US Pat. No. 10,598,091

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING SEIZURE OF BEARING USING KNOCKING SENSOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A system for inhibiting seizure of a bearing, comprising:a knocking sensor provided at one side of an engine and configured to measure vibration transmitted from the engine and to detect knocking of the engine; and
a controller configured to control operation of the engine and to determine that a bearing of the engine is damaged when a magnitude of the vibration of the engine inputted from the knocking sensor is greater than a damaged-bearing judging threshold value while the engine is operated in a damaged-bearing detecting region which is a region where knocking does not occur.

US Pat. No. 10,598,090

ASYMMETRIC CAM TRANSMISSION

1. A torque drive transmission comprising:a housing
at least one input:
first and second identical counter-rotating cam plates co-axially mounted within said housing about a rotation axis,
said first and second identical cam plates each having respective drive faces with continuous identical raceways circumscribing said rotational axis,
said identical raceways each having a repeating sinusoidal pattern comprising four (4) identical asymmetrical lobes,
said first and second cam plates being mounted in opposed facing relation such that drive face and raceway of the first cam plate face the drive face and raceway of the second cam plate; and
a plurality of slide bodies extending between and slidably engaging said opposed facing raceways,
said identical asymmetrical lobes having drive and follower surfaces with unequal drive and follower angles wherein said asymmetrically opposed drive and follower surfaces of said raceways of said opposed facing first and second cam plates cooperate to continuously create engagement valleys at locations where said slide bodies engage said raceways,
said first and second cam plates each having respective co-axially configured drive shafts,
said asymmetrical lobe profiles being operative through said slide bodies to convert a motion of the input into counter-rotation of the first and second cam plates and respective counter-rotation of said respective drive shafts along the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,598,086

COMPOUND ENGINE ASSEMBLY WITH CANTILEVERED COMPRESSOR AND TURBINE

14. A compound engine assembly comprising:at least one internal combustion engine in driving engagement with an engine shaft; and
at least one of a turbine and compressor module in fluid communication with the at least one internal combustion engine, the at least one of a turbine and compressor module including a first stage and a second stage, each of the first stage and the second stage including at least one rotor connected to a second shaft, the second shaft mechanically linked to the engine shaft;
wherein the second shaft is rotationally supported by bearings, the bearings supporting the second shaft located on a same side of the at least one rotor of both the first stage and the second stage such that the at least one rotor of both the first stage and the second stage are cantilevered.

US Pat. No. 10,598,084

COOLING AND LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR A TURBOCHARGER

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A lubrication and cooling system for an electric machine operably driven by a turbine, the lubrication and cooling system comprising:an electric machine housing defining an enclosure for the electric machine;
a rotatable shaft extending through the electric machine housing along an axis (A-A);
a first bearing and a second bearing operably spaced apart from each other and coupled to the rotatable shaft;
an electromagnetic rotor coupled to the rotatable shaft and disposed between the first bearing and the second bearing;
a stator fixedly attached within the electric machine housing and circumferentially surrounding the electromagnetic rotor such that the electromagnetic rotor freely rotates along with the rotatable shaft;
a fluid passage defined within the electric machine housing and fluidly coupled to a fluid inlet, wherein a fluid flows through the fluid passage and a portion of the fluid is directed to a first portion of the electric machine housing to lubricate the first bearing and the second bearing, and wherein a remaining portion of the fluid is directed into a second portion of the electric machine housing, the remaining portion of fluid circumferentially flows around the stator such that the fluid is in thermal communication with an outside surface the stator to help maintain a desired operating temperature of the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,598,083

TURBINE FOR AN EXHAUST TURBOCHARGER

Vitesco Technologies GmbH...

1. A turbine for an exhaust gas turbocharger, comprising:a turbine housing,
a first flow duct and a second flow duct, each flow duct disposed in the turbine housing and having an inlet region and an outlet region,
a self-regulating rotary slide valve, which has an adjustable flow duct closure element, is arranged in the inlet region of each of the first and second flow ducts;
an actuating arm being part of the rotary slide valve, the actuating arm connected to the flow duct closure element or is made in one piece therewith; and
a setting device being part of the slide valve, and the actuating arm is connected to the setting device, the setting device including components which serve for a basic setting of the flow duct closure element;
wherein the setting device includes at least two preloaded setting springs, the spring forces of the at least two preloaded setting springs apply a moment to the flow duct closure element.

US Pat. No. 10,598,082

TURBINE WASTEGATE

Garrett Transportation I ...

1. An assembly comprising:a turbine housing that comprises a bore, a wastegate seat, wastegate passages that extend to the wastegate seat and a divider wall disposed between the wastegate passages wherein the divider wall comprises a divider wall surface;
a rotatable wastegate shaft configured for receipt by the bore;
a wastegate arm extending from the wastegate shaft; and
a wastegate plug extending from the wastegate arm wherein the wastegate plug comprises a contact portion that contacts the wastegate seat to cover the wastegate passages in a closed state and wherein the wastegate plug comprises a mesh that contacts the divider wall surface in the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,598,081

PACKAGED ELECTRICAL ASSIST ASSEMBLY FOR SUPERCHARGED POWER PLANT

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A packaged boost system for a power plant, the hybrid boost system comprising:a. a supercharger housing a pair of Roots-type rotors operably coupled to a supercharger input shaft;
b. a brake assembly having a brake operably coupled to a brake shaft, the brake being configured to provide a braking force on the brake shaft and the supercharger input shaft when a current is applied to the brake, the brake shaft being coupled to the supercharger input shaft, wherein the brake assembly is housed in a brake assembly housing coupled directly to the supercharger housing;
c. a planetary gear set including a sun gear, a ring gear and a carrier that carries planetary gears, the carrier, the sun gear and the ring gear being configured to rotate about a central axis of the planetary gear set, wherein the sun gear is coupled to the brake shaft, wherein the planetary gear set is housed in a transmission housing mechanically coupled directly to the brake housing such that the brake housing is disposed between the supercharger housing and the transmission housing;
d. a first power transmission component operably coupled to the carrier, the first power transmission component being external to the transmission housing and configured to engage with a power input of the power plant; and
e. a second power transmission component operably connected to the ring gear, the second power transmission component being external to the transmission housing and configured to engage with an electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,077

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine provided with a cooling system, the cooling system including:a pump configured to circulate a cooling liquid in a circulation path of the internal combustion engine, and
a control valve configured to control a flow of the cooling liquid in the circulation path by driving a valve body housed in a housing, with a motor,
the control system comprising:
an electronic control unit configured to:
(i) control energization to the motor,
(ii) make a determination on fixation of the valve body,
(iii) perform fixation-time control that energizes the motor so as to drive the valve body, when the electronic control unit determines that the valve body is fixed,
(iv) acquire an amount of movement of the valve body from a signal that is output from a sensor that detects a position of the valve body,
(v) determine that the valve body is fixed based on the amount of movement of the valve body for a predetermined time period being less than a reference value, and
(vi) determine that the valve body is fixed when a predetermined state is continued for a certain time period longer than the predetermined time period, and the predetermined state is a state in which the amount of movement of the valve body for the predetermined time period is less than the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,598,076

FLOW CONTROL VALVE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A flow control valve comprising:a housing including an inflow port and an outflow port which communicates with the inflow port;
a valve body housed in the housing and formed in a cylindrical form, the valve body allowing and prohibiting a fluid to flow between the inflow port and the outflow port by moving in an axial direction;
an actuator moving the valve body in the axial direction; and
a partition wall arranged between the valve body and the inflow port and causing a flow path from the inflow port to the valve body to be branched towards an outer peripheral side of the valve body,
wherein the partition wall includes a wall surface extending in a direction orthogonal to a flow direction of the cooling water which flows from the inflow port.

US Pat. No. 10,598,073

EXHAUST SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust system of an internal combustion engine comprising:an exhaust member that constitutes a part of an exhaust passage through which exhaust gas of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine flows, the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine including a first cylinder group and a second cylinder group; and
an exhaust gas sensor that is provided in the exhaust member, wherein:
the exhaust member includes
a first collecting exhaust pipe comprising a first passage through which exhaust gas from combustion chambers of the first cylinder group of the internal combustion engine flows,
a second collecting exhaust pipe comprising a second passage through which exhaust gas from combustion chambers of the second cylinder group of the internal combustion engine flows, and
a junction exhaust pipe comprising a junction passage merging the exhaust gas flowing through the first passage and the exhaust gas flowing through the second passage;
the first passage and the second passage are arranged parallel to each other such that the first passage and the second passage respectively have an extending direction parallel to each other,
wherein an inner wall constituting the junction passage includes a first continuous inner wall that continues into an inner wall of the first passage and a second continuous inner wall that continues into an inner wall of said second passage, the exhaust gas sensor is provided in the first continuous inner wall in such a manner as to protrude from the first continuous inner wall toward the center of the junction passage, and
the first continuous inner wall includes a guide part (i) that protrudes toward the center of the junction passage and (ii) that is inclined toward the center of the junction passage relative to the extending direction from upstream side to downstream side when viewed in a longitudinal section including the first passage, the second passage, the junction passage, and the exhaust gas sensor, the guide part being provided on the upstream side of the exhaust gas sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,072

RESISTIVE BASED COMBUSTION SENSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Kerdea Technologies, Inc....

1. A method of monitoring for a combustion misfire event in a combustion engine, comprising:generating a combustion signal indicative of combustion timing of the engine based on a time-varying resistance of an oxygen sensor disposed in an exhaust plenum of the engine; the combustion signal indicating one or more spikes in the resistance that correspond to combustion events in the engine;
monitoring for the combustion misfire event based on the combustion signal; wherein the oxygen sensor comprises a metal oxide semiconductor layer bridging a gap between first and second electrodes, wherein the resistance of the metal oxide semiconductor layer changes with temperature and oxygen content of exhaust gas passing by the oxygen sensor;
wherein the spikes are caused by an instantaneous change the resistance of the metal oxide semiconductor layer caused by a combustion exhaust wavefront passing by the oxygen sensor;
wherein the combustion misfire event is indicated by the resistance not spiking at an expected time.

US Pat. No. 10,598,071

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR DIAGNOSING A PARTICULATE FILTER SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle operating method, comprising:in response to an exhaust system sensor diagnostic request, rotating an engine in a reverse direction without fueling the engine;
receiving data from a differential pressure sensor to a controller while rotating the engine in the reverse direction; and
adjusting engine operation via the controller in response to the data from the differential pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,070

NO/NO2 RATIO ADJUSTMENT USING NON-THERMAL PLASMA

Southwest Research Instit...

1. A method to generate an exit gas having a defined exit NO/NO2 ratio, the method comprising:apportioning a feed gas having a first NO/NO2 ratio into a first feed gas portion and a second feed gas portion;
flowing the first feed gas portion through a non-thermal plasma generator;
converting, via the non-thermal plasma generator, at least a portion of NO present in the first feed gas portion to NO2 to provide an intermediate gas having a second NO/NO2 ratio;
selectively adjusting a flow of the second feed gas portion through a bypass around the non-thermal plasma generator;
combining the intermediate gas with the second feed gas portion to provide an exit gas having the defined exit NO/NO2 ratio;
wherein selectively adjusting the flow of the second feed gas portion through the bypass around the non-thermal plasma generator further comprises:
measuring, by a gas analyzer, an NO/NO2 ratio in the exit gas;
determining, by control circuitry coupled to the gas analyzer, a flow of the second feed gas portion through the bypass to achieve the defined exit NO/NO2 ratio, the flow of the second feed gas portion based on the measured NO/NO2 ratio in the exit gas; and
adjusting, by the control circuitry, the flow of the second feed gas portion to achieve the defined exit NO/NO2 ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,598,069

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REGENERATING A GASOLINE PARTICULATE FILTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:a spark ignited, direct injection, engine;
an exhaust system coupled to the spark ignited engine, the exhaust system including a particulate filter; and
a controller, the controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to operate the spark ignited engine and adjust a vehicle speed range about a desired vehicle speed between which vehicle speed is maintained by a vehicle speed control, the range adjusted in response to an amount of soot stored in the particulate filter greater than a threshold amount.

US Pat. No. 10,598,067

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM OF CONTROLLING INJECTION AMOUNT OF REDUCING AGENT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An exhaust purification system of controlling an injection amount of a reducing agent, comprising:a first catalyst installed on an exhaust pipe;
a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst installed on the exhaust pipe;
a reducing agent injector which is installed on the exhaust pipe between the first catalyst and the SCR catalyst and configured to inject a reducing agent; and
a controller configured to control an amount of the reducing agent injected from the reducing agent injector;
wherein the SCR catalyst comprises a plurality of slices along a flow of exhaust gas and each slice comprises a plurality of cells having predetermined shapes having an uniform area wherein a total number of the plurality of the slices is represented by n and a total number of the cells is represented by m,
wherein the controller sequentially calculates:
i) a respective amount of ammonia adsorbed in the cells of each slice, sequentially from a first slice to a n-th slice, wherein an amount of ammonia adsorbed of an i-th slice is calculated by adding sequentially an amount of ammonia adsorbed in each cell from a first cell to a m-th cell of the i-th slice,
ii) a total amount of ammonia adsorbed in the SCR catalyst, and
iii) a required amount of the reducing agent based on the total amount of the ammonia adsorbed in the SCR catalyst and an amount of nitrogen oxide introduced into the SCR catalyst;
wherein the controller controls the reducing agent injector to inject the required amount of the reducing agent; and
wherein the controller calculates:
i) the amount of ammonia adsorbed in each slice from the amount of ammonia adsorbed in the each cell,
ii) an additional adsorption amount of ammonia of the each cell according to the amount of ammonia supplied to the each cell,
iii) an amount of ammonia participating in a chemical reaction of the each cell, and
iv) an amount of ammonia slipped from the each cell.

US Pat. No. 10,598,066

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASING DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID DELIVERY CAPACITY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) delivery system, the system comprising:a first dosing valve controllable to deliver DEF to a diesel exhaust system;
a second dosing valve controllable to deliver DEF to the diesel exhaust system;
a fluid storage tank for storing DEF;
a pump, coupled to the fluid storage tank and the first and second dosing valves, and controllable to pump DEF from the storage tank through a suction line to the first and second dosing valves through a pressure line;
a pressure sensor positioned to sense a system pressure of the DEF delivery system;
a backflow dosing module, including a backflow dosing module valve, coupled to the fluid storage tank to controllably allow an amount of the pumped DEF to flow back into the fluid storage tank through a backflow line; and
an electronic controller, communicatively coupled to the first and second dosing valves, the pump, the backflow dosing module, and the pressure sensor, and configured to
control the pump to operate at idle speed to pressurize the pressure line;
control the first and second dosing valves to close by default;
control the backflow dosing module valve to open by default;
determine a dosing request;
determine a first dosing actuation request for the first dosing valve based on the dosing request;
determine a second dosing actuation request for the second dosing valve based on the dosing request; and
when a sum of the first and second dosing actuation requests is less than 100%,
control the first and second dosing valves to open and close based on the first and second dosing valve actuation requests;
control the backflow dosing module valve to close when either of the first and second dosing valves is open; and
control the backflow dosing module valve to open when the first dosing valve is closed and the second dosing valve is closed; and
when the sum of the first and second dosing actuation requests is greater than or equal to 100%,
receive the system pressure from the pressure sensor;
control the backflow dosing module valve to close;
determine a pressure disturbance based on the dosing request;
determine a pump control request based on the system pressure and an operating pressure;
determine a feed forward control value based on the pressure disturbance;
generate an adjusted control request based on the pump control request and the feed forward control value;
control the first and second dosing valves to open and close based on the first and second dosing valve actuation requests; and
control the pump based on the adjusted control request.

US Pat. No. 10,598,065

UREA SOLUTION PUMP MODULE

COAVIS, Sejong-si (KR)

1. A urea solution pump module, comprising:a flange portion coupled to cover an opened mounting hole of a urea solution tank;
a pump disposed near an upper surface of the flange portion;
a filter formed to surround the pump, disposed to be spaced apart from the pump, and coupled to the flange portion;
an internal heater disposed between the pump and the filter and coupled to the flange portion;
a first fin having one side connected to the internal heater and the other side disposed near the pump; and
a case coupled to an upper surface of the flange portion, having a space portion formed therein, and coupled to the filter,
wherein the case is provided with a receiving portion to communicate with the space portion, and the pump is coupled to the case so that the pump is disposed in the receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,061

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A method for an engine driven vehicle, comprising:regenerating a particulate filter without adjusting engine operating parameters during a first mode;
facilitating the particulate filter regeneration with oxygen by adjusting the engine operating parameters to increase an exhaust gas temperature by a first magnitude during a second mode, where an exhaust gas flow rate is lower than a lower threshold flow rate; and
facilitating the particulate filter regeneration with NO2 by adjusting the engine operating parameters to increase the exhaust gas temperature by a second magnitude during a third mode, where the NO2 is produced by at least a diesel oxidation catalyst located upstream of the particulate filter, where the diesel oxidation catalyst comprises a washcoat having a zirconium oxide substrate and at least a manganese oxide and a palladium oxide, and where the exhaust gas flow rate is within a range between the lower threshold flow rate and an upper threshold flow rate; where
the first magnitude is greater than the second magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,598,059

SLOTTED SNAP-ACTION VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR EXHAUST SYSTEM

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A snap-action valve assembly for an exhaust system comprising:a first conduit extending along a central axis from a junction end to a distal end, said first conduit having a first conduit wall with an outside surface and an inner mating surface;
a second conduit extending co-axially with said central axis between an insertion end and a proximal end, said second conduit having a second conduit wall with an inner surface and an outer mating surface;
said first and second conduits cooperating to define an exhaust passageway therein that extends from said proximal end of said second conduit to said distal end of said first conduit;
a valve flap disposed within said first conduit for controlling exhaust flow through said exhaust passageway;
a shaft supporting said valve flap in said first conduit for rotation about a pivot axis between a closed position and an open position;
first and second bushings supporting said shaft on said first conduit, each of said first and second bushings including a shaft opening that receives said shaft;
said insertion end of said second conduit being received in said junction end of said first conduit such that said outer mating surface of said second conduit faces said inner mating surface of said first conduit;
said first conduit including first and second slots, each of said first and second slots extending through said first conduit wall from an open slot end positioned at said junction end of said first conduit to a closed slot end that is longitudinally spaced from said junction end of said first conduit a distance greater than said first bushing extends in a direction parallel to said central axis; and
said first and second bushings being disposed within said first and second slots respectively between said insertion end of said second conduit and said closed slot ends of said first and second slots.

US Pat. No. 10,598,058

FLUIDIC PCV VALVE ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

DLHBOWLES, INC., Canton,...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a body defining a fluid passage comprising:
an inlet in communication with an inlet chamber including a first port, a power nozzle, and a second port;
a interaction chamber downstream of the power nozzle; said interaction chamber including a radial interaction wall and a tangential interaction wall opposite from the radial interaction wall;
a bypass channel in communication with the inlet chamber and the interaction chamber;
a swirl chamber in communication with the interaction chamber and an outlet;
wherein the assembly is configured to automatically switch between a low flow mode and a high flow mode based of fluid or gas flow through the fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,598,057

OIL SUPPLY CIRCUIT OF AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:a rising oil line from a cylinder block to a cylinder head of an engine;
a main oil line in the cylinder head; and
an oil siphon system including a reservoir positioned between, and having at least one portion at a lower elevation than both a section of the rising oil line and a section of the main oil line so that oil flows into, and remains in, the reservoir when the engine is shut-off;
wherein the rising oil line extends through the cylinder head and supplies oil to the main oil line; and
wherein the reservoir is positioned entirely within the cylinder head and wherein the reservoir extends horizontally across the cylinder head.

US Pat. No. 10,598,056

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:a cylinder head;
a combustion chamber recess formed in the cylinder head;
an intake passage and an exhaust passage formed in the cylinder head and communicating with the combustion chamber recess;
a head oil passage formed in the cylinder head, and having a first end communicating with an oil pump and a second end opening out at a sliding contact surface of a valve actuating mechanism provided in the cylinder head; and
an oil jacket formed in the cylinder head in a path of the head oil passage so as to at least partly surround the exhaust passage,
wherein the oil jacket is provided with a larger cross sectional area than an adjoining part of the head oil passage; and
wherein the cylinder head is provided with a plurality of combustion chamber recesses, and the exhaust passage includes a plurality of branch passages communicating with the respective combustion chamber recesses, and a collecting passage connected to downstream ends of the branch passages and opening out at a side of the cylinder head, the oil jacket being positioned adjacent to the collecting passage.

US Pat. No. 10,598,055

VARIABLE VALVE OPERATING APPARATUS

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

1. A variable valve operating apparatus comprising:a camshaft rotatably mounted in a cylinder head superposed on a cylinder block of an internal combustion engine, the camshaft being rotatable by drive power transmitted from the internal combustion engine through a cam chain;
a cam carrier in the form a hollow cylindrical member relatively non-rotatably and axially slidably fitted around the camshaft and including, on an outer circumferential surface thereof, a plurality of cam lobes having different cam profiles and disposed axially adjacent to each other; and
a cam switching mechanism for axially moving the cam carrier to switch the cam lobes to act on an engine valve;
wherein the cam switching mechanism includes:
a lead groove formed in an outer circumferential surface of the cam carrier and extending fully circumferentially therearound;
a switching pin capable of being advanced to engage in and retracted to disengage from the lead groove;
a first switching drive shaft disposed parallel to the camshaft to be movable longitudinally thereof so as to cooperate with the switching pin to constitute a cam mechanism for advancing and retracting movements of the switching pin, in such a manner that the advancing movement causes the switching pin to engage in the lead groove so as to axially move the cam carrier while rotating, to switch the cam lobes to act on the engine valve; and
an actuator for longitudinally moving the switching drive shaft, the actuator including an actuator drive body which is linearly reciprocally movable and is coupled to a longitudinal end of the first switching drive shaft for longitudinally moving the switching drive shaft, the actuator being disposed opposite a cam chain compartment which houses the cam chain therein, in axial directions of the camshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,054

VARIABLE RATIO ROCKER ARM SYSTEM

9. A rocker arm system comprising:a rocker arm extending from a first end to a second end, the first end configured to receive a movement input and the second end configured to deliver a movement output;
a bearing cap against which the rocker arm is configured to react to deliver the movement output in response to the movement input, the bearing cap including a load surface facing the rocker arm that defines a trajectory of the rocker arm; and
a lift adjuster engaging the bearing cap on a side opposite the rocker arm, the lift adjuster configured to force the bearing cap toward the rocker arm to adjust the rocker arm system.

US Pat. No. 10,598,053

PHASE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A phase control apparatus for a camshaft, comprising:a locking plate including a drive wheel, a pin recess, and a ramped channel opening into the pin recess, the ramped channel increasing channel depth in a direction extending toward the pin recess;
a housing coupled to the locking plate;
a vane rotor including a vane and positioned in a hydraulic chamber of the housing; and
a locking pin positioned within a bore of the vane and movable into a locked position where the locking pin engages with the pin recess.

US Pat. No. 10,598,052

BALANCED-PRESSURE MULTI-COMPARTMENT VESSEL, THERMODYNAMIC ENERGY CONVERTER AND OPERATING METHOD

Thermoelectric Industrial...

1. A volume element (10a, 10b, 20a, 20b) for enclosing a working medium (102) inside an inner volume of variable size, including a wall that divides the inner volume into heat exchanger compartments (110, 111, 120, 121) and a working compartment (200, 201), comprising:a partition (230, 231, 233, 234) is formed inside the working compartment (200, 201) which divides the working compartment (200, 201) into a working chamber (210, 211) supplied with the working medium (201) and a force transmission chamber (212, 213) supplied with a displacement fluid (202), wherein
the heat exchanger compartments (110, 111, 120, 121) and the working chamber (210, 211) are fluidly interconnected such that the working medium (102) inside the volume element (10a, 10b, 20a, 20b) has the same pressure, and
each of the heat exchanger compartments (110, 111, 120, 121) is connected to the working chamber (210, 211) via an inlet, and an outlet that is formed separately from the inlet,characterized in that the inlet or the outlet is connected between each of the respective heat exchanger compartments (110, 111, 120, 121) and the working chamber (210, 211), andat least one device (220) for influencing the flow of working medium (102) through the heat exchanger compartments (110, 111, 120, 121) so as to prevent a flow through at least one of the heat exchanger compartments (110, 111, 120, 121) and to support a flow through at least one other heat exchanger compartment (110, 111, 120, 121).

US Pat. No. 10,598,051

ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

1. A chemisorption based energy storage device comprising:a first chemical reactor containing a first sorbent material and a second chemical reactor containing a second sorbent material, the first and second chemical reactors being in mutual fluid connection such that a refrigerant fluid can flow from the first chemical reactor to the second chemical reactor, and from the second chemical reactor to the first chemical reactor, the first and second chemical reactors being further provided with means for putting heat in to, or taking heat out of, the first and/or the second chemical reactors;
a heat exchanger module, the heat exchanger module being configured to select from a plurality of available heat sources, a heat source having the highest temperature; and
an expander module selectively connected to the first chemical reactor and the second chemical reactor via the heat exchanger module;
wherein the heat source is arranged to heat the refrigerant fluid prior to the refrigerant fluid passing through the expander module, and
wherein the heat exchanger is configured to recover a surplus heat from the highest temperature heat source, and the expander module is configured to expand the refrigerant fluid;
wherein the means for putting heat in to, or taking heat out of, the first and/or the second chemical reactors provides a flow of refrigerant fluid between the expander module and the first and second chemical reactors, and
wherein the expander module is operable to expand the refrigerant fluid to provide a variable work output depending on energy storage requirements.

US Pat. No. 10,598,050

SCISSOR TYPE COMPRESSION AND EXPANSION MACHINE USED IN A THERMAL ENERGY RECUPERATION SYSTEM

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A compression and expansion machine comprising:a body with at least one chamber about an axis of symmetry;
pistons rotating about the axis of symmetry and dividing the chamber into cells rotating with the pistons; and
a coordination device for coordinating the movement of the pistons, the coordination device configured so that, during one rotation cycle, each of the cells performs at least one first expansion/contraction cycle corresponding to a stage of compressing a first stream of gas passing through said each of the cells, and at least one second expansion/contraction cycle corresponding to a stage of expanding a second stream of gas passing through said each of the cells,
wherein the body further comprises a gas inlet opening and a gas outlet opening for each expansion/contraction cycle of said each of the cells, and
wherein a passage cross-section of the gas inlet opening of the at least one first expansion/contraction cycle is larger than a passage cross-section of the outlet opening of the at least one first expansion/contraction cycle, and a passage cross-section of the gas inlet opening of the at least one second expansion/contraction cycle is smaller than a passage cross-section of the outlet opening of the at least one second expansion/contraction cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,048

AUXILIARY ROTATION DEVICE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND A METHOD OF COOLING A ROTOR OF A GAS TURBINE ENGINE USING AN AUXILIARY ROTATION DEVICE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising an auxiliary rotation device, the auxiliary rotation device comprising:an electric machine configured to be coupled to a rotor of the gas turbine engine; and
a dedicated electrical storage device coupled to the electric machine;
wherein:
during a period of powered operation of the gas turbine engine the electric machine is configured to act as a generator so as to charge the dedicated electrical storage device and following the period of powered operation of the gas turbine engine the electric machine is configured to act as a motor by discharging the dedicated electrical storage device so as to cause the rotor to rotate for a period of time to provide even cooling of the rotor around its circumference;
the electric machine ceases to rotate the rotor when the dedicated electrical storage device is discharged such that insufficient charge remains to rotate the rotor; such that the period of time over which the rotor rotates is determined by the capacity of the dedicated electrical storage device; and
the dedicated electrical storage device is configured to hold a predetermined amount of electrical energy to provide a predetermined amount of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,598,045

TURBINE RING ASSEMBLY

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A turbine ring assembly comprising a ring support structure and a plurality of ring sectors, wherein the plurality of ring sectors form a turbine ring, each ring sector having, in a section plane defined by an axial direction and a radial direction of the turbine ring, a portion forming an annular base with, in the radial direction of the turbine ring, an inside face defining an internal face of the turbine ring and an outside face from which a first and a second attachment tab protrude, the ring support structure having a central annulus and a one-piece annular flange, wherein a first radial tab protrudes from the one-piece annular flange and a second radial tab protrudes from the central annulus, wherein the first and second attachment tabs of each ring sector are held between the first radial tab protruding from the one-piece annular flange and the second radial tab protruding from the central annulus,wherein the one-piece annular flange is fastened in a removable manner to the central annulus of the ring support structure, the annular flange having a first end that is free, a second end coupled to the central annulus of the ring support structure, and a plurality of attachment hooks that protrude from the second end of the annular flange and engage with at least one compartment included in the central annulus of the ring support structure in order to hold the annular flange in position, the annular flange comprising a first and a second attachment hook that each protrude from the second end of the annular flange in the axial direction of the turbine ring, the first and second attachment hooks being spaced apart in the radial direction of the turbine ring, the central annulus of the ring support structure comprising two attachment compartments that engage with the first and second attachment hooks of the annular flange in order to hold the annular flange in position in the radial direction of the turbine ring.

US Pat. No. 10,598,042

GAS TURBINE RING SEGMENT HAVING SERIALLY CONNECTED COOLING HOLES AND GAS TURBINE INCLUDING THE SAME

1. A gas turbine ring segment for a gas turbine comprising a rotor rotating about an axis, a housing containing the rotor to be rotatable, and a stationary wing ring disposed on an inner circumferential portion of the housing to be annular about the axis, a plurality of the gas turbine ring segments being disposed on the gas turbine to be dividable in a circumferential direction,the gas turbine ring segment comprising a cooling hole structure comprised of cooling holes arranged along an outer circumferential surface and spaced apart from each other at predetermined distances to allow an inside to communicate with an outside,
wherein each of the cooling holes comprises a first cooling hole and a second cooling hole having different diameters, the first cooling hole and the second cooling hole being connected serially to each other and having a straight structure from outside the gas turbine ring to the inside,
wherein the first cooling hole is located adjacently to a center of the gas turbine ring segment, and the second cooling hole is located adjacently to an outer circumferential surface of the gas turbine ring segment to communicate with the first cooling hole,
wherein a length of the first cooling hole ranges from 10% to 20% of a length of the second cooling hole, and
wherein a flow rate of refrigerant flowing through each of the cooling holes is controlled using the first or second cooling hole having a smaller diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,598,041

INLET PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A performance measurement system of an inlet of a gas turbine engine comprising:a probe strut installed to a case strut of an inlet case of a gas turbine engine, including:
one or more probes extending therefrom configured to measure one or more characteristics of an airflow past the one or more probes;
a first attachment point configured to secure the probe strut to a hub portion of the inlet case; and
a second attachment point configured to secure the probe strut to an outer case portion of the inlet case;
a data acquisition module disposed at a central longitudinal axis of the inlet and operably connected to the probe to collect sensed data therefrom;
wherein the probe strut and the data acquisition module are configured to be installed, removed, and/or relocated without removal of the inlet case from the gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,598,040

METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR MONITORING A TURBOMACHINE START-UP SEQUENCE BY MONITORING THE SPEED OF THE HIGH-PRESSURE SPOOL

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method for monitoring a start-up sequence of a turbomachine that comprises a compressor equipped with a rotor, a starter capable of driving the rotor in rotation and a combustion chamber, the start-up sequence comprising a first phase that terminates at an instant at which fuel is injected into the combustion chamber and during which the starter is controlled to increase the rotation speed of the rotor, and a second phase after the first phase that terminates when the starter stops driving the rotor, the method including the steps of:acquiring signal representative of the rotation speed of the rotor during the start sequence, and
detecting an instant at which there is a sudden change in the variation of said signal with time, the sudden change instant thus detected being deemed to be the instant at which an air-fuel mix is ignited in the combustion chamber,
wherein said detecting includes:
determining a first variation regression curve that fits on the signal acquired during the first phase;
determining a second variation regression curve (RP2) that fits on the signal acquired during the second phase;
identifying the instant of ignition of the air-fuel mix in the combustion chamber using the intersection (I) of the first and the second regression curves.

US Pat. No. 10,598,039

DEVICE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL ADJUSTMENT OF A PLURALITY OF VARIABLE-PITCH RADIAL STATOR VANES IN A TURBOMACHINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for adjusting the pitch of at least one annular row of stator vanes for a turbine engine module, the device comprising:a first control ring mounted to rotate about an axis of the turbine engine;
a plurality of connecting rods configured for connecting said first control ring to the stator vanes of said at least one annual row of stator vanes; and
a second control ring mounted to rotate about said axis,
wherein each stator vane is simultaneously connected to said first and second control rings by a set of at least two connecting rods of said plurality of connecting rods configured to independently adjust the pitch of said stator vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,598,038

LABYRINTH SEAL WITH VARIABLE TOOTH HEIGHTS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A labyrinth seal for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a stator coupled to a non-rotating portion of the gas turbine engine and fixed in an axial direction and a radial direction, the stator including a layer of abradable material extending uniformly in the axial direction from a first stator side to an opposite second stator side; and
a rotor coupled to a rotating portion of the gas turbine engine so as to be spaced apart from the stator in the radial direction, the rotor having a first side adapted to receive a fluid flow and an opposite second side, the rotor including a first tooth at the first side having a first radial height, a second tooth between the first tooth and the second side, the second tooth having a second radial height that is greater than the first radial height and a third tooth between the first tooth and the second side having a third radial height that is substantially the same as the first radial height, a first clearance between a first tip of the first tooth and the stator in the radial direction is different than a second clearance between a second tip of the second tooth and the stator in the radial direction and a third clearance between a third tip of the third tooth and the stator in the radial direction is substantially the same as the first clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,598,037

AIR-FIRE SEAL AND ASSEMBLY COMPRISING SUCH A SEAL

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An air-fire seal configured to be attached to a first tubular member of a turbomachine, and to rest against a second member of the turbomachine, comprising:an attachment base having an annular shape around a reference axis;
a first annular fire-stop lip extending from the attachment base over a first length;
a second annular air-sealing lip extending from the attachment base over a second length lower than the first length and facing the first lip, and
a third annular fire-stop lip extending from the attachment base over a third length lower than the first length and radially disposed between the first fire-stop lip and the second air-sealing lip.

US Pat. No. 10,598,036

ASSEMBLY FOR SEALING A GAP BETWEEN COMPONENTS OF A TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An assembly for a turbine engine, comprising:a case extending circumferentially around an axis and axially along the axis between a forward end and an aft end, and the case including a first seal land;
a guide vane arrangement located radially within the case, the guide vane arrangement including a first platform and a second seal land, the first platform extending axially along the axis between an upstream end and a downstream end, and the second seal land connected to the first platform at the downstream end; and
a flexible seal ring at least partially sealing a gap between the first seal land and the second seal land, the seal ring including a first leg and a second leg that is connected to the first leg at a corner of the seal ring;
wherein the first leg is axially engaged with a first surface of the first seal land, and the second leg is axially engaged with a second surface of the second seal land;
wherein the case partially axially overlaps the guide vane arrangement such that the second surface is aft of the aft end of the case along the axis; and
wherein the seal ring is configured with a generally v-shaped cross-sectional geometry.

US Pat. No. 10,598,035

INTERSHAFT SEALING SYSTEMS FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINES AND METHODS FOR ASSEMBLING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A seal assembly for use between an inner shaft and an outer shaft rotatable about a common axis within a turbine engine, said seal assembly comprising:a pair of end rings, each said end ring comprising a flange extending in an axial direction;
a plurality of seal elements coupled between said end rings, wherein each seal element comprises a pair of shoulders extending in opposing axial directions;
a pair of retaining rings, wherein each retaining ring is positioned between one shoulder of said pair of shoulders and one end ring flange of said pair of end ring flanges, and wherein each retaining ring is connected to an outer surface of one of said pair of shoulders; and
a spacer ring coupled to said pair of end rings and positioned radially inward of said pair of end rings and said plurality of seal elements, wherein the spacer ring includes one or more drive features directly coupled to at least one of the seal elements such that the one or more drive features drive rotation of the plurality of seal elements with the inner shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,034

POWER TURBINE VANE AIRFOIL PROFILE

1. A turbine vane of a gas turbine engine having a gaspath, the turbine vane comprising an airfoil having an intermediate portion contained within the gaspath and defined by a nominal un-coated profile in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of orthogonally related axes X, Y, and Z of Sections 2 to 10 set forth in Table 2 and incorporated by reference herein, wherein a point of origin of the orthogonally related axes X, Y and Z is located at an intersection of a centerline of the gas turbine engine and a stacking line of the turbine vane, the Z values are radial distances measured along the stacking line, the X and Y values are coordinate values defining the profile at each distance Z, wherein X and Y values define a set of points for each Z value which when connected by smooth continuing arcs define an airfoil profile section, the profile sections at the Z distances being joined smoothly with one another to form an airfoil shape of the intermediate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,033

VANE WITH SPOILER

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A vane for a turbomachine, the vane comprising an upstream side and a downstream side and comprising, in a radial direction of elongation of the vane:a blade having a leading edge along the upstream side and a trailing edge along the downstream side,
a root to be engaged in a groove in a disc of the turbomachine, the root being situated radially further inwards than the vane and having upstream and downstream ends, transversely to the radial elongation direction, and
an inter-vane internal platform also situated radially between the root and the blade,
wherein the upstream end of the root is connected to a radially internal end of the leading edge of the blade by an upstream edge of a connecting zone radially intermediate between the root and the inter-vane internal platform, said upstream edge having a discontinuity defining a recess towards downstream, so that said radially internal end of the leading edge of the blade is situated further downstream than the upstream end of the root, and/or
wherein the downstream end of the root is connected to a radially internal end of the trailing edge of the blade by a downstream edge, of a connecting zone radially intermediate between the root and the inter-vane internal platform, said downstream edge having a discontinuity defining a recess towards upstream, so that said radially internal end of the trailing edge of the blade is situated further upstream than the downstream end of the root.

US Pat. No. 10,598,032

GAS TURBINE GUIDE VANE ELEMENT

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

9. A guide vane element for a gas turbine comprising,a first guide vane,
a second guide vane distanced by one division in the peripheral direction from the first guide vane, and
at least one band joining these guide vanes, wherein the at least one band joins the first and second guide vanes and the at least one band has a vane-side surface with a contouring and a first front side in the peripheral direction having a groove, which is straight in the axial direction, for uptake of a sealing element,
wherein the contouring has a first local depression lying radially opposite to the groove between the first guide vane next to the front side and the front side, and a second local depression between the first and second guide vanes, the second depression being distanced from the first depression by the division in the peripheral direction and having the same axial position as the first depression in the axial direction, wherein the first depression has a base, which is planar, and which is angularly offset an angle in the range of ±15° with respect to the groove; and/or is offset in the radial direction relative to the guide vanes, when compared with a concave base, of the second depression, and
wherein the contouring between the first guide vane and the front side has at least one other first local depression lying radially opposite the groove, and has another second local depression between the first and second guide vanes, the another second local depression being distanced from the other first depression by the division in the peripheral direction, and having the same axial position as the other first depression in the axial direction, wherein the other first depression has a base, which is planar, and which, when compared to the base of the first depression, is not offset in the radial direction, or is not offset relative to the guide vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,598,030

ASSEMBLY, TREATED ARTICLE, AND PROCESS OF TREATING A TURBINE COMPONENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A process of treating a turbine component after service, the turbine component comprising an article and a wear component brazed to the article, the process comprising:applying a braze tape on at least a portion of the wear component, wherein the wear component is a pre-sintered preform; and
thermal processing the turbine component while the braze tape is on the at least a portion of the wear component to treat the turbine component;
wherein the article is a shrouded blade and the pre-sintered preform is located on a z-notch of the shrouded blade.

US Pat. No. 10,598,029

AIRFOIL WITH PANEL AND SIDE EDGE COOLING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil comprising:a core structure defining a cooling passage, the core structure including a wall having a wall protrusion defining a wall bearing surface;
a panel attached with the core structure, the panel having an exterior gas path side, an opposed interior side, and side edges, wherein one of the side edges includes a panel protrusion defining a panel bearing surface that abuts the wall bearing surface; and
a channel extending through at least one of the wall protrusion or the panel protrusion, the channel having a first end opening to the cooling passage and a second end opening to the exterior gas path side at one of the side edges.

US Pat. No. 10,598,028

EDGE COUPON INCLUDING COOLING CIRCUIT FOR AIRFOIL

General Electric Company,...

1. A trailing edge coupon for a turbomachine airfoil, the coupon comprising:a coupon body including:
a coolant feed extending radially through the coupon body;
a collection passage extending radially through the coupon body, adjacent the coolant feed;
an outward leg conduit extending axially from the coolant feed, toward a trailing edge of the coupon, the outward leg conduit in direct fluid communication with the coolant feed;
a return leg conduit extending axially away from the trailing edge of the coupon, toward the collection passage, and radially offset from the outward leg conduit along a radial axis of the coupon, the return leg conduit in direct fluid communication with the collection passage;
a turn conduit fluidly coupling the outward leg conduit and the return leg conduit, the turn conduit positioned adjacent the trailing edge of the coupon; and
a coupling region configured to mate with an airfoil body of the turbomachine airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,598,027

BLADE FOR A GAS TURBINE AND METHOD OF COOLING THE BLADE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A blade with an airfoil profile for a gas turbine, comprising:at least one direct cooling fluid inlet arranged at a bottom part of the blade, the bottom part of the blade being fixed to a rotor shaft of the gas turbine;
at least two opposite first and second walls enclosing an inner part of the blade and forming a plurality of cooling channels, the airfoil profile extending from the bottom part of the blade to a top part of the blade; and
at least a first and a second set of ribs respectively arranged on the at least two opposite first and second walls, said at least the first and the second set of ribs being located at an end of the cooling channels, ribs within each first and second set of ribs being arranged in parallel to each other and along one side of the airfoil profile of the blade, and said at least the first and the second set of ribs extending from a respective wall of the at least two opposite first and second walls into the inner part of the blade;
wherein the ribs within the first set of ribs on the first wall are superimposed over the ribs of the second set of ribs on another second wall;
wherein cooling fluid channels are formed in-between the ribs of the first set of ribs and are also formed in-between the ribs of the second set of ribs;
wherein an orientation of the ribs of the first set of ribs is different than an orientation of ribs of the second set of ribs; and
wherein a cross-section of the cooling fluid channels in-between neighboring ribs of the first set of ribs and a cross-section of the cooling fluid channels in-between neighboring ribs of the second set of ribs is smaller at a side oriented towards the bottom part of the blade in comparison to the side at the top part of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,598,026

ENGINE COMPONENT WALL WITH A COOLING CIRCUIT

General Electric Company,...

11. A method of cooling an engine component comprising:passing a cooling airflow from an interior of the engine component to a first porous layer on an exterior of an outer wall of the engine component defining the interior;
passing the cooling airflow to a channel in a skin layer overlying the first porous layer with the channel spaced from the first porous layer by a first channel conduit;
passing the cooling airflow from the channel through a second channel conduit in the skin layer to a second porous layer on an exterior of the skin layer, such that the channel in the skin layer is spaced from the second porous layer; and
passing the cooling airflow through a film hole in an exterior coating, the film hole connecting the channel to an exterior of the engine component.

US Pat. No. 10,598,025

AIRFOIL WITH RODS ADJACENT A CORE STRUCTURE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil comprising:an airfoil section defining an airfoil profile that is a peripheral shape of the airfoil section, the airfoil profile having a periphery defining a leading end, a trailing end, a pressure side, and a suction side, the airfoil section including
a core structure, and
a plurality of rods disposed at the periphery adjacent the core structure, wherein the plurality of rods are ceramic.

US Pat. No. 10,598,024

TANDEM ROTOR BLADES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbomachine comprising:a stator vane stage; and
a tandem blade stage aft of the stator vane stage, wherein the tandem blade stage includes:
a plurality of blade pairs, each of the plurality of blade pairs being circumferentially spaced apart from the other of the plurality of blade pairs, each blade pair being operatively connected to a rotor disk disposed radially inward from the plurality of blade pairs, wherein each of the plurality of blade pairs includes a forward blade and an aft blade, wherein the aft blade is configured to further condition air flow with respect to the forward blade without an intervening stator vane stage shrouded cavity therebetween,
wherein each of the plurality of blade pairs is integrally formed with a blade platform that is defined radially between the rotor disk and a respective blade pair, a forward portion of the blade platform includes a forward platform extension that extends towards the stator vane stage and an aft portion of the blade platform includes a first aft platform extension that extends directly from one of the aft blades of the plurality of blade pairs toward an exit guide vane stage, a second aft platform extension that is disposed transverse to the first aft platform extension and is spaced apart from the rotor disk in a downstream direction and extends directly from the first aft platform extension toward the rotor disk, and an arcuate surface extending between the first aft platform extension and the second aft platform extension.

US Pat. No. 10,598,023

POWER TURBINE BLADE AIRFOIL PROFILE

1. A turbine blade of a gas turbine engine having a gaspath, the turbine blade comprising an airfoil having an intermediate portion contained within the gaspath and defined by a nominal un-coated profile in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of orthogonally related axes X, Y, and Z of Sections 2 to 11 set forth in Table 2 and incorporated by reference herein, wherein a point of origin of the orthogonally related axes X, Y and Z is located at an intersection of a centerline of the gas turbine engine and a stacking line of the turbine blade, the Z values are radial distances measured along the stacking line, the X and Y values are coordinate values defining the profile at each distance Z, wherein X and Y values define a set of points for each Z value which when connected by smooth continuing arcs define an airfoil profile section, the profile sections at the Z distances being joined smoothly with one another to form an airfoil shape of the intermediate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,022

GAS TURBINE ENGINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A gas turbine engine for an aircraft comprising:an engine core comprising:
a compressor system with compressor blades comprising respective aerofoils, the compressor system comprising a first, lower pressure, compressor, and a second, higher pressure, compressor;
an outer core casing surrounding the compressor system and comprising:
a first flange connection arranged to allow separation of the outer core casing at an axial position of the first flange connection, the first flange connection having a first flange radius, the first flange connection being the first flange connection that is downstream of an axial position defined by an axial midpoint between a mid-span axial location on a trailing edge of a most downstream aerofoil of the first compressor and a mid-span axial location on a leading edge of a most upstream aerofoil of the second compressor; and
an inner core casing provided radially inwardly of the compressor blades of the compressor system, the inner core casing and the outer core casing defining a core working gas flow path (A) therebetween, a gas path radius being defined as an outer radius of the gas flow path (A) at the axial position of the first flange connection, and a gas path ratio of:
being equal to or greater than 1.10 and less than or equal to 2.0; anda fan located upstream of the engine core, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades, a fan blade mass ratio of:
being equal to or less than 19.0 mm/lb.

US Pat. No. 10,598,021

GAS TURBINE COMPRESSING COOLING SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH COOLING AIR SUPPLY PATHS AROUND OUTER CASING

1. A gas turbine and turbine blade cooling system, including a compressor, a combustor and turbine blades, in which the compressor includes a plurality of rotation members, and the compressor is divided into a front-stage compressor, a middle-stage compressor and a rear-stage compressor in sequence from a farthest position from the combustor, comprising:a plurality of outside paths of the turbine blade cooling system for introducing fluid from the compressor to the turbine blades, each of the plurality of outside paths travelling independently along an exterior of a gas turbine casing;
a center shaft path of the turbine blade cooling system for supplying the fluid from the compressor to the turbine blades that travels along an interior of a center shaft of the gas turbine; and
a plurality of inside paths of the turbine blade cooling system for supplying the fluid from the compressor to the turbine blades through an outlet of the compressor along an interior of the gas turbine casing, wherein the fluid introduced through the plurality of outside paths, the center shaft path, or the plurality of inside paths cools at least part of the turbine blades,
the front-stage compressor, the middle-stage compressor, and the rear-stage compressor are respectively provided with inlets of the plurality of outside paths,
a respective outside path of the plurality of outside paths that is connected to the front-stage compressor has a first outlet provided to at least a first air induction member and a second outlet provided to a location downstream from the turbine blades, and
a respective outside path of the plurality of outside paths that is connected to the middle-stage compressor has a third outlet provided to at least a second air induction member located upstream from the first air induction member, and a fourth outlet that travels along the interior of the gas turbine casing and provides the fluid from the middle-stage compressor directly to one of the turbine blades that is provided downstream from the second air induction member.

US Pat. No. 10,598,020

SPANNER NUT CENTERING FEATURE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine assembly for a bearing compartment of an engine, the gas turbine engine assembly comprising:a first shaft disposed in the engine and co-axial with the engine centerline, wherein the first shaft comprises:
an end with a radially inward facing surface; and
a first threaded portion disposed on the end of the shaft;
a bearing stack disposed on a portion of the first shaft; and
a spanner nut disposed on the end of the first shaft and in contact with the bearing stack, wherein the spanner nut comprises:
a body;
a piloting hook connected to the body, the piloting hook comprising:
a first extension connected to and extending radially inward from the body; and
a second extension connected to and extending in an axial direction from the first extension, wherein the second extension includes a radially outward facing surface;
a first threaded portion configured to engage with a second threaded portion on an end of the first shaft; and
a channel formed by the piloting hook, wherein the channel is configured to receive the end of the first shaft, wherein the piloting hook is configured to draw the second extension radially outward as the spanner nut is compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,598,017

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING THE BALANCING CONFIGURATION INSTALLED ON A TURBINE ENGINE ROTOR

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of identifying a balancing configuration installed on a turbine engine rotor by:mounting a plurality of screws forming balance weights on the turbine engine rotor at different angular positions of the turbine engine rotor, each screw of the plurality of screws possessing a predetermined weight, and each screw of the plurality of screws being associated with an element for identifying its weight and another element for identifying its angular position on the turbine engine rotor, and
contactless scanning of the plurality of screws mounted on the turbine engine rotor by an identification appliance capable of recognizing the element for identifying the weight and the element for identifying the angular position associated with each screw of the plurality of screws.

US Pat. No. 10,598,016

COMBINATION OF TWO INTERCONNECTED SHAFTS FOR HIGH-SPEED ROTORS

MICRO TURBINE TECHNOLOGY,...

1. A micro-turbine based turbogenerator comprising:a turbine shaft having a turbine impeller mounted thereupon;
a compressor shaft having a compressor impeller mounted thereupon, the compressor shaft having an end part with a reduced cross section that is separated from the rest of the compressor shaft via a step;
a generator rotor fixedly mounted on the turbine shaft, the generator rotor having a hollow sleeve formed opposite the turbine shaft for receiving the reduced cross section of the end part of the compressor shaft;
wherein the step of the compressor shaft has a surface that forms an inverse conical shape; and
wherein the hollow sleeve of the generator rotor has a butt end with an end surface which abuts the surface of the step of the compressor shaft at an incline relative to a centreline of the compressor shaft and the turbine shafts to prevent expansion of the hollow sleeve of the generator rotor during rotation of the compressor shaft and the turbine shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,598,014

TURBOMACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A turbomachine (20) with a casing (26), wherein an impeller (23), which is arranged on an output shaft (24) for rotation about an axis, is arranged in the casing (26), wherein the turbomachine (20) has an inflow region (21) and an outflow region (22) and during operation is exposed to a throughflow of working medium, wherein the working medium flows into the inflow region (21), along a front side (23a) which is formed on the impeller (23) and then flows out of the outflow region (22), wherein a pressure drop exists on the front side (23a) between the inflow region (21) and the outflow region (22), wherein a pressure divider (9) is arranged on a rear side (23b) of the impeller (23) which is opposite the front side (23a) so that during operation at least a part of the rear side (23b) is loaded with a lower pressure than the pressure of the inflow region (21), characterized in that the pressure divider (9) comprises a slide ring (31) which, at a first operating point of the turbomachine (20), presses directly in an axial direction against the rear side (23b) of the impeller (23), and which, at a second operating point of the turbomachine (20) with higher speed than the first operating point, floats on a cushion of the working medium that lifts the slide ring (31) away from the rear side (23b) to form a throttling point.

US Pat. No. 10,598,012

MEASURING HYDROCARBON CONTENT OF A ROCK FORMATION DOWNHOLE USING LASER-INDUCED VAPORIZATION AND PYROLYSIS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a tool body deployable into a wellbore;
a tool head carried by the tool body capable of engaging with a wall of the wellbore;
a laser capable of delivering laser radiation to a desired formation penetrated by the wellbore; and
a measurement system within the tool body capable of making one or more downhole measurements of laser-induced vaporization and/or pyrolysis of hydrocarbons wherein the measurement system comprises a solid separator.

US Pat. No. 10,598,011

SEGMENTED WIRELESS PRODUCTION LOGGING

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. A method of logging in a wellbore comprising:deploying a mother tool with attached first and second sensors into the wellbore;
detaching the first sensor from the mother tool and anchoring the first sensor at a first designated depth in the wellbore, and in a path of a first fluid flowing in the wellbore;
moving the mother tool to a second designated depth in the wellbore and away from the first sensor;
detaching the second sensor from the mother tool and anchoring the second sensor at the second designated depth in the wellbore, and in a path of a second fluid flowing in the wellbore;
moving the mother tool away from the second sensor;
sensing information about the first fluid with the first sensor;
sensing information about the second fluid with the second sensor; and
communicating the information about the first and second fluids from the first and second sensors to the mother tool and while the first and second sensors are anchored in the wellbore and detached from the mother tool.

US Pat. No. 10,598,010

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A CONTINUOUS PVT PHASE ENVELOPE LOG

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for generating a phase envelope log to characterize a subsurface formation intersected by a borehole, the method comprising:drilling the borehole with a drill string;
circulating a drilling fluid in the borehole, the drilling fluid being circulated from the surface into the borehole;
drawing at least one fluid sample representing at least a portion of a fluid contained in the subsurface formation, wherein the at least one fluid sample is drawn from the drilling fluid at the surface while the borehole is being drilled by the drill string;
estimating at least one PVT parameter indicative of an in-situ condition of the subsurface formation from the drawn at least one fluid sample;
determining at least two phase envelopes at different depths using the estimated at least one PVT parameter; and
creating a phase envelope log formed of a continuous series of phase envelopes using the at least two phase envelopes.

US Pat. No. 10,598,009

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT TO DETERMINE PLACEMENT OF FRACTURE STIMULATION POINTS USING MINEROLOGY

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method to determine placement of fracture initiation points along a wellbore, the method comprising:analyzing mineralogical characteristics of one or more intervals along the wellbore;
determining which of the one or more intervals include mineralogical characteristics that have a higher relative brittleness index value, a higher elevated factor redox metal value, and a lower total clay content than the mineralogical characteristics of other intervals along the wellbore, based on the analysis; and
determining the placement of the fracture initiation points along the wellbore based upon the mineralogical characteristics of the one or more intervals determined to have higher relative brittleness index values, higher elevated factor redox metal values, and lower total clay content than those of the other intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,598,007

ADVANCED PASSIVE INTERFERENCE MANAGEMENT IN DIRECTIONAL DRILLING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHODS

Merlin Technology, Inc., ...

1. A portable device as part of a system in which a transmitter is configured to move through the ground in a region during an operational procedure while transmitting a depth signal at a depth frequency and a data stream at one or more data frequencies that at least characterizes an orientation parameter of the transmitter, said portable device comprising:an antenna for receiving the depth signal and the data frequencies to produce an output;
a switchable filter section for limiting the antenna output in a normal mode to one frequency band that is above a predetermined frequency to pass the depth signal and the data stream at one or more frequencies and for limiting the antenna output in a rebar mode to another frequency band to pass the depth signal at less than the predetermined frequency and the data stream including the one or more frequencies above the predetermined frequency; and
a processor configured for switching the switchable filter section between the normal mode and the rebar mode to recover the depth signal and data stream responsive to selection of normal mode and the rebar mode.

US Pat. No. 10,598,005

PH-SENSITIVE CHEMICALS FOR DOWNHOLE FLUID SENSING AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE SURFACE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for treating a subterranean formation, comprising:a. displacing a fluid having a pH through a wellbore in the subterranean formation, the wellbore having a casing, wherein:
i. the casing comprises at least one plug assembly comprising a plug and a pH-sensitive material attached to the plug, wherein the plug assembly is in slidable connection to the inside wall of the casing,
wherein the plug assembly is stationary in the absence of the fluid having the pH;
and
wherein the pH-sensitive material is selectively reactive to the fluid having the pH, such that contact of the material with the fluid mobilizes the plug assembly through the casing; and
ii. at least one stationary constriction attached to the inside casing wall on the side of the plug assembly opposite to the direction of flow of the fluid having the pH;
b. displacing the plug assembly through the casing in the direction of flow of the fluid having the pH, whereby the plug assembly remains in substantial proximity to the leading edge of the fluid having the pH; and
c. detecting contact of the plug assembly with at least one constriction, thereby indicating displacement of the fluid having the pH through the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,598,004

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE DATA LINKS AND OPERATING MODES

BAE SYSTEMS plc, London ...

1. A communication system comprising:a data requesting component;
a first data transfer component;
a first data link between the data requesting component and the first data transfer component;
a second data transfer component;
a second data link between the first data transfer component and the second data transfer component, the second data link including an acoustic link;
a data source component; and
a third data link between the data source component and the second data transfer component;
wherein the second data link has a higher latency than at least one of the first data link and the third data link, and wherein the communication system is configurable to operate in
a transparent mode, in which data is transferred to the data requesting component from the data source component via the third data link, the second data transfer component, the second data link, the first data transfer component, and the first data link using a request-response protocol, and
a data streaming mode, in which the second data transfer component is configured to operate as a data pump to continuously obtain data from the data source component via the third data link and to continuously transfer the data to the first data transfer component via the second data link without using the request-response protocol, and the first data transfer component is configured to store the transferred data and to transfer the stored data to the data requesting component via the first data link upon receiving a request for the stored data from the data requesting component.

US Pat. No. 10,597,999

DOWNHOLE COMPONENT SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF INSTALLATION

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole component support system, the downhole component support system comprising:a housing having a housing cavity therein;
a hydraulic frame disposed within the housing cavity and configured to support at least one electronics package;
at least one master hydraulic assembly in hydraulic communication with the hydraulic frame, the at least one master hydraulic assembly having a fluid cavity from which a hydraulic fluid is discharged; and
at least one slave hydraulic assembly having a fluid cavity for receiving the discharged hydraulic fluid and coupled to the hydraulic frame and fluidly coupled to the at least one master hydraulic assembly by the hydraulic fluid,
wherein adjustment of the at least one master hydraulic assembly causes the hydraulic fluid to apply force to the at least one slave hydraulic assembly and urge the at least one slave hydraulic assembly between a first position and a second position, and
wherein, in the second position, the hydraulic frame is secured to an interior surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,597,998

ADJUSTING SURVEY POINTS POST-CASING FOR IMPROVED WEAR ESTIMATION

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A method for estimating casing wear, comprising:obtaining locations of survey points along an open portion of a borehole, said survey point locations representing a borehole trajectory of the borehole;
casing at least a portion of the borehole with a casing string to form a cased portion of the borehole;
deriving, using the survey point locations, locations of adjusted survey points along one or more portions of the cased portion of the borehole using a model that accounts for a bending stiffness of the casing string;
fitting a casing trajectory to the locations of the adjusted survey points, the casing trajectory representing a path of the casing string along the one or more portions of the cased portion of the borehole, the path of the casing trajectory different from a path of the borehole trajectory;
estimating, using the casing trajectory fitted to the locations of the adjusted survey points, a side force of a drill string against the casing string as a function of position along said casing string;
computing, as a function of position along the casing string, casing wear based at least in part on the side force; and
generating a notification of any positions where casing wear exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,597,997

WELL TOOL PRESSURE TESTING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of pressure testing a well tool locatable in a well, the method comprising:adjusting the pressure in a sealed chamber of the well tool to pressurize or depressurize the sealed chamber prior to installing the well tool in the well, wherein the sealed chamber is formed by the well tool; then
monitoring the pressure in the sealed chamber using a pressure sensor mounted in the sealed chamber; and then
installing the well tool in the well.

US Pat. No. 10,597,996

RIG FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A system for managing power on a petroleum drilling rig, comprising: a power source in electrical communication with the drilling rig, wherein the power source comprises a plurality of engine-generator combinations (gensets); and an engine management module that is operatively associated with the power source and that is configured to: start an initial bank of gensets from the plurality of gensets; monitor power consumption associated with the drilling rig during one or more operations; modify the initial bank of gensets before a change in power requirements is needed, wherein the modification adds at least one genset to or removes at least one genset from the initial bank of gensets based on the change in power requirements; receive, for a modified initial bank of gensets, a total amount of fuel consumed; determine, for the initial bank of gensets, a total amount of fuel consumed; combine the received total amount of fuel consumed with the determined total amount of fuel consumed to provide tracked fuel usage; determine that inefficient equipment is a cause of an unexpected fuel loss; and determine that repairing or replacing the inefficient equipment is required; at least one sensor operatively associated with each fuel-using component at the rig site; and a fuel measuring mechanism to determine the amount of fuel available in one or more fuel tanks on site, wherein the fuel measuring mechanism is configured to compare the tracked fuel usage to the determined quantity of fuel remaining in the fuel tanks to determine if any unexpected fuel loss has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,597,995

VISUALIZATION OF QUANTITATIVE DRILLING OPERATIONS DATA RELATED TO A STUCK PIPE EVENT

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A method for visualization of quantitative drilling operations data related to a stuck pipe event, which comprises:a) identifying at least one attribute of interest for data values from each respective data source;
b) scaling only each data value for each attribute of interest;
c) scaling a predefined threshold value for each attribute of interest; and
d) plotting each scaled data value for each attribute of interest and each scaled predetermined threshold value for each attribute of interest on a graph using a computer processor;
e) displaying a warning message for each average scaled data value that is improperly above or below the scaled predetermined threshold value for each respective attribute of interest; and
f) adjusting drilling operations based on each warning message displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,597,993

ARTIFICIAL LIFT SYSTEM

Heal Systems LP, Calgary...

1. An artificial lift system disposed within a wellbore, the wellbore comprising an uphole wellbore zone and a downhole wellbore zone, comprising:a flow diverter body comprising:
a housing;
a first inlet port configured to receive at least reservoir fluids;
a plurality of first outlet ports disposed in an uphole facing surface of the housing, the first outlet port configured to discharge received reservoir fluid;
a plurality of reservoir fluid-conducting passages extending through the housing, wherein each one of the reservoir fluid-conducting passages independently extends from a respective first outlet port and is disposed in fluid communication with the first inlet port, such that the plurality of first outlet ports is fluidly coupled to the first inlet by the plurality of reservoir fluid-conducting passages;
a plurality of second inlet ports, disposed in a downhole facing surface of the housing and positioned relative to the first outlet port such that, when the flow diverter is disposed within the wellbore and oriented for receiving at least reservoir fluids via the first inlet port, wherein each of the second inlet ports, independently, is disposed downhole relative to the plurality of first outlet ports;
a second outlet port disposed in the uphole facing surface of the housing, wherein each one of the first outlet ports is disposed peripherally relative to the second outlet port; and
a plurality of gas-depleted fluid conducting passage extending through the housing, wherein each one of the gas-depleted fluid conducting passages independently extends from a respective second inlet port and is disposed in fluid communication with the second outlet port, such that the plurality of second inlet ports is fluidly coupled to the second outlet port by the plurality of gas-depleted fluid conducting passages;
wherein the uphole wellbore zone comprises a gas separation zone within which separation of gaseous material from the received reservoir fluid that is discharged from the first outlet port, in response to buoyancy forces, is effected such that a gaseous material-depleted reservoir fluid is produced;
a sealed interface disposed between the uphole wellbore zone and the downhole wellbore zone, the sealed interface configured to prevent, or substantially prevent, flow of gaseous material-depleted reservoir fluid from the uphole wellbore zone to the downhole wellbore zone; and
a downhole pumping apparatus comprising:
a pump, disposed for inducing flow of reservoir fluid through the flow diverter, the pump comprising a pump inlet configured to receive the gaseous material-depleted reservoir fluid from the second outlet port of the flow diverter body, and a pump discharge configured to discharge pressurized gaseous material-depleted reservoir fluid; and
a production fluid passage disposed in fluid communication with the discharge and extending uphole, relative to the pump, to a wellhead, the production fluid passage configured to flow the pressurized gaseous material-depleted reservoir fluid to the wellhead;
wherein, while the flow diverter is disposed within the wellbore, each one of the first outlet ports, independently, is oriented uphole, such that an axis of the respective first outlet port is disposed at an angle of less than 45 degrees relative to a vertical, wherein each one of the first outlet ports, independently, is facing a space that is disposed uphole relative to the flow diverter, and wherein each one of the first outlet ports, independently, is disposed for discharging the received at least reservoir fluids into the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,597,992

CLAY INHIBITORS FOR DRILLING, FRACTURING, AND OTHER PROCEDURES

INGEVITY SOUTH CAROLINA, ...

1. A method of drilling a well, the method comprising drilling a well bore and circulating a water-based drilling fluid through said well bore when drilling said well bore, wherein the water-based drilling fluid includes a clay swelling inhibitor composition comprising:aminoethylethanolamine (AEEA) in an amount of from about 10% to about 50% by weight of a total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition;
diethylenetriamine (DETA) in an amount of from 0% to about 70% by weight of said total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition;
triethylenetetramine (TETA) in an amount of from 0% to about 70% by weight of said total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition;
diethanolamine (DEA) in an amount of from 0% to about 50% by weight of said total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition; and
triethanolamine (TEA) in an amount of from 0% to about 50% by weight of said total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition,
wherein said DETA or said TETA, or a combination of said DETA and said TETA, is present in said clay swelling inhibitor composition in an amount of at least 5% by weight of said total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition and
said DEA or said TEA, or a combination of said DEA and said TEA, is present in said clay swelling inhibitor composition in an amount of at least 2% by weight of said total weight of said clay swelling inhibitor composition.

US Pat. No. 10,597,988

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATING DOWNHOLE INFLOW CONTROL VALVES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method comprising:identifying inflow control valves (ICVs) disposed in wellbores of hydrocarbon wells and having a common set of operational characteristics, each of the ICVs of a hydrocarbon well configured to regulate the flow of production fluids from a subsurface formation into a production conduit of a wellbore of the hydrocarbon well;
stroking each of the ICVs between an open position configured to facilitate the flow of production fluids through the ICV and a closed position configured to inhibit the flow of production fluids through the ICV;
monitoring operation of the inflow control valves comprising:
identifying defective ICVs comprising a first subset of the ICVs that fail to stroke properly;
identifying non-defective ICVs comprising a second subset of the ICVs that stroke properly;
for each of the defective ICVs, determining a failure time comprising a duration of time between a last proper stroke of the ICV and the failure of the ICV to stroke properly;
for each of the non-defective ICVs, determining a non-failure time comprising a duration of time between last two proper strokes of the ICV;
determining a total number of the defective ICVs (DT); and
determining a total number of the non-defective ICVs (NDT);
determining a probability of failure of the ICVs (Pf) comprising:
determining a defective valve cumulative probability distribution function (PD(T)) defining a portion of the defective ICVs as a function of stroking duration (T) based on the failure times for the defective ICVs and the total number of the defective ICVs (DT);
determining a non-defective valve cumulative probability distribution function (PND(T)) defining a portion of the non-defective ICVs as a function of stroking duration (T) based on the non-failure times for the non-defective ICVs and the total number of the non-defective ICVs (NDT);
determining a reference stroking duration (tss);
determining a failure function (F) defining an expected number of failed ICVs at stroking durations (T) less than the reference stroking duration (tss), the failure function (F) determined as follows:
F=PD(T?tss)×DT;
determining a survival-failure function (SF) defining an expected number of failed ICV at stroking durations (T) greater than the reference stroking duration (tss), the survival-failure function (SF) determined as follows:
SF=PD(T>tss)×DT;
determining a survival-survival function (SS) defining an expected number of non-failed ICVs survivals for stroking durations (T) greater than the reference stroking duration (tss), the survival-survival function (SS) determined as follows:
SS=PND(T>tss)×NDT; and
determining the probability of failure of the ICVs (Pf) as follows:

determining total ICV management cost (CMGT) comprising:
determining a defective ICV cost (CD) defining a cost to repair or replace a defective ICV;
determining an ICV maintenance cost (CM) defining a cost to maintain an ICV; and
determining total ICV management cost (CMGT) defining a cost for operating an ICV as a function of stroking duration, total ICV management cost (CMGT) determined as follows:

where R(T?tss)=1?Pf(T?tss) and Z is a time unit conversion factor;
determining an operational stroking duration comprising a stroking duration that corresponds to a minimum of the total ICV management cost (CMGT); and
in response to determining the operational stroking duration, for an ICV having the common set of operational characteristics:
stroking the ICV at a first time; and
stroking the ICV at a second time, wherein the duration between the first time and the second time is less than or equal to the operational stroking duration.

US Pat. No. 10,597,987

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORATING A FORMATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

16. A method, comprising:detonating a plurality of shaped charges in a borehole to create perforations and to initiate a time delay fuse;
using the time delay fuse to subsequently ignite a corresponding charge, after passage of a desired period of time allowing the borehole pressure to stabilize, to cause a pressure underbalance in the borehole; and
drawing debris from the perforations via the pressure underbalance to clean the perforations.

US Pat. No. 10,597,986

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BI-DIRECTIONALLY ANCHORING A LINER IN A BOREHOLE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for hanging tubing in a borehole, comprising:deploying a liner hanger and a liner downhole into the borehole via a running string and a liner hanger running tool;
initially actuating a wellbore anchoring device of the liner hanger against a surrounding well casing to resist downhole movement of the liner,
wherein initially actuating comprises using hydraulic pressure supplied along an interior of a liner hanger body for shifting a piston, which forces liner hanger slips against a corresponding liner hanger cone;
subsequently actuating a hold down anchor via mechanical manipulation of the liner hanger to resist movement of the liner; and
using an energy absorber positioned between the corresponding liner hanger cone and a bearing to mitigate mechanical shocks incurred by the liner and the liner hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,597,985

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING TRACER MATERIAL IN DOWNHOLE SCREENS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A sand screen assembly comprising:a base pipe;
a filtration subassembly disposed about the base pipe, the filtration assembly being removable and replaceable on the base pipe as a subassembly and including tall ribs and short ribs extending radially inwardly from a filtration material interspersed with one another, the tall ribs being secured to the filtration material and slide on the base pipe;
a hollow defined radially between the filtration subassembly, the tall and short ribs and the base pipe, the hollow dimensioned and positioned to receive a block of tracer material;
a removable and replaceable end cap securable to the base pipe with a fastener and configured to retain the filtration subassembly on the base pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,597,984

INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

13. A method comprising:downhole in a well, communicating fluid from a first region surrounding a screen assembly through a screen and into a chamber of an inflow control device via a first inlet and a second inlet of the inflow control device,
wherein the first inlet and the second inlet of the inflow control device extend through a transverse base wall of the chamber,
wherein the transverse base wall of the chamber forms a maximum cross-section diameter of the chamber, and the diameter of the chamber decreases with distance along a longitudinal axis of the inflow control device from the transverse base wall to a discharge at an outlet of the chamber, which is coaxial with the longitudinal axis,
wherein the inflow control device and the chamber are asymmetric about the longitudinal axis, wherein the chamber does not have a frustoconical section of the inflow control device,
wherein an inlet to outlet ratio of the inflow control device through the transverse base wall of the chamber to the discharge is 2:1, and
producing first and second jets that are generally tangential with a perimeter of the base wall, wherein the first and second jets interact to produce a combined flow that rotates and translates in a direction along the length of the chamber toward the outlet; and
using the inflow control device to regulate communication of the fluid into a base pipe of the screen assembly, wherein using the inflow control device comprises regulating a flow regime at the outlet of the chamber of the inflow control device based on at least one fluid property of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,597,983

HIGH FLOW SCREEN SYSTEM WITH DEGRADABLE PLUGS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

16. A method of completing a zone of a wellbore that traverses a subterranean formation, the method comprising:introducing a completion section into the wellbore adjacent the zone, the completion section comprising:
a packing valve; and
a filter assembly positioned downhole from the packing valve, the filter assembly comprising:
a flow joint having a first internal flow passage, and a first plurality of openings formed radially therethrough;
a plurality of plugs disposed within the first plurality of openings to form a fluid and pressure tight seal with the flow joint, thus impeding fluid flow through the first plurality of openings;
a fluid-return joint having a second internal flow passage in fluid communication with the first internal flow passage, a second plurality of openings formed radially therethrough, and a closure member; and
a screen disposed exteriorly about the flow joint and the fluid-return joint, axially along the first plurality of openings and the second plurality of openings, and thus also along the plurality of plugs;
directing the flow of a treatment fluid from the completion section into the wellbore, via the packing valve, to facilitate at packing a granular media around the filter assembly within the wellbore fracturing the zone, and/or degrading the plurality of plugs with a downhole fluid so that radial fluid flow is permitted through the plurality of openings; and
actuating the closure member of the fluid-return joint between an open configuration, in which the closure member permits radially inward fluid flow through the second plurality of openings, and a closed configuration, in which the closure member prevents, or at least reduces, radially inward fluid flow through the second plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,597,982

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING AND OPTIMIZING STIMULATION EFFICIENCY USING DIVERTERS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of treating a formation having a well therein, the method comprisingidentifying openings in a primary fluid path for production of hydrocarbons;
performing a dry analysis without fluid transport to determine a particle type having a probability of creating a stable jam in the openings;
performing a wet analysis with fluid transport to determine at least a particle concentration and a particle ratio for sealing of the stable jam;
performing stimulation and diversion in one or more first operations within the primary fluid path based on the particle type, particle concentration, and particle ratio;
obtaining stimulation data and a real tracer log from the one or more first operations;
obtaining fluid diversion data, including at least pressure build-up information, from the one or more first operations;
receiving one or more first diversion efficiencies associated with one or more diverter properties, the one or more first diversion efficiencies each indicating an amount of stimulation isolated from a portion of the formation;
simulating diversion and stimulation in the primary fluid path based at least upon the obtained stimulation data, the obtained fluid diversion data, and the one or more first diversion efficiencies;
using the simulation to create one or more synthetic tracer logs each having a modeled diversion efficiency; and
determining the modeled diversion efficiency matching one of the one or more first diversion efficiencies by comparing the one or more synthetic tracer logs to the real tracer log, whereby the determined diversion efficiency is indicative of an effectiveness of stimulation and diversion in one or more second operations in the hydrocarbon well.

US Pat. No. 10,597,980

EXTERNAL TRAP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SAFELY CONTROLLING TOOL STRING ASSEMBLIES

1. An external tool string trap assembly for mounting on a bottom end of a drilling tool string housing, comprising:a collar clamp mounted on corresponding top ends of first and second vertical rails that are laterally spaced apart, said collar clamp being securable to said tool string housing;
first and second crush cylinders affixed to corresponding bottom ends of said first and second vertical rails;
an openable and closable catcher plate assembly pivotally and slideably attached to said first and second vertical rails and supported by said first and second crush cylinders, wherein said openable and closable catcher plate assembly permits or restricts insertion of a tool string when said catcher plate assembly is opened or closed, respectively;a funnel receptacle mounted on said catcher plate assembly, and movable into coaxial alignment along with the tool string housing when the catcher plate assembly is moved from an open to closed position, wherein when said tool string falls and strikes said funnel receptacle with a force, said catcher plate assembly slides down on said first and second vertical rails such that kinetic energy dissipated by said falling tool string is directed into said first and second crush cylinders by way of said catcher plate assembly, and is absorbed by said first and second crush cylinders, and wherein further the first and second crush cylinders are affixed to the corresponding bottom ends of the first and second vertical rails by corresponding connecting rods and secured to the respective rod with a corresponding nut.

US Pat. No. 10,597,979

INSPECTION TOOL FOR A PERFORATING GUN SEGMENT

DynaEnergetics Europe Gmb...

1. An inspection tool for a perforating gun segment, comprising:a male connecting portion, wherein the male connecting portion includes a feedthrough connection, a ground bar connection, and a first distance sensor;
a female connecting portion, wherein the female connecting portion includes a pin contact point; and,
at least one perforating gun segment holder, wherein the perforating gun segment holder is between the male connecting portion and the female connecting portion, wherein the perforating gun segment holder is configured for receiving the perforating gun segment and positioning the perforating gun segment such that a top end of the perforating gun segment is nearest to the male connecting portion and a bottom end of the perforating gun segment is nearest to the female connecting portion when the perforating gun segment is received by the perforating gun segment holder.

US Pat. No. 10,597,978

HYDRAULICALLY ASSISTED SHEAR BOLT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A shear bolt comprising:a body including a shear portion that is shearable in response to forces exerted on the body;
a port in the body for introducing a hydraulic fluid into the body; and
a core disposed in the body and defining a chamber at least partially surrounded by the shear portion, the core comprising a support structure that spans between regions of the shear portion along opposite sides of a shear plane, and wherein the support structure is frangible in response to the hydraulic fluid being introduced through the port to reduce support to the shear portion and allow a fluid pressure in the chamber to be exerted against the shear portion to contribute to shearing the shear portion along the shear plane,the core further comprising a piston movable in response to the hydraulic fluid being introduced through the port,wherein the piston comprises a bypass conduit arranged for passage of the hydraulic fluid from the port to the chamber to at least one of:cause contact of the hydraulic fluid with the support structure for dissolving the support structure; or
allow the hydraulic fluid to be introduced into the chamber to increase the fluid pressure in the chamber for exerting against the shear portion to contribute to shearing the shear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,597,973

ACTIVATING A DOWNHOLE TOOL WITH SIMULTANEOUS PRESSURE FROM MULTIPLE CONTROL LINES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of hydraulically actuating downhole equipment, comprising:providing a first downhole tool and a second downhole tool, two or more first control lines extending from a surface of a wellbore to the first downhole tool, and two or more second control lines extending from the first downhole tool to the second downhole tool, wherein the first downhole tool has a hydraulically movable portion comprising a single unit that is movable when subjected to a threshold pressure;
supplying a first pressure to the hydraulically movable portion comprising the single unit of the first downhole tool using one or both of the two or more first control lines, the first pressure below the threshold pressure required to slide the hydraulically movable portion comprising the single unit, and thus the first pressure continuing to the second downhole tool via one or both of the second control lines; and
supplying a second greater pressure to the hydraulically movable portion comprising the single unit of the first downhole tool using at least two of the two or more first control lines, the second greater pressure at or above the threshold pressure, and thus moving the hydraulically movable portion comprising the single unit to stop at least a portion of the second greater pressure from continuing to the second tool.

US Pat. No. 10,597,972

AUTONOMOUS PRESSURE CONTROL ASSEMBLY WITH STATE-CHANGING VALVE SYSTEM

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. An apparatus for controlling wellbore pressure within a wellbore during a perforation event, the apparatus comprising:a tubular defining a chamber;
a valve system in fluid communication with the chamber, wherein the valve system selectively places the chamber in communication with the wellbore;
energetic material accommodated within the chamber; and
a controller operably coupled to the valve system, wherein the controller receives information generated about the wellbore pressure within the wellbore and controls changing a state of the valve system based on the information to create a plurality of pressure conditions based on a reference pressure profile;
wherein the apparatus is moveable between a first configuration, a second configuration, and a third configuration;
wherein, when in the first configuration, the energetic material is accommodated within the chamber and the valve system is in a closed state such that the chamber is fluidically isolated from the wellbore;
wherein, when in the second configuration, the valve system is in an open state such that gas produced from ignition of the energetic material exits the chamber and passes to the wellbore to produce an overbalance condition in the wellbore;
wherein, when in the third configuration, the valve system is in the closed state and a portion of the gas produced from the ignition of the energetic material remains in the chamber and the chamber is fluidically isolated from the wellbore; and
wherein the apparatus is configured to move from the second configuration to the third configuration prior to allowing wellbore fluid to enter the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,597,967

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY COUPLING WIRELINE SYSTEM TO WELL

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method for coupling a wireline system to a wellhead, comprising:storing a downhole tool within the wireline system;
coupling the wireline system to the wellhead via a remotely actuated connector, wherein coupling the wireline system to the wellhead comprises remotely controlling an actuator of the remotely actuated connector to actuate a slip housing of the remotely actuated connector;
pressure testing the wireline system; and
opening a valve of the wellhead to enable passage of the downhole tool from the wireline system to a well.

US Pat. No. 10,597,966

BLOWOUT PREVENTER APPARATUS AND METHOD

CAMERON INTERNATIONAL COR...

1. A blowout preventer, comprising:a housing comprising a bore extending therein;
an annular wear plate coupled to the housing;
an annular piston slidably disposed in the bore of the housing and comprising an inner surface; and
an annular elastomeric packer disposed in the bore of the housing and in physical engagement with the inner surface of the piston, wherein the elastomeric packer comprises a plurality of circumferentially spaced inserts coupled to an elastomeric body;
wherein the blowout preventer comprises a first position providing fluid communication through the bore of the housing, and a second position restricting fluid communication through the bore of the housing, and wherein each of the plurality of circumferentially spaced inserts is spaced from the wear plate when the blowout preventer is in the first position;
wherein, in response to actuating the blowout preventer between the first and second positions, at least one of the plurality of circumferentially spaced inserts of the elastomeric packer pivots about an axis of rotation;
wherein, in response to actuating the blowout preventer from the first position to the second position, a radial gap is formed between an outer end of the at least one of the plurality of circumferentially spaced inserts and the inner surface of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,597,965

DOWNHOLE TOOLS HAVING CONTROLLED DEGRADATION

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method of controllably disintegrating a downhole article, the method comprising:disposing the downhole article in a downhole environment, the downhole article containing a matrix material and a container embedded in the matrix material, the container having a divider that separates a first chemical and a second chemical included in the container;
degrading the matrix material with a downhole fluid to expose the container to the downhole fluid;
degrading the exposed container in the downhole fluid to release the first chemical and the second chemical from the container;
allowing the released first chemical to contact and react with the released second chemical generating an acid, a salt, heat, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing that accelerates the degradation of the matrix material in the downhole fluid,
wherein the container is formed of a metallic material or a polymeric material, the metallic material comprising Zn metal, Mg metal, Al metal, Mn metal, an alloy thereof, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing; and the polymeric material comprising a polyethylene glycol, a polypropylene glycol, a polycaprolactone, a polydioxanone, a polyhydroxyalkanoate, a polyhydroxybutyrate, a copolymer thereof, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing.

US Pat. No. 10,597,964

WIRELINE DEPLOYED MULTI-STAGE STIMULATION AND FRACTURING SYSTEM

1. A multi-stage stimulating system, comprising:a. one or more hydraulic sealing devices;
b. one or more hydraulic anchors;
c. a mechanical cutter;
d. an accumulator to provide a fluid source; and
e. a pump fluidly connected to the accumulator for pumping fluid to and hydraulically actuating the one or more sealing devices, one or more anchors and the mechanical cutter,wherein the system is deployed via wireline.

US Pat. No. 10,597,961

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOCKING AN UPPER END OF AN EXPANDED TUBULAR WITHIN A HOST CASING

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method for releasably locking a tubular to a previously installed host casing with a self-energizing top anchor (SETA) tool comprising:an anchoring section with a body and a set of anchoring slips which can engage the host casing;
a guide nose; and
a force transmission sub connected to the guide nose, which force transmission sub comprises:
a tubular body;
an outer sleeve that is locked to the tubular body of the force transmission sub by a collet; and
an inner sleeve which is located inside the tubular body of the force transmission sub and locked in place by a set of shear pins and which also locks the collet in place;
the method comprising: pressing the top of the tubular in contact with the outer sleeve using an expansion cone, whereby a tip of the guide nose enters into the top of the tubular and whereby an expansion force is then transmitted via the collet to the tubular body of the force transmission sub, which transmits the force via the body of the anchoring section to the slips which then engage the host casing, whereby the outer sleeve can be unlocked by applying a force to the inner sleeve whereby the shear pins fail allowing movement of the inner sleeve within the tubular body of the force transmission sub to unlock the collet, so that the outer sleeve can slide over the tubular body of the force transmission sub.

US Pat. No. 10,597,960

ACTIVATION MECHANISM FOR A DOWNHOLE TOOL AND A METHOD THEREOF

ADVANCETECH APS, Gredste...

1. A method for activating at least one downhole tool of a drill string located in a borehole while using a downhole activation mechanism arranged in the drill string, the method comprising:using at least one sensor to sense at least one first parameter of a drilling fluid being pumped through the drill string via an external pump system and circulated back up through the annulus between the drill string and a sidewall of the borehole;
applying at least a first time window to a sensed signal from the at least one sensor and analyzing the sensed signal in a controller of the downhole activation mechanism; wherein the method further comprises the steps of:
sensing at least a second parameter using at least a second sensor, wherein the second parameter is a rotation of the drill string;
using the controller to monitor the at least one first parameter and the second parameter;
activating at least a first downhole tool or first operation mode and/or a second downhole tool or second operation mode by activating one or more activation elements located in the activation mechanism; communicating the one or more activation elements with corresponding activating elements arranged on at least the first or second downhole tool; wherein the first downhole tool performs at least a first mode of operation upon activation;
wherein the controller compares the second parameter to a threshold value and further monitors the at least one first parameter within the first time window and determines whether or not the at least one first parameter remains stable relative to least a first threshold value, and if the at least one first parameter is stable within the first time window, then the first downhole tool is activated;
wherein after a selected downhole tool or operation mode is activated, the at least one first parameter is increased to a predetermined operating level, and
wherein said at least first threshold value is between 10 to 90% of an operating flow rate with the operating flow rate being between 1.000 to 1.500 L/min.

US Pat. No. 10,597,959

METHODS FOR ENHANCING CUTTINGS TRANSPORT AND HOLE CLEANING IN OIL AND GAS WELLS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method for enhancing transport of solid particles in a cuttings bed within a length of an annulus of a wellbore during drilling operations, comprising:estimating a current particle size distribution (PSD) of a particle bed within a selected measured depth (MD) range along the length of the wellbore annulus, the PSD including particles of size Dm, the particles within the PSD of at least size Dm targeted for enhanced transport;
calculating a target PSD of the MD range for enhanced transport of particles of at least size Dm using a one-dimensional transient model incorporating a particle transport model;
determining, with a computer using the one-dimensional transient model, a pumping PSD to achieve the target PSD within the MD range; and
adding the pumping PSD to the wellbore fluid flowing within the annulus, thereby enhancing the transport rate of particles of size Dm within the MD range.

US Pat. No. 10,597,953

SENSOR FOR A FINGERBOARD LATCH ASSEMBLY

Salunda Limited, Oxfords...

1. A component of a fingerboard latch assembly, the component comprising:a latch, wherein the latch defines a recess;
a latch orientation sensor unit encapsulated in the latch, wherein
the latch orientation sensor unit includes:
an orientation sensor arranged to take measurements that are dependent on the orientation of the sensor unit; and
a processor arranged to derive an orientation signal representing the orientation of the latch from the measurements;
a radio communication unit arranged to wirelessly communicate the orientation signal; and
a power source comprising a battery, and
the latch orientation sensor unit, including the orientation sensor, the processor, the radio communication unit and the power source, is sealed within the recess that is defined in the latch; and
a seal that seals the recess, wherein the seal includes one of a lid and a body of material.

US Pat. No. 10,597,949

DRILLING COMPONENT

MATERION CORPORATION, Ma...

20. A drilling component made from a spinodally-hardened copper-nickel tin alloy and comprising:a main body; and
a first female connector extending into a first end of the main body and a second female connector extending into a second end of the main body, wherein the first female connector extending into the first end and the second female connector extending into the second end are threaded connectors;
wherein the drilling component is an outer component for a drill string;
wherein the spinodally-hardened copper-nickel-tin alloy comprises about 14.5 wt % to about 15.5 wt % nickel, and about 7.5 wt % to about 8.5% tin, the remaining balance being copper;
wherein the drilling component has an ultimate tensile strength between 102 to 117 ksi, a yield strength between 88 to 106 ksi, an elongation at break between 13 to 26%, and a Charpy impact strength between 13 to 40 ft-lbs.

US Pat. No. 10,597,948

MOBILE BOOM SYSTEM

1. A mobile boom system comprising:a skid having a first post in a first location and a second post in a second location, wherein the first post has a first bushing with an outside diameter and an inside diameter larger than an outside diameter of the first post, and wherein the first bushing fits on a portion of the first post;
a first boom having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first boom is pivotally attached to the first post, and wherein the first end of the first boom has an opening with an inner diameter larger than the outside diameter of the first bushing, and wherein at least a portion of the first bushing is located within the opening;
a second boom having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second boom is pivotally attached to the second end of the first boom; and
a third boom having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the third boom is pivotally attached to the second post, wherein each of the first boom, the second boom, and the third boom are adapted to support at least a portion of a service line.

US Pat. No. 10,597,947

REAMERS FOR EARTH-BORING APPLICATIONS HAVING INCREASED STABILITY AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

14. A method of enlarging a pilot hole in an earth formation utilizing a reamer, comprising:enlarging a pilot hole by removing earth material from a sidewall of the pilot hole to form an enlarged borehole utilizing at least one cutting element located on a blade of a reamer, the at least one cutting element located at a first radial distance from a longitudinal axis of a body of the reamer while the reamer is in an extended state;
stabilizing the reamer by placing a gage pad located on the blade of the reamer in sliding contact with a portion of the sidewall of the pilot hole, the gage pad located at a second, smaller radial distance from the longitudinal axis while the reamer is in an extended state; and
clearing earth material from the sidewall of the pilot hole utilizing another cutting element located on an axial side of the gage pad opposite the at least one cutting element located at the first radial distance from the longitudinal axis, the other cutting element located at a third radial distance closer to the longitudinal axis than the first radial distance while the reamer is in an extended state.

US Pat. No. 10,597,946

DRILL BITS WITH INTERNALLY TAPERED BLADE AND TRIMMING CUTTING ELEMENTS

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A drill bit comprising:a bit body having a bit centerline and a bit face;
at least one cutting insert in the bit body proximate the bit centerline;
a plurality of blades extending radially along the bit face; and
a plurality of cutting elements on the plurality of blades, the plurality of cutting elements including a first cutting element on one of the plurality of blades that is at a first radial position closest to the bit centerline, the one of the plurality of blades defining a radially interior surface that is tapered and which interfaces the bit face at a radial position farther from the bit centerline than the first radial position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,944

GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR A DOWNHOLE BORING DEVICE

COILED TUBING SPECIALTIES...

1. A guidance system for a downhole boring device, the boring device being configured to excavate rock to form an elongated borehole, and the guidance system, comprising:at least three longitudinally-oriented and electrically-conductive actuator wires, with each of the actuator wires being secured to a distal end of a flexible tubular body, and with each of the actuator wires being configured to contract in response to receiving electrical current; and
a boring device secured to the distal end of the flexible tubular body;
and wherein each of the actuator wires is configured to contract in proportion to an amount of the received electrical current such that a differing amount of electrical current directed through one or more of the actuator wires will thereby induce a bending moment to the boring device, said bending moment being sufficient to re-orient a body of the boring device and thereby change a trajectory of the boring device relative to the flexible tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,597,943

DRILLING SYSTEM INCLUDING A DRIVESHAFT/HOUSING LOCK

Halliburton Energy Servic...

17. A method of operating a drilling system, comprising:tripping a drilling system into or out of a well, wherein the drilling system includes;
a housing defining a first longitudinal dimension;
a driveshaft positioned within the housing and defining a second longitudinal dimension, wherein the housing and driveshaft are operable to slide relative to one another along the first longitudinal dimension and the second longitudinal dimension, and rotate relative to one another; and
a load sensor operable to sense the housing and driveshaft sliding relative to one another; and
a locking mechanism operable to lock or unlock the relative rotation of the housing and the driveshaft in response to the load sensor sensing the housing and driveshaft sliding relative to one another thereto; and
locking and unlocking the relative rotation of the housing and the driveshaft based upon an output of the load sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,597,942

STEERING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A steering assembly for directionally drilling a borehole, the steering assembly comprising:a body configured for disposition circumferentially about a drill string above a drill head, the body having a top surface and a bottom surface, and the drill head defining a gauge of the borehole;
an under-gauge peripheral section; and
an over-gauge peripheral section substantially opposing the under-gauge peripheral section;
wherein the under-gauge peripheral section and the over-gauge peripheral section are axially and radially fixed relative to the body, and wherein a maximum under-gauge on the top surface in the under-gauge peripheral section is greater than a maximum over-gauge on the bottom surface in the over-gauge peripheral section.

US Pat. No. 10,597,941

STEP LADDERS, COMPONENTS FOR STEP LADDERS AND RELATED METHODS

WING ENTERPRISES, INCORPO...

1. A step ladder comprising:a first assembly comprising:
a first pair of spaced apart rails;
a plurality of rungs extending between and coupled to the first pair of spaced apart rails;
a second assembly comprising a second pair of spaced apart rails;
a top cap having a front wall and a pair of side walls, the front wall extending between and integrally formed with the pair of side walls, wherein an upper portion of a laterally outer surface of each side wall of the pair of side walls includes a first portion adjacent the front wall and a second, laterally flared portion such that a first width is exhibited between laterally outermost surfaces of the first portions and a second width is exhibited between laterally outermost surfaces of the second, laterally flared portions, the second width being greater than the first width;
wherein each rail of the first pair of rails is fixedly coupled with a first portion of an associated one of the pair of side walls;
wherein each rail of the second pair of rails is pivotally coupled with an associated one of the flared portions of the side walls; and
wherein the plurality of rungs exhibit a spacing with a first distance between adjacent rungs of the plurality of rungs and a second distance between the top cap and a rung of the plurality of rungs closest to the top cap, wherein the second distance is at least approximately twice the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,597,937

SLAT ANGLE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR WINDOW BLIND

CHING FENG HOME FASHIONS ...

1. A slat angle adjustment mechanism for window blind assembly, comprising:a body shell comprising an accommodation chamber, a first through hole and a second through hole, said first through hole being disposed in communication with said accommodation chamber, said second through hole cut through said body shell and said accommodation chamber and disposed in communication with said first through hole;
a transmission unit mounted in said accommodation chamber of said body shell, said transmission unit comprising a transmission gear set and a retractable member connected to said transmission gear set, said transmission gear set comprising a gear and a screw rod engaged with said gear, said gear defining therein a position-limiting hole corresponding to the said second through hole of said body shell, said retractable member being connected to said screw rod, said screw rod comprising an extension shank, said retractable member is socketed into said extension shank of said screw rod and alternatively movable back and forth along a same axial direction with said extension shank of said screw rod, said retractable member comprising a ring hanger; and
a screw nut defining therein a center through hole,
wherein when pulling said ring hanger of said retractable member, said retractable member is moved along said extension shank of said screw rod from an original first position to a second position; when pushing said ring hanger of said retractable member, said retractable member is moved along said extension shank of said screw rod from said second position back to said first position,
wherein said extension shank of said screw rod is a tubular member sleeved onto said retractable member,
wherein said retractable member comprises a stop flange; said stop flange of said retractable member is selectively configured to exhibit a rectangular, crossed shaped, triangular or polygonal cross section; an inner perimeter of said extension shank of said screw rod is configured to fit the rectangular, crossed shaped, triangular or polygonal cross section of said stop flange of said retractable member, and
wherein said ring hanger of said retractable member is inserted through said center through hole of said screw nut; said screw nut is threaded onto said extension shank of said screw rod; when pulling said ring hanger of said retractable member to move said retractable member along said extension shank of said screw rod from said first position to said second position, said stop flange of said retractable member is stopped at a bottom edge of said screw nut.

US Pat. No. 10,597,936

TRACKING-TYPE WINDOW BLIND APPARATUS USING SOLAR MODULES

SOLEGRID INC., Daejeon-s...

1. A blind apparatus using solar modules, comprising:a plurality of sunshades to adjust an amount of incoming sunlight;
a plurality of solar modules, each of which is attached to a first region of a respective one of the plurality of sunshades and generating power by using solar light;
a driver which is connected with the plurality of sunshades, and is configured to adjust an inclination angle of each sunshade and a distance between the sunshades; and
a controller which is configured to control the inclination angle of each sunshade and the distance between the sunshades according to a current season of year and a present time of day, and a solar altitude angle,
wherein each of the plurality of sunshades comprises a rotation axis that divides each of the plurality of sunshades into the first region to which the solar module is attached and a second region to which no solar module is attached, and wherein at least one of the first region and the second region is configured to rotate with respect to the rotation axis such that an angle between the first region and the second region is changed, and
wherein the controller is configured to independently control an inclination angle of at least one of the first region and the second region to allow or block entering of sunlight.

US Pat. No. 10,597,933

GLASS PANEL UNIT AND WINDOWPANE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A glass panel unit, comprisinga first pane of glass,
a second pane of glass that faces the first pane of glass with the first pane of glass and the second pane of glass spaced a predetermined interval apart,
a seal that is disposed between the first pane of glass and the second pane of glass and joined to the first pane of glass and the second pane of glass in an airtight manner,
an interior space that is encompassed with the first pane of glass, the second pane of glass and the seal,
a partition wall that is disposed in the interior space and divides the interior space into a first space and a second space so that the first space is a vacuum space and the second space is a non-vacuum space,
an air release vent that is formed in the first pane of glass or the second pane of glass and communicates with the second space, and
a blocking member that is provided in the air release vent,
the blocking member being composed of a filler disposed in all of the air release vent and the second space so as to fill the air release vent and the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,597,932

SWINGING TYPE FIRE DOOR

1. A swinging type fire door comprising:a frame comprising opposite top and bottom walls and opposite first and second side walls each extending from the top wall to the bottom wall;
a first tube coupled to the top wall;
a second tube coupled to the bottom wall;
an inner wall having a first end coupled directly to the first tube and a second end coupled directly to the second tube; and
a filler material positioned between the inner wall and at least one of the side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,597,931

ETCHED PLATE FOR FORMING A MOLDED CONSTRUCTION COMPONENT

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

1. An etched plate for molding a molded construction component, the etched plate comprising an etched plate body comprising a plate surface with an inverse configuration to a stainable exterior surface of the molded construction component, the stainable exterior surface comprising stiles, rails, and panels with molded grooves and molded tonal portions stainable with a stain, the molded grooves of the molded construction component configured with variable depths and lengths relative to one another and variably spaced with respect to one another to collectively simulate an appearance of a naturally appearing wood grain tick pattern, the molded tonal portions of the molded construction component comprising depressions configured to receive and retain sufficient stain to simulate an appearance of darkened naturally occurring wood grain background tone.

US Pat. No. 10,597,930

IMPACT RATED LIGHT FRAME FOR SECTIONAL DOORS

OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION...

1. An impact rated window frame assembly for support within an opening of a sectional door, the frame assembly comprising:an interior frame member configured to be positioned on a first side of the sectional door;
an exterior frame member configured to be positioned on a second side of the sectional door opposite the first side;
a shield member disposed between the interior and exterior frame members; and
a plurality of fasteners positioned, wherein the frame assembly is configured to be supported in the opening, to extend within the opening of the sectional door and through the interior frame member, the exterior frame member, and the shield member to secure the shield member between the interior and exterior frame members and to secure the interior and exterior frame members onto the sectional door.

US Pat. No. 10,597,929

CENTRALLY CONTROLLED SAFE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

FireKing Security Product...

1. A system for managing safes over a network, comprising:at least one safe having a currency validator for accepting cash into a currency cassette, the currency validator being operable by programmable instructions and having a memory that stores the programmable instructions;
a door providing access to the currency cassette; and
an electronic lock that controls the opening of the door, the electronic lock being operable by programmable instructions and having a memory that stores the programmable instructions;
the system further comprising at least one server connected to said at least one safe over a network, wherein the at least one server through its connection to said at least one safe updates the programmable instructions of the currency validator.

US Pat. No. 10,597,928

BARRIER OPERATOR FEATURE ENHANCEMENT

The Chamberlain Group, In...

1. An apparatus comprising:a barrier operator communication module configured to communicate with a plurality of barrier operator types that use different communication protocols by sending communication signals by wireless or wired communication protocols;
an input/output module configured to communicate with a computing device over a network;
the input/output module further configured to receive an operation status of a barrier operator indicative of whether an associated barrier is closed;
control circuitry communicatively coupled to the barrier operator communication module and the input/output module, the control circuitry configured to cause the barrier operator communication module to communicate with any of the plurality of barrier operator types, the control circuitry of the apparatus further configured to communicate with a presence detector configured to detect a presence of a vehicle;
wherein the control circuitry is further configured to effect synchronization, in response to detection of the presence of the vehicle by the presence detector and the operation status indicating that the barrier is closed, between vehicle data stored by a storage device of the vehicle and computing device data stored by the computing device;
wherein synchronization includes communication of data between the vehicle and the computing device via the input/output module and the network.

US Pat. No. 10,597,927

BACKDOOR OPENING AND CLOSING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A backdoor opening and closing apparatus, comprising:a lateral communication device arranged at a left lateral rear portion, a right lateral rear portion, or at both the left and right lateral rear portions of a vehicle, the lateral communication device having a lateral portion determination reception area wherein radio signals sent by the lateral communication device reach;
a rear communication device arranged at a rear end portion of the vehicle, the rear communication device having a rear portion determination reception area wherein radio signals sent by the rear communication device reach;
a portable device which sends a response radio signal in response to the radio signals sent by the lateral communication device and the rear communication device;
a sensor having a detection area and provided at the lateral rear portion of the vehicle; and
processing circuitry configured to
receive the response radio signal sent by the portable device,
determine whether an authorized passenger who carries the portable device is positioned within any of the lateral portion determination or rear portion determination areas,
determine whether the authorized passenger is positioned within a common area by determining when the authorized passenger is positioned within an area wherein the lateral portion determination area and the rear portion determination area overlap,
initiate a predetermined operation of the backdoor in response to the detection signal sent by the sensor only when it is determined that the authorized passenger is positioned within the common area, and
operate a backdoor in response to a detection signal sent by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,597,922

AUTOMATIC SLIDING DOOR

1. An automatic sliding door comprising:a rail having
a first end;
a second end;a reset component mounted on the first end of the rail and havinga housing having
a first side surface; and
a second side surface;
a rod rotatably mounted in the housing;
a first elastic component mounted in the housing, mounted around the rod, and having
a first end fixed to the rod; and
a second end extending out of the housing;
a pulley set slidably mounted in the rail, a bottom end of the pulley set extending out of the rail, and the pulley set having
a first end connected with the second end of the first elastic component; and
a second end, wherein the first elastic component continually pulls the pulley set toward the reset component; and
a door panel mounted on the pulley set;wherein the reset component hasa fixed pillar
a second elastic component mounted in the housing, mounted between the rod and the fixed pillar, and having
a first end fixed to the fixed pillar; and
a second end mounted on the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,597,921

ACTUATING DEVICE FOR THE SASH OF A SLIDING WINDOW OR DOOR

1. An actuating device for a sash of a sliding window or door, comprising:a carriage configured for being associated to said sash, wherein said carriage comprises:
at least one slide provided with a roller configured for sliding along a substantially horizontal sliding direction corresponding to a sliding direction of said sash,
a connector configured for mounting said slide on said sash so as to enable a secondary sliding motion of said slide relative to said sash along the sliding direction, between a stationed position and a sliding position and vice versa,
at least a connecting portion configured for being fixed to said sash, said connecting portion being operatively associated to said slide by an inclined plane, so that the secondary sliding motion of the slide towards the sliding position determines a raising of the sash and the secondary sliding motion of the slide towards the stationed position determines a lowering of the sash,
a rear command shaft configured for being arranged along a rear head surface of said sash and operatively interposed between an actuator and said carriage for generating said secondary sliding motion,
a front command shaft configured for being arranged along a front head surface of said sash and operatively interposed between said carriage and at least a retaining device of said sash for moving said retaining device between a closed position and an open position,
wherein the actuator comprises a handle configured for being mounted on said rear head surface of said sash having a rotation axis parallel to said sliding direction so that said actuator rotates in a plane that is perpendicular to the sliding direction.

US Pat. No. 10,597,920

MAGNETIC LEVITATING DOOR

1. A door assembly with a door disposable in front of a door opening and traversable between an open position and closed position, the door assembly comprising:the door being slidable to the open and closed positions, the door defining a length;
a bracket attached to the door;
a first permanent magnet attached to the bracket, the first permanent magnet defining a length and a width and having north and south poles, the width being horizontally transverse to the length of the door;
a track disposed adjacent to the door opening, the bracket being slidably mounted to the track;
a second permanent magnet attached to the track and having north and south poles, the like poles of the first and second permanent magnet facing each other to repulsively lift an entire weight of the door up, the second permanent magnet having a width horizontally transverse to the length of the door, the second permanent magnet width being different than the first permanent magnet width, the second permanent magnet having a length greater than a length of the door, the first and second permanent magnets vertically aligned to each other; and
a stabilizing prong connected to the track and bracket for maintaining vertical alignment between the track and bracket as the door is traversed between the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,597,919

DOOR HINGE

1. A hinge, including:an inner door hinge part and an outer door hinge part, wherein the inner and outer door hinge parts comprise fixing means in the form of hinge plates, for mounting to door frame and to door associated with the door frame, respectively, wherein the outer door hinge part comprises two bearing portions which are fixedly connected together by the fixing means, and wherein the inner door hinge part comprises one bearing portion which is arranged between two bearing portions of the outer door hinge part,
wherein at least one of the bearing portions of the inner door hinge part or the outer door hinge part comprises:
an end face recess in the form of a blind hole with a flat base spanning an entire cross section of the blind hole and being formed integrally with a cylindrical wall of the at least one bearing portion of the inner door hinge part or the outer door hinge part,
a first cylindrical sliding cup element lying in the blind hole with an end face outer wall superficially on the flat base of the blind hole, wherein the first cylindrical sliding cup element comprises a ball socket-shaped wall and a metal ball lying in the ball socket-shaped wall, and
a second cylindrical sliding cup element lying fully or partly in the blind hole, wherein, on an end face of the second cylindrical cup element pointing towards the ball, the second cylindrical cup element has a concave ball socket-shaped wall lying superficially on a surface of the metal ball, wherein the second cylindrical sliding cup element, on an end face pointing away from the ball, has a central recess in which a cylindrical protrusion
of an adjacent bearing portion of the inner door hinge part or the outer door hinge part is configured to engage, wherein the protrusion rests with an end face on a base wall of the central recess.

US Pat. No. 10,597,917

STRETCHABLE ADJUSTABLE-STIFFNESS ASSEMBLIES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A stretchable adjustable-stiffness assembly comprising:a casing configured to be fluidly sealed, the casing defining a first axis and comprising an interior compartment containing a first fluid, the first fluid being configured to shift between a first interior pressure and a second interior pressure that is less than both the first interior pressure and an exterior pressure external to the casing;
a first friction layer at least partially disposed within the interior compartment; and
a second friction layer at least partially disposed within the interior compartment, wherein:
the stretchable adjustable-stiffness assembly is configured to shift between a relaxed configuration and a fixed configuration;
in the relaxed configuration, the first fluid has the first interior pressure, the casing is stretchable along the first axis such that a casing length varies between a first dimension and a second dimension greater than the first dimension, and the stretchable adjustable-stiffness assembly has a first stiffness;
in the fixed configuration, the first fluid has the second interior pressure, the casing length is fixed at greater than or equal to the first dimension and less than or equal to the second dimension, the first friction layer engages the second friction layer, and the stretchable adjustable-stiffness assembly has a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness;
the first friction layer and the second friction layer each comprise at least one sheet, the first friction layer is fixed to the casing at a first edge of the casing and the second friction layer is fixed to the casing at a second edge of the casing.
the casing defines a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis and in the relaxed configuration, the casing is configured to be stretchable along the second axis such that a casing width varies between a third dimension and a fourth dimension greater than the third dimension; and
in the fixed configuration, the casing width is fixed at greater than or equal to the third dimension and less than or equal to the fourth dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,597,916

CORNER DEFLECTION MEANS OF A FITTING FOR A WINDOW CASEMENT OR A DOOR LEAF

SAPA AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A corner deflector of a fitting for a window casement or a door leaf, being inserted into a C-shaped casement groove in a rebate of a frame profile of the window casement or door leaf, the corner deflector comprising a first corner limb and a second corner limb at right angles to the first corner limb; wherein the C-shaped casement groove comprises a limb, the limb of the C-shaped casement groove comprises an undercut and is provided on a first longitudinal side of at least one of the first corner limb and the second corner limb; wherein a region of a second longitudinal side of at least one of the first corner limb and the second corner limb located opposite the undercut of the first longitudinal side is undercut-free; and wherein the second longitudinal side comprises at least one securing element thereon, the securing element is moveable relative to the second longitudinal side between a securing position and a disengagement position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,915

LOCKING MECHANISM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A locking mechanism comprising:a base defining an open mouthed recess for receiving a member to be selectively retained in the recess;
a pair of locking elements mounted for rotational movement between a retracted position in which they permit access to the recess and an extended position in which they extend at least partially across the mouth of the recess; and
a drive for simultaneously moving the locking elements in opposite rotational directions;
wherein said base comprises at least one arm, said at least one arm comprising respective guides to guide the movement of said locking elements between said retracted and extended positions;
wherein said locking elements comprise guide elements for engagement with said guides and said guides comprise arcuate channels formed in said at least one arm; and
wherein said locking elements comprise guide pins for engagement with said channels.

US Pat. No. 10,597,913

DOOR HANDLE DEVICE

TOKYO PARTS INDUSTRIAL CO...

1. A door handle device comprising: a door handle, in which a housing space is formed at an interior by a first handle member and a second handle member that is joined to the first handle member; and a control unit arranged in the housing space, wherein:the control unit includes a circuit board fastened to an inner surface of the first handle member, and a switch unit arranged on a top face of the circuit board; the switch unit has a switch component, which is fastened to the top face of the circuit board, a switch case, which is fastened on the top face of the circuit board and arranged so as to cover the switch component, a pushbutton for operating the switch component, and a cover member, which is fastened to the switch case;
the switch case has a tubular part, a bottom end face of which abuts the circuit board, and a roof, located at a top of the tubular part and provided with a through hole in a portion facing the switch component;
the pushbutton has a pushing part facing an exterior of the door handle via an opening provided in the second handle member, an annular flange extending from a bottom end of the pushing part, and an operation projection, inserted into the through hole and facing the switch component;
the annular flange is always brought into close contact with the roof, all the way therearound, by the cover member; and
a press stroke of the pushing part is regulated by the roof.

US Pat. No. 10,597,912

INNER LOCK OF CONTAINER DOOR

FOR-U ENGINEERING CO., LT...

1. An inner lock of a container door, comprising:a rotation shaft;
a plate coupled to a portion of the rotation shaft configured to extend beyond an inner side of the container door;
a lifting member rotatably coupled to the plate; and
a locking bar coupled to a lower side of the lifting member, and configured to lock or unlock the container door by being fixed to or separated from a lower frame of the door by lowering or raising of the lifting member,
wherein a portion of the rotation shaft configured to extend beyond an outer side of the container door is configured to be coupled to a handle hatch of the container door such that the locking bar is manipulable by rotating the rotation shaft from the outer side of the container door,
wherein a housing is coupled with an outer circumference of the rotation shaft,
a bearing is coupled with one side of the housing, and a bushing is coupled with another side of the housing, and
a seal space is formed between the bearing and the bushing, wherein the seal space is filled with a grease to block a moisture ingress.

US Pat. No. 10,597,904

APPLIANCE LOCK WITH VOLTAGE ENCODED WIRING

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A door lock for a door of an appliance, comprising:a housing holding:
(a) a door position switch having a state indicating that the door is in a closed position;
(b) a door locking element movable between an unlock position and a lock position, the lock position engaging the door when the door is in the closed position to prevent the door from opening;
(c) a lock sensing switch having a state indicating that the door locking element is in the lock position;
(d) a door lock actuator for moving the door locking element upon receipt of an electrical lock signal;
(e) a first and second resistor having different unique values, each attached to a corresponding one of the door position switch and the lock sensing switch so that corresponding switches control current through the corresponding attached resistors; and
a harness connection to a harness having no more than three wires and adapted to communicate between the housing and an appliance controller, the harness including:
a signal wire attached to a junction of the first and second resistors at a signal wire node to provide a unique electrical signal to the appliance controller through the harness as a function of different states of the door position switch and the lock sensing switch; and
a ground wire connected to the signal wire node to provide a common ground for the door position switch, the lock sensing switch, and the door locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,597,903

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF SECURING ITEMS AND VERIFYING THE SAME

1. A method of utilizing a first verification mechanism to verify a configuration of an artifact over a first period of time, the method comprising:associating the first verification mechanism with the artifact such that the first verification mechanism is moved to a verifying configuration and the artifact is moved to a first verifiable configuration, wherein moving the artifact away from the first verifiable configuration includes moving the first verification mechanism away from the verifying configuration,
utilizing a scanning feature of a first electronic device to perform a first scanning operation at a first point in time, thereby obtaining scan information for a first verification record,
wherein the artifact is in the first verifiable configuration at the first point in time,
wherein the first scanning operation includes obtaining information associated with the first verification mechanism,
wherein the first verification record includes a time stamp representing the first point in time, thereby providing evidence that the artifact was in the first verifiable configuration at the first point in time,
wherein the first verification mechanism includes a unique identifier distinguishing the first verification mechanism from a second verification mechanism, information associated with the unique identifier being included in the first verification record so as to enable the first verification record to be distinguishable from a second verification record associated with the second verification mechanism,
wherein the first verification mechanism is incapable of moving back to the verifying configuration after the first verification mechanism is moved away from the verifying configuration, and
wherein the first verification mechanism is configured to quickly and easily move away from the verifying configuration such that the first verification mechanism does not inhibit the artifact from moving away from the first verifiable configuration, thereby allowing the artifact to remain in a readily accessible configuration while the first verification mechanism remains in a verifying configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,597,902

LOCK CLUTCHES, LOCK ASSEMBLIES, LOCK COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THEREOF

1. A clutch assembly for a lock system, comprising,a driver assembly, comprising a driver (1) and a driver shaft (9) as a single piece, wherein the driver (1) and the driver shaft (9) are configured to rotate concentrically together;
a follower (2), wherein the driver shaft (9) does not extend through the follower (2); and
a cylinder (21), wherein the cylinder (21) is operably connected to the driver shaft (9) such that the rotation of the cylinder (21) is configured to move the driver shaft (9) linearly causing the driver shaft (9) to engage with or disengage from the follower (2), wherein, when the driver shaft (9) engages with the follower (2), the follower (2) is operably connected with the driver assembly and rotates concentrically together with the driver assembly, and when the drive shaft (9) disengages with the follower (2), the follower (2) is operably disconnected with the driver assembly,
wherein the driver shaft (9) has a first driver end (19) and a second driver end (25), wherein the driver shaft (9) is operably connected to the cylinder (21) at the first driver end (19) and is configured to engage with the follower (2) at the second driver end (25), and wherein the second driver end (25) does not extend through the follower 2, and
wherein the first driver end (19) is operably connected to the cylinder (21) through a coil spring (18), and wherein the coil spring (18) and is configured to rotate with the cylinder (21).

US Pat. No. 10,597,901

HANDLE ARRANGEMENT WITH AN INTERNAL LOCK

1. A handle arrangement (100) for arrangement to a door, said handle arrangement comprisinga body (1),
a handle (2) rotatably arranged to the body (1) and movable between a closed position and an open position,
a latch mechanism (6) for latching a door to a door frame, said latch mechanism (6) being maneuverable between a latching position and an unlatching position by rotating the handle (2) round a first rotational axis (A),
a lock arrangement (4) rotationally movable around its central axis (C) and comprising
a moveable locking element (7) configured to be moved between an unlocked position and a locked position upon rotation of the lock arrangement (4),
wherein the locking element (7) comprises a flange (8) having a bottom surface (81),
wherein the handle (2) comprises a stopping surface (9),
wherein said flange (8) in the locked position is configured for the bottom surface (81) to abut the stopping surface (9) to prevent rotation of the handle (2) around said first rotational axis (A), and
wherein the handle (2) further comprises an inclined surface (10) configured such that when the flange (8) is in an unlocked position, the bottom surface (81) is arranged facing the inclined surface (10) at an angle (?) such as to admit the handle (2) to rotate around the first rotational axis (A) in order to bring the latch mechanism (6) in an unlatching position, wherein the rotation of the handle towards the unlatching position is limited by the bottom surface (81) abutting the inclined surface (8).

US Pat. No. 10,597,900

VARIABLE SPRING RATE CHASSIS

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing including a housing opening, the housing opening defining a longitudinally-extending rotational axis;
a spindle rotatably mounted to the housing, the spindle including a drive tube including a first torque-transmitting section, wherein the spindle is rotatable about the rotational axis between a spindle home position and a spindle rotated position;
a spring collar rotatably mounted to the housing, the spring collar including a spring collar opening and a second torque-transmitting section, wherein the drive tube extends through the housing opening without rotationally coupling the drive tube to the housing, wherein the drive tube extends through the spring collar opening without rotationally coupling the drive tube to the spring collar, and wherein the spring collar is rotatable about the rotational axis between a spring collar home position and a spring collar rotated position;
a first spring engaged between the housing and the spindle, wherein the first spring is configured to generate a first rotational biasing force in response to rotation of the spindle from the spindle home position toward the spindle rotated position, the first rotational biasing force urging the spindle toward the spindle home position; and
a second spring engaged between the housing and the spring collar, wherein the second spring is configured to generate a second rotational biasing force in response to rotation of the spring collar from the spring collar home position toward the spring collar rotated position, the second rotational biasing force urging the spring collar toward the spring collar home position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,899

FENCE BRACE SYSTEM ADAPTED FOR USE WITH FENCE POSTS POSITIONED ON A SLOPE

1. A fence assembly comprising:a fence post having a rectangular cross-section;
a fence rail having a rectangular cross-section;
a fence post brace member comprising:
a pair of opposing upper and lower fence post flanges, each of the fence post flanges comprising a planar central wall and a rearward-protruding side wall extending along a vertical longitudinally-extending edge of the central wall, the sidewall of the upper fence post flange being vertically-aligned with and spaced from the sidewall of the lower fence post flange to form a notch therebetween, and a plurality of fastener holes disposed within the central wall and the rearward-protruding side wall of each fence post flange for receiving one or more fasteners to secure the fence post therewith;
a planar central portion of the fence post brace member disposed between and formed with the central walls of the upper and lower fence post flanges, the planar central portion and the central walls of the upper and lower fence post flanges being formed from a single planar piece of material; and
a vertical picket fastener slot longitudinally-extending through the central portion of the fence post brace member for receiving a fastener therethrough to affix a picket to the fence post with the fence post brace member therebetween; and
a fence rail brace member comprising:
a fence rail flange comprising a planar central wall and a pair of rearward-protruding walls extending along opposing horizontal longitudinally-extending edges of the central wall, the walls of the fence rail flange being aligned to define a channel for receiving the fence rail therein, and a plurality of fastener holes disposed within the central wall and rearward-protruding walls of the fence rail flange for receiving fasteners to secure the fence rails therewith;
a horizontal picket fastener slot longitudinally extending through the planar central wall for receiving a fastener therethrough to affix a picket to the fence rail with the fence rail brace member therebetween; and
a flap of the fence rail brace member extending along a latitudinally extending edge of the central wall, a plurality of fastener holes disposed within the flap of fence rail brace member;
wherein the flap of the fence rail brace member may be inserted into the notch of the fence post brace member, positioned behind the vertical picket fastener slot and between the fence post and the fence post brace member and secured to the fence post by receiving one or more fasteners through one or more of the flap of the fence rail brace member fastener holes.

US Pat. No. 10,597,898

FENCE BRACE SYSTEM

1. A fence assembly comprising:a fence post having a rectangular cross-section;
a fence rail having a rectangular cross-section; and
a fence brace formed from a single piece of material comprising:
a fence post brace member having a fence post brace member central wall and a fence post brace member rearward protruding sidewall bent rearward from a first vertical longitudinally-extending edge of the fence post brace member central wall, the fence post brace member rearward protruding sidewall and the fence post brace member central wall defining a fence post channel for receiving the fence post therein, and a plurality of fastener holes disposed within the fence post brace member central wall and the fence post brace member sidewall for receiving fasteners to secure the fence post therewith;
a vertical picket fastener slot longitudinally-extending through the fence post brace member central wall for receiving a fastener therethrough to affix a picket to the fence post with the fence post brace member therebetween;
a fence rail brace member having a fence rail brace member central wall and a pair of fence rail brace member rearward protruding sidewalls each bent rearward from opposing horizontal latitudinally-extending edges of the fence rail brace member central wall, the fence rail brace member central wall being coplanar with the fence post brace member central wall and extending from a mid-point of a second vertical longitudinally-extending edge thereof opposite the first vertical longitudinally-extending edge, the rearward protruding sidewalls of the fence rail brace member defining a fence rail channel for receiving the fence rail therein, edges of the rearward protruding sidewalls of the fence rail brace member extending rearward from the second vertical longitudinally-extending edge opposite the fence post brace member rearward protruding sidewall to define the fence post channel therebetween, and a plurality of fastener holes disposed within the central wall and the rearward protruding sidewalls of the fence rail brace member for receiving fasteners to secure the fence rail therewith; and
a horizontal picket fastener slot latitudinally-extending through the central wall of the fence rail brace member for receiving a fastener therethrough to affix a picket to the fence rail with the fence rail brace member therebetween, the horizontal picket fastener slot positioned perpendicular to and aligned with a mid-point of the vertical picket fastener slot.

US Pat. No. 10,597,897

COLLAPSIBLE CANOPY WITH A SELF LOCKING CENTRAL LOCK

1. A collapsible canopy, comprising:A. at least three supporting legs,
B. a plurality of outer retractable units, each outer retractable unit connected between two of said at least three supporting legs,
C. a plurality of inner retractable units comprising inner ends, each inner retractable unit connected to one of said at least three supporting legs, wherein said outer retractable units and said inner retractable units form a roof frame of said collapsible canopy, and
D. a self-locking central lock for locking said collapsible canopy in an unfolded state when said central lock is locked and for permitting said collapsible canopy to be folded into a folded state when said central lock is unlocked, wherein said inner ends of said inner retractable units are connected to said central lock, wherein self-locking central lock comprises:
i. a center top cap,
ii. a center bottom cap,
iii. a stopping device
wherein said self-locking central lock is put into a locking position when said center bottom cap is moved towards said center top cap and wherein said movement is stopped by contact with said stopping device, wherein only said contact with said stopping device is necessary to hold said self-locking central lock in said locking position and no other locking mechanism is necessary to maintain said self-locking central lock in said locking position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,895

CITY SYSTEM

1. An ecological, sustainable and high performance city system, where the system is configured to improve economic efficiency and performance comprising:(a) a cluster city as the primary organizational pattern of functional groupings of buildings
(b) a plurality of concentrically arranged micro-city buildings for concentrated human living with over 5,000 people per square kilometer and surrounding the central city core,
(c) a compact spacing to allow for increased walk-ability of distances from 2,000 feet to 5,000 feet for both concentric curvilinear transportation corridors and radial transportation corridors, the concentric, circular pattern creates greater equidistant destinations for walk-ability, while maintaining sufficient distance for proper mass transit stops,
(d) a Micro-City building larger than 1,000,000 sq. feet area that comprises residential living, as well as typical mixed-use daily travel activities internalized that had been previously completed by the car, a such as: going to work, getting food, going to school, going to church, going to see friends, going to health treatments, going shopping for clothes and furnishings, going for entertainment and going to meetings, incorporating these activities into a micro city building allows implementation by means of indoor pedestrian horizontal movement and elevator vertical movement, thus eliminating the use of cars and trucks, as well as most outdoor travel,
(e) allows a higher volume and activity of vertical people movement relative to horizontal people movement
(f) allows human powered movement within each micro-city and between micro-cities due to short distances and time durations between journeys;
(g) a plurality of specialty buildings that are themed-oriented providing a specialty experience,
(h) a plurality of conveyance means where the layered transportation corridors are configured for two-way transportation, The structure has multiple layers to provide a safe separation for various forms of human movement based on speed and vehicle weight comprising:
walkways—100 kg×10 km/hr
human powered—120 kg×20 km/hr
elevated mass transit—150,000 kg×100 km/hr
autonomous vehicle taxi's—2,200 kg×120 km/hr
pedestrian tunnels—100 kg×10 km/hr
subway mass transit—200,000 kg×100 km/hr
(i) a layered transportation corridor with the pedestrian and human powered vehicle levels protecting humans from impact with other vehicles;
(j) inclusion of two-way mass transit, both concentrically and radially allows for large high-density movement of people from one Micro-City transit station to the next within the framework of a compact, concentric city,
(k) a series of transit station to station orientated buildings insuring a simplified system with people traveling to their destinations faster with less walking; and without weather inconveniences by never leaving a protected environment,
(l) a Cluster City with a plurality of transit oriented concentric circular patterns with radial connectors eliminating the need for other surface roads, the full amount of layered transportation corridors totals less than 300 km of linear surface within a complete cluster city,
(m) a factory ring comprised of:
a modular ring-shaped building with a minimum radius of 1000? within the cluster city,
the factory ring receives raw or incompletely assembled materials and produces value-added labor, expelling goods for further completion or end-use distribution;
a factory ring receives used goods to be recycled by disassembly into component parts which may be re-assembled into different assemblies or the re-useable parts are expelled through distribution to another location,
a ring-shaped factory operates an indoor environment to sustain work during inclement outdoor conditions and polluted air,
a plurality of segmented work domains separating different types of operation,
a plurality of concentric railroad tracks in the middle of the ring-shaped building allowing two-way movement of freight cars,
a track switching control to position individual freight cars into loading spaces,
each work domain has a train unloading space to remove standard shipping containers and reorganize into smaller sub-container units,
a sub-container is a standardized, modular unit design to fit securely inside a standard shipping container with little space left over,
a sub-container is a re-usable, durable shipping enclosure that is packaged for specific destinations,
sub-containers are transferred to an underground automated freight system which conveys the smaller containers from the factory ring to the underground loading dock of each of the buildings within the cluster city, eliminating the need for freight trucks and roads,
newly loaded freight cars connect to an outside main line delivery track connected to an open-loop track entrance and exit system rail lines,
(n) a plurality of wi-fi hotspots occur within the new buildings at all floors, with a multitude of signals being issued in controlled distance that provide two way talk, information dissemination, internet access, location generation,
(o) security control of communications by limiting distances of the signals to within the building and others that will reach to all the other buildings within the cluster city
(p) the new building structures allow design and installation of automated building technologies that are created for digital response,
(q) new buildings allow full integration of food and waste conveyance systems connecting underground to the vertical farm facility to convey waste and receive food,
(r) new buildings allow for the automated freight system to connect underground from the factory ring to each cluster city building.

US Pat. No. 10,597,894

SUPPORT MEMBER FOR SUPPORTING ELECTRICAL POWER LINES

GEOTEK, LLC, Stewartvill...

1. A support system for supporting power distribution or transmission lines, comprising:a support pole having a first end and a second;
an elongate crossarm attached to the support pole, proximate the first end of the support pole, the crossarm having a first end, a second end and one or more side walls extending between the first and second ends of the crossarm, the side walls of the crossarm defining an elongated interior space; and
an internal conduit formed in the interior space of the crossarm; the internal conduit extending along an axial direction of the crossarm;
a conductive wire extending through an inner space defined by the internal conduit; and
first and second electrical components,
wherein the conductive wire includes a bonding wire that connects the first and second electrical components for equipotential bonding.

US Pat. No. 10,597,891

BLEACHER UMBRELLA CADDY

1. An umbrella holder attached to a bleacher seat, consisting of A first L-bracket, said L-bracket having a ninety degree bend at the mid-point, said L-bracket further having a first side and a second side, a second L-bracket, said L-bracket having a ninety degree bend at the mid-point, said L-bracket further having a first side and a second side; said second L-bracket in the same orientation as the first L-bracket, said first side of said second L-bracket affixed to said first side of said first L-bracket; a gap between said second side of said first L-bracket and said second side of said second L-bracket, said gap being the space between second side of said first and second L-brackets which are disposed generally parallel to each other; a first clamping mechanism affixed to the first L-bracket at the second side, oriented to clamp objects between the first and second L-brackets, said first damping mechanism consisting of a first screw mechanism and second screw mechanism, said screw mechanisms threaded through the first side of the first L-bracket, said screw mechanisms oriented such that one end of said screw mechanisms extend down from the first L-bracket toward the second L-bracket when the screw mechanism is turned, thereby impinging upon the top of a bleacher seat, said bleacher seat having been inserted into said gap, said second side of said first L-bracket and said second side of said second L-bracket oriented horizontally above and below said bleachers seat; a tube affixed to said first L-bracket and said second L-bracket at said first side of said L-brackets, said tube oriented such that one end points up when said umbrella holder is attached to said bleacher seat; a mechanism for securing an umbrella shaft, comprising a second clamping mechanism attached to said tube, said second clamping mechanism consisting of a third screw mechanism, said screw mechanism threaded through the side of said tube, oriented such that one end of said screw mechanism extends into the interior of said tube toward an umbrella shaft when the screw mechanism is turned, thereby impinging upon the side of said umbrella shaft and securing said umbrella shaft against an interior side of said tube; a first non-scuff material secured to a first surface of said second side of said first L-bracket; a second non-scuff material secured to a second surface of said second side of said second L-bracket; a third non-scuff material secured to said first screw mechanism; a fourth non-scuff material secured to said second screw mechanism; a fifth non-scuff material secured to said third first screw mechanism; and a sixth non-scuff material secured to interior of said tube.

US Pat. No. 10,597,889

ROOF SECURING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL STRENGTH TO ROOFS DURING ADVERSE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

1. A roof strapping system, comprising:(a) a dwelling having perimeter walls and a rooftop;
(b) a plurality of wall mounted fixtures positioned on each said perimeter wall, each said perimeter wall further including holes;
(c) said plurality of wall mounted fixtures each having a first flat portion, a second C-portion and a third flat portion, said first flat portion and said third flat portion having anchor holes, wherein said first flat portion and said third flat portion have a rectangular shape, wherein said second C-portion is inserted into said holes of said perimeter wall, wherein said second C-portion rests partially within said holes, wherein a rear side of said first flat portion and said second flat portion rests in a flat position against said perimeter wall, wherein anchor fasteners mount said first flat portion and said third flat portion with said perimeter wall, wherein said second C-portion is provided with openings located on sidewalls of said second C-portion that receive a tube being cylindrical in shape therein to create a slot, wherein said tube extends from a first lateral sidewall to a second lateral sidewall of said second C-portion, wherein said tube rests within an interior space of said second C-portion, wherein said slot receives a strap having a mounting member, wherein said mounting member is a hook;
(d) a plurality of the straps equal to an amount of wall mounted fixtures;
(e) said straps having a first and second distal end, said first distal end is passed through said slot on a first said wall mounted fixture and then passed transversely over the rooftop and down along a substantial portion of an opposite said perimeter wall;
(f) said second distal end is received and secured by an opposite said wall mounted fixture;
(g) said straps are clamped between said perimeter walls and said wall mounted fixture; and
(h) a mesh is placed over said straps positioned on said rooftop once all straps are secured to respective said wall mounted fixtures.

US Pat. No. 10,597,886

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HEAT PUMP FOR A SWIMMING POOL

ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE, ...

1. A method of controlling a circulation system for water for a swimming pool, the circulation system comprising a circulation pump, a filtration device, a heat pump, and means for controlling operation of the heat pump, the method comprising:a. causing operation of the circulation pump so as to move water of the swimming pool to the filtration device for filtering and the heat pump for heating; and
b. entering into a control means (i) a desired temperature of the water of the swimming pool and (ii) a desired operating mode in order to control an operating speed of a variable-speed motor of the heat pump only when the circulation pump is operating, the desired operating node being selected from among the following operating modes: (A) a first operating mode corresponding to a first heating strategy that minimizes energy consumed by the heat pump while heating the water of the swimming pool to the desired temperature; (B) a second operating mode corresponding to a second heating strategy that maximizes energy consumed by the heat pump while heating the water of the swimming pool to the desired temperature; and (C) a third operating mode corresponding to a third heating strategy in which the energy consumed by the heat pump while heating the water of the swimming pool to the desired temperature is between the minimum and maximum energies.

US Pat. No. 10,597,884

WAVE POOL AND WAVE GENERATOR FOR BI-DIRECTIONAL AND DYNAMICALLY-SHAPED SURFING WAVES

Kelly Slater Wave Company...

1. A wave pool having a length, the wave pool comprising:a channel for containing water at a mean surface level, the channel having a first side and a second side, at least a portion of the channel having a cross-section, between the first side and the second side normal to the length, that comprises:
a deep region in the channel at least partially along the length of the wave pool and proximate the first side, the deep region having a mean first depth below the mean surface level of the water contained in the channel;
a reef at least partially along a length of the deep region, the reef extending upward and away from the deep region to a mean second depth that is shallower than the mean first depth of the deep region, the reef comprising at least one reef module attached to a bottom surface of the channel proximate the deep region, the at least one reef module comprising a rigid bottom surface coupled to the bottom surface of the channel, a flexible top surface, and a wave damping mechanism, the wave damping mechanism comprising a texture member attached to a top surface of the reef module; and
a beach region that slopes up away from the reef toward the second side to expose a beach above the mean surface level of the water, the beach region having a convex parabolic shape with a slope that decreases toward the second side of the channel
a track proximate the first side, the track at least partially in the water of the channel; and
at least one foil configured to traverse the channel via the track and further configured to generate a wave in the channel, the at least one foil being substantially symmetrical around a central vertical axis and configured to generate a right breaking wave and a left breaking wave in response to traversal of the at least one foil along the track, the at least one foil further configured for bi-directional movement along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,597,882

PARTITION MOUNT SYSTEM INCLUDING HEAD COUPLER WITH ADJUSTABLE HEAD LENGTH AND HEAD POSITION

Zipwall, LLC, Arlington,...

19. A coupler comprising:a first channel extending in a first horizontal direction;
a second channel extending in a second horizontal direction, the first and second channels horizontally offset in a third horizontal direction perpendicular to the first and second horizontal directions, wherein the first and second channels are pitched at an angle relative to each other in a vertical direction,
the first channel including first head-mounting features, the first head-mounting features constructed and arranged to retain a first elongated head to the coupler while permitting movement of the first elongated head relative to the coupler in the first horizontal direction; and
the second channel including second head-mounting features, the second head-mounting features constructed and arranged to retain a second elongated head to the coupler while permitting movement of the second elongated head relative to the coupler in the second horizontal direction,
wherein the first and second head-mounting features each include at least one row of retention tabs, and
wherein the retention tabs of the first head-mounting features are below the retention tabs of the second head-mounting features in the vertical direction at a first portion of the coupler and wherein the retention tabs of the first head-mounting features are above the retention tabs of the second head-mounting features in the vertical direction at a second portion of the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,597,881

WALL SYSTEM

1. A wall system comprising:at least two rigid channels;
at least two panel members, each secured at opposite ends thereof to opposite sides of said channels so as to be positioned in spaced, interconnecting relation with one another and define a panel assembly;
an air gap defined between said panel members;
each one of said two panel members comprising an inside face and an oppositely disposed outside face,
said inside face of said panel members secured to said channels so as to position said channels entirely within said air gap, at least two panel assemblies structured to abut and be secured to one another at said channels to conceal and contain said channels in said air gap, said outside faces of said panel members defining a uniform exterior surface,
said air gap having a thickness of less than approximately 4 inches and each of said panel members having a thickness of less than approximately 5/16 inches,
said panel members formed of a rigid, moisture resistant material structured to define an exterior wall surface, and configured to at least partially reduce deflecting and decay,
at least two removable support members, each one disposed on a corresponding outside face of one of said two panel members,
a filler disposed within said air gap and engaging only said inside face of said panel members, said filler comprising concrete and said panel members structured to contain said concrete and provide support thereto during and after hardening of said concrete,
said removable support members secured to one another and being substantially rigid in a vertical orientation and structured to prevent said panel members from separating or buckling during hardening of said concrete in said airgap; and
said panel assembly including said filler contained in said air gap structured to define an exterior sheer wall upon hardening of said filler, said uniform exterior surface defining a weather resistant exposed face of said exterior sheer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,597,880

LEVELLING SPACER DEVICE FOR LAYING SLAB PRODUCTS FOR CLADDING LAYING SURFACES, AND A COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

TORRENTS RESEARCH, S.L., ...

1. A levelling spacer device for laying slab products for cladding laying surfaces, comprising:a support comprising a base, positionable on the backside of a laying surface of at least two slab products that are adjacent and flanked with respect to a flanking direction, and at least one separator element projecting from said base and configured and arranged to contact at least a portion of facing flanks of the at least two slab products when said support is positioned on the backside of said laying surface of the at least two slab products, said at least one separator element being provided with a through-window with an upper edge destined to be located superiorly of the level of an in-view surface of the at least two slab products and a lower edge destined to be located inferiorly of the level of said in-view surface of the at least two slab products; and
a presser wedge configured and arranged to be inserted in the through-window and to slide restingly on the in-view surface of the at least two slab products, with an upper face cooperating with the upper edge of the through-window to push the at least two slab products towards the base of the support;wherein said upper face of the presser wedge comprises at least two adjacent areas running longitudinally along at least a portion of the length of the pressing wedge and that are tilted downwards towards each other along a common convergent axis, and further wherein said upper edge comprises at least two upper tilted sub-edges, each configured and arranged to cooperate with a respective area of the at least two adjacent areas.

US Pat. No. 10,597,877

FITTING FOR LAYING DECKING BOARDS

ALFER ALUMINIUM GESELLSCH...

1. Fitting (1) having a main body (2) and a spacer (9), wherein the main body (2) has at least two fastening devices (3, 4), wherein the spacer (9) and main body (2) are arranged predominantly at right angles to one another in the operating state, characterized in that the main body (2) and spacer (9) are connectable together in a releasable manner by means of a third fastening device (5) wherein the first fastening device (3) serves the fitting (1) such that the main body (2) is fastened to a board (13) by the first fastening device (3), wherein the first fastening device (3) is arranged such that, in use, it is in the region covered by a board (13), wherein the second fastening device (4) serves the fitting (1) such that the main body (2) is fastened to a supporting body (14), wherein the second fastening device (4) is arranged such that, in use, it is not covered by a board (13), wherein the third fastening device (5) is in the form of a through-opening in the main body (2) and in the form of a plug-in end in the spacer (9).

US Pat. No. 10,597,876

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate having a top side and a bottom side; and
a top layer provided on the substrate;
wherein the top layer consists of a printed thermoplastic film, a thermoplastic transparent or translucent layer provided on the printed thermoplastic film, and a surface layer provided on the thermoplastic transparent or translucent layer;
wherein the top layer is directly adhered to the substrate by heat welding the printed thermoplastic film and the top side of the substrate, such that a glue layer is not situated between the printed thermoplastic film and the substrate;
wherein the substrate is a synthetic material board including a filler;
wherein the substrate at least at two opposite edges includes coupling means provided in the synthetic material board;
wherein the thermoplastic transparent or translucent layer is provided with a structure; and
wherein the substrate is rigid;
wherein the top layer has a higher density than the substrate;
wherein the substrate is a foam and extends from the top side to the bottom side of the substrate;
wherein the substrate has a locally higher density at the top side and/or at the bottom side as compared to the density of the substrate in a central layer.

US Pat. No. 10,597,874

METAL ROOFING MATERIAL, AND ROOFING STRUCTURE AND ROOFING METHOD USING SAME

Nippon Steel Nisshin Co.,...

1. A metal roofing member that is arranged on a roof base, the metal roofing member having a ridge side and an eave side when the metal rooting member is placed on the roof base, and the metal roofing member comprising:a front substrate made of a metal sheet, the front substrate comprising a body portion formed in a box shape;
a back substrate arranged on a back side of the front substrate, the back substrate being configured to cover an opening of the body portion; and
a core material filled between the body portion and the back substrate;
wherein the body portion comprises: first side surfaces and second side surfaces, each of the second side surfaces being adapted so as to be located on the ridge side of one of the first side surfaces when the metal roofing member is placed on the roof base, each of the second side surfaces being arranged at a position protruding toward an outer side along a width direction of the body portion than the one of the first side surfaces;
wherein each of the first side surfaces comprises a side flange, the side flange being formed by folding back the metal sheet toward the back side of the front substrate such that the metal sheet wraps around the back substrate, the metal sheet extending from a lower end of the first side surfaces toward the outer side along the width direction;
wherein the side flange comprising a back end that is configured to contact the roof base;
wherein a distance between the back end of the side flange and a back surface of the back substrate is 1 mm or more and 4 mm or less;
wherein a protruding width of the side flange from one of the first side surfaces is equal to or less than a protruding width of one of the second side surfaces from the one of the first side surfaces; and
wherein the metal roofing member is configured to be arranged on the roof base while abutting at least one of the second side surfaces against a second side surface of another metal roofing member.

US Pat. No. 10,597,873

REBAR HOLSTER SYSTEM

1. A rebar holster system comprising:a first vertical holster combination configured to be positioned within a base portion of a masonry wall, the first vertical holster combination including a first vertical holster comprising:
an upper portion having an opening, the opening of the upper portion having a greater diameter than a vertical reinforcing bar such that the upper portion is dimensioned and configured for loosely receiving a leading end of the vertical reinforcing bar dropped down through a vertical core formed from stacking concrete construction units above the base portion of the masonry wall,
a lower portion having a first securing means for securing the leading end of the vertical reinforcing bar to the vertical holster, and
a middle portion disposed between the upper portion and the lower portion for guiding the leading end of the vertical reinforcing bar from the opening of the upper portion to the first securing means of the lower portion; and
a second vertical holster combination configured to be positioned within the masonry wall adjacent an upper region of the vertical core in vertical alignment with the first vertical holster, the second vertical holster combination including a second vertical holster comprising a securing means for receiving a trailing end of the vertical reinforcing bar when the second vertical holster is in vertical alignment with the first vertical holster and a first horizontal holster disposed adjacent the second vertical holster configured for receiving a first horizontal reinforcing bar.

US Pat. No. 10,597,862

STORM DRAIN FILTER AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION

1. A storm drain filter comprising:a rectangular-shaped telescoping tubular frame having two U-shaped halves in which a first U-shaped halve slides into a second U-shaped halve to allow the width of the frame to be increased or decreased;
said frame having a front edge, a rear edge and side edges;
said frame supporting a filter bag having an inner surface, an outer surface, and an upper perimeter edge surrounding an opening into the filter bag;
said upper perimeter edge of the filter bag being attached to the frame via at least one sleeve located on the perimeter edge of the filter bag;
said at least one sleeve allowing the first halve and the second halve of the frame to slide and change the width of the telescoping frame and the width of the opening of the filter bag;
said filter bag having a rectangular-shaped main panel extending downward from the front edge of the frame and curving upward toward the rear edge of the frame;
side panels each extending from the side edges of the main panel to the side edges of the frame;
said filter bag being constructed out of a porous material capable of allowing water to drain through said porous material but catches small debris and pollutants; and
a mesh panel located on the filter bag between the main panel and the rear edge of the frame directly below the rear edge of the frame wherein said mesh panel is capable of allowing water and pollutants to drain before reaching the upper perimeter edge of the filter bag.

US Pat. No. 10,597,860

TOILET POSITIONING TEMPLATE AND METHOD

1. A positioning template, comprising:a forward portion, wherein the forward portion is configured to be positioned adjacent to a seating portion of a toilet bowl;
a rearward portion, wherein:
the rearward portion includes a first plurality of indicia; and
the rearward portion comprises a linear edge extending away from the toilet bowl and configured to be positioned adjacent to a wall;
a medial portion, wherein the medial portion includes a second plurality of indicia;
a top surface, wherein:
the top surface includes a third plurality of indicia; and
the top surface includes a pair of guides, wherein the pair of guides correspond to a location of a pair of protrusions;
a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface contacts the toilet bowl; and
a pair of protrusions, wherein:
the pair of protrusions extend substantially perpendicularly and vertically downwardly from the bottom surface; and
the pair of protrusions is configured to be received by a pair of seat mounting holes defined in a tank-support portion of the toilet bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,597,854

SENSING FAUCET FOR INTEGRATION OF SOAP SUPPLY WITH WATER EXIT

1. A sensing faucet for integration of a soap supply with a water exit, comprising a main body, a water supply module, and a soap supply module, said water supply module and said soap supply module installed on said main body,wherein said main body is an approximately L-shaped structure and comprises an extension portion and a mounting portion projecting in a direction away from said extension portion;
said water supply module comprises a water exit unit and a water supply sensing unit, said water exit unit in connection with a water supply pipe and controlled by said water supply sensing unit to supply water;
said soap supply module comprise a soap supply unit and a soap supply sensing unit, said soap supply sensing unit operable to control said soap supply unit to provide soap liquid, such that said soap supply unit supplies the soap liquid through a soap supply pipe; and
said mounting portion of said main body is configured with a first mounting zone and second mounting zone, wherein said first mounting zone is used for the installment of said water supply module and said second mounting zone is used for the installation of said soap supply module, said second mounting zone being of a structure having an inclined surface that is formed by obliquely cutting one side of said mounting portion and faces away from said extension portion, such that an obtuse angle is formed between said first mounting zone and said second mounting zone, an included angle between a front surface of said first mounting zone that faces away from said extension portion and the inclined surface of said second mounting zone that faces away from said extension portion ranges from 91° to 150° to conform to users' hand washing intuition and habit.

US Pat. No. 10,597,853

MEASURING JIG AND HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR CALIBRATION METHOD

KOMATSU LTD., Minato-ku,...

7. The hydraulic excavator calibration method according to claim 6, comprising:projecting projection light from an external measurement apparatus to the prism mirror and measuring reflected light reflected from the prism mirror to measure a plurality of stewing positions of the revolving unit; and
calibrating the plurality of parameters based on the plurality of measured stewing positions.

US Pat. No. 10,597,852

WHEEL LOADER AND METHOD FOR AUTOMICALLY ACCUMULATING TRANSPORT OPERATION INFORMATION OF WHEEL LOADER

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A wheel loader comprising:a boom;
a bucket attached to a tip end of the boom;
a travel device;
a forward/reverse travel switching device configured to issue an instruction to switch the wheel loader between forward travel and reverse travel of the travel device; and
a controller configured to
determine a travel distance of the wheel loader,
determine whether the bucket is in a loaded state or an unloaded state, and
automatically accumulate transport operation information about a load on the bucket when the wheel loader is switched to the reverse travel under the loaded state and travels at least a predetermined distance under the loaded state after switching to the reverse travel,
the controller being further configured not to accumulate the transport operation information when the controller determines that the bucket entered the unloaded state before the wheel loader had traveled at least the predetermined distance after switching to the reverse travel under the loaded state.

US Pat. No. 10,597,851

OPERATION DEVICE FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. An operation device for a construction machine comprising:a support member that is disposed on at least one of both left and right sides of an operator's seat installed in said construction machine;
an operating tool stand that is disposed to said support member and is rotatable between an operating position in which said operating tool stand extends forward from said support member and a tilt-up position in which said operating tool stand extends upward with respect to said support member; and
an operating tool that is disposed at a front end side of said operating tool stand to operate said construction machine, characterized in that:
said operating tool stand includes;
a rotating member that is rotatably mounted about a support pin as a rotational pivot, said supporting pin being mounted to said support member, and
a cam roller that is rotatably mounted to said rotating member and rotates together with said rotating member;
said support member is provided with an elastic member that has a contact surface with which said cam roller comes in elastic contact in accordance with rotation of said rotating member;
said contact surface of said elastic member has an operating position contact part with which said cam roller comes in contact in said operating position, and a tilt-up position contact part with which said cam roller comes in contact in said tilt-up position; and
a dimension (B) from a rotating center (O) of said rotating member to said operating position contact part is formed to be smaller than a dimension (C) from the rotating center (O) of said rotating member to said tilt-up position contact part.

US Pat. No. 10,597,850

VIBRATING SUBSOIL TOOL

1. A subsoil tool comprising:a) a shank;
b) a forward wing link comprising a forward wing and pivotally engaged with said shank;
c) a wing rod comprising a following wing and pivotally engaged with said forward wing link;
d) a hydraulic drive cylinder having a cylinder rod; and
e) a power link pivotally engaged with said wing rod and pivotally engaged with said cylinder rod of said drive cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,597,848

BULLDOZER RAKE ASSEMBLY

1. A bulldozer rake assembly having a rake being pivotally coupled to a bulldozer blade wherein said assembly is configured to both rake and grade, said assembly comprising:a bulldozer blade being mountable on a bulldozer for grading, said bulldozer blade having a bottom edge, a top edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge;
a rake unit being pivotally coupled to said bulldozer blade, said rake unit being positionable in a deployed position having said rake unit being aligned with said bottom edge of said bulldozer blade wherein said rake unit is configured to engage roots and debris for grubbing, said rake unit being positionable in a stored position having said rake unit being aligned with said top edge of said bulldozer blade wherein said bulldozer blade is configured to engage earth for grading;
a first pivot being coupled to said bulldozer blade, said first pivot being positioned on said first lateral edge of said bulldozer blade, said first pivot being positioned closer to said top edge than said bottom edge;
a second pivot being coupled to said bulldozer blade, said second pivot being positioned on said second lateral edge of said bulldozer blade, said second pivot being positioned closer to said top edge than said bottom edge;
a stop being coupled to said bulldozer blade, said stop being positioned on said top edge, said stop being centrally positioned between said first and second lateral edges; and
said rake unit comprising
a member having a first end and a second end, said member being elongated between said first and second ends,
a pair of arms, each of said arms being coupled to a respective one of said first and second ends of said member, each of said arms being oriented perpendicular to an axis extending through said first and second ends of said member, each of said arms having a distal end with respect to said member, and
each of said arms having an aperture extending therethrough and being associated therewith, said aperture being aligned with said distal end of said associated arm, said distal end of each of said arms engaging a respective one of said first and second pivots on said bulldozer blade.

US Pat. No. 10,597,845

IMPLEMENT VIBRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An implement vibration system for a vehicle having an implement, the implement vibration system comprising:a vibration activation device;
an operator control that enables the operator to send implement commands to control movement of the implement;
an electrohydraulic mechanism that controls the movement of the implement;
an electronic controller that monitors the vibration activation device and sends movement signals to the electrohydraulic mechanism to control movement of the implement;
wherein the movement signals sent by the electronic controller to the electrohydraulic mechanism are based on the implement commands; and
wherein when the vibration activation device is activated, the electronic controller sends vibration signals to the electrohydraulic mechanism to cause the implement to vibrate, and superimposes the vibration signals on the movement signals sent to the electrohydraulic mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,597,834

CRASH BARRIER SYSTEM WITH DIFFERENT INTERVALS

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A crash barrier system comprising:support posts, box beams, upper tubes, lower tubes, barrier rails, and a lower suspension,
the support posts are arranged axially parallel to one another,
the box beams are connected to the support posts on a front facing side of the support posts, and the box beams are mounted between the support posts and the upper tubes,
the upper tubes are vertically oriented and arranged axially parallel to one another, connected to the box beams, and mounted between the barrier rails and the box beams,
the barrier rails are fastened to the upper tubes, and positioned on a front facing side of the crash barrier system, and
the lower suspension includes the lower tubes and is fastened to the front facing side of the support posts at a location beneath the box beams and the upper tubes,
wherein the lower tubes are each oriented in the same vertical orientation as the upper tubes and are positioned at an elevation beneath the upper tubes, and the lower tubes are each shorter than the upper tubes and have a greater ductility than the upper tubes for absorbing impact energy in an event of a collision with the lower suspension.

US Pat. No. 10,597,830

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DRAINAGE OF A SURFACE LAYER

1. A drainage assembly, comprising:a subgrade material having a bottom surface and at least one side surface that forms an angle with the bottom surface;
a first layer of a first material disposed on the bottom surface and the at least one side surface;
a passage disposed on or in the first layer; and
a second layer of a second material disposed above the passage and the first layer;
wherein the first material is coarser than the second material;
wherein an angle of repose of the second material is equal to or steeper than the angle;
wherein a membrane material is disposed on a top surface and a plurality of side surfaces of the passage that is a hollow member, but is not disposed on a bottom surface of the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,597,829

HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE

1. A highway interchange comprising:a plurality of travel paths;
the plurality of travel paths comprising a first major travel path, a second major travel path, a first minor travel path and a second minor travel path;
a plurality of exits;
the first major travel path and the second major travel path being oriented parallel to and directionally opposite each other, wherein the first major travel path and the second major travel path form a major thoroughfare;
the first minor travel path and the second minor travel path being oriented parallel to and directionally opposite each other, wherein the first minor travel path and the second minor travel path form a minor thoroughfare, and wherein the plurality of travel paths are configured to intersect with each other;
the plurality of travel paths being connected to each other through the plurality of exits;
the first minor travel path traversing under the major thoroughfare;
the second minor travel path traversing over the major thoroughfare;
the plurality of exits comprising a first right turn exit, a second right turn exit, a third right turn exit and a fourth right turn exit;
the first right turn exit traversing from the first major travel path to the first minor travel path;
the second right turn exit traversing from the second major travel path to the second minor travel path;
the third right turn exit traversing from the first minor travel path to the second major travel path;
the fourth right turn exit traversing from the second minor travel path to the first major travel path;
the plurality of exits comprising a first left turn exit, a second left turn exit, a third left turn exit and a fourth left turn exit;
the first left turn exit traversing from the first major travel path to the second minor travel path;
the second left turn exit traversing from the second major travel path to the first minor travel path;
the third left turn exit traversing from the first minor travel path to the first major travel path;
the fourth left turn exit traversing from the second minor travel path to the second major travel path;
the first minor travel path and the second minor travel path each comprising a medial intersection portion;
the medial intersection portion of the first minor travel path being positioned beneath the major thoroughfare, wherein the medial intersection portion of the first minor travel path is positioned beneath the first major travel path and the second major travel path;
the medial intersection portion of the second minor travel path being positioned above the major thoroughfare, wherein the medial intersection portion of the second minor travel path is positioned above the first major travel path and the second major travel path;
the first left turn exit traversing from the first major travel path to the medial intersection portion of the second minor travel path;
the second left turn exit traversing from the second major travel path to the medial intersection portion of the first minor travel path;
the third left turn exit traversing from the medial intersection portion of the first minor travel path to the first major travel path; and
the fourth left turn exit traversing from the medial intersection portion of the second minor travel path to the second major travel path.

US Pat. No. 10,597,827

MACHINE FOR REPAIRING A BALLAST BED WITH TWO SCREENING MACHINES, AND METHOD FOR REPAIRING A BALLAST BED

MATISA Materiel Industrie...

1. A machine for rehabilitating a ballast bed comprising:at least one undercutter defining an operating movement direction of the machine;
a distributor for dividing an incoming ballast stream originating from said undercutter into at least two separate outgoing ballast streams;
at least one rear screening machine positioned behind said undercutter in a direction of movement and fed by a first of the two separate outgoing ballast streams;
at least one front screening machine fed by a second of the two separate outgoing ballast streams, said front screening machine is positioned in front of said undercutter; and
said distributor having a variator for varying a ratio between the first and second of the two separate outgoing ballast streams.

US Pat. No. 10,597,826

SLEEPER PAD

1. A sleeper pad for fastening on at least one outer surface of a railway sleeper facing a ballast bed, the sleeper pad comprising at least one damping layer having a side that is adapted to contact the ballast bed, the damping layer has an EPM index in a range from 10% to 25%, wherein the EPM index is adapted to be determined by a load test carried out on a test body formed of the damping layer with a surface area of 300 mm times 300 mm and includes the following test steps:a) establishing at least one test point on the test body at a site of the test body against which a contour plate, comprising a number of protrusions, presses in a test step c) with a maximum protrusion of one of the protrusions against the test body;
b) determining a starting thickness D0 of the test body in an unloaded state at the test point in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the test body;
c) compressing the test body, which was entirely previously unloaded, within 60 seconds between a level steel plate and the contour plate wherein the test body at the test point at the end of 60 seconds is compressed to 50% of a starting thickness D0 thereof and the contour plate presses with the maximum protrusion of the protrusion of the contour plate against the test body at the test point;
d) continuously maintaining for 12 hours a compression of the test body achieved in test step c) at the end of the 60 seconds;
e) terminating the compression and fully relaxing the test body within a relaxation interval of 5 seconds at an end of the 12 hours according to test step d);
f) measuring a momentary thickness D20 of the test body at the test point 20 minutes after the end of the relaxation interval according to test step e) in the direction perpendicular to the surface of the test body according to test step b);
g) calculating the EPM index from the starting thickness D0 and the momentary thickness D20 measured in test step f), according to the formula: 100% times (D0-D20)/D0.

US Pat. No. 10,597,818

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DYE-ATTACHED SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING DEVICE

NIDEK CO., LTD., Gamagor...

1. A method for manufacturing a dyed resin body using a dye-attached substrate provided with a dye section that includes a sublimable dye to be deposited on a resin body, the method comprising:printing a plurality of units of the dye sections, each dye section for dyeing one resin body or one set of resin bodies constituting one unit, lined up in a longitudinal direction of a long thin substrate, by discharging ink that includes the sublimable dye on the substrate using a printing device, wherein the resin body is a lens,
creating a piece of the substrate that includes the plurality of units of the dye sections, by cutting the substrate on which the dye section is printed;
drying the ink of the plurality of units of the dye sections included in the piece of the substrate;
heating the sublimable dye, the sublimable dye subliming toward the resin body and being deposited on the resin body after the sublimable dye is heated; and
heating the resin body on which the sublimable dye has been deposited, the sublimable dye being fixed to the resin body after the resin body is heated.

US Pat. No. 10,597,815

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a cabinet having an air inlet;
a dehumidifier which is provided inside the cabinet, and dehumidifies air suctioned into the cabinet through the air inlet;
a first blower which is provided at a top of the cabinet, and discharges the air dehumidified in the cabinet by the dehumidifier; and
a second blower which is provided over the cabinet with a distance therebetween, and suctions air to send the suctioned air toward laundry hung above the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 10,597,814

DRYING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Xeros Limited, Rotherham...

1. An apparatus for use in the drying of substrates using a solid particulate material, said apparatus comprising:(a) housing means having mounted therein a rotatably mounted cylindrical drum;
(b) access means; and
(c) at least one collection means,wherein said rotatably mounted cylindrical drum additionally comprises capturing and transferring means, adapted to facilitate collection of said solid particulate material and transfer of said solid particulate material to said collection means,wherein said capturing and transferring means comprises routing means adapted to direct the transference of said solid particulate material to said collection means, andeither wherein said capturing and transferring means is comprised in lifters and said routing means comprises a plurality of compartments each of which comprises a plurality of opposed offset chambers, arranged along each side of inner walls of the lifters, or wherein said routing means comprises an Archimedean screw.

US Pat. No. 10,597,806

SEWING MACHINE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A sewing machine comprising:an embroidery frame configured to hold a sewing object;
an image capture portion having a predetermined image capture range;
a processor; and
a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, instruct the processor to perform processes comprising:
acquiring embroidery data representing an embroidery pattern, the embroidery pattern including a first pattern and a second pattern, the first pattern being a pattern that is sewn in a state in which a holding position of the sewing object held by the embroidery frame is a first position, and the second pattern being a pattern that is sewn subsequent to the first pattern in a state in which the holding position is a second position different from the first position;
identifying, as an image capture area, an area which includes at least a part of a first area and which is within the image capture range in the state in which the holding position is the first position, the first area being an area in which the first pattern is sewn on the basis of the acquired embroidery data;
causing the image capture portion to capture a first image representing the identified image capture area;
acquiring first image data representing the first image;
extracting a first feature point from the acquired first image data;
causing the image capture portion to capture a second image of the sewing object when the holding position is the second position after the first image data has been acquired;
acquiring second image data representing the second image;
extracting a second feature point from the acquired second image data;
setting, on the basis of the first feature point and the second feature point, a layout of the second pattern with respect to the first pattern when the holding position is the second position;
correcting the embroidery data to sew the second pattern in accordance with the set layout; and
sewing the second pattern on the sewing object on the basis of the corrected embroidery data.

US Pat. No. 10,597,805

KNITTED FABRIC AND METHOD FOR KNITTING SAME

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A knitted fabric having a base and a plurality of ridge portions formed in parallel to each other along a knitting direction on the base, characterized in that:each of the ridge portions comprises a top portion and two side wall portions, the top portion being formed by a stitch row extending in the knitting direction, each of the two side wall portions being formed by a stitch row extending in the knitting direction and knitted such that it is knitted in the base at the base side thereof and engaged with the top portion at the top portion side thereof to couple the top portion to the base;
at least one of the top portion and two side wall portions has a different color arranged thereon from the others of the top portion and two side wall portions;
the top portion is formed by at least two chain-stitch rows and has a structure in which the at least two chain-stitch rows are coupled to each other by a coupling yarn;
each of the two side wall portions is formed by a chain-stitch row identical to the chain-stitch rows of the top portion;
the chain-stitch rows of the side wall portions are engaged with the top portion in a state where loops formed on the top portion sides thereof are inserted in the chain-stitch rows of the top portion, and are connected at the base sides thereof to the base; and
the knitted fabric has a structure in which positions connected to the base of adjacent side wall portions between the ridge portions adjacent to each other are spaced a predetermined distance from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,597,803

COOLING POLYAMIDE YARN

1. A yarn for use in knitting or weaving fabric for a wearer experiencing increased physical effort or being exposed to higher external temperature, the yarni) consisting of Nylon 66 and titanium dioxide (TiO2), wherein said Nylon 66 is polymerized from a mixture of monomers with TiO2, said TiO2 being present in the yarn in an amount of 0.3 wt % to 1.5 wt %,
ii) exhibiting low crimp characterized by a crimp modulus between 2% and 3%, and
iii) having an elliptic cross-section characterized by a ratio between a minor axis and a major axis of between 3:7 and 6:7,
wherein the combination of the crimp with the ratio and with the chemical composition affects heat conductivity and the structural properties of the fabric knitted or woven from said yarn, resulting in cooling the skin of the wearer, the effects being confirmed and quantized in laboratory tests, and being compared with a comparative fabric sample on an inanimate manikin model.

US Pat. No. 10,597,801

SHIRT CUTTING JIG AND PROCESS FOR CONVERTING SHIRTS INTO YARN

1. A process for converting a textile into yarn, comprising the steps of:providing a jig, the jig having a base, a clamping bar, a comb-shaped clamping panel and a cutting fence;
mounting a tubular body of a textile flat on a top surface of the base of the jig, the tubular body mounted on the base having first and second folded edges and first and second open ends;
securing, to the base, the clamping bar over the first folded edge of the tubular body to secure the first folded edge to the base;
securing, to the base, the clamping panel over the second folded edge of the tubular body to secure the second folded edge to the base, and wherein securing includes positioning the clamping panel relative to a position of the second folded edge of the tubular body so that a plurality of teeth of the clamping panel extend onto the tubular body and portions of the second folded edge are accessible within gaps disposed between the teeth;
mounting the cutting fence on the jig at a first position extending from the clamping bar to the clamping panel;
cutting, using the cutting fence as a cutting guide, a strip of material of the tubular body, the cut strip of material extending from the second folded edge of the tubular body to a position adjacent to but not extending fully to the first folded edge;
repositioning the cutting fence on the jig by mounting the cutting fence to a position adjacent to the cutting fence's prior position, the repositioned cutting fence extending from the clamping bar to the clamping panel;
repeating the cutting and repositioning steps multiple times until a substantial portion of the tubular body is cut into multiple strips of material;
removing from the jig the tubular body with the multiple strips of material;
opening the tubular body with the multiple strips of material at the first folded edge;
cutting, at the opened first folded edge, each of the strips of material in a diagonal pattern to produce from the tubular body a single strip of material;
converting the single strip of material into a single strip of yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,597,798

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR COOLING YARNS AND FABRICS, AND ARTICLES COMPRISING SAME

1. A single covered yarn comprising:(a) a core fiber comprising a composite fiber; and
(b) a first fiber comprising a cellulosic fiber;
wherein the composite fiber comprises a core component and a sheath component;
wherein the core component comprises a polyester polymer and a first cooling composition;
wherein the sheath component comprises a polyamide polymer and a second cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition is present in an amount of about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % based on the weight of the polyester polymer and the first cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition comprises Ag, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Si, Ti, or combinations thereof present in at least one ionic or covalent compound;
wherein the second cooling composition is present in an amount of about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % based on the weight of the polyamide polymer and the second cooling composition;
wherein the second cooling composition comprises Ag, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Si, Ti, or combinations thereof present in an at least one ionic or covalent compound; and
wherein the first fiber is wound around the core yarn to form a single covered yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,597,797

MODIFIED POLYLACTIC ACID FIBERS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A polylactic acid fiber having an average diameter of from about 5 to about 25 micrometers, the fiber comprisinga thermoplastic composition formed by melt blending and reacting polylactic acid with a polyepoxide modifier including a copolymer that contains an epoxy modified (meth)acrylic monomeric component and an olefin monomeric component
wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises 70 wt. % or more of the polylactic acid,
and further comprises a polymeric toughening additive in an amount of from 1 wt. % to 25 wt. %,
wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises a plurality of discrete domains dispersed within a continuous phase, at least some of the discrete domains containing the polyepoxide modifier, at least some of the discrete domains containing the polymeric toughening additive and having a length dimension of from about 0.5 ?m to about 30 ?m, and the continuous phase containing the polylactic acid, and
wherein the fiber has a glass transition temperature of from about 55° C. to about 65° C., and exhibits a peak elongation of about 50% or more and a tenacity of from about 0.75 to about 6 grams-force per denier.

US Pat. No. 10,597,794

HIGH PURITY POLYMER DERIVED 3C SIC, METHODS COMPOSITIONS AND APPLICATIONS

Pallidus, Inc., Albany, ...

1. A SiC boule for use as a semiconductor, the SiC boule consisting essentially of 3C—SiC, the 3C—SiC formed by the steps comprising: curing of a liquid SiOC precursor formulation to form a cured SiOC solid material having a purity of at least 99.999%; pyrolyzing the SiOC solid material to form SiC particles having a purity of at least 99.999%; and, vapor deposition of the SiC particles, at a temperature from about 1,300 to about 1,700° C., to form a boule consisting essentially of 3C SiC and a purity of at least 99.999%.

US Pat. No. 10,597,793

PLATING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING PROGRAM THEREON

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A plating apparatus for applying a plating process on a substrate by using a substrate holding member, the plating apparatus comprising:a plating tank;
a first member disposed in the plating tank at a position opposite to the substrate holding member when the substrate holding member is placed in the plating tank;
an optical sensor disposed on one of the substrate holding member and the first member; and
a plurality of detected parts disposed on the other of the substrate holding member and the first member to be detectable by the optical sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,597,792

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE MATERIAL FOR CONNECTION COMPONENT

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. An electrically conductive material, comprising:coating layers comprising a Cu—Sn alloy coating layer and a Sn coating layer that is formed in sequence on a surface of a base material made of a copper or copper alloy sheet strip,
wherein a Cu content in the Cu—Sn alloy coating layer is from 55 to 70 atomic %,
an average thickness of the Cu—Sn alloy coating layer is from 0.1 to 3.0 ?m,
an average thickness of the Sn coating layer is from 0.2 to 5.0 ?m, and
a material surface of the electrically conductive material has an arithmetic mean roughness Ra in at least one direction of 0.15 ?m or more and an arithmetic mean roughness Ra in all directions of 3.0 ?m or less, and
wherein when a reflected electron image of the material surface is observed with a scanning electron microscope at a magnification of 100 times, a region A and a region B having a higher brightness than the region A and in which the Cu—Sn alloy coating layer is not exposed coexist on the material surface, and an area ratio of the region A on the material surface is from 2 to 65%, and
wherein when the region A is observed with the scanning electron microscope at a magnification of 10,000 times, a region C covered with the Sn coating layer and a region D not covered with the Sn coating layer coexist in the region A, and an area ratio of the region C in the region A is from 20 to 70%.

US Pat. No. 10,597,790

REFINED COPPER, METHOD OF PRODUCING REFINED COPPER, ELECTRIC WIRE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRIC WIRE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method of producing a refined copper, the method comprising:manufacturing a copper plate of not less than 3 mm in thickness by depositing the refined copper on a cathode by an electroplating process or an electroless plating process in an alkaline plating bath comprising a solution of a copper compound consisting of a copper cyanide that does not include any of sulfur, chlorine, and oxygen elements, and produces copper ions having a valence of +1 in the solution,
wherein a sulfur concentration in an entirety of the copper plate is not more than 3.1 mass ppm, a chlorine concentration in the entirety of the copper plate is not more than 1.1 mass ppm, a sulfur concentration in the copper plate from an outermost surface to a depth of 80 nm is not less than 200 mass ppm and not more than 620 mass ppm, and chlorine concentration in the copper plate from the outermost surface to a depth of 60 nm is not less than 400 mass ppm and not more than 700 mass ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,597,787

ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTION DEVICE

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An electrochemical reaction device, comprising:an electrolytic solution tank;
an oxidation electrode disposed in the electrolytic solution tank;
a reduction electrode disposed in the electrolytic solution tank; and
a generator connected to the oxidation electrode and the reduction electrode,
wherein the reduction electrode has
a carbon porous layer having a porous structure with a pore distribution of 5 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less, and
a metal porous layer disposed on the carbon porous layer, the metal porous layer having a porous structure with a pore distribution of 5 nm or more and 100 nm or less and containing particles of a reduction catalyst of 100 nm or less, the reduction catalyst being at least one selected from the group consisting of Au, Ag, Cu, Pt, Ni, Zn and Pd,
wherein the generator has a photovoltaic body having a first face connected to the oxidation electrode and a second face connected to the reduction electrode, and is configured to perform charge separation by energy of light irradiated on the first face or the second face,
wherein the oxidation electrode is in contact with the first face of the photovoltaic body, and has a first through hole which is capable of passing an electrolytic solution through,
wherein the reduction electrode is in contact with the second face of the photovoltaic body, and has a second through hole which is capable of passing the electrolytic solution through, and
wherein the photovoltaic body has a third through hole which is capable of passing the electrolytic solution through and communicated with the first through hole and the second through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,597,786

RUST PARTICLE REMOVER FOR SILVERWARE/POTS/PANS AND LAUNDRY

1. A rust particle remover, comprising a core (1) and an outer sleeve (2),characterized in that
the core (1) is made up of a magnet comprising a magnetic field strength of at least 13.2 Tesla,
wherein the core (1) is introduced into the outer sleeve (2) by means of pressure pressing, and wherein
the surface of the outer sleeve (2) has a fluting, the structure of which has a depth of between 8.87 ?m and 0.5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,597,785

SINGLE OXIDE METAL DEPOSITION CHAMBER

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A deposition chamber, comprising:a gas distribution plate disposed in a chamber body;
a metal target disposed in a peripheral portion of the chamber body;
a substrate support disposed below the gas distribution plate, wherein the substrate support is adjustable in a vertical direction between a first position and a second position below the first position;
a first processing volume disposed between the gas distribution plate and the substrate support when the substrate support is in the first position; and
a second processing volume disposed between the metal target and the substrate support when the substrate support is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,784

COLD SPRAY NOZZLE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A spray nozzle comprising:a body having a flow passage, wherein at least along a portion of the flow passage the body has a depth-wise compositional variation comprising:
a cemented carbide first region; and
a cemented carbide second region closer to the flow passage than the first region and having a higher boron content than a boron content, if any, of the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,597,783

LITHIUM CELL ELECTRODE USING SURFACE-MODIFIED COPPER FOIL CURRENT COLLECTOR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of re-shaping at least a selected area of a flat surface of a copper foil to enhance the subsequent application of a layer of a porous resin-bonded coating of particles of electrode material for a lithium electrochemical cell; the method comprising:reacting the selected area of the flat copper surface with an aqueous solution of a hydroxide ion-containing and a copper metal oxidant-containing composition at a predetermined temperature and for a predetermined period of time to react with a portion of the copper at the flat surface of the copper foil to form a field of wires or wire-like protrusions of copper hydroxide, each copper hydroxide wire being anchored at one end to un-reacted copper at the surface of the copper foil, the copper hydroxide wires extending outwardly from the un-reacted copper surface, the field of copper hydroxide wires extending over the selected area of the copper surface of the copper foil;
heating the field of copper hydroxide wires in air to convert the copper hydroxide wires to a field of copper oxide wires; and
reacting the field of copper oxide wires with hydrogen to convert the copper oxide wires to a field of copper wires;
the surface of the copper foil being thus prepared for the subsequent application of the porous resin-bonded coating of particles of electrode material to either (i) the field of copper wires, or (ii) to the formed field of copper oxide wires.

US Pat. No. 10,597,777

PRECURSOR COMPOSITION CONTAINING GROUP IV ORGANIC COMPOUND AND METHOD FOR FORMING THIN FILM USING SAME

EUGENETECH MATERIALS CO.,...

15. A precursor composition comprising a mixture of one compound selected from an organic aluminum compound, an organic gallium compound and an organic germanium compound, with a group IV organic compound, wherein the organic germanium compound is represented by the following :
in , R?1, R?2, R?3 and R?4 are each independently one selected from a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group of 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an alkylamine group of 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a dialkylamine group of 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an aryl group of 6 to 10 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group of 7 to 13 carbon atoms, and an alkylsilyl group of 2 to 10 carbon atoms, and R?5 and R?9 are each independently one selected from a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group of 1 to 6 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,597,776

PROCESS FOR COATING AN ARTICLE AND COATING PRODUCED THEREBY

1. A method for coating an object, comprising applying a coating having one or more coating layers to the object,wherein at least one coating layer is formed essentially from aluminum, titanium and nitrogen,
wherein the at least one coating layer comprises, at least in some regions, mutually adjoining lamellae of varying chemical composition and is deposited with an average composition of AlxTi(1-x)N with 0.70?x?0.90, and at a pressure of 10 mbar to 80 mbar from a gas phase having at least one aluminum precursor and at least one titanium precursor,
wherein the molar ratio of aluminum to titanium is adjusted so that the lamellae of varying chemical composition are each formed with a cubic structure, wherein lamellae with a composition of AlxTi(1-x)N having a higher Al content than Ti content and a cubic structure alternate consecutively with lamellae with a composition of Ti(1-x)AlxN having a higher Ti content than Al content and also a cubic structure, and
wherein with the preservation of the cubic structure, aluminum and titanium can be partially replaced by other metals, and nitrogen can be partially replaced by oxygen and/or carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,597,775

FILM FORMING METHOD AND FILM FORMING APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A film forming method by a film forming apparatus configured to form a film on part of a work,the film forming apparatus comprising:
a film forming vessel comprising a first mold and a second mold that is arranged to be opposed to the first mold, the first mold comprising a first recessed portion and a first planar portion arranged around the first recessed portion and an exhaust port in a bottom portion of the first recessed portion, and
a seal member placed between the first planar portion of the first mold and the second mold, the seal member being configured to keep inside of the film forming vessel airtight when the film forming vessel is closed,
wherein the work is placed away from the first planar portion such that a film formation target part of the work faces an internal space of the first recessed portion when the film forming vessel is closed, and the film forming vessel sandwiches the work between the first mold and the second mold via the seal member positioned in between the first mold and the second mold when the film forming vessel is in a closed state,
the film forming method comprising:
(a) forming a film on part of the work by the film forming apparatus;
(b) regulating an internal pressure of the film forming vessel to make the internal pressure of the film forming vessel lower than a pressure outside of the film forming vessel;
(c) moving the first mold relative to the work in a direction of separating away from each other and opening the film forming vessel after (a) and (b); and
(d) from a time immediately before the film forming vessel is opened to a time when the film forming vessel has been opened, evacuating the film forming vessel via the exhaust port.

US Pat. No. 10,597,773

ANTIMONY-CONTAINING MATERIALS FOR ION IMPLANTATION

Praxair Technology, Inc.,...

1. A composition suitable for ion implantation for implanting antimony-containing ions to create an n-type electronic device structure, comprising:an antimony-containing material, said antimony-containing material chemically stable at ambient temperature and maintained under storage conditions in a liquid phase under sub-atmospheric pressure and further wherein said storage conditions are characterized by the absence of trace amounts of moisture;
said antimony-containing material represented by a non-carbon containing chemical formula; andsaid antimony-containing material in the liquid phase being in substantial equilibrium with a corresponding vapor phase that is adapted to exert a sufficient vapor pressure in response to a downstream vacuum pressure condition.

US Pat. No. 10,597,772

FUNCTIONALLY GRADED MATERIAL BY IN-SITU GRADIENT ALLOY SPUTTER DEPOSITION MANAGEMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A computer implemented method for preparing an alloy film, the method comprising a computer readable storage device having program code embodied therewith, the program code executable by a processing unit to:communicate with a sputter chamber having a configurable surface in communication with a target material, the configurable surface having a moveable segment;
flexibly change a composition of the configurable surface, including selectively introduce the segment; and
introduce ingress gas to interact with the changed composition, the interaction to produce an alloy film.

US Pat. No. 10,597,771

RARE EARTH THIN-FILM MAGNET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A rare earth thin-film magnet of a Nd—Fe—B film formed by heat-treating an amorphous film deposited directly on a Si substrate, and having a film thickness of 10 ?m or more and 160 ?m or less, a composition consisting of Nd, Fe and B, and a structure consisting of Nd2Fe14B crystal grains mixed with crystal grains of a non-magnetic Nd-rich phase, wherein the composition has a Nd content which is larger than the stoichiometric content of Nd2Fe14B and satisfies a compositional condition depending on the thickness of the Nd—Fe—B alloy film such that, in a case where the thickness is 70 ?m or less, 70 ?m to 115 ?m excluding 70 ?m, or 115 ?m to 160 ?m excluding 115 ?m, a ratio of Nd/(Nd+Fe) in terms of atomic % is in a range of 0.15?Nd/(Nd+Fe)?0.25, 0.18?Nd/(Nd+Fe)?0.25, or 0.20?Nd/(Nd+Fe)?0.25, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,597,770

VAPOR DEPOSITION SOURCE, VAPOR DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING VAPOR-DEPOSITED FILM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vapor deposition source having a surface which has a plurality of openings via which vapor deposition particles are ejected, the vapor deposition source being configured to have a first length in a first direction and a second length in a second direction which is orthogonal to the first direction, the first length being longer than the second length, the first direction and the second direction being in a same plane,the plurality of openings each having a slit shape defined by (i) two first sides which face each other and (ii) two second sides which face each other, the two first sides being parallel to the first direction and being equal in length, the two second sides being parallel to the second direction and being equal in length, the plurality of openings being arranged, at regular intervals, linearly along the first direction,
the two first sides each being not less than 4 times and not more than 50 times as long as each of the two second sides,
the two second sides each having a length of not less than 1 mm and not greater than 5 mm,
the plurality of openings each having a depth in a third direction that is orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction, the depth being not less than 5 mm and not greater than 20 mm.