
at least one spring element disposed within said resilient section; and
wherein said resilient section comprises a first material having a first material stiffness and said at least one spring element comprises a second material having a second material stiffness, wherein the second material stiffness is less than the first material stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,247,297

APPARATUS FOR A GEARBOX WITH MULTIPLE SCAVENGE PORTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A gearbox comprising:a gearbox housing having a top portion, first and second portions, and a bottom portion opposite the top portion, said gearbox housing is oriented such that said bottom portion is located in a position to which a fluid drains under the influence of gravity during normal operation, said first and second portions oriented at a right angle relative to said bottom portion;
at least one gear disposed within said gearbox housing, said at least one gear having a first axial position; and
a plurality of scavenge ports defined by said gearbox housing, said plurality of scavenge ports aligned axially with said at least one gear at the first axial position, wherein at least one scavenge port of said plurality of scavenge ports is located within said gearbox housing at one of said first and second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,247,296

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED GEARBOX WITH INTEGRAL HEAT EXCHANGER

General Electric Company,...

1. A gearbox comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of walls defining an internal chamber;
a plurality of gears positioned within the internal chamber; and
an additively manufactured heat exchanger formed within the internal chamber on at least one of the plurality of walls, the heat exchanger comprising a plurality of heat exchange passageways separated from each other for receiving at least two heat exchange fluids.

US Pat. No. 10,247,295

TRANSFER CASE OIL PUMP ASSEMBLY

1. A transfer case assembly, comprising:a housing including a first tab extending from a perimeter of the housing;
a cover including a second tab extending from a perimeter of the cover;
a gear set including a first gear and a second gear, the first gear including a first set of gear teeth and the second gear including a first set of gear engagement recesses, the first set of gear teeth configured to engage with the first set of gear engagement recesses;
a spacing member positioned between the first tab and the second tab; and
a ring at least partially encircling the housing, the ring including an anti-rotation member and a securing tab;
wherein the first and second gears are selectively engageable and the first tab, the spacing member, and the second tab are enclosed by the anti-rotation member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,294

DRIVE UNIT WITH AN ELECTROMOTIVE POWER UNIT AND A TRANSMISSION

1. A drive unit comprising:an electromotive drive including a rotor shaft defining an axis;
a transmission including:
a first planetary gear set supported for rotation about the axis and having a first input element coupled to the rotor shaft and a first output element operably coupled to the first input element such that a rotational speed of the first output element is slower than the first input element when the first planetary gear set is rotating,
a second planetary gear set supported for rotation about the axis and having a second input element coupled to the first output element and a second output element operably coupled to the second input element such that a rotational speed of the second output element is slower than the second input element when the second planetary gear set is rotating, and
an output shaft supported for rotation about the axis and operably coupled to the second output element; and
a seal disposed between the first input element and the output shaft and having a first portion engaging with the first input element and a second portion engaging with one of the first output element and the second input element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,293

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING AND PREDICTING SPROCKET TOOTH WEAR

Andritz Inc., Glens Fall...

1. A method for determining sprocket tooth wear comprising:ascertaining an original distance between a first tooth face and a second tooth face of a sprocket tooth;
ascertaining an original width between a first base side and a second base side of the sprocket tooth,
wherein the sprocket tooth comprises:
the first tooth face extending from a sprocket core and terminating in a top of the sprocket tooth,
the second tooth face extending from the sprocket core and terminating in the top of the sprocket tooth, wherein the first tooth face is distally disposed from the second tooth face, wherein the original distance separates the first tooth face from the second tooth face, and wherein the original width separates a first gauge side from a second gauge side distally disposed from the first gauge side;
placing a sprocket gauge on the sprocket tooth,
wherein the sprocket gauge comprises:
a bottom,
a first gauge face extending from the bottom of the sprocket gauge, and
a second gauge face extending from the bottom of the sprocket gauge distally disposed from the first gauge face, and wherein the original distance between the first tooth face and the second tooth face separates the first gauge face from the second gauge face,
wherein the bottom of the sprocket gauge is disposed upon the top of the sprocket tooth and the first gauge face is disposed adjacently on the first tooth; and
comparing the original distance defined by the sprocket gauge with an actual distance between the first tooth face and the second tooth face.

US Pat. No. 10,247,292

VEHICLE STARTING CLUTCH-DAMPER ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A multi-speed clutch-damper assembly for selectively connecting an output of a power-source to an input of a multi-speed transmission, the multi-speed clutch-damper assembly comprising:a planetary gear-set encased in a housing and configured to provide two selectable speed ratios and a damper between the output of the power-source and the input of the multi-speed transmission, the planetary gear-set having:
a first gear member;
a second gear member configured to be connected to the input of the multi-speed transmission; and
a third gear member configured to be selectively fixed to the housing;
an elastic element operatively connected to the second gear member and configured to generate torsional vibration damping between the output of the power-source and the input of the multi-speed transmission;
a first clutch configured to selectively connect the output from the power-source to the first gear member for transmitting torque of the power-source to the multi-speed transmission; and
a second clutch configured as one of a mechanical diode and a one-way clutch to selectively fix the third gear member to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,291

BICYCLE SPROCKET AND BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:a sprocket body including a radially outer periphery provided about a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket; and
a plurality of chain-driving teeth provided on the radially outer periphery to engage with a bicycle chain, the plurality of chain-driving teeth comprising:
a first tooth having a first maximum chain-engaging width defined in an axial direction parallel to the rotational center axis; and
a second tooth having a second maximum chain-engaging width defined in the axial direction, the first maximum chain-engaging width being larger than an inner link space defined between an opposed pair of inner link plates of the bicycle chain and smaller than an outer link space defined between an opposed pair of outer link plates of the bicycle chain, the second maximum chain-engaging width being smaller than the inner link space,
the first tooth having a first width defined in the axial direction, the first width being defined at a reference position radially outward spaced apart from a center point of a reference line by 1.5 mm, the reference line being defined to connect centers of neighboring pins of the bicycle chain engaged with the plurality of chain-driving teeth when viewed from the axial direction,
the first width being 70% or more of the first maximum chain-engaging width, and
the first maximum chain-engaging width extending radially outward of the second maximum chain-engaging width.

US Pat. No. 10,247,287

GEAR, MOTOR-GEAR UNIT, VEHICLE AND GENERATOR WITH A GEAR AND FORCE TRANSMITTING ELEMENT

TQ-Systems GmbH, Seefeld...

1. A gear having an input shaft and an output shaft, the gear comprising the following elements:an outer wheel with an inner toothing;
an inner wheel with an external toothing, the inner wheel being positioned concentrically in relation to the outer wheel;
a traction means extending between the outer wheel and the inner wheel, the traction means comprising a flexible spline element, the flexible spline element comprising a multitude of pins that stand proud of at least one axial surface of the spline element and that are coaxially arranged with the spline element; and
a revolving transmitter which lifts the pins of the traction means from the external toothing of the inner wheel and pushes the pins of the traction means onto the inner toothing of the outer wheel,
the transmitter comprising a first transmitter element and a second transmitter element provided on a rotatable transmitter carrier,
wherein the first transmitter element and the second transmitter element are rotatable on the transmitter carrier and wherein each transmitter element is provided eccentrically from a rotation axis of the transmitter carrier, the first transmitter element comprising a first disk, the first disk being supported on the transmitter carrier by a first ball bearing, the second transmitter element comprising a second disk, and the second disk being supported on the transmitter carrier by a second ball bearing, wherein the second disk is provided in an axial plane that is different from an axial plane of the first disk, wherein the first disk and the second disks are provided as circular disks with circular peripheries, and wherein the first disk and the second disk overlap in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,286

BALL SCREW DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A ball screw device comprising:a screw shaft having an outer periphery in which a first helical groove is formed;
a nut disposed on the outer periphery of the screw shaft and having an inner periphery in which a second helical groove is formed;
a ball train including a plurality of main balls disposed between the first helical groove and the second helical groove; and
a plurality of spacer members that are formed of coil springs or balls having a smaller diameter than the main balls, and are disposed in the ball train;
wherein the nut moves from a first axial side to a second axial side while an axial force is applied to the nut by rotation of the screw shaft; and
wherein the plurality of spacer members are more densely arranged on the first axial side than on the second axial side in the ball train.

US Pat. No. 10,247,284

SINGLE-CAVITY TOROIDAL CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A single-cavity toroidal continuously variable transmission, comprising:a toroidal transmission mechanism, comprising a shaft, an input-side disc, an output-side disc, the input-side disc and the output-side disc being supported by the shaft opposite to each other, and a power roller clamped between the input-side disc and the output-side disc;
a pressing mechanism that applies pressing force to at least one of the input-side disc and the output-side disc such that the input-side disc and the output-side disc approach each other along the shaft direction;
an input-side bearing that supports a thrust load applied from the input-side disc by the pressing mechanism via the input-side disc and/or the output-side disc and the power roller; and
an output-side bearing that supports a thrust load applied from the output-side disc by the pressing mechanism via the output-side disc and/or the input-side disc and the power roller,
wherein the input-side bearing and the output-side bearing are arranged coaxially, and
a pitch circle diameter (PCD) of the input-side bearing supporting the input-side disc having relatively small torque is larger than a pitch circle diameter (PCD) of the output-side bearing supporting the output-side disc having relatively large torque.

US Pat. No. 10,247,283

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD

PUNCH POWERGLIDE STRASBOU...

1. An automatic transmission for a thermal-electric hybrid vehicle, comprising:an input shaft (AE) driven by the heat engine;
an output gear, ring gear or pinion (RCPS);
a stationary element (ES);
an electric motor (ME) in which a stator (ST) is connected to the stationary element (ES);
at least first, second and third selective torque transmission devices (C13; C23 or C234; C12-E2) capable of being engaged or activated selectively in order to establish, on the one hand, at least one gear ratio for driving the engine under the action of the electric motor (ME) operating as a motor, on the other hand, two gear ratios for driving the vehicle under the action of the heat engine in continuously variable speed mode and, lastly, at least three gear ratios for driving the vehicle under the action of the heat engine; and
one Ravigneaux double planetary gear set, including the following constituent operating elements: the first and second sun gears (S1 and S2), the first and second ring gears (R1 and R2) and the first and second set of planet gears (PS1 and PS2) mounted on a common planet-carrier (SC), these elements being arranged in two stages of planetary gear sets (ET1 and ET2) connected together by one or more long gears (PL) engaging with each of the said stages (ET1 and ET2), it being possible for the first stage (ET1) to be connected selectively to the input shaft (AE) by means of the first and second torque transmission devices (C13 and C23 or C234) and the second stage (ET2) being, on the one hand, permanently connected to the rotor (RO) of the electric motor (ME) and, on the other, selectively connected to the stationary element (ES) by means of the third torque transmission device (C12-E2).

US Pat. No. 10,247,282

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,280

FOUR PLANETARY-GEARSET STEP-RATIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:four planetary-gearsets each having gear-elements including a sun, a carrier, and a ring, wherein the first planetary-gearset sun is fixedly coupled to a ground and the first planetary-gearset carrier is fixedly coupled to the second planetary-gearset ring;
a first shift-element selectively coupling the second planetary-gearset carrier to the ground;
a second shift-element selectively coupling the first planetary-gearset ring to a first one of the third planetary-gearset gear-elements;
an input fixedly coupled to the second planetary-gearset sun and to a first one of the fourth planetary-gearset gear-elements; and
an output fixedly coupled to a second one of the third planetary-gearset gear-elements.

US Pat. No. 10,247,279

INTEGRATED ROLLER-GEARBOX FOR SPINNER WRENCH

DRILLFORM TECHNICAL SERVI...

1. A roller gearbox assembly comprising a gearbox disposed within a roller in a spinner wrench, the gearbox having a sun and planet epicyclical gear-reduction to rotate the roller to spin a drill pipe or other tubular, the gearbox comprising:a sun-gear rotationally driven by a drive motor;
at least one planet-gear in meshing arrangement with the sun-gear, the at least one planet-gear housed within a rotationally grounded planet carrier; and
an annulus gear, disposed within the roller, in meshing arrangement with the at least one planet-gear and configured to be in rotational communication with the roller;
wherein, when driven by the drive motor, the sun gear rotates the at least one planet-gear to rotate the annulus gear, which in turn rotates the roller to spin the drill pipe or other tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,247,277

CABLE GRIPPER SYSTEM

RODDIE, Inc., Columbia F...

1. An compact, integrated, mechanical means for gripping and releasing a cable, the means comprising:two opposing gripper members, each member having a concave inner cable gripping surface, said cable gripping surfaces together defining an axial channel for receiving a cable;
mechanical means for timing the closure of said gripper members about a cable surface such that each said cable member applies substantially the same pressure on said cable at substantially the same time, and
mechanical means for pivoting said timing means to close said gripper members about said cable.

US Pat. No. 10,247,275

CRANKSHAFT-BALANCING ASSEMBLY AND A POWERTRAIN

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A crankshaft-balancing assembly comprising:a crankshaft rotatable about a longitudinal axis, wherein the crankshaft includes a first end and a second end spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis, wherein the crankshaft includes a middle portion disposed between the first and second ends of the crankshaft;
a drive member secured to the crankshaft between the first and second ends of the crankshaft;
a first shaft rotatable about a first pivot axis, wherein the first shaft is rotatable in response to rotation of the crankshaft, wherein the first shaft includes a first end and a second end spaced from each other along the first pivot axis;
a weight member that extends from the first shaft and is disposed between the first and second ends of the first shaft, and the weight member is positioned along the first shaft to balance the crankshaft during rotation of the crankshaft and the first shaft;
a drive member disposed between the first and second ends of the first shaft, and the drive member surrounds the first shaft and surrounds a first portion of the weight member;
wherein a second portion of the weight member extends along the first shaft between the drive member of the first shaft and the second end of the first shaft;
wherein the first and second portions of the weight member and the middle portion of the crankshaft overlap each other in a spaced apart relationship; and
wherein the drive member of the first shaft defines a void that opposes the first portion of the weight member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,274

CENTRIFUGAL FORCE PENDULUM

1. A centrifugal pendulum, comprising:an axis of rotation;
a pendulum flange including:
a first pendulum flange part; and
a second pendulum flange part; and
a first pendulum body including:
a first body part:
axially disposed between the first and second pendulum flange parts; and
coupled to the pendulum flange; and
a second body part:
overlapping a radially outermost portion of the first pendulum flange part in a radial direction; and
connected to the first body part, wherein:
the first body part extends further, in a circumferential direction, than the second body part; or
in a rest position of the centrifugal pendulum, an entirety of the second body part is radially outward of the first pendulum flange part.

US Pat. No. 10,247,273

COMPOSITE OVER WRAP

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A composite wrap for damping vibration in an elongated quill shaft having a cylindrical body, the composite wrap comprising:interior layering including a release coating for disposition about the cylindrical body;
exterior layering configured to define an exterior composite wrap shape; and
sequential cured-in-place, vibration damping, fibrous epoxy layers radially interposed between the interior layering and the exterior layering to dampen vibrations of and/or to adjust a resonance frequency of the cylindrical body, wherein the fibrous epoxy layer positioned adjacent the exterior layering includes overwrap portions proximate a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end of the composite wrap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,262

VARIABLE AND CENTRIFUGAL FLYWHEEL AND CENTRIFUGAL CLUTCH

Douglas P. Arduini, San ...

1. A device comprising:a turbine shaft that is connected to a turbine, while in operation, the turbine shaft being driven by the turbine to rotate at a same angular velocity as the turbine;
a flywheel having an arm;
a weight attached to the arm;
the flywheel being always pivotally attached to the turbine shaft, such that
the arm spins with the turbine shaft,
the arm having a range of motion, as the turbine shaft spins, the arm swings outward, increasing a displacement between the weight and the shaft, therein increasing a moment of inertia of a combination of the arm, weight, and turbine shaft; wherein when the arm of the flywheel is maximally extended, the turbine is connected to the turbine shaft;
a mechanical bias biasing the arm to swing inwards, towards the shaft, therein biasing the arm to swing in a direction that reduces the moment of inertia of the combination of the arm, weight, and turbine shaft; the arm moving in response to changes in rotational velocity of the turbine shaft changing the moment of inertia throughout the range of motion of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,261

CLUTCH ACTUATION USING DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. An actuator device for a selectable clutch having a plurality of mode positions for controlling relative rotation between two components connected by the selectable clutch, the actuator device comprising:a piston housing having an exterior surface, a piston housing longitudinal bore extending longitudinally there through, a first fluid passage extending inwardly from the exterior surface and intersecting the piston housing longitudinal bore proximate a first bore end, and a second fluid passage extending inwardly from the exterior surface and intersecting the piston housing longitudinal bore proximate a second bore end; and
a piston having a piston body disposed within the piston housing longitudinal bore for longitudinal motion therein,
wherein a first pressure force acting on the piston body toward the second bore end is equal to a first pressure supplied at the first fluid passage multiplied by a cross-sectional area of a first side of the piston body,
wherein a second pressure force acting on the piston body toward the first bore end is equal to a second pressure supplied at the second fluid passage multiplied by a cross-sectional area of a second side of the piston body,
wherein the piston housing includes a longitudinal slot extending inwardly from the exterior surface and intersecting the piston housing longitudinal bore, and
wherein the actuator device comprises a cam actuator bar mounted to the piston body and extending through the longitudinal slot so that the cam actuator bar can be operatively connected to an actuator cam of the selectable clutch to move the selectable clutch between the plurality of mode positions as the piston moves longitudinally within the piston housing longitudinal bore.

US Pat. No. 10,247,259

DEVICE FOR ACTUATING A CLUTCH-CONTROLLED TRANSFER CASE HAVING A TWO-STAGE INTERMEDIATE GEARING AND CLUTCH-CONTROLLED TRANSFER CASE THAT HAS A TWO-STAGE INTERMEDIATE GEARING AND THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH SAID DEVICE

1. A device for actuating a clutch-controlled transfer case, comprising:a rotatably driven selector shaft for being driven by a drive,
a clutch cam disk rotatable about a clutch cam disk axis by means of the selector shaft and having a gate along an outer perimeter thereof, and
at least one scissor lever having an end guided in the gate of the clutch cam disk,
the gate having at least one curved path having a continuously increasing radial distance from the clutch cam disk axis, along which the end of the at least one scissor lever guided therein experiences a continuously increasing or decreasing change in deflection with respect to the clutch cam disk axis during a rotation of the clutch cam disk with increasing angle of rotation, and
the clutch cam disk defining an opening about the clutch cam disc axis, and the clutch cam disk defining a pair of stops extending radially into the opening,
the selector shaft rotatably positioned in the opening about and along the clutch cam disk axis, the selector shaft being partially in radial alignment with the pair of stops such that the selector shaft can be rotated with respect to the clutch cam disk between the pair of stops by an angle-of-rotation range such that, by means of rotation of the selector shaft within the angle-of-rotation range situated between the pair of stops, shifting back and forth between shifting stages of the transfer case occurs, and, by means of rotation of the selector shaft beyond the angle-of-rotation range, the end of the at least one scissor lever experiences a deflection for actuating the clutch while a selected shifting stage is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,247,258

FRICTION CLUTCH DEVICE

1. A friction clutch for a drive train of a motor vehicle driven by an internal combustion engine, said friction clutch comprising:a shaft rotatable about a clutch axis of rotation, a housing, a first clutch plate, a second clutch plate that is movable axially relative to the first clutch plate to actuate the friction clutch, and a clutch actuating device;
wherein the clutch actuating device includes a lever that is pivotally carried on the first clutch plate, and a bar that is connected on one end to the lever and on an opposite end is connected with a first articulated connection to the second clutch plate; and,
wherein the lever and the bar are located radially at an outer edge of the first clutch plate and the second clutch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,255

HUB UNIT HAVING A BRAKE DISC

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hub unit having two brake discs, the hub unit comprising:a hub body, wherein an internal space is formed in the hub body and the two brake discs are fixed in the internal space;
a fixed shaft disposed and fixed along a rotation center shaft of the hub body;
a pair of brake shoes that face each other and that are coupled to the fixed shaft, wherein two brake pads are carried on the pair of brake shoes and come in contact with the two brake discs; and
a braking force applier for supplying a braking force to the pair of brake shoes, wherein the two brake pads and the two brake discs are in contact with each other,
wherein the braking force applier includes i) a piston member disposed to push the pair of brake shoes such that the two brake pads contact the two brake discs, and ii) an elastic member disposed to supply elastic force in a direction in which the two brake pads are separated from the two brake discs,
wherein each of the two brake pads is disposed at an external side of a respective one of the two brake shoes,
wherein each of the two brake discs is disposed at an inner side of the hub body corresponding to a respective one of the two brake pads,
wherein the elastic member is disposed in or on the fixed shaft and supplies the elastic force to an external side of the pair of brake shoes to push the pair of brake shoes toward each other, and
wherein the piston member is disposed between the pair of brake shoes and pushes the pair of brake shoes away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,254

FRICTION CLUTCH WITH INTERMEDIATE ELEMENT

12. A friction clutch assembly comprising:a first connecting element at a first side of the friction clutch assembly;
a second connecting element at a second side of the friction clutch assembly;
an intermediate element
fixed for rotation with one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element in an engaged state, and
freely rotatable relative to the one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element in a disengaged state such that the intermediate element is fixed for rotation with the other of the first connecting element and the second connecting element in the disengaged state; and
an actuator element configured to move the intermediate element from the engaged state to the disengaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,247,253

COMPONENT GROUP WITH A FRICTIONAL DEVICE

1. A component group with a friction device integrated in a planetary roller spindle drive (PWG), the component group comprising:first and second components that are rotatable relative to one another and are integrated in the PWG; and
a coil spring disposed between the components such that a first section of the spring is in contact with the first component and a second section of the spring is in contact with the second component, the coil spring being configured to provide a first rotational resistance in response to relative rotation of the components in a first direction and a second, larger rotational resistance in response to relative rotation of the components in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,252

DOG CLUTCH FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

1. A dog clutch for a vehicle transmission, the clutch comprising:a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis;
a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity;
a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth;
an actuator coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis to selectively engage the driving tooth with the driven tooth; and
a biasing member radially inwardly biasing the driving tooth into contact with the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,251

COUPLING DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A coupling device (K), comprising:a first positive-locking clutch (K0);
a second positive-locking clutch (K1);
an axially fixed first shaft (W1);
an axially fixed second shaft (W2);
a connecting shaft (WV);
an actuator (AK);
the first shaft (W1), the second shaft (W2), and the connecting shaft (WV) arranged coaxially to each other such that:
by closing the first clutch (K0), a torque-proof connection between the first shaft (W1) and the connecting shaft (WV) is established;
by closing the second clutch (K1), a torque-proof connection between the connecting shaft (WV) and the second shaft (W2) is established;
the actuator (AK) configured to, through axial displacement of the connecting shaft (WV), shift both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) between an engaged state and a disengaged state, wherein:
in a first axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), the first clutch (K0) is in an engaged state and the second clutch (K1) is in a disengaged state;
in a second axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) are in a disengaged state; and
in a third axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), the first clutch (K0) is in a disengaged state and the second clutch (K1) is in an engaged state,
in a fourth axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) are in an engaged state;
wherein through the axial displacement of the connecting shaft (WV), the following sequences of the axial positions of the connecting shaft (WV) are achieved:
(a) fourth axial position, first axial position, second axial position, third axial position, or
(b) first axial position, second axial position, third axial position, fourth axial position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,249

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR A SHAFT-HUB CONNECTION

1. A clamping device for an axially engageable shaft-hub connection in a torque-transferring device in a drive train of a vehicle, said clamping device comprising:an axial spline connection between an externally toothed shaft and an internally toothed hub for an axial plug connection of the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub;
a toothed ring for circumferentially clamping the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub when they form the axial spline connection,
wherein the toothed ring includes an annular body having teeth with intervening recesses formed on one of a radially inner circumferential edge and a radially outer circumferential edge, and includes a plurality of fastening tongues carried by the annular body and extending circumferentially relative to the annular body from one of the radially inner circumferential edge and the radially outer circumferential edge of the annular body,
wherein the fastening tongues have a curvature in the axial direction of the toothed ring and have a second end connected to the annular body of the toothed ring and a first end spaced circumferentially from the second end and spaced axially from the annular body, the first end adapted to be connected to one of the toothed components that form the axial spline connection,
wherein the fastening tongues have elasticity and have a curvature relative to an axial direction of the annular body of the toothed ring, so that when the first ends of the fastening tongues are attached to one of the toothed components that form the axial spline connection, the one toothed component to which the fastening tongue first ends are attached and the annular body of the toothed ring lie in different axial planes,
wherein the fastening tongues have both circumferential and axial elasticity relative to the annular body of the toothed ring to allow both axial and circumferential relative movement between the hub and the shaft of the axial spline connection;
wherein the teeth of the toothed ring mesh with one of teeth of the internally toothed hub and teeth of the externally toothed shaft; and
wherein by rotating the toothed ring against a circumferential force exerted by the fastening tongues a circumferential clamping force is produced on the shaft-hub connection when the axial spline connection is in a connected state, which circumferential clamping force is introduced into the shaft-hub axial spline connection through connection of the teeth of the toothed ring with one of the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub and connection of the fastening tongues with the other of the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub to eliminate tooth contact noises that develop as a result of play in the shaft-hub connection of the axial spline connection.

US Pat. No. 10,247,247

SPLINE CONNECTION STRUCTURE AND SPLINE SHAFT

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A spline connection structure in which a shaft portion having teeth formed at equal intervals on an outer circumferential surface, a tooth of the teeth with a first tooth surface crowned and a second tooth surface uncrowned on both sides of the tooth in a circumferential direction of the shaft portion, and a cylindrical portion having grooves into which the teeth of the shaft portion are fitted formed on an inner circumferential surface are connected,wherein, of a first tooth and a second tooth adjacent to each other of the teeth, the first tooth surface of the first tooth and the second tooth surface of the second tooth which faces each other are bent while maintaining a constant distance therebetween in a tooth width direction when viewed from a diameter direction of the shaft portion,
wherein the first tooth surface of the first tooth is bent with a constant radius of curvature when viewed from the diameter direction of the shaft portion, and
wherein the first tooth is configured such that a torque acting thereon increases from a first end of the first tooth toward a second end of the first tooth in the tooth width direction, and a position of a center of curvature of the first tooth surface of the first is set to be located closer to the first end of the tooth than to a central position of the tooth in the tooth width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,245

BEVEL FACESPLINE WITH LINE CONTACT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicular shaft assembly, comprising:a hub having a hub face defining an annular array of hub-teeth disposed about a hub axis; and
a universal joint having a joint face engaged with the hub face, the joint face defining an annular array of joint-teeth about a joint axis, each joint-tooth having beveled side surfaces and inclining away from the hub face as a distance from the hub axis increases, wherein each joint-tooth includes a length and an upper surface extending along the length, and the joint face defines a root surface between each joint-tooth, and wherein the upper surfaces define a first angle with the joint axis and the root surfaces define a second angle with the joint axis that differs from the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,244

BEARING ASSEMBLY

1. A bearing assembly comprising:a housing having a flange at a first axial side and a bearing attachment section at a second axial side;
a rolling-element bearing including an inner ring, an outer ring, a plurality of rolling elements between the inner ring and the outer ring, a first seal disk extending from the inner ring to the outer ring on a first side of the rolling elements and a second seal disk extending from the inner ring to the outer ring on a second side of the rolling elements, the outer ring being pivotably mounted in the attachment section of the housing, and the inner ring being configured to be mounted on a shaft;
a seal assembly axial spaced from the first seal disk and being configured to form a first seal between the flange and the shaft at the first axial side of the housing;
an end cover axially spaced from the second seal disk;
an O-ring compressed between the second axial side of the housing and the end cover to form a second seal between the housing and the cover; and
at least one seal barrier between the seal assembly and the first seal disk and/or between the cover and the second seal disk.

US Pat. No. 10,247,243

ROLLING BEARING DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rolling bearing device comprising:a bearing portion that has an inner ring, an outer ring, and a plurality of rolling elements interposed between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an oil supply unit provided adjacent, in an axial direction, to an annular space between the inner ring and the outer ring to supply lubricating oil to the annular space, wherein:
the oil supply unit includes an oil chamber that accommodates lubricating oil, a nozzle that discharges lubricating oil in the oil chamber, a pump body that applies a discharge force for causing lubricating oil in the oil chamber to fly from the nozzle toward the annular space, and a detection portion that detects gathering of oil at a discharge port of the nozzle; and
the detection portion includes a pair of electrodes disposed with the discharge port of the nozzle interposed therebetween, and a measurement portion that measures a capacitance of the pair of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,241

ROLLING BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rolling bearing comprising:a pair of bearing rings arranged so as to face each other in a radial direction;
a plurality of rolling elements interposed between the pair of bearing rings; and
a cage including a pair of annular portions and a plurality of cage bars connecting the pair of annular portions to each other, the cage having pockets for housing the rolling elements, each of the pockets being formed between the pair of annular portions and between the cage bars adjacent to each other in a circumferential direction, wherein:
the cage includes a first split member coupled with a second split member at respective distal end faces of the first split member and the second split member, the split members being halves of the cage split in an axial direction of the rolling bearing,
the first split member has an engagement portion that protrudes in the axial direction towards the second split member in each of the plurality of cage bars,
the second split member has an engagement groove that extends along the axial direction in each of the plurality of cage bars, and the engagement groove being configured to receive the engagement portion,
the engagement groove has an insertion port through which the engagement portion is configured to be inserted in the axial direction,
the insertion port is formed at an end of the engagement groove that is proximal to the first split member relative to the second split member, and
at least one circumferential face of the engagement groove includes a first inclined surface that increases a circumferential width of the insertion port toward the first split member, the first inclined surface extending from the distal end face of the first split member into the engagement groove in the circumferential direction,
the engagement portion includes a body portion and an engagement protrusion on a distal end of the engagement portion relative to the first split member,
the engagement portion of the first split member is configured to be connected to the cage bars of the second split member by a side opposite to the second split member in the axial direction, the engagement groove being open on a radial inner side, and
a recess extends into the first split member from the distal end face of the first split member, the recess being adjacent to and above an outer radial side of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,240

ANGULAR CONTACT BALL BEARING CAGE

1. An angular contact ball bearing cage comprising a plurality of pockets,wherein at least one sectional plane extends through a first pocket,
wherein the sectional plane is located such that an axis of rotation of the angular contact ball bearing cage lies in the sectional plane,
wherein the axis of rotation is an axis about which the angular contact ball bearing cage is configured to rotate in operation,
wherein a geometric centerpoint of the first pocket lies in the sectional plane,
wherein an intersection of the sectional plane and a side of the first pocket includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion is not linear and does not lie on the surface of a cone, the second portion is located radially upwardly relative to the first portion and lies on an imaginary hollow cylinder having a non-circular base, and
wherein an opening into which the first pocket opens is in a radially outer region of the angular contact ball bearing cage and has the shape of a slot, wherein the slot has a maximum extension in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,239

TILTING-PAD BEARING AND TURBO COMPRESSOR

IHI ROTATING MACHINERY EN...

1. A tilting-pad bearing comprising:a plurality of tilting pads arranged annularly around a rotary shaft so as to form a first gap therebetween;
a housing accommodating and supporting the plurality of tilting pads from outside in a radial direction of the rotary shaft and including a lubricating oil-supplying hole provided at a position facing the first gap formed between each of the plurality of the tilting pads; and
a pair of side plates disposed so that the tilting pads are interposed between the side plates in an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
wherein each tilting pad is provided with an internal flow passageway through which lubricating oil flows,
the internal flow passageway includes:
a first inflow opening which opens toward a leading side of the tilting pad in a rotation direction of the rotary shaft,
a second inflow opening which opens toward a trailing side of the tilting pad in the rotation direction of the rotary shaft, and
a discharge opening which opens in the axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the internal flow passageway has no openings on a first surface of the tilting pad facing the rotary shaft,
the first inflow opening and the second inflow opening are provided on second surfaces of the tilting pad, which face in the circumferential direction and are different from the first surface of the tilting pad facing the rotary shaft and from a third surface of the tilting pad facing the housing, and
the discharge opening is provided on an axial surface of the tilting pad, which faces in the axial direction and is different from the first surface of the tilting pad facing the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,238

SLIDING TRACK ASSEMBLY

19. A sliding track assembly, comprising:a first structure having a first end located opposite a second end, said first structure having a compartment, said compartment having a first opening, said first opening is located on at least one of said ends of said first structure, said compartment having an inner wall surface;
a second structure having a first end located opposite a second end, said second structure having an outer wall surface;
a first opposing pair of convex rails are connected to said inner wall surface of said compartment of said first structure;
a second opposing pair of convex rails are connected to said inner wall surface of said compartment of said first structure;
a first opposing pair of rail guide recesses are located on said outer wall surface of said second structure;
a second opposing pair of rail guide recesses are located on said outer wall surface of said second structure;
said first opening of said first structure receives an end of said second structure, said second structure slidably traverses at least a portion of a length of said first structure when said first opposing pair of convex rails of said first structure are aligned with said first opposing pair of rail guide recesses of said second structure and when said second opposing pair of convex rails of said first structure are aligned with said second opposing pair of rail guide recesses of said second structure, at least a portion of said second structure is retained within said compartment of said first structure when said second structure slidably traverses said at least a portion of said length of said first structure; and,
said outer wall surface of said second structure does not contact said inner wall surface of said first structure when said second structure is installed within said first structure except for a first contact area located at a first convex rail of said first opposing pair of convex rails and at a first rail guide recess of said first opposing pair of rail guide recesses and for a second contact area located at a second convex rail of said second opposing pair of convex rails and at a second rail guide recess of said second opposing pair of rail guide recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,247,234

BEARING

1. A spherical roller bearing having a specific pitch circle diameter (PCD), the spherical roller bearing comprising:an outer ring providing at least one inner raceway,
an inner ring providing a first and a second outer raceway,
a plurality of roller elements arranged in a first and second roller row disposed between the at least one inner raceway and the respective first and second outer raceway, each roller element comprising an axially inner end, and
a cage for one of guiding and retaining the roller elements in the first and second roller row, the cage having a plurality of cage pockets, wherein one of the roller elements is disposed within each cage pocket, and wherein
each respective cage pocket further provides a cage pocket bottom that faces the axially inner end of the roller element in the respective cage pocket, wherein the cage pocket bottom is configured to be located entirely inwardly from the specific pitch circle diameter (PCD) such that a radially inner end of the cage pocket bottom contacts the axially inner end of the roller element only at a location radially inwardly from the specific pitch circle diameter (PCD), the cage pocket bottom being angled such that the cage pocket bottom abuts the axially inner end of the roller element at an angle such that there is not flush contact therebetween,
the cage is held in position by the axially inner ends, wherein the cage pocket bottom has the radially inner end and a radially outer end, the radially outer end contacting the axially inner end of the roller element and the radially inner end being spaced from the axially inner end of the roller element such that the cage pocket bottom is angled relative to the axially inner end of the roller element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,233

TANDEM BALL BEARING WITH LABYRINTH OIL PATH AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A tandem ball bearing, comprising:an axis of rotation;
an outer race;
an inner race located radially inwardly of the outer race;
a cage radially disposed between the inner and outer races and including a first surface, the first surface:
facing at least partially in a first axial direction, parallel to the axis of rotation; and,
bounding a portion of the cage in the first axial direction;
a first roller ball disposed in the cage and radially disposed between the inner and outer races;
a second roller ball disposed in the cage radially outwardly of the first roller ball; and,
a channel:
bounded by the inner race and the cage; and,
including an opening facing in the first axial direction and bounded by the inner race and the first surface of the cage, wherein a first line, parallel to the axis of rotation, passes through in sequence: the cage; the channel; the inner race; and the first roller ball.

US Pat. No. 10,247,232

ROLLING-ELEMENT BEARING CAGE OR ROLLING-ELEMENT BEARING CAGE SEGMENT

1. A rolling-element bearing cage or cage segment configured to guide at least one rolling element comprising:a first circumferential ring connected to a second circumferential ring by a plurality of axially extending bridges;
wherein a first bridge of the plurality of bridges includes a first axial portion, a second axial portion, a third axial portion, a fourth axial portion, and a fifth axial portion, wherein the first axial portion connects to the first circumferential ring and the fifth axial portion connects to the second circumferential ring, the third axial portion being connected to the first axial portion by the second axial portion, the third axial portion being connected to the fifth axial portion by the fourth axial portion, the first axial portion having a radially outermost surface that is flush with a radial outer surface of the first circumferential ring, the fifth axial portion having a radially outermost surface that is flush with an outer surface of the second circumferential ring, the third axial portion having a radially outermost surface located axially inside of the radially outermost surface of the first axial portion and the radially outermost surface of the fifth axial portion,
wherein the first axial portion has a cross-section perpendicular to the axial direction having a cross sectional area and having a peripheral length greater than a peripheral length of a smallest rectangle bounding the cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,230

HINGE MECHANISMS

FLATZEN, INC., Pasadena,...

1. A hinge mechanism comprising:a central cylinder having an elongate length defining a hinge axis, the central cylinder including:
a first rotate channel transverse to the hinge axis, the first rotate channel including a first end and a second end;
a locking channel extending from the first end of the first rotate channel in an axial direction, the locking channel including a tapered portion that tapers in the axial direction away from the first rotate channel from a first width to a second width that is less than the first width;
a collar configured to be disposed about the central cylinder;
a collar pin configured to extend inwardly from the collar and into the first rotate channel or the locking channel of the central cylinder;
wherein the collar pin cooperates with the first rotate channel to limit an axial range of movement between the collar and the central cylinder in an axial direction;
wherein the collar has a rotational range of motion about the hinge axis relative to the central cylinder when the collar pin is positioned within the first rotate channel of the central cylinder;
wherein the hinge mechanism further comprises a first configuration and a second configuration;
the first configuration defined by the collar rotated to a position relative to the central cylinder where the collar pin is proximal to the first end of the first rotate channel;
the second configuration defined by the collar rotated to a position relative to the central cylinder where the collar pin is proximal the second end of the first rotate channel; and wherein, when the collar pin is rotationally aligned with the locking channel, the central cylinder is moveable in the axial direction relative to the collar to transition the hinge mechanism into a locking configuration where at least a portion of the collar pin is positioned within the locking channel of the central cylinder; and
wherein, when at least a portion of the collar pin is positioned within the locking channel, the rotational range of motion of the collar about the hinge axis relative to the central cylinder is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,247,229

BALL JOINT AND METHOD OF FASTENING A SEALING BELLOWS TO A BALL JOINT

1. A ball joint, comprising:a joint housing,
a ball stud pivotally received in the joint housing, and
a sealing bellows which, with respect to a joint axis, comprises a first axial end of the bellows resting against the ball stud and a second axial end of the bellows fastened to the joint housing,
wherein the joint housing for fastening the sealing bellows comprises a seat of the bellows forming both a radial stop face as well as an axial stop face for the second axial end of the sealing bellows,
wherein a closed retaining ring is provided as a separate element formed as a plastically deformed sheet metal ring, which is spaced from the joint housing,
wherein said retaining ring is bent only in an outward direction away from the joint housing at a rounded tapered ring end such that the tapered ring end has no sharp-edged ends and is rounded at a region of contact between the retaining ring and the sealing bellows,
wherein the entire length of the retaining ring until said rounded tapered ring end, as seen in the axial direction, defines a linearly tapered conical surface with a diameter that decreases along the entire length of the retaining ring until said rounded tapered ring end from the second end of the bellows towards the first end of the bellows,
wherein the second end of the sealing bellows, in a mounted condition, fills an annular space of triangular cross-section defined by the tapered conical surface and the respective radial and axial stop faces of the seat at a triangle-shaped section of the sealing bellows,
wherein the tapered conical surface is arranged to engage an outer flat side of the triangle-shaped section of the sealing bellows, opposite the radial and axial stop faces, and to urge the second end of the sealing bellows in a radial inward direction and in an axial direction against the seat of the bellows for direct contact with the radial stop face and the axial stop face,
the radial stop face being conical, and the linearly tapered conical surface of the retaining ring extending at an angle with respect to the opposite conical radial stop face with an angle which is less than 90 degrees, and
wherein the retaining ring is separated from and free from contact with the radial stop face and the axial stop face by said sealing bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,247,227

COMPONENT FOR ABSORBING AND/OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL FORCES AND/OR MOMENTS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME AND USE THEREOF

MT Aerospace AG, Augsbur...

1. A method for producing a component for the transmission and absorption of mechanical forces and moments, wherein the component comprises at least one dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) with a hollow-profiled section (14) and at least one hollow-profiled component element (16) consisting of fibre-reinforced plastic, said method comprising:(a) inserting one end (20) of the at least one hollow-profiled component element (16) partly into the hollow-profiled section (14) of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) such that the one end (20) is received by the hollow-profiled section (14) of the dimensionally stable component element (12);
(b) after step (a), introducing an inflatable element into the hollow-profiled component element (16); and
(c) after step (b), pressing an outer circumference (26) of the hollow-profiled component element (16) in a form-fitting manner onto/against an inner circumference (24) of the dimensionally stable component element (12) in the area of its hollow-profiled section (14) by inflating the inflatable element
wherein at least one of the hollow-profiled component element (16) and the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) comprises one or more raised portions (32, 32?), which extend radially inwards toward the longitudinal axes of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) and the hollow-profiled component element (16), depressions (38, 38?), which extend radially outwards from the longitudinal axes of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) and the hollow-profiled component element (16), recesses, or holes, so that the hollow-profiled component element (16) is received in a form-fitting manner in the hollow-profiled section (14) of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??).