US Pat. No. 10,190,966

METAL-PIPE USE SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A metal-pipe use support system comprising:a reading unit configured to read identification data for a plurality of metal pipes,
a metal pipe information reception unit configured to receive, from the reading unit, the identification data for each of the plurality of metal pipes;
a use condition reception unit configured to receive an environment value indicative of an environment at each of positions in a space in which the metal pipes are to be placed as use condition data about a condition under which a metal pipe is to be used;
a pipe-specific data acquisition unit configured to access a data recording unit storing pipe-specific data indicative of a property of each metal pipe and corresponding identification data in an associated manner and to acquire the pipe-specific data associated with the identification data received by the metal pipe information reception unit, the pipe-specific data including a performance value indicative of a performance of each of the metal pipes;
a pipe determination unit configured to assign, by a processor, to each of the positions in the space in which the metal pipes are to be placed, a metal pipe having a performance value suitable for the environment value of that position based on a comparison between the environment value for each of the positions in the space in which the metal pipes are to be placed indicated by the use-condition data and the performance value indicative of the performance of each of the metal pipes included in the pipe-specific data to determine an arrangement of the plurality of metal pipes; and
an output unit configured to output information relating to the metal pipe determined by the pipe determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,964

GENERATING A FLUID STREAM IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

XY, LLC, Navasota, TX (U...

1. A method of operating a flow cytometer, comprising:providing a variable volume container having a flexible wall;
establishing an amount of fluid in said variable volume container;
exerting an amount of pressure with an amount of a gas on an exterior surface of said flexible wall of said variable volume container, wherein said flexible wall comprises at least two flexible layers, a first flexible layer compatible with said amount of gas and a second flexible layer compatible with said amount of fluid;
collecting said amount of gas between said first flexible layer and said second flexible layer;
providing a conduit between said variable volume container and a flow path of said flow cytometer;
generating a fluid stream of said amount of fluid in said flow path of said flow cytometer by exerting said amount of pressure with said amount of gas on said exterior surface of said flexible wall of said variable volume container;
generating a fluid pressure of said fluid stream of said amount of fluid inside of said flow cytometer within the range of about 25 psi and about 50 psi;
regulating said fluid stream within said flow path of said flow cytometer having said fluid pressure within the range of about 25 psi and about 50 psi for analysis of a plurality of particles entrained within said fluid stream;
intermittently entraining one of said plurality of particles in said fluid stream in said flow path of said flow cytometer; and
analyzing said plurality of particles entrained within said fluid stream.

US Pat. No. 10,190,962

FLOW CYTOMETRY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BLOCKING DIFFRACTION PATTERNS

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. A flow cytometer system for blocking a diffraction pattern, the system comprising:an intermediate angle scatter (IAS) light detector; and
a mask disposed across a portion of the IAS light detector and covering at least a central portion of the IAS light detector so as to block a diffraction pattern created by:
(1) a flat beam profile irradiating the liquid sample while allowing all IAS signals to be detected by the IAS light detector; or
(2) a mismatched index of refraction between a sheath fluid and a liquid sample when the liquid sample is irradiated while allowing all IAS signals emitted from the liquid sample to be detected by the IAS light detector.

US Pat. No. 10,190,961

SAMPLE ANALYZER AND SAMPLE ANALYZING METHOD THEREOF

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medi...

1. A sample analyzer, comprising:a sample collection device for collecting a sample quantitatively, wherein the sample comprises cell particles;
a reagent supplement device for providing a reagent, wherein the reagent is able to react with the cell particles;
a sample reaction device for receiving the sample from the sample collection device and the reagent from the reagent supplement device, wherein the reagent reacts with the cell particles to generate an analyte;
an analyte delivery device for delivering the analyte for optical measurement; and
an optical measurement device for measuring a light signal generated from the analyte to generate light signal information, wherein the optical measurement device comprises:
a fluid chamber comprising an illumination zone, wherein the analyte from the analyte delivery device flows through the illumination zone to form a sample stream;
a light source for illuminating the illumination zone to generate the light signal from the sample stream; and
a light detector for detecting the light signal and transforming the light signal into the light signal information, wherein the light detector comprises at least one silicon photomultiplier, wherein a light sensing area of the silicon photomultiplier is smaller than a threshold value, a distortion of a pulse amplitude of an electrical signal is triggered when the light sensing area of the silicon photomultiplier exceeds the threshold value, and the electrical signal is generated according to an amount of a dark pulse count overlapping on a single one of the cell particles.

US Pat. No. 10,190,960

MICRO-LENS SYSTEMS FOR PARTICLE PROCESSING SYSTEMS

1. A particle processing system comprising:a detection region including a micro-lens array; and
a particle processing region configured to be removably and optically coupled to the detection region, wherein the particle processing region includes at least one microfluidic channel;
wherein the micro-lens array includes at least one micro-lens system having a plurality of free-space optical elements disposed along a central axis, the micro-lens system positioned relative to the at least one microfluidic channel so as to collect light from an angle of less than 180 degrees from the at least one microfluidic channel, and
wherein at least one optical element collects and collimates a fluorescence signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,959

SORTING FLOW CYTOMETER

Beckman Coulter, Inc., B...

1. A sorting flow cytometer comprising:a fluid nozzle configured to receive a fluid input and generate a fluid stream along a fluid path;
a laser configured to generate a laser beam and positioned to direct the laser beam at the fluid stream;
acquisition electronics including a sensor analyzer arranged and configured to detect light from the laser after the laser beam has intersected the fluid stream;
a computing device in data communication with the acquisition electronics;
a computer readable data storage device storing data instructions that, when executed by the computing device, cause the computing device to perform the following steps:
identify segments of the fluid stream, including a first segment and a second segment that are directly adjacent to each other;
generate preliminary sort decisions that assign preliminary charges to segments of the fluid stream including a first preliminary sort decision that assigns a first preliminary charge to the first segment and a second preliminary sort decision that assigns a second preliminary charge to the second segment;
evaluate the first preliminary sort decision and the second preliminary sort decision;
generate final sort decisions that include a modification to the first preliminary sort decision or the second preliminary sort decision to assign a neutral charge for at least one of the first segment or the second segment; and
generate a sort control signal according to the final sort decisions;
sort control electronics in data communication with the computing device, configured to receive the sort control signal from the computing device and selectively apply charges to the segments of the fluid stream prior to a drop break off point; and
deflection plates arranged adjacent to the fluid path to sort drops formed from the segments of the fluid stream into a plurality of containers.

US Pat. No. 10,190,954

PRE-STRAINED COMPOSITE TEST COUPONS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method comprising:inserting a test coupon of a composite material having a plurality of layers into a testing device that has a first element to secure the test coupon and a second element to secure the test coupon, wherein the plurality of layers of the test coupon are arranged in a cross-ply layup including:
inner ply layers having first fibers and a first matrix material associated with the first fibers, the first fibers oriented in a first direction; and
outer ply layers having second fibers and a second matrix material associated with the second fibers, the outer ply layers including outermost ply layers and the second fibers oriented in a second direction that is different than the first direction;
performing a first loading operation on the test coupon, wherein the first loading operation includes applying a first tensile load oriented in the first direction, the first tensile load corresponding to a threshold load that is less than a failure load of the first fibers;
removing the first tensile load after the first tensile load causes cracking along the second direction and between the second fibers of each of the outermost ply layers;
after removing the first tensile load, performing a second loading operation on the test coupon, wherein the second loading operation includes increasing tensile loading of the test coupon to the failure load of the first fibers;
receiving, from the testing device, strain values of the test coupon during tensile loading of the test coupon; and
determining one or more modulus values associated with a first contribution corresponding to the inner ply layers based on the strain values and based on a nominal thickness of a ply area associated with the inner ply layers, the first contribution independent of a second contribution of the outer ply layers.

US Pat. No. 10,190,953

TOMOGRAPHY SAMPLE PREPARATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH IMPROVED SPEED, AUTOMATION, AND RELIABILITY

1. A method for creating a tomography sample from a sample substrate, comprising:(a) identifying a target area and underlying target volume of a substrate containing a region of interest;
(b) creating a mill pattern based on the target area and a desired sample pillar height and width;
(c) milling a crater asymmetrically positioned around the identified target area to form a sample pillar containing a target volume using a focused ion beam (FIB), (i) the crater large enough to allow a single FIB cut at a desired angle from vertical with respect to the sample pillar orientation to pass within the crater and cut the sample pillar free from the substrate, (ii) the crater having a first depth on a cutting side of the sample pillar of at least the desired sample pillar height and a second, larger, depth opposite the cutting side, the second depth large enough to accommodate the opposite end of the single FIB cut to leave the sample pillar detached after the single FIB cut, (iii) the crater having a first gap between the sample pillar and a crater edge on the cutting side and a second gap, substantially smaller than the first gap, opposite the cutting side;
(d) attaching a probe tip of a probe to the sample pillar;
(e) cutting the sample pillar free with the single FIB cut at the desired angle; and
(f) using the probe to move the sample pillar to a sample holder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,950

SEMI-AUTOMATED SAMPLING SYSTEM FOR ASEPTIC SAMPLING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A semi-automated sampling assembly configured for aseptic sampling at one or more instances from a sample source having a biological inoculum, the semi-automated sampling assembly comprising:a sampling conduit comprising a first port and a second port, wherein the first port of the sampling conduit is configured to be coupled to the sample source, wherein the second port of the sampling conduit is configured to be coupled to a purging fluid source;
a recovery conduit comprising a first port and a second port, wherein the first port of the recovery conduit is configured to be coupled to the sample source, wherein the second port of the recovery conduit is coupled to the sampling conduit at a junction;
a sampling loop comprising a portion of a tubing of the semi-automated sampling assembly disposed between the first port of the sampling conduit, the junction, and the first port of the recovery conduit, and wherein the biological inoculum is circulated in the sampling loop and returned to the sample source via the recovery conduit prior to a sampling instance;
one or more sampling kits coupled to the sampling conduit; and
a motorized pump coupled to the sampling conduit, wherein the motorized pump is configured to draw the purging fluid source, or a sample, or both, in the sampling conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,949

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A CONE PENETRATION TEST WITH WHIPSTOCK-ENABLED SOIL SAMPLING

1. An apparatus for taking soil samples from subsurface soil strata, comprising:an elongated tubular whipstock cell having a proximal end and a distal end;
a through-opening along a portion of the whipstock cell comprising a pre-formed window;
a whipstock residing within the whipstock cell, the whipstock having a face angled towards the pre-formed window;
at least one push rod connected to the proximal end of the whipstock cell, the push rod representing a tubular body;
an elongated sampling rod dimensioned to be slidably moved through an inner diameter of the at least one push rod en route to the whipstock cell;
a mechanical soil sampler configured to extend through the pre-formed window; and
a bent sub having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is connected to a distal end of the sampling rod, and the distal end is connected to the soil sampler, and wherein the bent sub is configured to deflect off of the whipstock face when urged through the pre-formed window.

US Pat. No. 10,190,947

VISUAL CREEP INSPECTION OF ROTATING COMPONENTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system comprising:a component with an external surface and an axis of rotation, wherein the external surface has a circumference and a plurality of three dimensional reference marks forming a reference pattern along the circumference;
an optical data capture device that transmits a data signal based on the plurality of three dimensional reference marks;
a rotational index encoder that generates position data related to the plurality of three dimensional reference marks as the component rotates around the axis of rotation; and
a data analysis system that processes the data signal transmitted from the optical data capture device and the position data generated by the rotational index encoder to calculate a deviation in spacing of the reference pattern along the circumference and determine a strain measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,190,942

DIAGNOSIS OF DRIVE SHAFT DISC COUPLINGS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method applied to one or more components of a drive shaft of an aircraft, the method comprising:obtaining data based on samples of a vibration signal;
processing, by at least one processor, the data to obtain a qualitative and quantitative assessment of a health of the one or more components based on an application of the data to at least one model, wherein processing the data further comprises segmenting the vibration signal into a plurality of segments representative of a revolution of the drive shaft based on a nominal speed of the drive shaft as part of processing the data, resampling the vibration signal segments from constant time based sampling to constant angular based sampling, and averaging the resampled segments as part of processing the data; and
outputting the assessment.

US Pat. No. 10,190,941

SILICON OPTICAL CIRCUIT FOR FLAW DETECTION IN AN OPTICAL CIRCUIT ELEMENT

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELE...

1. A silicon optical circuit having a function of detecting a flaw occurred on an optical circuit element formed on a substrate, the optical circuit comprising:an optical waveguide arranged along at least a part of a contour of a target circuit having a predetermined function by the optical circuit element and arranged proximate at a distance that does not cause optical coupling with the target circuit; and
optical path conversion means disposed at both ends of the optical waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,190,939

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING INTERRELATION PROFILE ANALYSIS

AFL Telecommunications LL...

1. A method of analyzing polarization-maintaining (PM) optical fibers, comprising:illuminating a side of each of a first and second PM optical fiber using light having a focus point intersecting each of the first and second PM optical fibers;
physically rotating each of the first and second PM optical fiber and measuring light intensity of the light transmitted through each of the first and second PM optical fiber to obtain an image profile of each of the first and second PM optical fiber;
mathematically shifting the image profile of each of the first and second PM optical fiber at incremental rotation angles;
expanding the image profile of each of the first and second PM optical fiber at each rotational angle into a Fourier series profile, using the following equations to expand the image profile of each of the first and second PM optical fiber at each rotational angle into the Fourier series profile:

determining points of symmetry of each of the first and second PM optical fiber based on the Fourier series profiles; and
aligning the first and second PM optical fibers based on the points of symmetry.

US Pat. No. 10,190,938

SEMI-FLEXIBLE PROOF-MASS

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A microelectromechanical device, comprising:a substantially planar semi-flexible proof-mass comprising at least one primary part and at least one secondary part, and at least one stiff spring coupling the at least one primary part to the at least one secondary part of the semi-flexible proof-mass, the at least one stiff spring substantially causing the at least one primary part and the at least one secondary part to move as a single, rigid entity when the device is in a normal operation range;
at least one main spring coupled to the at least one secondary part, the main spring coupling the semi-flexible proof-mass to a fixed suspension structure; and
at least one first stopper structure configured to stop the at least one primary part,
wherein the semi-flexible proof-mass is configured to deform through deflection of the at least one stiff spring, when the device is subjected to a shock that impacts the device with a force that is beyond the normal operation range of the device, the shock causing a motion of the semi-flexible proof-mass at least in a direction along an axis of movement, and
wherein the at least one stiff spring further causes a restoring force causing the at least one secondary part of the semi-flexible proof-mass to be driven into a restoring motion in a direction opposite to the motion along the axis of movement caused by the shock, wherein momentum of the at least one secondary part in the restoring motion further causes the at least one primary part to dislodge from the at least one first stopper structure.

US Pat. No. 10,190,936

MOBILE BRIDGE APPARATUS

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A mobile bridge apparatus, comprising:a plurality of mobile bridge modules each configured to form a portion of a bridge and to be in connection with one another; and
a plurality of sensors, each of the sensors being located at different locations on at least one of the mobile bridge modules and configured to sense a deformation of each respective mobile bridge module.

US Pat. No. 10,190,934

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENGINE-OFF NATURAL VACUUM LEAK TESTING WITH FUEL ENABLEMENT COMPENSATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an evaporative emissions system, comprising:adjusting a threshold for an evaporative emissions leak test entry condition that comprises an engine heat rejection inference for an engine run time duration, based on at least a fuel level;
responsive to the engine heat rejection inference being greater than the adjusted threshold, adjusting one or more pressure thresholds for an evaporative emissions leak test based on the engine heat rejection inference; and
indicating degradation of the evaporative emissions system based on the adjusted one or more pressure thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,190,925

LOW COST OVERMOLDED LEADFRAME FORCE SENSOR WITH MULTIPLE MOUNTING POSITIONS

Honeywell International I...

1. A force sensor comprising:a leadframe comprising a plurality of electrically conductive leads;
a sense die coupled to the leadframe, wherein the sense die is electrically coupled to the plurality of leads;
an encapsulant disposed over at least a portion of the leadframe and the sense die, wherein the plurality of leads extends from the encapsulant;
wherein the encapsulant is in contact with the leadframe and the sense die;
a first actuation element disposed in contact with a first side of the sense die, wherein the first actuation element comprises a mechanical coupling element configured to mechanically couple an external force with the sense die; and
a second actuation element disposed in contact with a second side of the sense die, wherein the second side is opposite to the first side, and wherein the second actuation element comprises a gel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,923

STRAIN SENSING ELEMENT, PRESSURE SENSOR, MICROPHONE, BLOOD PRESSURE SENSOR, AND TOUCH PANEL

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A strain sensing element provided on a deformable substrate, comprising:a first magnetic layer;
a second magnetic layer including Fe1-yBy (0 an intermediate layer provided between the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer,
wherein a first part of the Fe1-yBy (0

US Pat. No. 10,190,921

INTERNAL TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An internal temperature measurement device, comprising:a base portion, one surface of which is to be brought into contact with a surface of a measuring object when an internal temperature of the measuring object is measured;
a MEMS chip arranged on another surface of the base portion, and including: a substrate portion including a first thin film portion and a second thin film portion that are hollow on the base portion side; a first thermopile configured to measure a first temperature difference between a predetermined region and another region of the first thin film portion; and a second thermopile configured to measure a second temperature difference between a predetermined region and another region of the second thin film portion; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate an internal temperature of the measuring object by using the first temperature difference measured by the first thermopile and the second temperature difference measured by the second thermopile,
wherein the MEMS chip is configured such that a first heat flux which passes through the predetermined region of the first thin film portion from the measuring object in contact with the one surface of the base portion, and which is determined on the basis of the first temperature difference, and a second heat flux which passes through the predetermined region of the second thin film portion from the measuring object in contact with the one surface of the base portion, and which is determined on the basis of the second temperature difference, are different from each other, and in order to reduce the first heat flux, a thin film portion that is hollow on the base portion side is provided on at least one of both sides of the first thin film portion of the substrate portion in a direction where the first thin film portion and the second thin film portion are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,190,919

DIFFERENTIAL THERMISTOR CIRCUIT

Fairchild Semiconductor C...

1. A circuit comprising:a first resistor configured to be coupled to a first terminal of a temperature-sensitive resistance;
a second resistor configured to be coupled to a second terminal of the temperature-sensitive resistance;
a temperature information circuit configured to:
receive a first voltage from the first terminal of the temperature-sensitive resistance;
receive a second voltage from the second terminal of the temperature-sensitive resistance; and
provide temperature information based on the first voltage and the second voltage, the temperature information circuit including:
a first comparison circuit configured to determine a difference between the first voltage and the second voltage; and
a second comparison circuit configured to compare an output of the first comparison circuit to a reference.

US Pat. No. 10,190,914

MOTION DETECTION FOR A/V RECORDING AND COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method for an audio/video (A/V) recording and communication device, including a motion sensor, the method comprising:gathering, by the motion sensor, information within a field of view of the A/V recording and communication device and generating an output signal;
sampling the output signal from the motion sensor during a first sampling interval;
calculating a first magnitude of the output signal during the first sampling interval;
sampling the output signal from the motion sensor during a second sampling interval;
calculating a second magnitude of the output signal during the second sampling interval;
calculating a difference between the first magnitude and the second magnitude;
comparing the difference between the first magnitude and the second magnitude to a threshold value; and
upon determining that the difference between the first magnitude and the second magnitude is greater than the threshold value, refraining from generating an alert signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,907

CONVEX WARM SHIELD FOR THERMAL IMAGING DEVICE

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A warm shield as part of a thermal imaging system, comprising:a reflecting surface comprising a convex curvature when positioned relative to an opening of a thermal imaging system, wherein thermal energy originating from the opening of the thermal imaging system that is incident on the convex curvature is reflected in a direction away from the opening of the thermal imaging system; and
an aperture formed in the reflecting surface positioned to facilitate passage therethrough of external thermal energy in a direction towards the opening of the thermal imaging system, at least some of the thermal energy originating from within the thermal imaging system in a direction away from the thermal imaging system, wherein the convex curvature of the reflecting surface is tuned to compensate for an artifact displayed in the thermal imaging system caused by thermal energy originating from a component within the thermal imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,190,895

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING GAS SENSOR, AND GAS SENSOR ASSEMBLY APPARATUS

NGK INSULATORS, LTD., Na...

1. A method for assembling a gas sensor, the method comprising the steps of:(a) disposing an element dummy with its longitudinal direction coinciding a vertical direction, said element dummy having, a shape similar to a shape of a sensor element including ceramic as a main constituent material and having an elongated shape;
(b) fitting through holes of annular mounting parts with said element dummy from vertically above, said annular mounting parts each having a disc shape or cylindrical shape, said through holes each having a shape corresponding, to a cross-sectional shape of said sensor element;
(c) fitting a tubular body with outer peripheries of said annular mounting parts from vertically above;
(d) abuttingly disposing said sensor element on an upper end of said element dummy such that said element dummy and said sensor element arc arranged in line with each other;
(e) moving said element dummy vertically downward to move down said sensor element and fitting said through holes of said annular mounting parts with said sensor element, to thereby obtain a workpiece including said sensor element, said annular mounting parts, and said tubular body;
(f) vertically inverting a posture of said workpiece; and
(g) pressing said annular mounting parts, wherein:
in said step b, a plurality of parts including a powder compact of ceramic are fitted with said element dummy as said annular mounting parts, and
in said step (g), with a tip of said sensor element, located as a lowermost end of said workpiece after said step (f), being in contact with a sealing assist jig, said part located at an uppermost position among said annular mourning parts is pressed vertically downward to compress said powder compact, to thereby seal an inside of said tubular body, said sealing assist jig having a buffer performance against an impact exerted from vertically above.

US Pat. No. 10,190,893

ENCODER

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. An encoder comprising:a scale having a plurality of pattern areas having a plurality of patterns arranged in a measurement direction with an equal predetermined pitch and including at least one pattern area disposed with an offset, in the measurement direction, from a neighboring pattern area by 1/(2×s) of the predetermined pitch (wherein “s” is an integer of 1 or greater), the plurality of patterns comprising at least first and second patterns, each of which comprises a plurality of spaced pattern elements, that are linearly arranged in the measurement direction;
a detection head configured to be relatively movable in the measurement direction with respect to the scale, and detect interference fringes caused by positive s-th-order diffracted beams and negative s-th-order diffracted beams diffracted by the scale, and output a detection result; and
a signal processor configured to detect a reference position based on a position where light intensity is lower than a predetermined value which appears in a light intensity distribution of the interference fringes, and detect incremental positions based on the interference fringes which appear at positions other than the position where light intensity is lower than the predetermined value,
wherein, the detection head includes:
a light source configured to radiate beams onto the scale;
a detecting unit, arranged in parallel with the scale, having a plurality of light receiving devices aligned along the measurement direction to obtain the light intensity distribution, and configured to output the detection result of the beams radiated onto the plurality of light receiving devices, to the signal processor; and
an optical system disposed between the scale and the detecting unit, and configured to image positive s-th-order diffracted beams and negative s-th-order diffracted beams generated when the beams are radiated onto the scale, on the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,877

LEVEL APPARATUS

1. An electronic level mechanism comprising:a device housing;
at least one printed circuit board;
an inhibitor housing;
an inhibitor comprising:
a triangular portion, wherein the triangular portion comprises an attachment aperture;
at least two arms, wherein each individual of the at least two arms comprises a ninety degree aperture;
wherein a first of the at least two arms extends vertically on a first side of the inhibitor and wherein a second of the at least two arms extends vertically on a second side of the inhibitor;
a substantially rectangular body comprising at least two forty five degree apertures;
a base comprising a rectangular protrusion and a aperture for horizontal leveling;
an emitter comprising at least one optocoupler and a transmitter for transmitting at least one beam;
a receiver comprising at least one optocoupler;
wherein the inhibitor housing, emitter and receiver are located inside the device housing;
a power switch;
a match switch;
a power LED;
a match LED;
an LED located on the device housing;
at least one printed circuit board (“PCB”) comprising a first amplifier and a second amplifier;
wherein actuation of the power switch allows power to flow through the main PCB and to return to first PCB conditioned and allows the LED to be activated and that indicate system ready for use and provide a match condition at a set of angles; and
wherein subsequent actuation of the match switch allows power to flow to the first amplifier and the second amplifier for comparison of the output from the receiver to see when the inhibitor has passed infrared (“IR”) energy to the receiver or when IR energy reaches the receiver and exceeds a threshold of the second amplifier, the second amplifier's output activates the Match LED as the level mechanism is oriented at different levels on a work piece and the emitter passes the at least one beam through the appropriate opening in the inhibitor when the predetermined selected position is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,190,838

GUN SAFETY DEVICE

1. A device for controlling access to a firearm having a barrel with one or more features located proximal to a muzzle of the firearm, the device comprising:a lock housing with a base component coupled to a receptacle component, wherein the receptacle component includes a cavity configured for insertion therein of at least a portion of the barrel;
a key structure coupled to the base component of the lock housing, wherein the key structure is arranged to receive a key;
a lock mechanism coupled to the key structure and arranged for actuation by the key;
a lock mechanism shaft coupled to the lock mechanism and configured for rotational movement upon actuation of the lock mechanism;
a cam having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the cam is in contact with the lock mechanism shaft such that rotational movement of the lock mechanism shaft causes axial movement of the cam;
a bidirectional rotatable shaft coupled to the proximal end of the cam and arranged for insertion into the barrel;
a plurality of extended arms coupled to a perimeter of the cam and arranged for pivotal and radial movement to secure at least a portion of the barrel in the cavity of the lock housing; and
a plurality of tabs arranged on the plurality of extended arms for engagement with an exterior surface of the barrel to retain the muzzle within the lock housing,
wherein the plurality of tabs includes one or more top tabs arranged to secure any blade-like front sight, front sight base, foundation or bead of the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,190,804

SOLAR MODULE POSITIONING SYSTEM

1. A positioning system, comprising:a support subsystem having a first mechanism for controlling rotational adjustments about a first axis and a second mechanism for controlling rotational adjustments about a second axis;
a sensor subsystem comprised of at least three pairs of infrared sensors similarly oriented;
a drive mechanism for driving the first mechanism in first and second directions that are opposite to each other;
wherein the drive mechanism is configured to drive the second mechanism in first and second directions that are opposite to each other;
a comparator coupled to the sensor subsystem and an integrated circuit; and
the integrated circuit coupled to a pulse width modulator to process data received from the sensor subsystem through the comparator and to generate at least one signal that is sent to at least one of the first and second mechanisms.

US Pat. No. 10,190,696

VALVE RETAINING CUP

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A valve comprising:a valve housing;
a casing disposed within the valve housing, the casing comprising a bore;
a spring guide disposed within the bore; and
a retaining cup disposed partially around the casing to engage and retain the spring guide at least partially within the bore of the casing;
wherein:
the valve is a shuttle valve comprising two inlets and an outlet;
the shuttle valve comprises a blocking ball retained in the casing configured to switchably block one of the two inlets;
the spring guide comprises a head, a spring, and a ball engagement element;
the head engages the retaining cup, the spring is retained between the head and the ball engagement element, and the ball engagement element engages the blocking ball.

US Pat. No. 10,190,671

VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle drive device comprising:a mechanical oil pump that is driven by a driving force source for a wheel;
an auxiliary oil pressure source;
a driving force transmission mechanism that transmits a driving force between the driving force source and the wheel; and
a case that accommodates at least the driving force transmission mechanism, wherein
the mechanical oil pump includes a mechanical pump rotor and a mechanical pump housing forming a pump chamber that accommodates the mechanical pump rotor,
the auxiliary oil pressure source includes an auxiliary oil pressure generation mechanism that generates an auxiliary oil pressure, and an auxiliary oil pressure source housing that accommodates the auxiliary oil pressure generation mechanism,
the mechanical pump housing is attached to a wall in the case, and
the auxiliary oil pressure source housing is attached to the mechanical pump housing, wherein
the mechanical pump housing includes a first attachment surface that faces an axial first direction side or one side in an axial direction of a mechanical pump axis as a rotation axis of the mechanical pump rotor, and a second attachment surface that faces an axial second direction side in an opposite direction to the axial first direction, and
the mechanical pump housing is attached to the case such that the first attachment surface contacts the wall, and the auxiliary oil pressure source housing is attached to the mechanical pump housing such that the auxiliary oil pressure source housing contacts the second attachment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,662

VARIATOR FOR WORK VEHICLE DRIVETRAIN

1. A work vehicle drivetrain, comprising:an engine;
an auxiliary power takeoff (PTO) shaft coupled to the engine and rotatable about a primary power path axis when driven by the engine to drive a shaft-powered implement coupled to the work vehicle; and
a variator assembly, comprising:
a variator motor;
a variator gearbox containing a planetary gear system coupled to the variator motor and to the auxiliary PTO shaft, the planetary gear system being rotatable about a planetary axis coaxial with the primary power path axis of the auxiliary PTO shaft; and
a variator input shaft through which the engine is mechanically coupled to the planetary gear system;
wherein the planetary gear system comprises a first sun gear rotationally fixed to the variator input shaft and a second sun gear adjacent the first sun gear and providing a mechanical output of the variator gearbox.

US Pat. No. 10,190,660

REVERSIBLE ROTATION GEARBOX AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

1. A gearbox comprising:a first gear assembly having a first input gear selectively coupled to an input shaft and the first gear assembly also coupled to a connecting shaft, wherein the first gear assembly is configured to engage and provide a first rotational input to the connecting shaft in response to the input shaft rotating in a first direction wherein a first clutch is configured to disengage a force transmitted from the first gear assembly to a planetary gear assembly in response to the input shaft rotating in a second direction in which the second direction is rotationally opposite from the first direction;
a second gear assembly having a second input gear coupled to the input shaft, wherein the second input gear is configured to provide a second rotational input in response to the input shaft rotating in the first direction and to provide a third rotational input in response to the input shaft rotating in the second direction, in which the second rotational input and the third rotational input are rotationally opposite; and
the planetary gear assembly including a planet gear carrier, a plurality of planet gears and a ring gear assembly, wherein the planet gear carrier is coupled to the plurality of planet gears and to an output shaft, wherein the connecting shaft couples the first gear assembly to the plurality of planet gears and wherein the ring gear assembly couples the second input gear to the plurality of planet gears via the ring gear assembly, in which when the input shaft rotates in the first direction, the first rotational input from the first gear assembly and the second rotational input from the second gear assembly are combined to provide a first rotational output at the output shaft and when the input shaft rotates in the second direction, the first gear assembly is disengaged and the ring gear assembly is configured to provide the third rotational input in order to provide a second rotational output at the output shaft, the first and second rotational outputs being rotationally opposite.

US Pat. No. 10,190,659

BICYCLE CHAIN

Shimano Inc., Sakai-shi,...

12. A bicycle chain that is configured to engage or disengage with a larger sprocket and a smaller sprocket on a bicycle, the bicycle having a bicycle frame, the bicycle chain comprising:a plurality of inner links and outer links alternately linked together;
each outer link including a pair of outer link plates including a first outer link plate and a second outer link plate, the second outer link plate having an outer perimeter, an interior surface configured to face the first outer link plate in an assembled state of the bicycle chain, and an exterior surface opposite to the interior surface, the second outer link plate comprising:
a first end portion including a first opening having a first center axis;
a second end portion including a second opening having a second center axis parallel to the first center axis; and
an intermediate portion interconnecting the first end portion and the second end portion, the intermediate portion comprising a pair of intermediate edges formed along the intermediate portion, an axially recessed portion, and a chamfered portion provided between at least one of the intermediate edges and the axially recessed portion, wherein
the exterior surface of each outer link plate comprises end portion exterior surfaces provided on the first end portion and second end portion, a recessed exterior surface provided on the axially recessed portion to be further recessed relative to the end portion exterior surfaces, and a chamfered portion exterior surface provided on the chamfered portion, and
the chamfered portion exterior surface is further recessed relative to the recessed exterior surface of the axially recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,658

CABLE TRACK

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A cable track comprising:a plurality of multi-channel links pivotally connected to each other, wherein each of the multi-channel links is a unitary body and includes:
a base member,
a first outer member transversely disposed at a first end portion of the base member,
a second outer member transversely disposed at a second end portion of the base member, and
a dividing member transversely disposed on the base member between the first outer member and the second outer member, a first channel being located between the first outer member and the dividing member and a second channel being located between the second outer member and the dividing member;
a first tool-less chassis connector pivotally connected to a first link of the plurality of multi-channel links;
a second tool-less chassis connector pivotally connected to a last link of the plurality of multi-channel links; and
a chassis for receiving electronic devices connected to the first tool-less chassis connector or the second tool-less chassis connector.

US Pat. No. 10,190,653

VIBRATION ABSORBER SYSTEM

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A mass damper system comprising:a damper mass carrier;
at least one damper mass received at the damper mass carrier and movable relative to the damper mass carrier; and
at least one stop arranged on the damper mass carrier,
wherein the at least one damper mass moves within a predetermined movement region at least during an operating state in which a rotational movement of the damper mass carrier around a central axis has exceeded a predetermined limit speed;
wherein the predetermined movement region has at least two movement region portions:
a first movement region portion of the at least two movement region portions bounded at a first end by an initial position in which the at least one damper mass is free from a deflection in a circumferential direction and, at a second end, by a limit position in which the at least one damper mass has undergone a deflection of a predetermined deflection distance in the circumferential direction; and
a second movement region portion of the at least two movement region portions is defined at a first end by the limit position and at a second end by a stop position in which the at least one damper mass has come in contact with the at least one stop;
wherein, at least at a stop side facing the at least one stop, the at least one damper mass has a proximity profile shaped to correspond to a stop profile of the at least one stop such that in the first movement region portion the at least one damper mass remains within a residual distance region relative to the at least one stop at least in at least one extension portion of the proximity profile at which this proximity profile comes closest to the stop profile of the at least one stop, and in the second movement region portion at at least two impingement positions of the proximity profile arranged so as to be circumferentially offset with respect to one another, the at least one damper mass comes in contact with at least two supporting positions of the stop profile of the at least one stop arranged so as to be circumferentially offset with respect to one another,
wherein the at least one stop is elastically deformable at least in the at least two supporting positions,
wherein, in order to ensure the elastic deformability, the at least one stop is formed, at least in extension regions of the at least two supporting positions of the stop profile, as a spring device,
wherein the spring device forming the at least one stop has at least one spring element, wherein the at least one spring element is provided between two spacer pieces that are adjacent to one another in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,618

TRACK BOLT

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A track bolt for an undercarriage system, the track bolt comprising:a head portion;
a body portion extending from the head portion;
a piezo ceramic sensor mounted in a counter bore provided in the track bolt, wherein the piezo ceramic sensor measures a value of a track bolt elongation such that the value of the track bolt elongation is used to calculate a clamping force in the track bolt; and
a plug member disposed in the counter bore, wherein the plug member is configured to seal the piezo ceramic sensor and to allow a probe of a reader to access the piezo ceramic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,190,601

SHROUDED AXIAL FAN WITH CASING TREATMENT

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A fan assembly comprising:a shrouded fan rotor including:
a plurality of fan blades extending from a rotor hub and rotatable about a central axis of the fan assembly; and
a fan shroud extending circumferentially around the fan rotor and secured to the plurality of fan blades, the shroud having:
a first axially extending annular portion secured to the plurality of fan blades;
a second axially extending annular portion radially outwardly spaced from the first axially extending annular portion; and
a third portion connecting the first and second axially extending annular portions; and
a casing disposed circumferentially around the fan shroud defining a radial clearance between the casing and the fan shroud, the casing including a plurality of casing elements extending from a radially inboard surface of the casing toward the shroud and defining a radial element gap between a first element surface and a maximum radius point of the shroud and an axial element gap between a second element surface and an upstream end of the fan shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,190,582

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING HIGH FREQUENCY DATA ASSOCIATED WITH A PUMP BY UTILIZING AN FPGA CONTROLLER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A system for monitoring a pump while the pump operates at a worksite, the system comprising:one or more sensors associated with the pump and configured to collect high frequency data associated with operation of the pump and low frequency data associated with the operation of the pump;
a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) controller at the worksite configured to receive the high frequency data from the one or more sensors and configured to generate low frequency data based on the high frequency data using one or both of frequency domain analysis to implement a fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm and time domain analysis to convert the frequency domain data into time domain data as the low frequency data; and
a low frequency controller at the worksite configured to
receive the low frequency data from the FPGA controller,
receive the low frequency data associated with the operation of the pump directly from the one or more sensors,
determine a subset of the low frequency data from the FPGA controller and the low frequency data directly from the one or more sensors to be continuously transmitted to a monitor, and
based on the determined subset of the low frequency data from the FPGA controller and the low frequency data directly from the one or more sensors to be continuously transmitted to the monitor, continuously transmit the determined subset of the low frequency data from the FPGA controller and the low frequency data directly from the one or more sensors to the monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,190,561

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAPID ENGINE START

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of rapid starting an internal combustion engine having a crankshaft flywheel in a vehicle, comprising:determining, via an electronic controller, that the internal combustion engine is stopped;
detecting, via the controller, an engine start request;
enabling, via the controller, a starter assembly having a brushless electric motor including a stator and a rotor and configured to drive a pinion gear;
engaging the pinion gear with the flywheel;
determining, via the controller, a present angular position of the rotor relative to the stator, wherein the present angular position is configured to generate a first rotor torque;
applying an electrical current to the electric motor, in response to the determined angular position of the rotor, to turn the rotor to a predetermined starting angular position relative to the stator, wherein the predetermined starting angular position is configured to provide a second torque that is greater than the first torque; and
commanding the electric motor, via the controller, to spin the rotor and thereby apply the second torque via the pinion gear to start the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,547

PARTIAL FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

1. A partial forced induction system, said system comprising:one or more combustion engine cylinders with each engine cylinder having a first intake valve and a second intake valve;
a first intake manifold providing a naturally aspirated intake manifold path between an air filter to each of said first intake valves of said one or more combustion engine cylinders;
a second intake manifold having a switching valve providing an alternating connection between either said air filter or a source of forced induction to each of said second intake valves of said one or more combustion engine cylinders, said source of forced induction configured to supply a pressurized induction charge into the one or more combustion engine cylinders;
wherein said switching valve is passively actuated by a pressure differential when a pressurized induction charge is supplied by said source of forced induction to overcome and open a closed connection to said source of forced induction, and simultaneously close the path to the naturally aspirated air source; and
wherein said switching valve is passively set to open at a higher pressure differential than the naturally aspirated air source when pressurized induction charge is supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,190,533

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR COATING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE COMPONENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

12. A method of applying a coating to a component of an internal combustion engine comprising:providing a substrate having a presenting surface;
placing a bonding layer on the presenting surface;
applying an insulating layer on the bonding layer such that the bonding layer is disposed between the presenting surface and the insulating layer;
heating the insulating layer and the bonding layer with a heating process to form the coating on the support surface of the substrate; and
applying a sealing layer to the insulating layer, wherein the sealing layer is applied to a portion of the insulating layer such that the insulating layer is disposed between the sealing layer and the bonding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,514

PURGE DEVICE, AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A purge device for mounting on an internal combustion engine including a supercharger, the purge device comprising:a canister configured to trap evaporated fuel generated in a fuel tank;
a purge passage configured to extend from the canister and be connected to an upstream side of a compressor of the supercharger in an intake passage of the internal combustion engine;
a supply unit configured to supply purge gas within the purge passage to the upstream side of the compressor in the intake passage during supercharging using the supercharger;
a throttle configured to be provided in a portion of the intake passage connected with the purge passage and limit an inflow of gas from the purge passage;
a sensor configured to detect internal pressure downstream of the supply unit in the purge passage; and
a processor configured to determine that a passage end of the purge passage connected to the intake passage deviates from the intake passage, in a case where a detection value obtained by the sensor during the operation of the supply unit is lower than a predetermined pressure, and the processor is configured such that the only deviation of the passage end of the purge passage that the processor determines is the deviation of the passage end of the purge passage connected to the intake passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,513

CONTROL METHOD OF ENGINE SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine system control method for controlling an engine system having at least one non-deactivation cylinder being never deactivated, at least one deactivation cylinder which is selectively deactivated, a first exhaust manifold in communication with the non-deactivation cylinder, a second exhaust manifold in communication with the at least one deactivation cylinder, a first turbocharger including a first turbine rotated by exhaust gas flowing via the first exhaust manifold, a second turbocharger including a second turbine rotated by exhaust gas flowing via the second exhaust manifold, a main intake circulation passage transferring intake air via a first compressor of the first turbocharger, and a sub intake circulation passage transferring intake air via a second compressor of the second turbocharger, comprising:determining engine operating conditions;
determining whether a cylinder deactivation (CDA) condition for deactivating the at least one deactivation cylinder is satisfied upon engine start;
determining whether to perform a deactivation of the at least one deactivation cylinder;
blocking intake of the at least one deactivation cylinder to realize deactivation of the at least one deactivation cylinder;
cutting fuel injection of the at least one deactivation cylinder to realize deactivation of the at least one deactivation cylinder; and
closing the sub intake circulation passage when the at least one deactivation cylinder is deactivated,
wherein the exhaust gas, which flows from the first exhaust manifold to continuously pass through the first turbine, and the exhaust gas, which flows from the second exhaust manifold to pass through the second turbine, are consolidated at an exhaust outlet after passing through the first and second turbines and discharged to outside, and wherein the first compressor, which is connected to the first turbine, continuously operates.

US Pat. No. 10,190,512

MANIFOLD VOLUME DETERMINATION BASED ON SURGE FREQUENCY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine comprising:calculating an expected surge frequency via a model-based diagnostic utilizing a known boost manifold volume;
calculating an actual surge frequency based on an output of a pressure sensor;
updating the known boost manifold volume to an updated boost manifold volume based on a difference between the expected surge frequency and the actual surge frequency; and
adjusting engine operating parameters responsive to the updated boost manifold volume, where adjusting the engine operating parameters includes one or more of adjusting a fuel injector actuator and adjusting a position of a throttle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,508

FILTER PRE-FILL DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A fuel system comprising:a fuel supply;
a fuel conduit for delivering fuel from the fuel supply to an engine;
a pump coupled between the fuel supply and the fuel conduit and operable to pump fuel between the fuel supply and the fuel conduit to prime the fuel system;
a fuel filter positioned fluidly between the pump and the fuel conduit; and
a filter pre-filling detection system including at least one monitoring mechanism structured to monitor a property of the fuel system indicative of a start of priming the fuel system and a property of the fuel system indicative of an end of priming the fuel system;
the filter pre-filling detection system further including a control mechanism coupled with the at least one monitoring mechanism, the control mechanism being structured to determine a time from the start of priming the fuel system to the end of priming the fuel system that is indicative of pre-filling of the fuel filter with fuel, and to produce an error signal responsive to the determined time where the determined time is indicative of pre-filling of the fuel filter with fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,507

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SPLIT EXHAUST ENGINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:in response to select engine operating conditions, deactivating one or more valves of a set of first exhaust valves coupled to a first exhaust manifold coupled to an exhaust passage, while maintaining active all valves of a set of second exhaust valves coupled to a second exhaust manifold coupled to an intake passage via an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) passage, the second exhaust manifold and the first exhaust manifold coupled to all engine cylinders.

US Pat. No. 10,190,506

TURBOMACHINE BYPASS FLOW DIVERTING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbomachine exhaust flow diverting assembly, comprising:an outer flow diverter distributed about a rotational axis of a turbomachine, the outer flow diverter moveable between a first position and a second position;
a main bypass flow passage extending between a core engine outer housing and a main bypass flow outer housing;
a third stream bypass flow passage extending between the main bypass flow outer housing and a third stream outer housing;
wherein the main bypass flow outer housing defines an area upstream of the outer flow diverter that permits bypass flow from the main bypass flow passage and bypass flow from the third stream bypass flow passage to mix into a mixed flow;
wherein the outer flow diverter in the first position permits more of the mixed flow through the main bypass flow passage and less of the mixed flow through the third stream bypass flow passage; and
wherein the outer flow diverter in the second position permits more of the mixed flow through the third stream bypass flow passage and less of the mixed flow through the main bypass flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,504

COMBUSTOR SEAL MISTAKE-PROOFING FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

9. A gas turbine engine comprising:an outer casing;
a combustor within the outer casing;
a plurality of vane alignment features within and connected to the outer casing, wherein the plurality of vane alignment features includes: a first lug including a first width in a circumferential direction; and a second lug including a third width in the circumferential direction;
a turbine vane downstream of the combustor, the turbine vane including: an outer platform surface facing in an upstream axial direction; and
an alignment feature for engaging with the plurality of vane alignment features to align the turbine vane to the outer casing; and
a combustor seal in contact with the platform surface and a downstream end of the combustor configured to seal a gap defined between the combustor and the outer platform surface of the turbine vane, the combustor seal including: a seal body, and
a plurality of seal alignment features projecting from the seal body configured to engage the plurality of vane alignment features for aligning the combustor seal relative to the turbine vane, wherein one of the seal alignment features is a different size from the rest of the seal alignment features such that there is only one alignment position of the combustor seal with respect to a turbine vane assembly in which the differently sized seal alignment feature engages and mates with a correspondingly sized vane alignment feature that is a second different size from the rest of the vane alignment features, wherein the plurality of seal alignment features includes:
a first fork including a first prong and a second prong, wherein the first prong and the second prong are separated in the circumferential direction by a second width, the second width greater than the first width such that the first fork can engage the first lug; and
a second fork including a third prong and a fourth prong, wherein the third prong and the fourth prong are separated in the circumferential direction by a fourth width, the fourth width greater than the third width such that the second fork can engage the second lug, and wherein the second fork is circumferentially spaced from the first fork;
wherein the first width is greater than the fourth width such that the second fork cannot engage the first lug.

US Pat. No. 10,190,503

COMPACT AERO-THERMO MODEL BASED TIP CLEARANCE MANAGEMENT

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A control system, comprising:an actuator for positioning a control device, the control device comprising a rotary apparatus including a rotor and a rotor case, wherein the actuator positions the control device;
a control law configured to direct the actuator as a function of a model output; and
a model processor configured to generate the model output, the model processor comprising:
an input object for processing a model input vector and setting a model operating mode;
a set state module for setting dynamic states of the model processor, the dynamic states input to an open loop model based on the model operating mode;
wherein the open loop model generates current state derivatives, solver state errors, and synthesized parameters as a function of the dynamic states and the model input vector, wherein the open loop model constrains the current state derivatives and solver state errors based on a series of cycle synthesis modules, each member of the series of cycle synthesis modules modeling a component of a cycle of the control device and comprising a series of utilities, the utilities based on mathematical abstractions of physical laws that govern behavior of the component, the series of cycle synthesis modules including a rotary apparatus module which estimates a tip clearance between the rotor and the rotor case;
an estimate state module configured to determine an estimated state of the model based on at least one of a prior state, the current state derivatives, the solver state errors, and the synthesized parameters; and
an output object for processing at least the synthesized parameters of the model to determine the model output.

US Pat. No. 10,190,501

GAS TURBINES ENGINE SUPPORT STRUCTURES

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A ducted fan gas turbine engine having a propulsive fan, a fan case surrounding the fan, a core engine, and a plurality of support structures which transmit loads from the core engine to the fan case, each support structure having:two support struts which extend from the core engine to a joint radially outwardly of the fan case, the support struts being spaced apart at the core engine but converging to meet at the joint forming a first A-frame structure with the joint at an apex of the first A-frame structure; and
two structural elements which extend from the joint to respective fixing positions on the fan case at opposite sides of the joint forming a second A-frame structure with the joint at an apex of the second A-frame structure.

US Pat. No. 10,190,500

DUCT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A supported duct for a gas turbine engine, the supported duct comprising:at least one support frame having an aperture defined by an upper aperture wall portion, a lower aperture wall portion and opposing aperture side walls extending between the upper aperture wall portion and the lower aperture wall portion, an exhaust duct of the gas turbine engine extending through the aperture, the exhaust duct comprising an upper panel in abutment with the upper aperture wall portion, a lower panel in abutment with the lower aperture wall portion and opposing side walls extending between the upper panel and the lower panel,
wherein the opposing side walls of the exhaust duct are spaced from the opposing aperture side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,190,498

VALVE WITH VALVE MEMBER COOLING

1. A valve with a valve member cooling arrangement, comprising:at least one housing having at least one set of working fluid inlet and outlet ports and a valve chamber at least in part disposed within a flow path from the at least one working fluid inlet port to the at least one working fluid outlet port, the at least one housing having at least one set of coolant supply and return ports in communication with an internal coolant chamber in the at least one housing;
a valve member movably disposed within the valve chamber and having a valve head configured to control flow between the at least one set of working fluid inlet and outlet ports, the valve member having at least one valve member inlet and at least one valve member outlet and defining an internal valve member cooling passage uniting the at least one valve member inlet and outlet ports;
wherein, during static and dynamic positioning of the valve member, the at least one valve member inlet port is in communication with the at least one coolant supply port by opening to the coolant chamber in the at least one housing and the at least one valve member outlet is in communication with the at least one coolant return port by opening to the coolant chamber in the at least one housing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,497

COUNTER-ROTATING LOW PRESSURE TURBINE WITHOUT TURBINE EXHAUST CASE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section;
a combustor section downstream of the compressor section;
a turbine section downstream of the combustor section;
a mid-turbine frame configured to support the turbine section, the mid-turbine frame extending to an outer case portion;
at least one shaft defining an axis of rotation, the at least one shaft driven by the turbine section; and
wherein the turbine section comprises
an inner rotor directly driving the shaft, the inner rotor including an inner set of blades,
an outer rotor positioned immediately adjacent to the outer case portion and having an outer set of blades interspersed with the inner set of blades, the outer rotor configured to rotate in an opposite direction about the axis of rotation from the inner rotor, and
a gear system mounted to the mid-turbine frame and coupling the outer rotor to drive the at least one shaft, wherein the gear system is positioned downstream of the combustor section;
a first bearing supporting a fore end of the outer rotor for rotation relative to the mid-turbine frame structure;
a second bearing supporting an aft end of the outer rotor for rotation relative to the shaft; and
a third bearing supporting the shaft for rotation relative to a non-rotating structure of the gear system, wherein the first and third bearings are radially aligned with each other in an overlapping relationship.

US Pat. No. 10,190,496

TURBOFAN ENGINE BEARING AND GEARBOX ARRANGEMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A turbofan engine (300; 600; 700) comprising:a fan shaft (120) configured to rotate about an axis (500) of the engine;
a fan drive gear system (60) configured to drive the fan shaft, the fan drive gear system having a plurality of gears (84) carried by a carrier (86) and having a gear length LG along an externally toothed portion and a centerplane (540) extending centrally through said externally toothed portion;
a first spool comprising:
a high pressure turbine (326); and
a high pressure compressor (324);
a second spool comprising:
an intermediate pressure turbine (328);
a lower pressure compressor; and
a shaft (334) coupling the intermediate pressure turbine to the lower pressure compressor;
a third spool comprising:
a lower pressure turbine (330) coupled to the fan drive gear system to drive the fan;
a core flowpath (506); and
a plurality of main bearings,wherein:the turbofan engine has a single stage fan;
of the main bearings, at least one is a shaft-engaging bearing engaging a driving shaft (336) coupled to the fan drive gear system;
a closest (340; 640) of the shaft-engaging bearings engaging the driving shaft behind the fan drive gear system has a centerplane (550) and a characteristic radius (RB);
the half angle (?) of a virtual cone (530) intersecting the core flowpath inboard boundary at the gear system centerplane (540) and said closest of the shaft-engaging bearings at the characteristic radius (RB) is greater than 32°; and
a hub-to-tip ratio (HR:FR) of the fan is less than 0.38.

US Pat. No. 10,190,495

GEARED TURBOFAN ENGINE WITH INTER-SHAFT DEFLECTION FEATURE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A turbine engine comprising:a compressor section including a first compressor section and a second compressor section;
a turbine section including a first turbine section driving the first compressor section through an inner shaft and a second turbine section driving the second compressor section through an outer shaft, wherein the outer shaft includes an aft end;
a bearing assembly supporting rotation of the outer shaft, the bearing assembly spaced axially forward of the aft end;
a bumper located between the inner shaft and the outer shaft for accommodating interaction between the inner shaft and the outer shaft, wherein the aft end of the outer shaft is disposed annularly about the bumper; and
a fastening member attached to the aft end of the outer shaft for securing a portion of the bearing assembly to the outer shaft, wherein the fastening member is spaced axially aft of the bearing assembly within an axial length disposed at least partially about the bumper.

US Pat. No. 10,190,491

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising a variable compression ratio mechanism that is capable of continuously varying compression ratio of the internal combustion engine according to rotational position of a control shaft, and a body-side stopper that limits rotation of the control shaft,wherein the control shaft is equipped with a control-shaft-side stopper that is brought into abutment against the body-side stopper,
wherein the control-shaft-side stopper has a control-shaft-side stopper surface that is brought into abutment against the body-side stopper,
wherein the body-side stopper has a body-side stopper surface that is brought into abutment against the control-shaft-side stopper,
wherein, when the control-shaft-side stopper is brought into abutment against the body-side stopper, the control-shaft-side stopper and the body-side stopper form an abutment portion and a portion opposite the abutment portion, wherein a distance between the body-side stopper surface and the control-shaft-side stopper surface increases toward the portion opposite the abutment portion, and wherein the portion opposite the abutment portion is at a position closer to a rotation center of the control shaft when viewed in an axial direction of the control shaft than the abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,489

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:a first exhaust manifold in which gas discharged from a first cylinder group of the internal combustion engine flows;
a second exhaust manifold in which gas discharged from a second cylinder group that is different from the first cylinder group flows; and
a turbocharger having a first scroll chamber that communicates with the first exhaust manifold and a second scroll chamber that communicates with the second exhaust manifold,
in which a surface area of a wall surface of the first exhaust manifold is larger than a surface area of a wall surface of the second exhaust manifold,
wherein the turbocharger further comprises:
a turbine housing including the first scroll chamber and the second scroll chamber that are divided by a partition wall from each other in an axial direction of a turbine wheel,
a first cooling water passage provided in the turbine housing to cover the first scroll chamber and having an outlet, and
a second cooling water passage provided in the turbine housing to cover the second scroll chamber and having an inlet,
wherein the first cooling water passage and the second cooling water passage are connected in series so as to define a cooling water flow path within the turbine housing extending from the inlet to the outlet, and
the internal combustion engine comprises a water pump that causes the cooling water to flow from the second cooling water passage to the first cooling water passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,488

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VARIABLE TURBINE GEOMETRY

1. A method for producing a variable turbine geometry of a charging device, comprising:inserting at least two guide blades into a blade mounting ring; and
jointly machining at least two of the guide blades, in the mounted state, on respective end sides of the at least two of the guide blades facing away from the blade mounting ring in order to produce a final shape of the end sides.

US Pat. No. 10,190,487

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A BI-VALVED VARIABLE INLET DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for an engine, comprising:a compressor including an impeller rotatable about a central axis and a variable inlet device (VID) arranged upstream of the impeller in an inlet conduit of the compressor, the VID comprising:
a set of semi-cylindrical shells arranged adjacent to one another, each shell of the set of shells having an inlet end arranged upstream in the inlet conduit from an outlet end, where each shell is pivotable, from its inlet end to its outlet end, relative to the central axis; and
an actuator adapted to actuate the VID into an open and closed position, the actuator including an electric motor coupled to two pivotable arms, each arm of the two pivotable arms coupled to an outer surface a respective shell of the two shells; and
a controller including computer readable instructions stored on memory for:
actuating the electric motor to pivot the pivotable arms toward the central axis and move each outlet end of each shell inward, toward the central axis, to move the VID into the closed position in response to a first operating condition; and
actuating the electric motor to pivot the pivotable arms away from the central axis and move each outlet end of each shell outward, away from the central axis, to move the VID into the open position in response to a second operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,190,486

TURBOCHARGER WITH TWIN WASTE-GATE VALVES

6. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine configured to generate power via combustion of fuel and airflow and generate post-combustion gases;
an exhaust passage configured to remove the post-combustion gases from the engine;
a turbocharger configured to pressurize an airflow for delivery to the engine, wherein the turbocharger includes:
a compressor wheel configured to pressurize the airflow;
a turbine wheel configured to be driven by the post-combustion gases and drive the compressor wheel; and
a waste-gate assembly including a first waste-gate valve and a second waste-gate valve and configured to selectively redirect at least a portion of the post-combustion gases away from the turbine wheel into the exhaust passage;
a sensor configured to detect an engine operation; and
a controller operatively connected to the engine, the controller including executable instructions stored on a non-transitory memory to:
identify a cold-start of the engine via the sensor;
open the first turbocharger for pressurizing an airflow to be delivered to an internal combustion engine that generates post-combustion gases, the turbocharger comprising waste-gate valve and the second waste-gate valve in response to the identified cold-start of the engine;
identify a boosted operation of the engine; and
regulate at least one of the first waste-gate valve and the second waste-gate valve between an open and a closed position in response to the identified boosted engine operation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,485

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for an engine, the control apparatus being configured to control the engine, the engine comprising:an exhaust-driven supercharger having an adjusting mechanism at an exhaust passage, the adjusting mechanism being configured to change a supercharging efficiency according to an opening degree of the adjusting mechanism, control modes of the adjusting mechanism including a first control mode and a second control mode, the first control mode allowing the opening degree to be maintained at a maximum supercharging efficiency opening degree at which the exhaust-driven supercharger has a maximum supercharging efficiency independently of a deviation between a target supercharging pressure and an actual supercharging pressure, the second control mode allowing the deviation to be fed back to the opening degree; and
an electrically-driven supercharger which is driven by an electrical power supplied from an electrical power supply,
the control apparatus comprising a controller,
the controller being programmed to:
determine engine operating conditions;
determine whether or not a supplied amount of the electrical power to the electrically-driven supercharger decreases due to a stop of the supply of the electrical power to the electrically-driven supercharger; and
when the control mode of the adjusting mechanism is in the first control mode, maintain the control mode in the first control mode before it is determined that the supped amount decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,190,484

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a turbine arranged in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine and configured to be driven by exhaust gas;
a first compressor arranged in an intake passage of the internal combustion engine and configured to be driven by the turbine and to supercharge intake air;
an exhaust energy adjustment device configured to adjust an amount of exhaust energy recovered by the turbine and by controlling an amount of the exhaust gas in the exhaust passage that is directed to the turbine during operation of the internal combustion engine to thereby change a power of the first compressor;
a second compressor arranged in the intake passage and configured to be driven by a power other than exhaust gas and to supercharge intake air;
wherein the intake passage on a downstream side of the first compressor is connected to the intake passage on a downstream side of the second compressor;
a supercharging control device configured to switch between execution of supercharging by the second compressor when the second compressor is driven with the power other than exhaust gas and stopping supercharging by the second compressor when the second compressor is no longer driven with the power other than exhaust gas; and
a control apparatus comprising an internal combustion engine controller;
wherein the internal combustion engine controller includes a non-transitory computer-readable memory storing executable-programmed instructions to:
control the exhaust energy adjustment device such that, when supercharging by the second compressor is required at a time of a request to increase engine torque, the power of the first compressor is increased to a designated power value or greater than the designated power value by increasing an amount of the exhaust gas directed to the turbine; and
control the supercharging control device such that, upon an elapse of a delay time that is started when the power of the first compressor is increased to the designated power value or greater than the designated power value, supercharging by the second compressor is started by driving the second compressor with the power other than exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,190,483

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PRESSURE RATIO IN A FLOW OF COMPRESSED COMBUSTION AIR

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of controlling an engine system having both an electric driven compressor and an exhaust driven turbocharger for compressing a flow of combustion air for an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:defining a total pressure ratio target for the flow of combustion air;
defining a distribution factor to calculate a first portion of the total pressure ratio target and a second portion of the total pressure ratio target, wherein the sum of the first portion of the total pressure ratio target and the second portion of the total pressure ratio target is equal to the total pressure ratio target;
controlling the electric driven compressor to provide the first portion of the total pressure ratio target; and
controlling the exhaust driven turbocharger to provide the second portion of the total pressure ratio target.

US Pat. No. 10,190,482

AIR INLET ASSEMBLY FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a cylinder block defining a cylinder;
a cylinder head mounted to the cylinder block;
a gas compressor configured to selectively pressurize air being received from the ambient for delivery to the cylinder;
an intake valve operatively connected to the cylinder head and configured to control delivery of the selectively pressurized air to the cylinder for combustion therein; and
an air inlet assembly arranged between the intake valve and the gas compressor, configured to supply the pressurized air to the cylinder, and including at least one passage configured to collect a condensate from the pressurized air;
wherein:
the air inlet assembly includes a charge-air cooler configured to cool the pressurized air prior to delivery thereof to the cylinder;
the charge-air cooler includes a heat exchanger section configured to cool the pressurized air aft of the gas compressor, a hot-side plenum configured to receive the pressurized air aft of the gas compressor, and a cold-side plenum configured to discharge the pressurized air from the heat exchanger section;
the at least one passage of the air inlet assembly includes a first passage arranged at least partially in the cold-side plenum and configured to direct the condensate to the intake valve, and a second passage arranged at least partially in the hot-side plenum and in fluid communication with the first passage;
the second passage includes at least one sine configured to collect the condensate; and
the heat exchanger section includes a feature arranged to direct the condensate toward the first passage;
wherein the feature is arranged at an angle relative to a horizontal plane when the engine is positioned on a level surface;
wherein the angle of the feature is equal to or greater than 5 degrees relative to the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,481

MINIMUM POWER CONSUMPTION FOR COOL DOWN DIAGNOSTIC BASED ON CYLINDER DEACTIVATION

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,479

COOLING SYSTEM WITH A COOLANT PUMP FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,478

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

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,477

SPLIT COOLING SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSION ENGINE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,474

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,473

SUPPORT UNIT FOR SUPPORTING AN EXHAUST SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,472

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSING PARTICULATE MATTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,469

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,467

EXHAUST TURBOSONIC GENERATOR FOR VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,466

PRESSURE DIFFERENTIATED EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,464

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

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,463

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,462

PUMP FOR A SECONDARY AIR SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,461

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

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,460

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,458

STORAGE TANK FOR AQUEOUS UREA SOLUTION IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,457

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,456

OIL REMOVAL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,454

MOTORCYCLE SUPERCHARGER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,453

VALVE FOR VEHICLE TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER BYPASS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,452

ENGINE LUBRICATION STRUCTURE AND MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,450

CAMSHAFT DEACTIVATION SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,448

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,445

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,444

CAM FOLLOWER ROLLER DEVICE WITH WASHER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,443

STEAM ACCUMULATOR COMPRISING A LATENT HEAT ACCUMULATOR AND A STEAM THERMOCOMPRESSOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,442

GAS TURBINE IN SITU INFLATABLE BLADDERS FOR ON-WING REPAIR

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,441

TRIPLE FLANGE ARRANGEMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,439

FRANGIBLE MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,436

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,435

TURBINE SHROUD WITH ABRADABLE LAYER HAVING RIDGES WITH HOLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,431

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR ROTARY MACHINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,428

UNIVERSAL SEAL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,425

FLOW SPLITTING FIRST VANE SUPPORT FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,423

SHROUDED BLADE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,421

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

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,420

FLARED CROSSOVERS FOR AIRFOILS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,419

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

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,417

TURBINE BUCKET HAVING NON-AXISYMMETRIC ENDWALL CONTOUR AND PROFILE

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,415

TURBOCHARGER WITH A RADIAL-AXIAL TURBINE WHEEL

Continental Automotive Gm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,414

ROUND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,412

DETERMINING SUBTERRANEAN-FORMATION RESISTIVITY USING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC TELEMETRY SYSTEM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,411

DOWNHOLE FLUID CHARACTERIZATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS USING MULTI-ELECTRODE CONFIGURATIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,410

METHODS OF ACOUSTICALLY COMMUNICATING AND WELLS THAT UTILIZE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,409

WELL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,407

METHODS FOR EVALUATING INFLOW AND OUTFLOW IN A SUBTERRAEAN WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,406

FORMATION FRACTURING POTENTIAL USING SURROUNDING PORE PRESSURES

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,405

BOREHOLE ARRAY FOR RANGING AND CROSSWELL TELEMETRY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,404

HIGH QUALITY VISUALIZATION IN A CORROSION INSPECTION TOOL FOR MULTIPLE PIPES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,401

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,399

TRAVELING VALVE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,398

DETONATOR STRUCTURE AND SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,397

CLOSURE DEVICE FOR A SURGE PRESSURE REDUCTION TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,396

TAR MAT FORMATION PREDICTION IN LATE-CHARGE RESERVOIRS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,395

FLOODING ANALYSIS TOOL AND METHOD THEREOF

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,394

ENERGY HARVESTING FROM A DOWNHOLE JAR

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,390

PRESSURE ACTUATED PORTED SUB FOR SUBTERRANEAN CEMENT COMPLETIONS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,389

HIGH PRESSURE INTERVENTIONLESS BOREHOLE TOOL SETTING FORCE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,388

DIVERTER FLUID DIVERTER FLUID

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,385

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

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,384

DRILLING STRIPPING ELEMENT

Weatherford Technology Ho...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,383

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUID INJECTION

Cameron International Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,382

BOP BOOSTER PISTON ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,380

METHOD FOR MONITORING A SEALING ELEMENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,378

DRILLING HEAD WITH NON-ROTATING ANNULAR SEAL ASSEMBLY

Weatherford Technology Ho...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,377

MUD SENSING HOLE FINDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,366

HYBRID DRILL BITS HAVING INCREASED DRILLING EFFICIENCY

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,361

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A FLOW OF AIR THROUGH A DOOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,360

HOLLOW CORE DOOR WITH PERIMETER AIR FLOW AND MULTIPLE DAMPER PANELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,357

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,351

MULTIPLE DOOR CLOSER INSTALLATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,349

PET DOOR LOCKING HINGE DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,347

HINGE PROTECTOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,346

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,345

SUCTION CUP CHILD RESTRAINT LOCK FOR SLIDING DOORS/WINDOWS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,343

HOUSING PROTRUSION

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,332

VEHICLE MOUNTED T-POST REMOVER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,331

MODULAR RAILING SYSTEMS WITH CELLULAR PVC PANELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,324

MEMBRANE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,322

INTERLOCKING ARCH TILE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,320

EXTERIOR CLADDING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,319

DEBRIS COLLECTOR FOR ROOF GUTTER SYSTEMS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,318

GUTTER AND BRACKET ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,317

FASCIA GUTTER SYSTEM AND COVERINGS USING THE SAME

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,316

ONE-PIECE AND TWO-PIECE SHINGLE REPAIR PATCH

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,315

REBAR CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,312

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,311

DEVICES AND METHODS TO SEAL GAPS BETWEEN ADJACENT STRUCTURAL PANELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,308

ROOF TRUSS ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,307

BASEMENT SEWER DRAIN RECOVERY AND DISCHARGE DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,304

LIQUID-CONTACT ACTIVATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,303

KINETIC TRAPWAY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,301

TOILET OVERFLOW PREVENTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Limit, Inc., Irvine, CA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,296

PLUMBING APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,294

SELF-ALIGNING LIFT KNOB FOR PLUMBING FIXTURE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,293

VACUUM-ASSISTED IRRIGATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,292

RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,291

MODULAR SIDEBAR PROTECTING WEAR MEMBER AND SYSTEM

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,289

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

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,288

EXCAVATION MEASUREMENT WITH LIGHT CURTAIN

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,286

DEBRIS DEFLECTION APPARATUS FOR OPERATORS STATION CLEANOUT

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,285

EXCAVATING APPARATUS, EXCAVATION BLADE PLATE AND EXCAVATING METHOD

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,284

BOOM FOR A WORKING MACHINE WITH A PARTITION INSIDE THE BOOM

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,270

SLEWING ASSEMBLY FOR A COLD PLANER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,252

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,249

APPLIANCE CONTROL UNIT WITH ARRANGED CONTROL SWITCHES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,244

FORMING BELT FOR SHAPED NONWOVEN

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,235

WAFER SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,224

ANTI-EXPLOSION GAS GENERATOR FOR HEALTH USE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,222

CORROSION INHIBITORS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,211

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

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