US Pat. No. 10,247,203

NOISE REDUCTION STRUCTURE AND SUPERCHARGING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A noise reduction structure for reducing noise on an air discharge side of a compressor of a supercharger, comprising:a compressor discharge-side pipe portion forming at least part of a compressor discharge-side pipe, the compressor discharge-side pipe comprising a compressor outlet pipe disposed downstream from a tongue section of a scroll of the compressor and a pipe connecting the compressor outlet pipe to an air cooler;
a first porous plate having a plurality of through holes and extending circumferentially along an inner circumferential surface of the compressor discharge-side pipe portion so that an air layer is formed between the first porous plate and the inner circumferential surface:
a partition dividing an interior of the compressor discharge-side pipe portion in a radial direction or in a circumferential direction of the compressor discharge-side pipe portion so as to form a plurality of flow paths in the compressor discharge-side pipe portion; and
a second porous plate having a plurality of through holes, the second porous plate being provided in each of the plurality of flow paths and extending along the partition so that an air layer is formed between the second porous plate and the partition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,202

CENTRIFUGAL PUMP

1. A centrifugal pump (1) comprising:at least one centrifugal pump stage (2);
a first housing part (3) having a suction connection (5) that includes a suction inlet through which fluid to be delivered enters the centrifugal pump;
a second housing part (6) having a pressure connection (7) that includes a pressure outlet through which the fluid to be delivered exits the centrifugal pump,
at least one intermediate housing part (10) which delimits a channel (11) leading to a pressure side of the at least one centrifugal pump stage (2), the channel being an annular flow channel that is radially arranged between the at least one centrifugal pump stage and the at least one intermediate housing part and through which the fluid to be delivered flows; and
a third housing part (20),
wherein the second housing part (6) and the at least one intermediate housing part (10) are arranged between the first housing part (3) and the third housing part (20), and
wherein the at least one intermediate housing part (10) and the second housing part (6) are each displaceable and configured to be arranged in at least two different positions with respect to the first housing part (3) and the third housing part (20).

US Pat. No. 10,247,201

BLOWER APPARATUS

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A blower apparatus comprising:an air blowing portion arranged to rotate about a central axis extending in a vertical direction;
a motor portion arranged to rotate the air blowing portion; and
a housing arranged to house the air blowing portion and the motor portion; wherein
the housing includes:
an air inlet arranged above the air blowing portion, and arranged to pass through a portion of the housing in an axial direction; and
an air outlet arranged to face in a radial direction at at least one circumferential position radially outside of the air blowing portion;
the air blowing portion includes:
a plurality of flat plates arranged in the axial direction with an axial gap defined between adjacent ones of the flat plates; and
one or a plurality of spacers each of which is arranged in a region in the axial gap between axially adjacent ones of the flat plates, the region covering a portion of a radial extent of the axial gap;
the motor portion includes:
a stationary portion including an armature; and
a rotating portion including a magnet arranged radially outside of the armature, and a hub arranged to hold the magnet; and
the hub includes:
a top plate portion arranged to cover an upper side of the armature;
a magnet holding portion arranged to extend downward from the top plate portion to assume a cylindrical shape, and arranged to hold the magnet with an inner circumferential surface thereof; and
a flat plate holding portion arranged to extend radially on a radially outer side of the magnet holding portion, and hold at least one of the flat plates.

US Pat. No. 10,247,198

COMPRESSOR HOUSING

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

1. A compressor housing of a compressor that uses an impeller provided in an intake air flow path of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle more to a downstream side than a blow-by gas recirculation part in which blow-by gas of the internal combustion engine recirculates, to pressurize intake air flowing through the intake air flow path, the compressor housing comprising:an impeller chamber that houses the impeller to be rotatable, and an intake air duct that extends along an axis line of the impeller and introduces intake air to the impeller chamber, and
a breather duct that extends in the radial direction of the impeller and introduces blow-by gas into the intake air duct,
wherein the intake air duct includes an inner-wall face that connects with an intake air inlet formed in the impeller chamber,
wherein a step part that is arc shaped along a circumferential direction of the impeller and has a distance along the radial direction of the impeller from the axis line that is farther at a downstream side than at an upstream side thereof is formed in the inner-wall face more to an upstream side along the axis line than the intake air inlet,
wherein a blow-by gas inlet connecting an inner circumferential face of the breather duct and the inner-wall face is provided vertically above the intake air inlet in a state where the compressor housing is mounted on the vehicle, and
wherein the blow-by gas inlet is provided in the intake air flow path more to a downstream side than the step part.

US Pat. No. 10,247,195

IMPELLER FOR A CENTRIFUGAL HEADBOX FEED PUMP

SULZER MANAGEMENT AG, Wi...

1. An impeller of a centrifugal headbox feed pump, the impeller comprising:a shroud with a front face and a circumference;
a plurality of long working vanes on the front face; and
a plurality of shorter intermediate working vanes on the front face between the long working vanes, the shorter intermediate working vanes having a leading edge and a foot part thereof, wherein the shorter intermediate working vanes have a leading edge with an angle of inclination, a foot length (Lfs) and an edge length (Les), the long working vanes having a leading edge with an angle of inclination, the angles of inclination of the leading edges of the long and shorter working vanes having a difference of 20 to 45 degrees, the foot length (Lfs) of the shorter intermediate working vane being between 1.2* Les and 3.0* Les and at least one of a plurality of openings for gas discharge arranged through the shroud within a circumference formed by the foot parts of the leading edges of the shorter intermediate working vanes and of a plurality of balancing openings arranged through the shroud within a circumference formed by the foot parts of the leading edges of the long working vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,193

RESERVOIR EGRESS FLUID COUPLER

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section and a drive shaft that drives the compressor section;
a bearing support positioned fore of the compressor section along a primary flowpath, the bearing support supporting the drive shaft, and wherein the bearing support internally comprises:
a fluid reservoir having a reservoir tube extending therefrom;
a fluid pump having a fluid pump tube extending therefrom;
a fluid coupler adapted for repeatable coupling and decoupling of a free end of the reservoir tube to a free end of the fluid pump tube wherein the fluid coupler comprises a cylindrical body defining an axis and having a flange located on a first axial end of the cylindrical body; and
wherein an end portion of at least one of the fluid pump tube and the reservoir tube is disposed within the fluid coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,247,191

COMBINED LED LIGHT AND FAN APPARATUS

WLC Enterprises, Inc., S...

1. The combination fan and light fixture comprising:a housing having the dimensions of a ceiling tile, said housing comprising a lighting chamber and a separate fan chamber;
a fan positioned within the housing in the fan chamber; said fan supported by a fan support wherein said fan is configured to propel air into a fan chamber;
an LED light fixture positioned within the lighting chamber, wherein the fan operates to direct air from the fan chamber to the lighting chamber such that a portion of the air is propelled about the LED lighting fixture to dissipate heat from the LED light fixture;
a diffuser in the fan chamber to direct air from the fan chamber to the lighting chamber; a bracket affixed to the housing; and
a lens supported by a bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,189

SCROLL COMPRESSOR WITH OLDHAM RING HAVING A PLURALITY OF KEYS COUPLED TO AN ORBITING SCROLL AND A FIXED SCROLL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A scroll compressor, comprising:a fixed scroll comprising a fixed wrap, and a plurality of first key recesses;
an orbiting scroll comprising an orbiting wrap engaged with the fixed wrap of the fixed scroll to define compression chambers, and a plurality of second key recesses, wherein the orbiting scroll that performs an orbiting motion with respect to the fixed scroll;
a drive comprising a rotational shaft in which a portion of the rotational shaft is inserted into the orbiting wrap; and
an Oldham ring comprising a plurality of first keys and a plurality of second keys provided on one surface of the Oldham ring and coupled to the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll, respectively, by being inserted into a plurality of first key recesses, into which the plurality of first keys is inserted, formed in the fixed scroll, and a plurality of second key recesses, into which the plurality of second keys is inserted, formed in the orbiting scroll, wherein each of the plurality of first key recesses comprises:
a first portion formed at an inner circumferential surface of the side wall and extended in an axial direction of the fixed scroll; and
a second portion formed at an upper surface of the orbiting scroll support and extended in a radial direction of the fixed scroll, wherein a length of the first portion in the radial direction is less than an orbiting radius of the orbiting scroll, wherein a lower portion of each of the plurality of first keys remains inserted in the second portion of the corresponding first key recess during the orbiting motion of the orbiting scroll, and wherein an outer portion of each of the plurality of first keys is inserted into or separated in a radial direction from the first portion of the corresponding first key recess during the orbiting motion of the orbiting scroll,
wherein the plurality of second key recesses and the plurality second keys are provided at a position where the plurality of second keys are maintained in an inserted state into the plurality of second key recesses so as not to protrude from the plurality of second key recesses for at least one time duration within a time period that spans from a start of a discharge cycle of the scroll compressor to an end of the discharge cycle of the scroll compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,173

ELASTIC MOTOR-SPRING ACTUATOR

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS,...

1. An actuator, comprising:a fixed member;
a free member operatively engaged with said fixed member so that said free member is moveable with respect to said fixed member;
an elastic element operatively associated with said free member and said fixed member, said elastic element comprising a thin, sheet-like member having a trapezoidal configuration so that said elastic element has a variable compliance; and
means for moving said free member with respect to said fixed member, said actuator being operable to store energy in said elastic element without a change in an overall length of said actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,171

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATING WAKE AND NOISE CONTROL SYSTEMS OF A WIND FARM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for simultaneously coordinating a wake control system and a noise control system of a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines, the method comprising:determining, via a farm controller, one or more wake control set points for the wake control system;
determining, via the farm controller, one or more noise control set points for the noise control system;
selecting, via the farm controller, between the wake control set points and the noise control set points for each of the plurality of wind turbines using either the wake control set points or the noise control set points as a constraint relative to the other;
sending, via the farm controller, the selected control set points to local controllers of the plurality of wind turbines; and
modifying, via the local controllers, existing set points of the plurality of wind turbines of the wind farm with the selected control set points and operating the plurality of wind turbines at the selected control set points, wherein the wake control set points, the noise control set points and the selected control set points comprise of at least one of a tip speed ratio, a pitch angle, a yaw angle, a rotor speed, an electrical power or a generator speed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,161

MOTOR GENERATOR, ENGINE STARTING DEVICE, AND ENGINE START CONTROL METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A motor generator, which is always connected to an engine via a belt, and is configured to carry out start control of the engine and power generation control,the motor generator having a two-output power transmission mechanism comprising:
a belt driving mechanism, which is configured to drive the engine through the belt and a pulley, such that the motor generator is always connected to an engine via the belt; and
a gear driving mechanism, which comprises a pinion gear to be coupled to a ring gear on the engine side in accordance with an external instruction, and is configured to drive the engine by the pinion gear being coupled to the ring gear,
wherein the pulley and the pinion gear rotate based on a rotation of a rotation shaft of the motor generator by a rotation of a rotor of the motor generator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,158

FUEL INJECTION VALVE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A fuel injection valve including a valve seat and a valve body that cooperate with each other to open and close a fuel passage, a movable element that has the valve body provided at one end thereof and has a fuel passage formed therein, a valve seat member having the valve seat formed thereon, an upstream-side communication hole that is located upstream of a flow of fuel and connects an inside and an outside of the movable element, and a downstream-side communication hole that is located downstream of the flow of fuel and connects the inside and outside of the movable element, in which a guide section for the valve body, where the valve seat member and the valve body are in sliding contact with each other, is provided downstream of the downstream-side communication hole, wherein:a fuel passage configured to connect, in a center axis direction, an upstream side and a downstream side of the guide section is provided at a same angular position in a circumferential direction of the movable element as the downstream-side communication hole;
an area ratio ((S1+S2)/S3), wherein S1 is a sectional area of the upstream-side communication hole, S2 is a sectional area of the downstream-side communication hole and S3 is a sectional area of a fuel passage provided in the fuel passage of the movable element at a position upstream of the upstream-side communication hole, is smaller than 4.0; and
the downstream-side communication hole is positioned in the vicinity of the valve body;
an area ratio (S1/S2) between the sectional area S1 and the sectional area S2 is larger than 0.5 and smaller than 1.6;
the movable element comprises a movable iron core and a rod portion;
the upstream-side communication hole is arranged at a position where an upper end of the upstream-side communication hole is not spaced apart from a lower end of the movable iron core by a distance equal to or larger than an inner diameter of the rod portion; and
the downstream-side communication hole is arranged at a position where a lower end of the downstream-side communication hole is not spaced apart from the valve body by a distance equal to or larger than the inner diameter of the rod portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,157

DIAMOND LIKE CARBON (DLC) COATING FOR ETHANOL-BLENDED FUEL INJECTOR APPLICATIONS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle component comprising:a surface of the component that is configured to contact a fuel comprising ethanol; and
a layer of non-hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (NH-DLC) material disposed on the surface, the layer having a thickness of from greater than or equal to about 100 nm to less than or equal to about 100 ?m,
wherein the NH-DLC material has a carbon content of greater than or equal to about 90 atomic % (at. %), a carbon-carbon sp3 hybrid bond content of from greater than or equal to about 60% to less than or equal to about 100%, and a carbon-carbon sp2 hybrid bond content of from greater than or equal to about 0 to less than or equal to about 40%, and wherein the NH-DLC material is substantially free of hydrogen atoms, and
wherein the layer of NH-DLC material is configured to contact the fuel comprising ethanol.

US Pat. No. 10,247,152

MULTI-LAYER PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND INJECTION DEVICE AND FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH THE MULTI-LAYER PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

6. An injection device, comprising:a container provided with an injection hole; and
a multi-layer piezoelectric element comprising
a stacked body in which piezoelectric layers and internal electrode layers are laminated;
a conductor layer disposed on a side face of the stacked body;
a conductive joining material layer disposed on a surface of the conductor layer; and
an external electrode joined to the conductor layer via the conductive joining material layer,
the conductive joining material layer comprising solder and a conductive adhesive, the solder constituting an end of the conductive joining material layer which confronts an end of the external electrode to be connected to an external circuit,
wherein the conductive adhesive constitutes a remaining part of the conductive joining material layer except the end of the conductive joining material layer, and
a void is provided in the boundary between the solder and the conductive adhesive constituting the conductive joining material layer,
a fluid stored in the container being injected through the injection hole by driving the multi-layer piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,147

AIR FILTER DEVICE, PARTICULARLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An air filter device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a filter housing including:
a circumferential housing wall surrounding an opening into the housing, the circumferential housing wall forming a radially outwardly projecting flange;
a support bead secured onto the flange and circumferentially surrounding the opening, the support bead having:
a head portion secured onto the flange; and
a stalk portion that protrudes outwardly from the head and flange, the stalk having a narrow width relative to the flange;
a filter element of a filter medium, the filter element received into the opening of the filter housing, the filter element including:
an inflow face at a first axial end of the filter element, for raw air to enter the filter element;
an outflow face an opposing axial end of the filter element, for filtered air to exit the filter element;
wherein axial, is used herein, is a direction from the inflow face to the outflow face;
wherein radial, as used herein, is a direction traverse to the axial direction;
a frame part circumferentially surrounding the filter element, the frame part fixedly secured onto the filter medium, the frame part including:
a sealing arrangement arranged on first axial side of the frame part, having:
a first limb projecting axially outwardly from the first axial side of the frame part and continuously circumferentially closing about the filter medium;
a second limb projecting axially outwardly from the first axial side of the frame part, and spaced radially outwardly away from the first limb and continuously circumferentially closing about the first limb;
a continuous U-shaped recess arranged on the first axial side of the frame part, the U-shaped recess arranged between, formed and delimited by the first and second limbs, forming a continuous circumferential seal receiving space surrounding the filter medium; and
a continuous circumferentially closed sealing element of a pliable elastic material arranged in the U-shaped recess of the circumferential seal receiving space, contacting and bearing against the filter housing; and
a holding interface arranged on an opposite second axial side of the frame part, opposite the sealing arrangement, having:
a first leg projecting axially outwardly from the second axial side of the frame part, projecting axially outwardly away from the continuous U-shaped recess, the first leg continuously circumferentially surrounding the filter medium;
a second leg projecting axially outwardly from the second axial side of the frame part, projecting axially outwardly away from the continuous U-shaped recess, the second leg spaced radially outwardly from the first leg and continuously circumferentially surrounding the first leg; and
a circumferential receiving groove having a U-shaped cross section, the circumferential receiving groove opening axially outwardly at the first axial end of the filter element, the circumferential receiving groove configured to receive and engage with an air channel component;
wherein the stalk of the support bead the filter housing protrudes into the U-shaped recess of the sealing arrangement, pressing into the elastic material of the sealing element, compressing the sealing element in the U-shaped recess.

US Pat. No. 10,247,126

FEEDBACK CONTROL METHOD FOR A FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A feedback control method for a fuel delivery system of an internal combustion engine in a motor vehicle, having a fuel delivery pump that supplies the internal combustion engine with fuel, the fuel delivery pump has a pump mechanism driven by an electric motor, the electric motor controlled by a control signal, comprising:generating the control signal for the electric motor, wherein a current fuel volume delivered by the fuel delivery pump and a prevailing fuel requirement of the internal combustion engine are included in determining the control signal;
determining the prevailing fuel requirement based at least in part on characteristic variables that characterize an operating state of at least one of the internal combustion engine and the motor vehicle; and
calibrating the fuel delivery system, by:
determining the actual fuel volume by a characteristic map using a current rotational speed and a current pressure applied to an inverse characteristic map;
determining at least one of a comparative rotational speed and a comparative pressure from the inverse characteristic map; and
determining a deviation between at least one of:
the current rotational speed and the comparative rotational speed and
the current pressure and the comparative pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,123

METHOD FOR ENGINE BRAKING A VEHICLE HAVING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A method for controlling an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:the internal combustion engine;
a continuously variable transmission (CVT) comprising:
a driving pulley operatively connected to the engine;
a driven pulley; and
a belt looped around the driving and driven pulleys, the belt transmitting torque between the driving and driven pulleys; and
at least one ground engaging member operatively connected to the driven pulley;
the method comprising:
determining a first speed, the first speed being one of:
a driven pulley speed,
a speed of rotation of the at least one ground engaging member, or
a speed of rotation of a rotating element operatively connecting the driven pulley to the at least one ground engaging member;
determining an idle speed set point based at least in part on the first speed,
the idle speed set point being less than an engagement speed when the driven pulley speed is less than a predetermined driven pulley speed,
the idle speed set point being less than an actual engine speed when the driven pulley speed is greater than the predetermined driven pulley speed;
determining a desired engine speed; and
controlling the engine to operate under conditions corresponding to the idle speed set point when the desired engine speed is less than the idle speed set point,
controlling the engine to operate under conditions corresponding to the idle speed set point causing engine braking when the driven pulley speed is greater than the predetermined driven pulley speed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,114

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

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An exhaust gas control system for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders, the exhaust gas control system comprising:a three-way catalyst provided in an exhaust passage on a downstream side from a collector of exhaust branch pipes, the exhaust branch pipes being connected to the plurality of cylinders respectively,
an upstream sensor provided in the exhaust passage on an upstream side from the three-way catalyst, the upstream sensor being configured to detect a physical quantity correlated with an air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas,
a downstream sensor provided in the exhaust passage on a downstream side from the three-way catalyst, the downstream sensor being configured to detect a physical quantity correlated with the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas, and
an electronic control unit configured to:
execute a first air-fuel ratio control;
control an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture in a part of the plurality of cylinders to a lean air-fuel ratio and control an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture in the other part of the plurality of cylinders to a rich air-fuel ratio when the electronic control unit determines that a predetermined temperature increase condition for increasing the temperature of the three-way catalyst is established in the first air-fuel ratio control, the lean air-fuel ratio being an air-fuel ratio that is leaner than a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, and the rich air-fuel ratio being an air-fuel ratio that is richer than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio;
execute a malfunction diagnosis for diagnosing at least one of the three-way catalyst, the upstream sensor, and the downstream sensor;
execute a second air-fuel ratio control to perform the malfunction diagnosis;
switch the air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture in all of the plurality of cylinders between the lean air-fuel ratio and the rich air-fuel ratio when the temperature of the three-way catalyst is equal to or higher than a predetermined diagnosis temperature in the second air-fuel ratio control;
estimate reference catalyst temperature while the electronic control unit executes the first air-fuel ratio control, the reference catalyst temperature being the temperature of the three-way catalyst not including an increase in temperature with the execution of the first air-fuel ratio control; and
perform the malfunction diagnosis by executing the second air-fuel ratio control in response to when the electronic control unit interrupts the execution of the first air-fuel ratio control after the estimated reference catalyst temperature becomes equal to or higher than the diagnosis temperature while the first air-fuel ratio control is being executed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,091

METHOD OF GAS DISTRIBUTION OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. A method of gas distribution in a conventional four-stroke internal combustion engine comprising:(a) compressing air prior to its entering into a cylinder of the engine utilizing an external air compressor;
(b) intaking of compressed air, on the intake stroke, via an intake valve as a piston goes down from top dead center (TDC) towards bottom dead center (BDC);
(c) connecting open ports in the cylinder sleeve to an exhaust manifold at the end of the intake stroke and at the beginning of the compression stroke;
(d) compressing pre-compressed air, that came from the external air compressor in the cylinder, during the compression stroke with the intake valve closed;
(e) combusting fuel in a combustion chamber, expanding combustion products on the power stroke, exhausting some of combustion products at the end of the power stroke via both: the ports once the piston passes the ports and an exhaust valve;
(f) exhausting combustion products on exhaust stroke via both: the open ports connected to the exhaust manifold, while the piston is still close to BDC, and the exhaust valve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,077

RETENTION MATERIAL FOR GAS PROCESSING DEVICE

NICHIAS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A retention material for a gas processing device comprising a processing structure and a casing for accommodating the processing structure,the retention material being to be arranged between the processing structure and the casing,
wherein
the retention material comprises inorganic fibers and no inorganic intumescent materials,
the inorganic fibers are alumina fibers comprising 70 wt % to 75 wt % of alumina and 30 wt % to 25 wt % of silica, and
in a test of repeating a cycle of compressing the retention material until a bulk density of the retention material becomes a prescribed compression bulk density, followed by retaining for 10 seconds, and then releasing until a bulk density of the retention material becomes a release bulk density that is smaller by 12% than said prescribed compression bulk density; a release surface pressure of the retention material after repeating the cycle 2500 times and the compression bulk density of the retention material satisfies the following relationship:
P?17.10×D?1.62wherein P is the release surface pressure (N/cm2) and D is the compression bulk density (g/cm3).

US Pat. No. 10,247,075

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING NOISE IN REDUCTANT INSERTION ASSEMBLIES

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. An aftertreatment system, comprising;an aftertreatment component structured to decompose constituents of an exhaust gas produced by an engine;
a reductant insertion assembly fluidly coupled to the aftertreatment component and configured to insert a reductant into the aftertreatment component; and
a controller operatively coupled to the reductant insertion assembly, the controller configured to:
determine if the engine is operating in a low noise operating condition, wherein the low noise operating condition comprises an idling operation of the engine;
when the engine is not operating in the low noise operating condition, instruct the reductant insertion assembly to insert the reductant into the aftertreatment component for a first insertion time between first time intervals; and
when the engine is operating in the low noise operating condition, instruct the reductant insertion assembly to insert the reductant into the aftertreatment component for a second insertion time between second time intervals, the second insertion time longer than the first insertion time.

US Pat. No. 10,247,064

ROCKER ARM ASSEMBLY FOR ENGINE BRAKING

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. An exhaust valve rocker arm assembly operable in a combustion engine mode and an engine braking mode, the exhaust valve rocker arm assembly comprising:a rocker shaft that defines a pressurized oil supply conduit;
a rocker arm configured to receive the rocker shaft and configured to rotate around the rocker shaft, the rocker arm including a rocker arm oil supply passage defined in the rocker arm;
a valve bridge configured to engage a first exhaust valve and a second exhaust valve;
a hydraulic lash adjuster assembly, disposed on the rocker arm, including a first plunger body movable between a first position and a second position, wherein, in the first position, the first plunger body is configured to extend rigidly and cooperatively engage with the valve bridge; and
a check valve, disposed on the rocker arm, including an actuator configured to selectively release pressure in the hydraulic lash adjuster assembly;
wherein the exhaust valve rocker arm assembly is configured such that, in the engine braking mode, pressurized oil is communicated through the pressurized oil supply conduit, through the rocker arm oil supply passage, and against the actuator such that the first plunger body occupies the first position and acts on the valve bridge during rotation of the rocker arm to a first angle opening the first exhaust valve a predetermined distance while the second exhaust valve remains closed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,060

CONTROL VALVE HAVING AN OUTFLOW CHANNEL

1. A control valve for a camshaft adjustment device, comprising:a valve housing including an inflow connection P, two control connections A and B, and an outflow connection T;
a pressure medium-conducting insert, coaxially situated in a receptacle of the valve housing, the pressure medium-conducting insert having an inflow passage, an outflow passage, and two control passages; and
a control piston coaxially guided in the pressure medium-conducting insert and having an inflow groove, an outflow groove, and a control groove on an outer circumference, the control piston including a piston head forming an actuating surface on a front side and defining a first end of the control valve on an actuation side,
the outflow passage merging into an outflow channel extending in an axial direction, at least one of the two control connections A, B connectable with the outflow connection T via the outflow channel, and the outflow connection T being situated in an area between a second end of the control valve, opposite from the first end, and the two control connections A, B.

US Pat. No. 10,247,059

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTER

18. A method for installing a camshaft adjuster-camshaft combination comprising:a camshaft adjuster comprising:
a stator; and
a concentric rotor rotatably situated within the stator, the stator having a central receptacle for accommodating a camshaft,
at least one radially inwardly protruding projection being present on a radial inner edge of the central receptacle for engaging behind a radially outwardly protruding web of the camshaft; and
the camshaft having the radially protruding web, the projection engaging behind the web, the method comprising the following steps:
axially placing the projection on the camshaft on a camshaft side of the web, the camshaft adjuster being pivoted by an angle with respect to the camshaft about a contact site; and
pivoting the camshaft adjuster about the contact site, so that the camshaft adjuster is in axial alignment with the camshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,055

CAM PHASER HAVING A RETENTION FEATURE FOR AIDING ASSEMBLY

1. A cam phaser comprising:a stator;
a rotor positioned in the stator and including a locking pin;
a locking cover including a receiving feature for receiving the locking pin;
a cover plate on an opposite side of the stator from the locking cover;
a check valve plate positioned between the stator and one of the locking cover or the cover plate, the check valve plate including a plurality of valve elements;
a plurality of first openings in each of the stator, locking cover, and check valve plate;
a plurality of second openings in the locking cover;
a third opening formed in the check valve plate; and
a retention feature for aligning components of the cam phaser during assembly, the retention feature including one or more tabs on the check valve plate and one or more indentations on a secondary component receiving the one or more tabs.

US Pat. No. 10,247,050

ENERGY TOWER OF MULTI-ENERGY-FORM OUTPUT FOR STEPWISE RECOVERING WASTE HEAT OF A GAS ENGINE

Tianjin University, Tian...

1. A multi-energy-form output energy tower for stepwise recovering waste heat of a gas engine, comprising an internal combustion engine (1), wherein the present invention also comprises a steam Rankine cycle system (2) which is capable of heat exchanging with the high temperature exhaust exhausted from the IC engine (1) to make a steam turbine (22) do expansion work; an organic Rankine cycle system which is respectively heat exchanged with high temperature exhaust, jacket water, charge air which are exhausted from the IC engine (1), and condensation heat in the steam Rankine cycle system (2) to do expansion work; a lithium bromide refrigerator (4) which uses part of jacket water discharged from the IC engine (1); and a hot water heat exchanger (5) connected at the end of the high temperature exhaust for heating domestic water;wherein the jacket water exhausted from the IC engine (1) is divided into three branches, the first branch (a) passes through a jacket water heater (6) and exchanges heat with the high temperature exhaust out of the steam Rankine cycle system (2), and then enters the generator of the lithium bromide refrigerator (4) as the heat source of the absorption cooling system, finally enters the IC engine (d) by a joint point (d); the jacket water in the second branch (b) enters the organic Rankine cycle system (3) for preheating, and then enters the IC engine (1) by a joint point (d); the jacket water in the third branch (c) enters the IC engine (1) by a joint point (d) directly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,046

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RELIABLY STARTING ORC SYSTEMS

1. A thermodynamic cycle apparatus, in particular an organic Rankine cycle apparatus, comprising:a working medium;
an evaporator for evaporating and additionally superheating the working medium;
an expansion machine for generating mechanical energy while expanding the evaporated working medium;
a condenser for condensing and additionally subcooling the working medium, in particular the working medium expanded in the expansion machine;
a pump for pumping the condensed working medium to the condenser when the thermodynamic cycle apparatus is in operation;
a first means for controlling a head height of the condensed working medium that is applied to the pump, the first means comprises a second means for at least temporarily increasing a pressure in the condenser, wherein the second means comprises at least one selected from the group of: (i) a means for lowering a rotational speed of a condenser fan, (ii) a means for reducing a cooling water mass flow or an air mass flow through the condenser, and (iii) a means for increasing a temperature of a cooling water mass flow or an air mass flow through the condenser;
wherein the geometrical arrangement of the evaporator is selected such that, prior to starting the pump, the condensed working medium can flow from the condenser to the evaporator by force of gravity and the working medium can circulate in a closed circuit via the evaporator and the condenser, to provide at least a predetermined minimum head height of the liquid working medium at the pump; and
wherein the evaporator is located on a lower level than the condenser in the geometrical arrangement and the pump is located on a lower level than the evaporator in the geometrical arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,247,043

DUCTED COWL SUPPORT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A ducted cowl support, comprising an annular structure configured to be mounted to an annular turbine engine frame and including one or more bypass ducts integrally formed therein, the ducted cowl support having a forward end and an aft end and further including a forward flange disposed at the forward end of the ducted cowl support, a peripheral wall extending aft from the forward flange to the aft end of the cowl support, an annular, generally frustoconical aft skirt extending radially outward from the peripheral wall near the aft end of the ducted cowl support and a generally axially-oriented annular aft flange disposed at a distal end of the aft skirt.

US Pat. No. 10,247,037

TURBOMACHINE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A turbomachine comprising:a rotating shaft;
an impeller that is fixed to the rotating shaft and that compresses or expands a working fluid by rotating around an axial line of the rotating shaft;
a bearing that rotatably supports the rotating shaft; and
a casing that is arranged around the impeller in a circumferential direction of the rotating shaft and that includes a volute therein, the volute being a fluid passage for the working fluid compressed or expanded by rotation of the impeller, the volute having a cross-sectional area increasing in a flow direction of the working fluid, wherein
the casing has an outer wall that defines the volute,
the casing includes a plurality of ribs that include a first rib and that are arranged on an outer peripheral surface of the outer wall,
the outer peripheral surface of the outer wall includes a diagonal area and a tongue portion area, wherein when it is assumed to angularly divide the casing into quarters to define a first quadrant Q1, a second quadrant Q2, a third quadrant Q3, and a fourth quadrant Q4 in the circumferential direction of the rotating shaft so that the tongue portion is located angularly in the center of the third quadrant Q3, and part of the casing that belongs to the third quadrant Q3 corresponds to the tongue portion area and part of the casing that belongs to the first quadrant Q1 corresponds to the diagonal area,
the first rib is arranged in the diagonal area,
when seen from an axial direction of the rotating shaft, the tongue portion area includes a tongue portion that is in contact with a most upstream portion and a downstream portion of the volute,
when seen from the axial direction of the rotating shaft, a center of the volute is located between the diagonal area and the tongue portion area,
the plurality of ribs are spaced apart from each other in a winding direction of the volute and that each extend over the volute, a degree of reinforcement of the diagonal area by the plurality of ribs being greater than a degree of reinforcement of the tongue portion area by the plurality of ribs,
the plurality of ribs are spaced apart from each other in the winding direction of the volute and that each extend over the volute, and
the first rib has a largest height among the plurality of ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,247,025

ROTATING MACHINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

7. A rotating machine comprising:a rotor having a rotor main body that rotates about an axis thereof, and a plurality of rotor blades disposed to extend from the rotor main body outward in a radial direction;
a casing disposed to surround the rotor from an outer circumferential side and having a cavity into which tips of the rotor blades are entered;
a plurality of sealing fins extending from an inner circumferential surface of the cavity of the casing toward the tip of the rotor blade and configured to seal a space between the casing and the rotor blade; and
swirl breakers disposed between the plurality of sealing fins, extending from the inner circumferential surface of the cavity of the casing inward in the radial direction, and having swirl flow collision surfaces with which a swirl flow collides and swirl flow transmission parts formed at at least parts of the swirl flow collision surfaces and through which the swirl flow passes in a circumferential direction,
wherein the swirl flow collision surfaces are formed to be inclined with respect to an axial direction of the rotor to be perpendicular to a flow direction of the swirl flow, and
wherein the swirl flow transmission parts are slits formed in the swirl breakers so as to extend in the radial direction of the axis of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,024

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBOMACHINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A turbomachine comprising:a first component comprising a first seal slot with a first corner;
a second component coupled to the first component, wherein the second component comprises a second seal slot with a second corner;
a gap between the first component and the second component; and
a seal assembly disposed in the first component, the second component, and a portion of the gap, wherein the seal assembly comprises a first corner shim and a second corner shim, and wherein each of the first corner shim and the second corner shim include two or more members connected by one or more corners and the first corner shim comprises a pressure actuation feature configured to cover end gaps in the first seal slot, the second seal slot, or both when a pressure in the gap exceeds a threshold biasing force of the pressure actuation feature.

US Pat. No. 10,247,006

TURBINE BLADE HAVING RADIAL THROAT DISTRIBUTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine blade 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, wherein the trailing edge defines a radial throat distribution between the airfoil and an adjacent airfoil; and
a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge,
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. 10,247,001

ANTI-SPALLING BLOCKING BAR FOR LARGE CROSS-SECTION COAL GALLERY EXCAVATION WORK SURFACE AND SUPPORTING METHOD

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF MININ...

1. A wall-caving-resistant mining stop bar on a driving face of a large-section coal roadway or an anti-spalling blocking bar for large cross-section coal gallery excavation work surface comprisinga stop bar (1) and a support bar (7) matched with the stop bar (1);
bolt holes (2) are arranged at top of the stop bar (1) and one end of the support bar (7),
a forepoling bar (4) connected at the top of the stop bar, wherein the support bar (7) is connected to the forepoling bar (4)
a steel pricker (5) is disposed on the outside of a bottom portion of the stop bar (1),
snap teeth (6) are arranged inside middle and upper parts of the stop bar (1), and
a claw (8), configured to be stuck in the snap teeth (6), is arranged at other end of the support bar.

US Pat. No. 10,246,999

LOCKING SYSTEM TO PREVENT ROTATION OF TOOLHOLDER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A mounting block assembly for a milling drum, the assembly comprising:a mounting block, the mounting block including:
a flighting portion configured to engage an outer cylindrical surface of the milling drum;
a mounting portion that defines a first bore configured to receive a toolholder, the mounting portion having an upper face; and
a protrusion that extends away from the mounting portion,
wherein the flighting portion, the mounting portion and the protrusion are integral; and
the toolholder including:
a generally cylindrical sidewall having a ledge, the sidewall defining an axis and a second bore extending in a direction parallel to the axis, the second bore configured to receive a stem of a cutting bit, the ledge including a pair of prongs and a pair of cutouts, the prongs extend radially outward from the ledge in a direction generally perpendicular to the axis, the pair of cutouts and the upper face define a pair of wedge channels, the prongs define a first recess therebetween, and the first recess configured to interlockably receive the protrusion when the toolholder is disposed in the mounting portion, wherein:
the interlocked configuration of the toolholder and the mounting block inhibit rotational movement of the toolholder about the axis;
the first recess includes a first side, a second side, and a back;
the first side is opposite from and parallel to a second side; and
the first side and the second side extend perpendicularly from the back.

US Pat. No. 10,246,998

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN EXPANDABLE PACKER

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A downhole packer assembly, comprising:an outer skin;
an inner packer disposed within the outer skin such that inflation of the inner packer is configured to expand the outer skin; and
a flexible flowline at least partially embedded within the outer skin, wherein the flexible flowline is configured to flex as the outer skin expands and a plurality of cylindrical inserts are configured to be disposed within the flexible flowline.

US Pat. No. 10,246,983

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACHIEVING THREE-PHASE SEPARATION AND CORE ANNULAR FLOW IN PIPELINES

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system for the subsea transport of a multi-phase production fluid from a wellhead to a point remote from the wellhead, the system comprising:a multi-phase production fluid comprising a water phase, an oil phase and a gas phase;
a pipeline extending from proximate the wellhead to a point remote from the wellhead, the pipeline structured and arranged to impart rotational motion to the multi-phase production fluid and effective to separate the water phase from the oil phase and the gas phase and reduce the pressure drop along the pipeline, wherein the pipeline is structured and arranged to impart the rotational motion to the multi-phase production fluid; and
a core-annular flow within the pipeline comprising a center gas phase, an annulus of the oil phase surrounding the center gas phase, and a thin annulus of the water phase surrounding the annular oil phase;
wherein the thin annulus of the water phase is formed between the wall of the pipeline and the annulus of the oil phase within the pipeline, and wherein the thickness of the thin annulus of the water phase is at least 6% of the diameter of the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,246,974

PUNCH AND CUT SYSTEM FOR TUBING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for servicing a well, comprising:a well string having:
a cutter positioned to sever a well pipe disposed in a wellbore;
a puncher oriented along the well string uphole from the cutter, the puncher comprising a perforating gun having at least one shaped charge selectively detonated via a detonator; and
a communications line routed along the well string to the detonator of the puncher and to the cutter, the communications line having a communications line bypass which routes the communications line externally past the perforating gun on a side of the perforating gun which is protected from the at least one shaped charge during detonation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,973

DOWNHOLE ENERGY HARVESTING DEVICE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

10. A method to operate a downhole energy harvesting device, the method comprising:receiving a fluid within a cavity of a stator having a longitudinal stator axis, the stator having a rotor disposed within the cavity, the rotor being adjacent to an armature having at least one winding and being operable to nutate along a longitudinal rotor axis, the longitudinal rotor axis being an offset of the longitudinal stator axis;
nutating the rotor along the longitudinal rotor axis to generate an electrical current in the at least one winding; and
transmitting the electrical current to an electrical component coupled to a downhole generator to power the electrical component;
wherein the rotor is rotatably coupled to a magnetic gearing having a plurality of magnetic members, and wherein the magnetic gearing is rotatably mounted within a housing; and
rotating the magnetic gearing along the longitudinal stator axis to generate the electrical current.

US Pat. No. 10,246,964

CASING HANGER RETENTION SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

14. A system, comprising: a retention system comprising a key-slot interface, wherein the key-slot interface comprises a plurality of physically separate retention segments configured to be coupled to a first component of the system, wherein each of the plurality of physically separate retention segments is configured to move between a collapsed position in which each of the plurality of physically separate retention segments does not block movement of the first component relative to a second component of the system and an engaged position in which each of the plurality of physically separate retention segments engages and extends radially into at least one corresponding slot formed in the second component to block movement of the first component relative to the second component, wherein each of the plurality of physically separate retention segments comprises an oscillating cross-sectional shape that extends along a respective length of each of the plurality of physically separate retention segments and that extends in a circumferential direction of the first component of the system when the plurality of physically separate retention segments are coupled to the first component, and the oscillating cross-sectional shape comprises at least one peak region and at least one valley region that enables each of the plurality of physically separate retention segments to move between the collapsed position and the engaged position, wherein the cross-section is taken along a plane extending between a radial-inner surface and a radially-outer surface of the at least one retention segment, wherein the at least one retention segment comprises a spring-like member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,927

SENSING EDGE

Miller Edge, Inc., West ...

1. A sensing edge for providing a signal to a controller indicating that a forward edge of a door is obstructed during operation, the sensing edge comprising:an elongate sheath mounted to the forward edge, having an outer wall, a first end having a first cavity and an opposing second end; and
a first end plug assembly including a first end plug and a first end flap,
wherein the first end plug includes an inner end, an outer end, a first engaging structure extending from the inner end, the first engaging structure being positioned within the first cavity in an assembled configuration, and
wherein the first end flap is constructed of a flexible material and includes a relatively flat body having a first top edge and an opposing second bottom edge, the first top edge including an overhang and the second bottom edge including a first projection, a second projection being provided between the overhang and the first projection, the overhang being at least in partial facing engagement with an upper surface of the first end plug and the second projection being at least in partial facing engagement with a lower surface of the first end plug.

US Pat. No. 10,246,889

STRIP ANCHORING SYSTEM FOR EMERGENCY ROOF TARP INSTALLATION

1. A strip anchoring system for emergency roof tarp installation, comprising at least one strip assembly, which has a top face having a top cut out and a top cut out face, and a bottom face having a bottom cut out, a bottom cut out face, and a retaining strip, wherein said at least one strip assembly secures a tarp on a roof, said at least one strip assembly further comprises first and second side edges, first and second ends, and first and second bottom cut out side edges, said top face comprises first and second upper edges, a first face having a first predetermined angle is defined between said first side edge and said first upper edge, and a second face having a second predetermined angle is defined between said second side edge and said second upper edge, wherein said first predetermined angle and said second predetermined angle are approximately the same.

US Pat. No. 10,246,875

MULTIPLE ELEMENT SUPPORT BEAM

1. A support beam configured to be installed inside a vessel comprising two or more longitudinal beam elements wherein each beam element comprises a first and second opposing long side connected by a top side, a lower side and two opposing end sides, said lower side having a width greater in dimension than said top side to form a bottom shoulder, said beam elements are arranged in parallel with at least one long side of one beam element facing a long side of another beam element, thereby forming the vessel support beam having a first and second opposing long side surface, a top surface and a lower surface, wherein each of said beam elements includes holes extending through the opposing long sides, such that holes of one beam element align with corresponding holes of an adjacent beam element, said support beam further comprising connecting means for locking the beam elements together, and wherein said bottom shoulder is adapted to support a number of catalyst grids, the beam further comprising protruding flaps configured to follow a curvature of an inner vessel wall.

US Pat. No. 10,246,867

RIVER COURSE ECOLOGICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM

1. A river course ecological treatment system for use in a river, comprising:a plurality of plastic retaining dams disposed in the river that receive and divide the river course into sequential retaining regions arranged in a direction from upstream to downstream;
a plurality of ecological biological water purification systems disposed in the river in the sequential retaining regions and each ecological biological water purification system of the plurality of ecological biological water purification systems being located between any two adjacent plastic retaining dams of the plurality of plastic retaining dams to purify water within the sequential retaining regions and discharge purified water; and
at least one damp land ecological water purification system that is disposed beside the river and that comprises:
a rainwater channel disposed along the river;
aquatic plants disposed in the rainwater channel that are effective to purify water flowing within the rainwater channel; and
draining vents provided in the rainwater channel that discharge purified water into the river course.

US Pat. No. 10,246,839

WORKSTATION FOR FLAGMAN

NOVA Chemicals Inc., Moo...

1. A flagman workstation, rectangular in shape, comprising a base; front, rear, left and right sides; a top surface and a bottom surface;wherein the base comprises an expandable polymer matrix comprising an interpolymer of a polyolefin and in situ polymerized vinyl aromatic monomers having a density of at least 5 kg/m3;
wherein the height of the top surface, measured from the bottom surface to the top surface is from about 1.25 cm to about 15 cm (6 inches);
wherein the front side and the rear side each have a length of from 50 to 152 cm and the left side and the right side each have a length of from 40 to 140 cm;
wherein a water-resistant coating comprising polyurea, polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, polybutene, polyisobutylene, poly(meth)acrylates, epoxy resin and combinations thereof, is applied to at least a portion of a surface of the base of the flagman workstation;
wherein the top surface includes a locator recess molded into and adapted to accept a non-slip surface; and
wherein a non-slip surface is affixed to the locator recess.

US Pat. No. 10,246,835

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SPREADING CHIPS ON ROADWAY USING FOAMED ASPHALT CEMENT

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A chip sealing train for use in carrying out a chip sealing operation on a roadway, said chip sealing train comprising:(a) a chip supply dump truck having a front end and a rear end, and further comprising a dump bed that is adapted to carry stone chips, said dump bed being adapted to be raised so that stone chips carried therein will slide out of the dump bed;
(b) an asphalt cement supply truck that is adapted to carry liquid asphalt cement, said asphalt cement supply truck comprising an asphalt cement supply tank;
(c) a chip spreader which:
(i) includes a receiving hopper for receiving the stone chips from the raised dump bed of the chip supply dump truck;
(ii) includes a spreader assembly which is adapted to dispense the stone chips onto the roadway;
(iii) includes a conveyor assembly for conveying the stone chips from the receiving hopper to the spreader assembly;
(d) a water tank;
(e) a foam dispersal assembly comprising:
(i) a foaming chamber;
(ii) an asphalt cement supply line that is in fluid communication with the asphalt cement supply tank and the foaming chamber;
(iii) an asphalt cement pump for pumping asphalt cement from the asphalt cement supply tank into the foaming chamber;
(iv) a water supply line that is in fluid communication with the water tank and the foaming chamber;
(v) a water pump for pumping water from the water tank into the foaming chamber;
(vi) a spray bar that is adapted to dispense foamed asphalt cement from the foaming chamber onto the surface of the roadway in front of the spreader assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,763

MAGNESIUM-ZINC-STRONTIUM ALLOYS FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTS AND DEVICES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A medical implant consisting of:a biodegradable and cytocompatible magnesium-zinc-strontium alloy; and
a weight percent of zinc being 4.0 to 6.0, a weight percent of strontium being 0.01 to 0.15, and a balance of the medical implant being magnesium.

US Pat. No. 10,246,656

VERSATILE SYSTEMS FOR CONTINUOUS IN-LINE BLENDING OF BUTANE AND PETROLEUM

1. A system for blending a volatility modifying agent with a petroleum stream having a petroleum flow rate, comprising:a petroleum stream downstream of a refinery;
an injection device injecting the volatility modifying agent into the petroleum stream at a volatility modifying agent flow rate;
a volatility measurement device in communication with the petroleum stream, the volatility measurement device configured to output data representative of a volatility measurement; and
a processor in connection with the injection device and the volatility measurement device, the processor configured to:
receive the volatility measurement; receive a target volatility value;
determine an adjustment to the volatility modifying agent flow rate based on the volatility measurement and the target volatility value; and
output a signal representative of the adjustment to the injection device,
wherein the injection device is electronically configured to access or receive the signal representative of the adjustment and to adjust the volatility modifying agent flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,639

FIRE RETARDANT COMPOSITIONS AND CABLE SEPARATORS FORMED THEREOF

General Cable Technologie...

1. A fire retardant composition comprising:polyvinyl chloride;
about 10 parts to about 40 parts, by weight, of a plasticizer comprising one or more of a trimellitate ester and a phosphate ester;
about 0.1 part to about 25 parts, by weight, of a brominated fire retardant additive;
about 25 parts to about 75 parts, by weight, of a fire retardant synergist comprising a metal hydroxide;
about 1 part to about 10 parts, by weight, of a mixed metal stabilizer; and
wherein the fire retardant composition is substantially free of a halogenated plasticizer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,620

CMP POLISHING AGENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF, AND METHOD FOR POLISHING SUBSTRATE

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A CMP polishing agent, comprising polishing particles, a protective film-forming agent, and water, whereinthe protective film-forming agent is a copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile,
an average molecular weight of the copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile is 500 or more and 20000 or less, and
the copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile is present in an amount of 0.1 part by mass or more and 5 parts by mass or less on the basis of 100 parts by mass of the polishing particles.

US Pat. No. 10,246,550

RESIN COMPOSITION

NAMICS CORPORATION, Niig...

1. A resin composition comprising:(A) a compound represented by formula (1) below;

(B) an oligomer having as its basic skeleton a structure represented by formula (2) below;

(C) an epoxy resin; and
(D) a curing accelerator, wherein
the mass ratio ((B)/(A)×100) between the compound of the (A) component and the oligomer of the (B) component is 5 to 25%,
the total content of the compound of the (A) component and the oligomer of the (B) component is 0.5 equivalents to 2.5 equivalents in terms of the ratio of the thiol equivalent of the compound of the (A) component and the oligomer of the (B) component with respect to the epoxy equivalent of the epoxy resin of the (C) component, and
a chloride ion concentration in the resin composition is 230 ppm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,246,461

DOSAGE FORM COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING AN INHIBITOR OF BRUTON'S TYROSINE KINASE

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. A tablet composition comprising:(i) from about 25 mg to about 300 mg of a free base of structure (I):

 and
(ii) fumaric acid, wherein the weight ratio of the free base of structure (I) to fumaric acid is from about 1:5 to about 3:1.

US Pat. No. 10,246,426

TRIAZOLE COMPOUNDS AS T-TYPE CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS

IDORSIA PHARMACEUTICALS L...

1. A compound of formula (I)
wherein
X represents a ring carbon or a ring nitrogen atom;
R1 represents
(C2-6)alkyl;
(C2-4)alkyl mono-substituted with cyano, or (C1-3)alkoxy;
(C1-4)fluoroalkyl;
(C1-3)fluoroalkoxy;
pentafluoro-sulfanyl;
(C3-6)cycloalkyl-L1- wherein
said (C3-6)cycloalkyl optionally contains one ring oxygen atom; wherein said (C3-6)cycloalkyl is unsubstituted; or mono-substituted with fluoro, (C1-3)alkyl, (C1-3)alkoxy, hydroxy, cyano, or (C1-3)fluoroalkyl; or di-substituted with fluoro, or tri-substituted with two fluoro substituents and a (C1-3)alkyl substituent; and
the linker L1 represents a direct bond, (C1-2)alkylene, oxygen, or (C1-2)alkylene-oxy;
5- or 6-membered heteroaryl, independently optionally mono-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl;
—NR11R12, wherein
R11 and R12 independently represent hydrogen, (C1-3)alkyl, (C2-3)fluoroalkyl, (C3-6)cycloalkyl, (C3-6)cycloalkyl mono- or di-substituted with fluoro, (C3-6)cycloalkyl-(C1-3)alkyl, (C1-3)alkoxy-(C2-3)alkyl;
or R11 and R12, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached to, form a 4- to -6 membered ring which is optionally mono- or di-substituted with fluoro; a 2-oxo-pyrrolidinyl group; or a morpholinyl group;
and (R4)n represents one or two optional substituents independently selected from (C1-4)alkyl, (C1-4)alkoxy, (C1-3)fluoroalkyl, (C1-3)fluoroalkoxy, halogen, and cyano;
or R1 together with (R4)n forms a non-aromatic 5- or 6-membered ring which is fused to the phenyl/pyridine ring; wherein said 5- or 6-membered ring optionally contains one or two heteroatoms independently selected from oxygen and nitrogen; wherein said fused 5- or 6-membered non-aromatic ring independently is optionally further mono-substituted with oxo; or di-, tri-, or tetra-substituted wherein one substituent is oxo and the remaining are (C1-3)alkyl;
or R1 together with (R4)n forms an aromatic 5- or 6-membered ring which is fused to the phenyl/pyridine ring; wherein said 5- or 6-membered ring optionally contains one or two nitrogen atoms, wherein said fused 5- or 6-membered aromatic ring independently is optionally further mono- or di-substituted wherein the substituents are independently selected from (C1-4)alkyl, (C3-6)cycloalkyl, (C1)fluoroalkyl, or cyano;
Y represents a ring carbon or a ring nitrogen atom; and
R2 represents (C1-4)alkyl; (C3-6)cycloalkyl; (C1-4)alkoxy; (C3-6)cycloalkyl-oxy; (C1-3)fluoroalkyl; (C1-3)fluoroalkoxy; (C1-3)alkoxy-(C2-3)alkoxy; halogen; cyano; or —NR21R22, wherein R21 and R22 independently represent hydrogen, or (C1-3)alkyl, or R21 and R22, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached to, form a 4- to -6 membered ring optionally mono- or di-substituted with fluoro, or a morpholinyl group;
and
(R5)m represents one or two optional substituents independently selected from (C1-4)alkyl; (C3-6)cycloalkyl; (C1-4)alkoxy; halogen; cyano; (C1-3)fluoroalkyl; and (C1-3)fluoroalkoxy;
or a salt of such a compound.

US Pat. No. 10,246,420

PYRAZOLE DERIVATIVES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A compound of formula (I)
and/or one or more tautomers and/or salts thereof, wherein
R1 is H, CH3, F, Cl, Br, or C1-C4 alkoxy,
R2 is methyl or ethyl,
X is a structure element selected from the group consisting of NH, N(CH3), O, S, CH2, CH(OH), and CH(CH3),
Q1 is a 5- to 7-membered carbocyclic ring, optionally substituted with up to 5 independently selected substituents RQ1;
or a 5- to 7-membered heterocyclic ring containing ring members selected from the group consisting of C, N, O and S, and containing up to 3 heteroatom ring members independently selected from the group O, S, and N, wherein the heterocyclic ring contains as heteroatom ring members up to 1 O atom, up to 1 S atom, and up to 3 N atoms,
wherein optionally up to 3 carbon ring members are independently selected from C(?O) and C(?S), and, if present, the sulfur atom ring members are independently selected from S, S(O), or S(O)2,
wherein the heterocyclic ring is optionally substituted with up to 5 substituents RQ1 on carbon atom heterocyclic ring members and optionally substituted with substituents RN on nitrogen atom heterocyclic ring members, if present, each RQ1 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, cyano, nitro, amino, hydroxy, formyl, C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C3-C7 halocycloalkyl, C3-C6 heterocyclyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C1-C6 haloalkoxy, C2-C6 alkenyl, C3-C7 alkenylalkoxy, C2-C6 alkenyloxy, C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C7 alkynylalkoxy, C3-C7 alkynyloxy, C3-C7 cycloalkoxy, C3-C6 halocycloalkoxy, C3-C6 heterocyclyloxy, C1-C3 alkylthio, C1-C3 haloalkylthio, C1-C3 alkylsulfinyl, C1-C3haloalkylsulfinyl, C1-C3 alkylsulfonyl, C1-C3 haloalkylsulfonyl, C1-C2 alkylsulfonyloxy, C1-C2 haloalkylsulfonyloxy, C4-C7 alkylcycloalkyl, C4-C6 cycloalkylalkyl, C2-C3 alkylcarbonyl, C2-C3 alkylcarbonyloxy, C1-C4 alkanoylamino, C2-C3 alkylcarbonylamino, (C1-C6 alkoxy)iminocarbonyl, tri(C1-C4-alkyl)silyl, SCF3, SF5, SCN, isonitrile, CRC?NO—C1-C4 alkyl, —NR1NR2N and optionally substituted phenyl,
Q2 is a 5- or 6-membered carbocyclic ring, [optionally] substituted with 1 [up] to 5 substituents RQ2;
or a 5- to 7-membered heterocyclic ring containing ring members selected from the group consisting of C, N, O and S, and containing up to 3 heteroatom ring members independently selected from the group O, S, and N, wherein the heterocyclic ring contains as heteroatom ring members up to 1 O atom, up to 1 S atom, and up to 3 N atoms, wherein optionally up to 3 carbon ring members are independently selected from C(?O) and C(?S), and, if present, the sulfur atom ring members are independently selected from S, S(O), or S(O)2,
wherein the heterocyclic ring is [optionally] substituted with [up] 1 to 5 substituents RQ2 on carbon atom heterocyclic ring members and optionally substituted with substituents RN on nitrogen atom heterocyclic ring members, if present,
each RQ2 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, cyano, nitro, amino, hydroxy, formyl, C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C3-C7 halocycloalkyl, C3-C6 heterocyclyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C1-C6 haloalkoxy, C2-C6 alkenyl, C3-C7 alkenylalkoxy, C2-C6 alkenyloxy, C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C7 alkynylalkoxy, C3-C7 alkynyloxy, C3-C7 cycloalkoxy, C3-C6 halocycloalkoxy, C3-C6 heterocyclyloxy, C1-C3 alkylthio, C1-C3 haloalkylthio, C1-C3 alkylsulfinyl, C1-C3haloalkylsulfinyl, C1-C3 alkylsulfonyl, C1-C3 haloalkylsulfonyl, C1-C2 alkylsulfonyloxy, C1-C2 haloalkylsulfonyloxy, C4-C7 alkylcycloalkyl, C4-C6 cycloalkylalkyl, C2-C3 alkylcarbonyl, C2-C3 alkylcarbonyloxy, C1-C4 alkanoylamino, C2-C3 alkylcarbonylamino, (C1-C6 alkoxy)iminocarbonyl, tri(C1-C4-alkyl)silyl, SCF3, SF5, SCN, isonitrile, CRC?NO—C1-C4 alkyl, —NR1NR2N and optionally substituted phenyl,
wherein each RN is independently selected from the group consisting of cyano, C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 haloalkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C1-C6alkoxy, C2-C6 alkoxyalkyl, C2-C6 alkylcarbonyl, C2-C6 alkoxycarbonyl, C2-C6 alkylaminoalkyl and C3-C6 dialkylaminoalkyl, C1-C6 aminoalkyl, benzyl, and SO2RS,
wherein each RC is independently selected from the group consisting of H and C1-C4 alkyl,
wherein R1N and R2N each are independently selected from C1-C4 alkyl and C3-C6 cycloalkyl,
wherein each RS is independently selected from C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 haloalkyl, and C3-C6 cycloalkyl,
wherein each optionally substituted phenyl is independently selected from phenyl substituted with up to 5 radicals selected from the group consisting of halogen, cyano, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 haloalkyl, (C1-C4)-alkoxy-(C1-C4)-alkyl, C1-C4 alkoxy, C1-C4 haloalkoxy, (C1-C4)-alkoxy-(C1-C4)-alkoxy, (C1-C4) alkylthio and nitro,
provided that at least one substituent RQ2 that is present is C3-C7 alkenylalkoxy or C3-C7 alkynylalkoxy.

US Pat. No. 10,246,419

LIVER X RECEPTOR (LXR) MODULATORS

RALEXAR THERAPEUTICS, INC...

1. A method of treating a disease, disorder, or condition in a mammal that would benefit from LXR modulation comprising administering to the mammal a compound of Formula (IA):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
L1 is a bond;
R1 is —OR9, —N(R9)2, C1-C6alkyl, C2-C6alkenyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, —C(?O)R8, or —C(?O)N(R9)2;
R2 is C1-C6alkyl, C2-C6alkenyl, C3-C8cycloalkyl, or —C1-C6alkyl-C3-C8cycloalkyl;
R3 is hydrogen or halogen;
R4 is aryl; wherein aryl is substituted with at least one R11;
each R5 is independently halogen, C1-C6alkyl, or C1-C6haloalkyl;
R8 is C1-C6alkyl, C2-C6alkenyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, —C1-C6alkyl-aryl, aryl, or heteroaryl;
each R9 is independently hydrogen, C1-C6alkyl, or C1-C6haloalkyl;
each R10 is independently hydrogen or C1-C6alkyl;
each R11 is independently halogen, nitro, —OR10, —N(R10)2, —CN, —C(?O)R10, —C(?O)OR10, —C(?O)N(R10)2, —NR10C(?O)R10, —NR10SO2R10, —SOR10, —SO2R10, —SO2N(R10)2, —C(?O)OCH2SCH3, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, or optionally substituted C1-C6haloalkyl;
wherein at least one R11 is —NR10SO2R10, —SOR10, —SO2R10, or —SO2N(R10)2; and
n is 0.

US Pat. No. 10,246,416

PROCESS FOR PREPARING [(3-HYDROXYPYRIDINE-2-CARBONYL)AMINO] ALKANOIC ACIDS, ESTERS AND AMIDES

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc....

1. A compound having the formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein A is a ring selected from:
2,3-difluorophenyl, 3,4-difluoro-phenyl, 3,5-difluorophenyl, 2-chlorophenyl, 3-chlorophenyl, 2,3-dichlorophenyl, 3,4-dichlorophenyl, 3-bromophenyl, 3,5-dichlorophenyl, 2,3,4-trifluorophenyl, 2,3,5-trifluorophenyl 2,3,6-trifluorophenyl, 2,4,5-trifluorophenyl, 2,4,6-trifluorophenyl, 2,4-dichlorophenyl, 2,5-dichlorophenyl, 2,6-dichlorophenyl, 3,4-dichlorophenyl, 2,3,4-trichlorophenyl, 2,3,5-trichlorophenyl, 2,3,6-trichlorophenyl, 2,4,5-trichlorophenyl, 3,4,5-trichloro-phenyl, 2,4,6-trichlorophenyl, 2-chloro-3-methylphenyl, 2-chloro-4-methylphenyl, 2-chloro-5-methylphenyl, 2-chloro-6-methylphenyl, 3-chloro-2-methylphenyl, 3-chloro-4-methylphenyl, 3-chloro-5-methylphenyl, 3-chloro-6-methyl-phenyl, 2-fluoro-3-methylphenyl, 2-fluoro-4-methylphenyl, 2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl, 2-fluoro-6-methylphenyl, 3-fluoro-2-methylphenyl, 3-fluoro-4-methylphenyl, 3-fluoro-5-methylphenyl, and 3-fluoro-6-methylphenyl;
Z is independently chloro or bromo; and
R10 is absent.

US Pat. No. 10,246,414

ALLOSTERIC MODULATORS OF CB1 CANNABINOID RECEPTORS

Northeastern University, ...

1. A pharmaceutical composition for treatment of Huntington's disease, the composition comprising an effective amount of a compound having the following structure, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof:
and a pharmaceutically-acceptable carrier or diluent.

US Pat. No. 10,246,411

(Z)-3,4,5-TRIMETHOXYSTYRYLBENZENESULFONAMIDES AS POTENTIAL ANTICANCER AGENTS

1. A (Z)-3,4,5-trimethoxystyryl benzenesulfonamide of general formula A
wherein, X?H, F, OCH3, NH2, or OH; and R?H, Cl, F, OCH3, NH2, NO2, OH, trifluoromethyl, trifluoromethoxy, methyl, or tert-butyl.

US Pat. No. 10,246,410

HYDRAZINYL AND AMINOOXY COMPOUNDS AND THEIR METHODS OF USE

Life Technologies Corpora...

1. A compound selected from the group consisting of:or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,405

POROUS DIACETYLENE PARTICLES, SYNTHESIS METHOD THEREOF

Korea University Research...

1. A method of manufacturing a radial porous diacetylene particle, comprising the steps of:(a) respectively dissolving a diacetylene-containing dicarboxylic acid monomer represented by Formula 1 below and a diamine monomer represented by Formula 2 below in a solvent to prepare a solution including the diacetylene-containing dicarboxylic acid monomer and a solution including the diamine monomer:
G-(A)x-C?C—C?C—(B)y-G  [Formula 1]
wherein A and B are each independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group of two or more carbon atoms, an ethylene oxide group, an amide group and an ester group, G is COOH, and x and y are each independently an integer of 1 to 20,
Q-(D)m-Z-(E)n-Q  [Formula 2]
wherein Z is selected from the group consisting of a benzene group, a pyridine group, a pyrimidine group and a naphthalene group, D and E are each independently a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group of one or more carbon atoms Q, NH2, and m and n are each independently an integer of 0 to 20;
(b) ultrasonically treating each of the solutions;
(c) maintaining each of the ultrasonically-treated solutions at room temperature; and
(d) mixing the solution including the diacetylene-containing dicarboxylic acid monomer represented by Formula 1 above with the solution including the diamine monomer represented by Formula 2 above to form a radial porous diacetylene particle and then growing the radial porous acetylene particle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,403

TREPROSTINIL DERIVATIVES AND COMPOSITIONS AND USES THEREOF

CORSAIR PHARMA, INC., So...

1. A compound of the following formula:
wherein ring A is cyclopropyl, cyclobutyl, cyclopentyl or cyclohexyl, and u is an integer from 0 to 9;or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, hydrate, clathrate, polymorph or stereoisomer thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,391

METHOD OF RECOVERING PHENOL FROM A BPA PRODUCTION FACILITY AND THE FACILITY FOR RECOVERING THE SAME

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of recovering an unreacted phenol from a bisphenol A production facility comprising:reacting an initial phenol and an initial acetone in the presence of a catalyst to produce a bisphenol A stream comprising the unreacted phenol of the initial phenol and a bisphenol A,
separating a purge stream comprising the unreacted phenol, and wherein the unreacted phenol is present in the purge stream in an amount of 60 to 90 wt %, based on the total weight of the purge stream;
adding the purge stream to a phenol purification section of a phenol production facility; and
purifying the purge stream in the phenol purification section to form a purified phenol outlet stream in the phenol purification section, wherein the purified phenol outlet stream comprises a total phenol concentration of greater than or equal to 99.5 wt % based on the total weight of the purified phenol outlet stream.

US Pat. No. 10,246,389

COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING 2-CHLORO-1,1,1,2-TETRAFLUOROPROPANE (HCFC-244BB)

Honeywell International I...

1. A composition comprising:2-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-244bb), and
at least one impurity comprising at least one of pentafluoropropene (HFO-1225ye isomer(s)), 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HFC-254eb), 2-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene (HCFO-1233xf) in an amount from 0.05 wt. % to 5.0 wt. %, 1-chloro-1,1,2,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-244cc), chlorotetrafluoropropene (HCFO-1224 isomers), E-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene (HCFO-1233zdE) in an amount from 0.0001 wt. % to 0.05 wt. %, 1,1,1,3,3-pentafluoropropane (HFC-245fa) in an amount from 0.0005 wt. % to 1.0 wt. %, heptafluorobutane (HFC-347 isomers), 2-chloro-1,1,1,3,3-pentafluoropropane (HFC-235da), 3-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-244eb), 3-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoropropane (HCFC-253fb) in an amount from 0.0001 wt. % to 0.05 wt. %, 2,3-dichloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-234bb), 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoropropane (HCFC-243db), chlorohexafluorobutene (HFO-1326 isomers), pentafluorobutene (HFO-1345 isomers), heptafluorobutene (HFO-1327 isomers), tetrafluorohexane (HFC-5-11-4 isomers), chlorohexafluorobutane (HFC-346 isomers), octafluoropentane (HFC-458 isomers), octafluorohexene, 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane (HCFC-123), C5H2F10 isomer, C6H2F8 isomer, C6H4F8 isomers, decafluorobutane (C4F10), C6H3F7 isomer, C6H3F9 isomer, C6H3Cl2F7 isomers, trichlorodifluoropropane (HCFC-242 isomers), C8H3F7 isomers, or long-chain halogenated hydrocarbons having a boiling point above about 15° C.;
wherein a total amount of light components comprising pentafluoropropene (HFO-1225ye isomer(s)) and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HFC-254eb) is between 0.0005 wt. % and 0.5 wt. %; and
wherein a total amount of heavy components comprising chlorohexafluorobutene (HFO-1326 isomers), pentafluorobutene (HFO-1345 isomers), heptafluorobutene (HFO-1327 isomers), tetrafluorohexane (HFC-5-11-4 isomers), chlorohexafluorobutane (HFC-346 isomers), octafluoropentane (HFC-458 isomers), octafluorohexene, 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane (HCFC-123), C5H2F10 isomer, C6H2F8 isomer, C6H4F8 isomers, decafluorobutane (C4F10), C6H3F7 isomer, C6H3F9 isomer, C6H3Cl2F7 isomers, trichlorodifluoropropane (HCFC-242 isomers), C8H3F7 isomers, or long-chain halogenated hydrocarbons having a boiling point above about 15° C. is between 0.0005 wt. % and 2.0 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 10,246,384

ALKYLATE BASE OIL OF BIOLOGICAL ORIGIN

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

1. An alkylate base oil of a biological origin having a kinematic viscosity at 100° C. from 3 mm2/s to 20 mm2/s, and characterized by having a total integral of a 13C NMR spectrum wherein 25-60% of the total integral of the 13C NMR spectrum falls within 13C NMR resonances in ranges for linear long chain alkyl groups given by: C1(13.9-14.2 ppm), C2(22.6-22.8 ppm), C3(31.9-32.05 ppm), C4(29.35-29.45 ppm), and C5+(29.6-29.8 ppm); wherein the alkylate base oil is an alkylation product of a farnesane that was made from a biologically derived feedstock.

US Pat. No. 10,246,379

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTION

CarbonCure Technologies I...

1. A system for carbonating a cement mix at a mix site comprising(i) a mixer for mixing the cement mix;
(ii) an apparatus to deliver carbon dioxide to the cement mix while the mix is mixing;
(iii) a telemetry system to transmit information regarding the cement mix to a central location remote from the mix site, wherein the central location stores data regarding the cement mix for use in future cement mixes and/or for use in modification of the same or similar cement mix in the mixer or in other mixers.

US Pat. No. 10,246,377

POLYCRYSTALLINE CHALCOGENIDE CERAMIC MATERIAL

Schott Corporation, Elms...

35. A process for preparing a polycrystalline chalcogenide ceramic material that transmits light from the near infrared range to the long-wave infrared range comprising:heating a chalcogenide powder to a temperature of 900-1000° C., wherein less than 50 wt % of the chalcogenide powder has a diameter of 5 ?m or less,
subjecting the heated powder to uniaxial pressing at a pressure of 40 to 60 MPa and a temperature of 900-1000° C. for 0.16-6 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,246,370

COLOR-STRIKABLE GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making glass containers, the method including the steps of:preparing a soda-lime-silica glass composition including: 60-75 wt. % SiO2, 7-15 wt. % Na2O, 6-12 wt. % CaO, 0.1-3.0 wt. % Al2O3, 0.0-2.0 wt. % MgO, 0.0-2.0 wt. % K2O, 0.01-0.25 wt. % SO3, and at least one colorant selected from the group consisting of: iron oxide (Fe2O3), cobalt oxide (CoO), and chromium oxide (Cr2O3), wherein the molten glass comprises 0.2-0.6 wt. % iron oxide (Fe2O3) when the at least one colorant comprises iron oxide (Fe2O3);
mixing a latent colorant material composition into the soda-lime-silica glass composition to produce a color-strikable glass composition including: 0.0875-0.35 wt. % cuprous oxide (Cu2O), 0.06-0.5 wt. % stannous oxide (SnO), 0.0125-0.05 wt. % bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and 0.02-0.10 wt. % carbon (C);
forming glass containers from the color-strikable glass composition;
annealing the glass containers; and
raising the temperature of a first one of the glass containers above a highest annealing temperature to impart red or black coloration thereto to produce a red or black glass container,
wherein a second one of the glass containers is not heated to a temperature above the highest annealing temperature, and wherein the second one of the glass containers exhibits arctic blue, amber, cobalt blue, or emerald green coloration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,369

HIGH INDEX GLASSES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A high refractive index glass comprising:a refractive index greater than or equal to 1.7;
between about 38 wt. % and about 45 wt. % SiO2;
between about 15 wt. % and about 20 wt. % TiO2;
between about 6.0 wt. % and about 10 wt. % ZrO2;
between about 0.5 wt. % and about 4.0 wt. % La2O3;
between about 0.5 wt. % and about 4.0 wt. % Nb2O5;
between about 12 wt. % and about 19 wt. % BaO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 4.0 wt. % SrO;
between about 3.0 wt. % and about 8.0 wt. % CaO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % Li2O;
between about 2.0 wt. % and about 6.0 wt. % Na2O;
between about 4.0 wt. % and about 8.0 wt. % K2O;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % Al2O3;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % B2O3;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % MgO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % ZnO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 2.0 wt. % of the combination of Sb2O3+F+Cl+Br; and
wherein the high refractive index glass is essentially free of As2O3,
wherein the combination of BaO+SrO+CaO is between about 17 wt. % and about 25 wt. %,
wherein the combination of Li2O+Na2O+K2O is between about 6.0 wt. % and about 10.5 wt. %, and
wherein the combination of Al2O3+B2O3+MgO+ZnO is between about 0 wt. % and about 12 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 10,246,367

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SOLID NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIAL BASED ON HEXA- AND OCTA-CYANOMETALLATES OF ALKALI METALS

1. A method for producing a solid nanocomposite material comprising nanoparticles of a metal coordination polymer with CN ligands, said nanoparticles satisfying the formula [Alk+x]Mn+[M?(CN)m]z? wherein Alk is an alkali metal, x is 1 or 2, M is a transition metal, n is 2 or 3, M? is a transition metal, m is 6 or 8, z is 3 or 4; said cations Mn+ of the metal coordination polymer being bound through an organometallic or metal coordination bond to an organic group R2 of an organic graft, and said organic graft being further chemically attached to at least one surface of a solid support by reaction of a group R1 of said organic graft with said surface; said method comprising the following successive steps:a) a solid support is provided;
b) the chemical attachment of the organic graft to the surface of the solid support is achieved;
c) the solid support to the surface of which is attached the organic graft is put into contact with a solution containing the Mn+ ion and then the thereby grafted solid support obtained is washed one or several times and is optionally dried;
d) the grafted solid support obtained at the end of step c) is put into contact with a solution containing a complex or salt of [M?(CN)m]z? and a salt of an alkali metal Alk, and then the thereby obtained solid support is washed once or several times, and is optionally dried; and
e) steps c) to d) are optionally repeated, wherein
f) if the steps c) and d) are the ultimate steps of the method, then during step c) the obtained grafted solid support is washed once or several times and is dried, and during step d), the thereby obtained solid support is washed one or several times and dried.

US Pat. No. 10,246,364

METHOD FOR THREE STAGE FORMING A HOT GLASS SHEET WITH TRANSVERSE CURVATURE

GLASSTECH, INC., Perrysb...

1. A three stage method for forming a hot glass sheet with transverse curvature comprising:initially forming the glass sheet against a downwardly facing first upper mold that has curvature in a first direction and straight line elements in a second direction transverse to the first direction;
then transferring the glass sheet from the first upper mold onto an upwardly facing lower mold having curvature in the first direction and permitting the glass sheet to sag under gravity to have some curvature in the second direction as well as curvature in the first direction;
thereafter press forming the glass sheet between the lower mold and a downwardly facing second upper mold that has transverse curvature and is complementary to the lower mold so the glass sheet has transverse curvature corresponding to the shapes of the lower mold and the second upper mold; and the method further being performed by:
conveying the hot glass sheet on a roll conveyor into a heated chamber of a forming station to below the first upper mold at a pickup position thereof within the heated chamber above the conveyor, with the first upper mold having a downwardly facing surface of a convex shape with curvature in the first direction and straight line elements in the second direction transverse to the first direction, with the first upper mold in the pickup position being spaced horizontally from the lower mold, which faces upwardly, and from the second upper mold which is located above the lower mold, and with the second upper mold located within the heated chamber above the elevation of the conveyor and having a downwardly facing surface of a convex shape with its transverse curvature;
supporting the first upper mold on elongated beams that are supported by rollers for horizontal movement within the heated chamber under the operation of a horizontal actuator for horizontal movement of the first upper mold between the pickup position above the roll conveyor and a delivery position below the second upper mold and above the lower mold, and supporting the rollers on vertical actuators that move the rollers and the elongated beams and the first upper mold supported thereon vertically;
moving the first upper mold at its pickup position downwardly from an upper position to a lower position adjacent the glass sheet on the roll conveyor and supplying upwardly directed gas lift jets to lift the glass sheet from the conveyor and provide the initial forming of the glass sheet against the downwardly facing surface of the first upper mold, the first upper mold then being moved upwardly to its upper position with the glass sheet supported by the first upper mold, and a vacuum being drawn by a vacuum source at the first upper mold to support the glass sheet thereon;
then moving the first upper mold at its upper portion and the glass sheet supported thereon by the vacuum horizontally within the heated chamber from the pickup position to the delivery position below the second upper mold and above the lower mold which has an upwardly concave shape complementary to the convex shape of the downwardly facing surface of the second upper mold;
subsequently terminating the vacuum drawn at the first upper mold in the delivery position to transfer the glass sheet onto the lower mold, moving the first upper mold back to the pickup position, moving the second upper mold from an upper position downwardly to cooperate with the lower mold in the press forming of the glass sheet, and then moving the second upper mold upwardly to its upper position with the press formed glass sheet supported on the second upper mold by vacuum drawn by the vacuum source at its downwardly facing surface;
then moving a delivery mold to below the press formed glass sheet on the second upper mold in its upper position whereupon the vacuum is terminated to release the glass sheet from the second upper mold onto the delivery mold which is then moved out of the forming station for delivery of the press formed glass sheet; and
operating a controller to control the roll conveyor, the horizontal actuator and the vertical actuators as well as the first upper mold moved that is thereby, the vacuum source, and the delivery mold to perform the press forming of the glass sheet and its delivery.

US Pat. No. 10,246,351

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING ULTRAPURE WATER

Vivonic GmbH, Sailauf (D...

1. A device for producing ultrapure water according to a reverse osmosis (RO) principle with a reverse osmosis filter which is subdivided by a RO membrane into a primary chamber and a secondary chamber, with a primary circuit through which raw water is supplied to the primary chamber and concentrate is discharged therefrom, and with a secondary circuit for supplying permeate to at least one consumer,the device for producing ultrapure water comprising,
a pump connected to a conduit of the primary circuit upstream of the reverse osmosis filter;
a flow resistance means and a valve with a discharge outlet connected to a concentrate conduit of the primary circuit downstream of the reverse osmosis filter;
a deposition layer detector arranged in or on a concentrate line of the primary circuit downstream of the primary chamber that detects a deposition layer of at least one of organic and inorganic deposits, the deposition layer detector being connected to a processor, the processor including a deposition layer evaluator; and
a buffer vessel having a flexible, expandable volume incorporated into a permeate conduit of the secondary circuit,
wherein the deposition layer evaluator is configured to determine a thickness measurement value of the deposition layer detected by the deposition layer detector;
wherein the deposition layer detector comprises a sensor system; and
wherein the sensor system is configured to initiate a back flushing of the RO membrane when the determined thickness measurement value reaches a predetermined limit measurement value, wherein the back flushing comprises the deposition layer evaluator causing the processor to stop the pump and open the valve to the discharge outlet, and further causing the processor to control the buffer vessel to produce a negative pressure on the RO membrane to cause a reverse flow via the RO membrane to the discharge outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,246,349

WATER DESALINATION USING FREEZE CRYSTALLIZATION AND ACOUSTIC PRESSURE SHOCK WAVES

SANUWAVE, INC., Suwanee,...

1. A method of desalinating salt water provided into an enclosure comprising cooling the salt water to produce a slush, applying acoustic pressure shock waves directed by a reflector in an upward direction away from a bottom of the enclosure and against gravity to provide unidirectional movement of the shock waves to the slush to cause ice crystals to move toward a top of the enclosure and brine to settle at the bottom of the enclosure, recovering ice crystals separately from the brine, and thawing the ice crystals to obtain desalinated water.

US Pat. No. 10,246,347

BIOCHAR TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED WATER

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTIT...

1. A method for treatment of water to produce recycled water comprising:providing water for treatment containing organic and inorganic contaminants;
filtering the water containing organic and inorganic contaminants through a particulate filter to remove 60 mesh or larger particulate contaminants present in the water thereby providing filtered water containing organic and inorganic contaminants;
supplying a plurality of biochar sorbent bed pairs, each biochar sorbent bed pair including a first biochar sorbent bed and a second biochar sorbent bed arranged in parallel such that flow alternates between the first biochar sorbent bed and the second biochar sorbent bed,wherein biochar contained in said biochar sorbent beds is made by heating biomass in a low or no oxygen environment for 1.0-3.0 hours a temperature of 300° C. to 600° C. to provide biochar sorbent having a surface area in the range of 200 m2-500 m2;supplying said filtered water containing organic and inorganic contaminants to at least one biochar sorbent bed in at least one of said plurality of biochar sorbent bed pairs wherein said biochar removes all or a portion of said contaminants to produce recycled water;
recovering said recycled water wherein said levels of contaminants are reduced or removed;
regenerating said at least one biochar sorbent bed in at least one of said plurality of biochar sorbent bed pairs using steam to remove at least a portion of said contaminants from said at least one biochar sorbent bed followed by washing the biochar absorbent bed with a solution of sodium carbonate to precipitate and remove metal ions from the biochar absorbent bed; and
recycling at least a portion of a condensate from said steam used to regenerate said at least one biochar sorbent bed to said particulate filter.

US Pat. No. 10,246,345

WATER DESALINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST COOLING SALINE WATER USING TURBINES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for desalination comprising:a feed source of saline water;
a feed source of at least one refrigerant;
a compressor, comprising an input fluidly coupled to the source of said at least one refrigerant and an output, and configured to generate a compressed vaporized refrigerant;
a condenser comprising an input fluidly coupled to the compressor and an output, said condenser operatively configured to generate a chilled, partially liquefied refrigerant stream;
at least one expansion device comprising at least one input fluidly coupled to the condenser and at least one output configured to release the chilled refrigerant stream at a refrigerant stream injection velocity;
a freezing chamber comprising at least one input to introduce the chilled refrigerant stream into the chamber, and a first, second and third output,
and at least one injector configured to introduce the saline water into the freezing chamber in the form of saline water droplets, wherein the at least one ejector introduces the saline water droplets into the freezing chamber at a slip injection velocity relative to the refrigerant stream injection velocity of about 10% to about 180%;
and wherein direct contact in the chamber between the saline water droplets and the refrigerant stream forms ice particles comprising pure water, wherein the at least one expansion device is a two-stage turbo expander and the turbo expander is adapted to function as the freezing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,246,344

DOPED NICKELATE MATERIALS

FARADION LIMITED, Sheffi...

1. A doped nickelate material with the general formula:AaM1vM2wM3xM4yM5zO2-?
wherein
A comprises one or more alkali metals selected from sodium, lithium and potassium;
M1 is nickel in oxidation state 2+,
M2 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 4+,
M3 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 2+,
M4 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 4+, and
M5 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 3+
wherein
0.4?a<0.9,
0 at least one of w and y is >0,
x>0,
z?0,
0???0.1,
and wherein a, v, w, x, y and z are chosen to maintain electroneutrality.

US Pat. No. 10,246,334

METHOD OF PRODUCING HETEROPHASE GRAPHITE

NATIONAL CHUNG SHAN INSTI...

1. A method of producing a heterophase graphite, comprising the steps of:(A) providing a silicon carbide single-crystal substrate;
(B) placing the silicon carbide single-crystal substrate in a graphite crucible and then in a reactor to undergo an air extraction process; and
(C) performing a desilicification reaction on the silicon carbide single-crystal substrate in an inert gas atmosphere to obtain 2H graphite and 3R graphite;
wherein the air extraction process entails creating a vacuum in the synthesis furnace to remove nitrogen and oxygen therefrom and raising the temperature of the synthesis furnace to 900° C.˜1400° C.

US Pat. No. 10,246,333

METHOD FOR CONTINUOUS MANUFACTURE OF CNTF HAVING HIGH STRENGTH AND HIGH CONDUCTIVITY

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A method for continuously manufacturing carbon nanotube fibers with high strength and high conductivity, comprising:synthesizing carbon nanotube fibers by direct spinning;
treating the carbon nanotube fibers with a strong acid while applying tension thereto; and
washing the carbon nanotube fibers thereafter,
wherein the carbon nanotube fibers have an IG/ID ratio of 10 or greater and the tension is applied so as to stretch the carbon nanotube fibers by 4% to 15%.

US Pat. No. 10,246,332

POLYMERIC MICROPARTICLES AS FILTRATION AND/OR CLARIFYING AIDS IN PHOSPHORIC ACID PRODUCTION

Cytec Industries Inc., P...

1. A method for enhancing the filtration rate of phosphoric acid produced by the wet process and containing suspended insoluble precipitates, the method comprising:adding to the phosphoric acid at any stage of the phosphoric acid production process an effective amount of a reagent comprising polymeric microparticles crosslinked by a polyfunctional crosslinking agent selected from the group consisting of N,N?-methylenebisacrylamide; N,N?-methylenebismethacrylamide; polyethyleneglycol diacrylate; polyethyleneglycol dimethacrylate; N-vinyl acrylamide; triallylammonium salts; N-methylallylacrylamide; methylolacrylamide; glycidyl acrylate; divinylbenzene; acrolein; gyloxal; diepoxy compounds; epichlorohydrin; and mixtures thereof, wherein the polyfunctional crosslinking agent has a molar ratio from 90 molar parts per million to 5,000 molar parts per million based on the total mole % of monomers present in the polymeric microparticle, and wherein said microparticles are characterized as being anionic or amphoteric and have a weight average molecular weight of greater than 60 Million Da; and
filtering the phosphoric acid, thereby enhancing the filtration rate of the phosphoric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,246,324

STRAIN AND PRESSURE SENSING DEVICE, MICROPHONE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRAIN AND PRESSURE SENSING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROPHONE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A sensor, comprising:a supporter;
a beam including a movable portion, the movable portion including a first region having an end fixed to the supporter and a second region extending from the first region, the end of the first region extending in a first direction, the second region of the movable portion having an end opposite the end of the first region and movable in a second direction crossing the first direction; and
a sensing element fixed to the first region, the second region not overlapping the sensing element in the second direction, the sensing element including a first magnetic layer, a direction of a first magnetization of the first magnetic layer being along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,323

CAVITY FORMING METHOD FOR A SENSOR CHIP, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, CHIP AND ELECTRONICS APPARATUS

GOERTEK, INC., Weifang, ...

1. A method for forming a cavity in a MEMS pressure sensor chip, comprising:forming a first groove in a substrate;
bonding a covering layer onto the substrate to cover the first groove, so as to form a cavity; and
etching the covering layer to lower the thickness of the covering layer,
wherein the step of etching the covering layer further comprises: patterning the covering layer to etch a portion of the covering layer corresponding to the cavity, with other portions of the covering layer remaining.

US Pat. No. 10,246,320

PACKAGES AND METHODS OF PACKAGING SENSORS

DUNAN SENSING, LLC, San ...

1. A sensor package comprising:a base including a sensor coupled to the base wherein the base has a first electrical connection location and a first mechanical mating interface in the shape of an arc;
an electronics package with a second electrical connection location; and
a ring coupled between the base and the electronics package and having a recessed ledge on a top side of the rind designed to receive the electronics package, wherein the ring electrically connects the first electrical connection location to the second electrical connection location and wherein the ring has a second mechanical mating interface in the shape of an arc that is reciprocal to the first mating interface; and
a plurality of vias that terminate on the recessed ledge in first via termination points and wherein a first recessed pocket is formed in the recessed ledge surrounding each first via termination point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,319

PLANAR CAVITY MEMS AND RELATED STRUCTURES, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND DESIGN STRUCTURES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) structure comprising:a moveable beam comprising at least one insulator layer on a lower electrode; and
an upper electrode over the at least one insulator layer,
wherein the lower electrode has a slotted layout to match a metal volume of the lower electrode with a metal volume of the upper electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,318

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component, comprising:a substrate;
a membrane that covers an opening structured into the substrate from a first side of the substrate, and that can be warped by a pressure difference between the first side of the substrate and a second side, oriented away from the first side, of the substrate; and
at least one actuator electrode that is connected at least to the membrane in such a way that the at least one actuator electrode is displaced relative to the substrate by a warping of the membrane, the at least one actuator electrode being capable of being displaced relative to the substrate by the warping of the membrane, in each case along a displacement axis oriented parallel to the second side of the substrate;
wherein the at least one actuator electrode is connected to the membrane at least by at least one torsion spring that is capable of being rotated about a respective torsion axis by the warping of the membrane, in such a way that the at least one actuator electrode is capable of being displaced relative to the substrate by the warping of the membrane, in each case along its axis of displacement oriented parallel to the second side of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,317

PUSH PEDAL WATER DISPENSER ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A water dispenser assembly for a refrigerator, comprising:a housing having a front fascia coupled thereto, the front fascia including an actuator receiving area;
an actuator received in the actuator receiving area having inner and outer surfaces, the actuator operable between at-rest and pressed positions; and
a hinge pin having upper and lower ends and a body portion disposed therebetween, the upper and lower ends pivotally coupled to upper and lower portions of the actuator receiving area to rotate the body portion between extended and retracted positions along a vertical rotational axis, wherein the body portion is coupled to the inner surface of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,246,312

VEHICLE LIFT WITH SUPPORT ARMS

1. An adjustable vehicle lift comprising:at least one lift arm pivotally extending away from a vertical hoist to a distal arm end for engaging a vehicle to be lifted;
said arm being extensible;
an extended handle pivotally attached to said arm proximate said distal end,
said handle being operable by an operator to pivot and extend said arm, beneath the vehicle, from an operator position outside a periphery of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,305

ELEVATOR HAVING A MOVABLE MACHINE ROOM

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil N...

1. An elevator system including an elevator car movable in an elevator shaft and a drive unit for moving the elevator car, comprising:a machine platform arranged in the elevator shaft for lifting along the elevator shaft, wherein the drive unit is fixed on the machine platform and has at least one lifting device for lifting the machine platform;
wherein the at least one lifting device includes a lifting supporting element, a strand jack and an anchor, the lifting supporting element being fixed in the elevator shaft by the anchor and the strand jack arranged to move along the lifting supporting element, wherein the strand jack is fixed on the machine platform; and
wherein a section of the lifting supporting element is arranged underneath the strand jack, the section being outside a vertical projection of the elevator car or the machine platform having a deflector for guiding the section outside a travel path of the elevator car.

US Pat. No. 10,246,304

INSTALLATION ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An installation arrangement for an elevator in an elevator hoistway, the installation arrangement comprising:at least a suspension member suspended downwards from a top of the elevator hoistway;
an installation hoist configured to perform a first movement to move in the elevator hoistway along the suspension member while supported by the suspension member above an elevator car, the installation hoist configured to hoist at least the elevator car traveling on guide rails in the elevator hoistway in response to the first movement of the installation hoist along the suspension member; and
an auxiliary hoist including a hoisting member supported by the suspension member between a roof of the elevator hoistway and the installation hoist such that the auxiliary hoist is above the elevator car, the auxiliary hoist configured to perform a second movement to move reciprocally in the elevator hoistway along the suspension member independently of the first movement of the installation hoist along the suspension member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,302

AUXILIARY PUMPING UNIT

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Cor...

1. A pumping unit for use with an hydraulic elevator system having a hydraulic cylinder for raising and lowering an elevator car, wherein the pumping unit comprises:a reservoir configured to store fluid;
a first pump in fluid communication with the reservoir, wherein the first pump is in direct fluid communication with the hydraulic cylinder such that the first pump is operable to transfer fluid from the reservoir directly to the hydraulic cylinder to drive the elevator car; and
a second pump in fluid communication with the reservoir, wherein the second pump comprises an outlet conduit coupling the second pump with the hydraulic cylinder of the elevator system, wherein the second pump further comprises an inlet conduit coupling the reservoir with the second pump, wherein the second pump is in direct fluid communication with the hydraulic cylinder such that the second pump is operable to transfer fluid from the reservoir directly to the hydraulic cylinder to drive the elevator car, wherein the second pump is selectively actuatable when the first pump is inactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,246,301

BATTERY INSTALLED IN ELEVATOR CAR

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator car for an elevator system comprising:an elevator car panel;
at least one battery pocket disposed in the elevator car panel; and
at least one battery removably positioned in the at least one battery pocket, configured such that one or more of inspection, maintenance, replacement or repair of the at least one battery may be performed without entry into a hoistway and the elevator car of the elevator system.

US Pat. No. 10,246,300

ELEVATOR VIRTUAL AERODYNAMIC SHROUD

Otis Elevator Company, F...

1. An elevator car comprising:a cab having a top, a bottom, a left side, a right side, a front, and a back, the front having a door, a vertical direction going from the bottom to the top;
a frame supporting the cab; and
a fan,wherein;the cab comprises a perimeter shroud protruding above a surface of the top and leaving a well exposing a central portion of an upper surface of the top;
the perimeter shroud protrudes above the upper surface;
the perimeter shroud has, when viewed in vertical section, a curved portion;
the fan is under the perimeter shroud aside the well; and
the perimeter shroud covers the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,246,297

RUST REMOVING DEVICE FOR ELEVATOR GUIDE RAIL

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A rust removing device for an elevator guide rail, comprising:a support;
a fixing rack, fixed on the support, wherein the fixing rack comprises a U-shaped cross section having at least a first end;
a rust removal rack, fixed on the first end of the fixing rack;
non-metallic shoe lining, disposed on a U-shaped inner concave surface of the rust removal rack; and
a rust removal layer, disposed on the non-metallic shoe lining, and fitted with a surface of the guide rail, wherein the rust removal layer is made of at least oilstone, the non-metallic shoe lining comprising a U-shaped structure that is disposed between the rust removal rack and the rust removal layer;
wherein the rust removal rack comprises a U-shaped structure having at least a first end, a second end, a first side, and a second side;
wherein the first end of the U-shaped structure of the rust removal rack is disposed with fastening platforms at the first and second side respectively, the rust removal layer includes first protrusion portions that protrude out of the first end of the rust removal rack, wherein the first protrusion portions of the removal layer are placed on the fastening platforms and then pressed onto the fastening platforms by hold-down plates disposed on the fastening platforms, wherein the hold-down plates disposed on the fastening platforms are fixed to the fastening platforms by fastening bolts;
wherein the second end of the U-shaped structure of the rust removal rack is disposed with L-shaped fastening plates at the first and second side respectively, the rust removal layer includes second protrusion portions that protrude out of the second end of the rust removal rack, wherein the second protrusion portions of the rust removal layer are attached to the L-shaped fastening plates and then pressed onto the L-shaped fastening plates by hold-down plates disposed on the L-shaped fastening plates, wherein the hold-down plates disposed on the L-shaped fastening plates are fixed to the L-shaped fastening plates by fastening bolts.

US Pat. No. 10,246,296

CONTROL CABLE GUIDE DEVICE FOR ELEVATOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A control cable guide device for an elevator, which is to be mounted to a control cable, the control cable extending from a middle portion of a hoistway, along a cable suspending side surface of a car, and to a lower portion of the car, the control cable having a curved portion formed at a lower end position of the control cable, the control cable guide device comprising:an arm to be suspended on the control cable at a position below the car in a pivotable manner, the arm being configured to be pushed upward by the curved portion when the car is caused to travel to a lowermost position within a normal traveling range, to thereby shift to a cable receiving position for receiving the control cable,
wherein when the arm is in the cable receiving position, the arm projects to the cable suspending side beyond a plane formed by the side surface of the car as viewed from a top of the car.

US Pat. No. 10,246,294

BUS CAPACITOR BANK CONFIGURATION FOR A REGENERATIVE DRIVE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A regenerative drive device, comprising:an inverter having a plurality of power components;
a converter having a plurality of power components;
a direct current (DC) link bridging the inverter and the converter, the DC link comprising:
one or more internal capacitors bridging the inverter and the converter;
an external capacitor in parallel with the one or more internal capacitors wherein the capacitance of the external capacitor is greater than the capacitance of at least one of the one or more internal capacitors; and
an inductor located directly between the external capacitor and the one or more internal capacitors.

US Pat. No. 10,246,293

OFFSHORE HOSE LOADING STATION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Reel Power Licensing Corp...

1. A loading station for transferring supplies via a first hose and a second hose wherein said first hose and said second hose are adapted to be pulled from a first sea vessel or first dock to a second sea vessel or second dock comprising:a jumper shaft having a first end, a length, and a second end;
a first modular reel assembly having a spool adapted to independently rotate to wind and unwind said first hose from said first sea vessel or first dock to said second sea vessel or second dock and wherein said spool is rotated by a first rotating shaft segment having a first end, a second end attached to said first end of said jumper shaft, and a length;
a second modular reel assembly having a spool adapted to independently rotate to wind and unwind said second hose from said first sea vessel or first dock to said second sea vessel or second dock and wherein said spool is rotated by a second rotating shaft segment having a first end attached to said second end of said jumper shaft, a second end, and a length;
a motor having a third rotating shaft with an end in communication with said first end of said first rotating shaft segment of said first modular reel assembly;
wherein said first rotating shaft, said second rotating shaft and said third rotating shaft are linearly aligned; and
wherein said length of said first rotating shaft, said length of said second rotating shaft, and said length of said jumper shaft are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,246,287

PROCESSING SYSTEM AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A processing system for sequentially conveying a long, flexible sheet substrate along a length direction to each of a plurality of processing devices to form a predetermined pattern on the sheet substrate, comprising:a first processing device for conveying the sheet substrate in the length direction according to first setting conditions while selectively or uniformly forming a photosensitive thin film on the surface of the sheet substrate;
a second processing device for conveying the sheet substrate in the length direction according to second setting conditions while irradiating the photosensitive thin film on the surface of the sheet substrate with light energy corresponding to the pattern to form a latent image on the photosensitive thin film corresponding to the pattern;
a third processing device for conveying the sheet substrate in the length direction according to third setting conditions while causing the pattern to appear on the sheet substrate via selective development of the photosensitive thin film corresponding to the latent image or via selective plating on the photosensitive thin film corresponding to the latent image; and
a control device, which, when at least one from among the states of the actual processing implemented on the sheet substrate by each of the first to the third processing devices exhibits a processing error relative to a target processing state of each of the first to the third processing devices, changes other setting conditions, separate from the setting conditions exhibiting the processing error from among the first to the third setting conditions, according to the processing error.

US Pat. No. 10,246,278

AUTOMATIC TIRE LOADER/UNLOADER FOR STACKING/UNSTACKING TIRES IN A TRAILER

Wynright Corporation, El...

1. A method for stacking tires within a trailer parked at a loading bay, the method comprising:providing an automatic tire loader/unloader including a base structure having an industrial robot mounted thereto, the industrial robot is operable to handle tires; and
executing at the automatic tire loader/unloader a rick-rack stacking routine including processor-executable instructions to:
specify a search operation to identify a tire skyline including an active quadrant,
specify a search operation to identify a hole and hump of an adjacent tire pair within the active quadrant,
specify a search operation to identify the sequential tire placement direction, and
calculate instructions for executing a rick-rack stacking pattern of tires.

US Pat. No. 10,246,274

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AIR CART PRESSURIZATION MONITORING

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A pneumatic distribution system configured to distribute a granular product to an agricultural implement, wherein the pneumatic distribution system comprises:a first pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to a storage tank configured to store the granular product and positioned upstream of the meter roller, wherein the first pressure sensor is configured to output a first signal indicative of a first static pressure in the storage tank;
a second pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to a component of the pneumatic distribution system, downstream of the meter roller, wherein the second pressure sensor is configured to output a second signal indicative of a second static pressure downstream of the meter roller; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the first pressure sensor and to the second pressure sensor, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine a pressure differential, wherein the pressure differential is the difference between the first static pressure and the second static pressure;
generate a first warning when the first static pressure is below a threshold value, wherein the first warning includes a first recommended action, and output the first warning to an operator interface;
generate a second warning when the pressure differential is below a desired range, wherein the second warning includes a second recommended action, and output the second warning to the operator interface; and
generate a third warning when the pressure differential is above the desired range, wherein the third warning includes a third recommended action, and output the third warning to the operator interface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,269

BOTTLE RETAINING ASSEMBLY WITH QUICK RELEASE FOR A BOTTLE FILLER

Fogg Filler Company, Hol...

1. A bottle retaining assembly for a filler comprising:a lifter coupling having an upper support structure attachable to a base of a bottle lifter assembly;
a retaining structure having an upstand structure that is positionable in engagement with the upper support structure,
wherein the upper support structure includes a releasable locking member structurally configured to releasably lock the upper support structure of the lifter coupling to the upstand structure, wherein the releasable locking member is actuatable without the use of a tool,
wherein the upper support structure includes a front face and the upstand structure includes an inner face, with the inner face of the upstand structure positionable so as to overlie the front face of the upstand structure and to be slidably movable thereagainst, and
wherein the upper support structure further includes at least one alignment guide including a pin extending from the front face, with the releasable locking member comprising a locking pin positionable between a locked and an unlocked configuration, the locking pin slidably movable within a bore defined in the upper support structure, the upstand structure further including an alignment portion corresponding to the at least one alignment guide, the alignment portion including an entry portion and a locking portion, wherein the pin is insertable into the entry portion, and upon slidable movement of the upper support structure and the upstand structure, the pin is directed into a locking portion, to releasably couple the upstand structure and the upper support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,266

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE NORMAL FORCE OF A TRANSPORT UNIT OF A LONG STATOR LINEAR MOTOR

1. A method for controlling a normal force (FNn) acting on a transport unit of a conveyor installation in the form of a long stator linear motor on a track section of a conveyor track defined by the conveyor installation, on which track section drive coils of the long stator linear motor are provided on only one side of the transport unit and the transport unit is retained on the conveyor track on this side by guide elements, wherein a number of drive magnets on the transport unit interacts with a number of drive coils for generating the normal force (FNn) and the normal force (FNn) is controlled with a controller for controlling the normal force (FNn), wherein the controller determines a normal-force-forming current component of the drive current of the drive coils interacting with the transport unit so that a resulting normal force (F?Nn) acting on the transport unit as the sum of the normal force (FNn), a magnetic force (FMn) in a normal direction caused by the drive magnets, and an external force (FEn) in the normal direction acting on the transport unit corresponds at least to a specified retaining force (FNnmin) in the normal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,262

ZERO TENSION SYSTEM CONVEYER

Zero Tension System, LLC,...

1. A conveyor belt system comprising:a drum assembly that includes a plurality of drum bars;
a block chain configured to engage at least one of the plurality of drum bars and to be driven by the drum assembly in a first direction when the drum assembly rotates about an axis in a first rotational direction and in a second direction that is different than the first direction when the drum assembly rotates about the axis in a second rotational direction; and
a conveyor belt configured to:
be driven based on the first direction at or during a first time period when in continuous contact with at least one portion of the block chain when the block chain engages the at least one of the plurality of drum bars and is driven by the drum assembly in the first direction; and
be driven based on the second direction at or during a second time period that is different than the first time period when in continuous contact with the at least one portion of the block chain or at least one other portion of the block chain when the block chain engages the at least one of the plurality of drum bars and is driven by the drum assembly in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,254

COLLAPSIBLE WASTE RECEPTACLE

Ex-Cell Kaiser LLC, Fran...

1. A waste receptacle configured to move between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, the receptacle comprising:a front frame piece comprising a plurality of wires defining a portion of an exterior boundary of the receptacle, wherein the plurality of wires of the front frame piece define at least a front boundary and a portion of two side boundaries of the receptacle;
a rear frame piece comprising a plurality of wires defining a portion of the exterior boundary of the receptacle, wherein the plurality of wires of the rear frame piece define at least a rear boundary and a portion of the two side boundaries of the receptacle;
a bottom frame piece comprising a plurality of wires, wherein the bottom frame piece is configured to be releasably attached to one or more wires of the front frame piece, the rear frame piece, or both;
a first side panel connecting a first side of the front frame and rear frame pieces;
a second side panel connecting a second side of the front frame and rear frame pieces; and
a top surface attached to at least a portion of at least one wire of the front frame piece, the rear frame piece, or both, and configured to rotate about the attachment;
wherein when the waste receptacle is in the expanded configuration:
the bottom frame piece is in a first position where it is attached to both the front frame piece and the rear frame piece, such that the bottom frame piece defines at least a lower portion of a side boundary of the receptacle;
the two side panels span a distance between the front frame piece and the rear frame piece to define a portion of the two side boundaries of the receptacle; and
the top surface is in a first position where it is attached or adjacent to any top wires of the front frame piece and rear frame piece; and
wherein, when the waste receptacle is transitioned to its collapsed configuration:
the top surface is rotated outwardly from its first position to a second position where it is adjacent to an exterior boundary the receptacle;
the bottom frame piece is detached from the one or more wires of the front frame piece or the rear frame piece, and is pivoted inwardly about the attachment of the bottom frame piece to the other of the front frame piece or rear frame piece, from its first position to a second position, and is repositioned in a vertical orientation; and
the two side panels are collapsed inwardly, such that the front frame and rear frame pieces may be brought towards each other, such that the two side boundaries are smaller in the collapsed configuration than in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,232

SEPTA

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A system comprising:a cap comprising an opening; and
a septum configured to engage with the cap, the septum comprising:
an annular shaped first portion having a first width, wherein the first portion comprises a rounded-wall portion;
a second portion having a second width smaller than the first width, the second portion being sized and shaped to be received by the opening of the cap;
a third portion adjacent the second portion, the third portion having a third width larger than the first width and the second width, wherein the third portion has a constant circumferential width from a top surface to a bottom surface of the third portion, wherein the bottom surface has a constant horizontal plane across the circumferential width of the third portion; and
an inert coating disposed on the bottom surface of the third portion defining a terminal end of the septum.

US Pat. No. 10,246,229

VENTED BEVERAGE CAN AND CAN END

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can end comprising:a peripheral curl capable of being joined to a can body by seaming;
a wall structure radially inward from the curl;
a center panel;
a main score defining a main hinge and a main tear panel that is capable of opening upon rupture of the score to form a pour opening;
a tab coupled to the center panel by a rivet, the tab having a nose capable of contacting a portion of the main tear panel for rupturing the main score, a body, and a heel formed opposite the nose, the heel being configured for grasping by a user;
a raised main bead having a first end located proximate the heel side of the tab and extending around the main tear panel to a second end;
a vent including:
a vent score defining a vent tear panel and a vent hinge located approximately between opposing ends of the vent score; and
an upwardly protruding button located on the vent tear panel; and
a recessed vent bead located about the vent score, the main bead and the vent bead being continuous such that the main bead and the vent bead join at a transition in which the raised main bead yields to the recessed bead;
whereby actuation of the tab by lifting the heel is capable of rupturing the main score and actuation of the tab by pressing down on the tab is capable of rupturing the vent score.

US Pat. No. 10,246,228

LIQUID DISPENSING CONTAINER WITH MULTI-POSITION VALVE AND STRAW

Runway Blue, LLC, Alpine...

1. A liquid dispensing container comprising:a body comprising a reservoir configured to hold a liquid;
a lid attached to the body; and
a valve assembly comprising a conduit, the conduit movable relative to the lid between a closed position, a first open position and a second open position;
wherein:
when the conduit is in the closed position, the valve assembly inhibits fluid flow through the conduit;
when the conduit is in the first open position, a first passageway for the liquid extends from the reservoir through a first opening in the conduit; and
when the conduit is in the second open position, a second passageway for the liquid extends from the reservoir through a second opening in the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,224

PLASTIC BAGS, ROLLS OF PLASTIC BAGS, AND TUBULAR BLOWN FILM PROCESSES OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A process of manufacturing a roll of plastic bags, the process comprising:forming a tubular blown film;
collapsing the tubular blown film so that the tubular blown film includes a first side, a second side, a first edge, and a second edge;
perforating the first side of the collapsed tubular blown film to form a plurality of perforation lines;
perforating the second side of the collapsed tubular blown film to form a plurality of perforation lines;
cutting openings in the collapsed tubular blown film, each opening being provided at a position adjacent to one of the plurality of perforation lines;
inserting sealing closure mechanisms through the openings into the collapsed tubular blown film;
fixing the sealing closure mechanisms to the collapsed tubular blown film;
connecting the first and second sides of the collapsed tubular blown film to form a plurality of seals, each seal of the plurality of seals extending from the first edge of the collapsed tubular blown film to the second edge of the collapsed tubular blown film; and
winding the collapsed tubular blown film into a roll.

US Pat. No. 10,246,214

PACKAGE BOX AND FOLDABLE SHEET MATERIAL

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. A package box, comprising:a bottom plate portion;
a front plate portion, connected to the bottom plate portion;
a rear plate portion, connected to the bottom plate portion opposite to the front plate portion;
a first top plate portion, connected to the front plate portion opposite to the bottom plate portion;
a second top plate portion, connected to the rear plate portion opposite to the bottom plate portion, the first top plate portion and the second top plate portion being superimposed on each other and detachably fixed with each other through a top engagement structure;
a first right side plate portion, connected to the front plate portion;
a second right side plate portion, connected to the rear plate portion corresponding to the first right side plate portion, the first right side plate portion and the second right side plate portion being superimposed on each other and detachably fixed with each other through a right engagement structure;
a first left side plate portion, connected to the front plate portion opposite to the first right side plate portion;
a second left side plate portion, connected to the rear plate portion corresponding to the first left side plate portion and opposite to the second right side plate portion, the first left side plate portion and the second left side plate portion being superimpose on each other and detachably fixed with each other through a left engagement structure;
a right bottom plate portion, connected to the first right side plate portion or the second right side plate portion and superimposed on the bottom plate portion;
a right top plate portion, connected to the first right side plate portion or the second right side plate portion opposite to the right bottom plate portion, the first top plate portion and the second top plate portion being superimposed on the right top plate portion;
a left bottom plate portion, connected to the first left side plate portion or the second left side plate portion and superimposed on the bottom plate portion; and
a left top plate portion, connected to the first left side plate portion or the second left side plate portion opposite to the left bottom plate portion, the first top plate portion and the second top plate portion being superimposed on the left top plate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,206

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PACKAGING GROUPS OF ARTICLES WHICH ARE COMBINED TO FORM PACKAGING UNITS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

8. An apparatus comprising a definitive-fixing unit towards which groups of articles that have been combined to form a packaging unit move along a transporting path that leads into said definitive fixing-unit, wherein said definitive-fixing unit is configured for applying heat to said packaging unit as a whole and for definitively fixing flaps of a film cover that surrounds said packaging unit using at least said heat, wherein, when said packaging unit is received by the definitive-fixing unit after having been moved on said transporting path in a running direction thereof, said packaging unit has been covered by a film as a result of having been caused to pass over a front of said piece of film, said piece of film having been wrapped over a top of said packaging unit, wherein said packaging unit is standing on overlapping ends of said piece of film thereby causing said piece of film to simultaneously form a film cover and flaps that project beyond said packaging unit in opposite transverse directions that are perpendicular to said transporting path, wherein said apparatus comprises a fixing device and a folding unit that is separate from said fixing device, wherein said folding unit is configured for positioning said flaps against said packaging unit as said packaging unit passes through said folding unit towards said fixing device, wherein said folding unit is disposed upstream from said fixing device in said running direction, wherein said fixing device is configured to fix said flaps to each other, wherein said fixing device comprises a preliminary-fixing unit and said definitive-fixing unit,wherein said preliminary-fixing unit comprises a moving heat source that moves in a longitudinal direction parallel to said running direction and a source of an air current, wherein said source of an air current is configured for applying heat to said flaps that project in opposite transverse directions for preliminary fixing of said flaps to each other and for mechanically loading said flaps, and wherein said source of an air current is further configured for reciprocal positioning and orientation of said flaps relative to said packaging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,205

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAKING CAPSULES WITH FILTER

1. Apparatus for making a capsule provided with a shell containing a cavity and a filtering element suitable for receiving a product, comprisinga) a superimposing assembly for applying a film of filtering material to a flange rim extending from an edge of at least one shell around an opening of said cavity, said shell and said superimposed film being moved along a first advancement direction;
b) a first welding locking assembly to lock a first portion of said film to said shell flange rim adjacent the cavity opening, a second portion of said film extending over said cavity opening, and
c) a first stretching assembly in a first stretching station for heating said second portion of said film and stretching said second portion of said film into said cavity in an axial direction of said shell in order to form a filtering element within said shell cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,246,204

BEVERAGE CAPSULE MACHINE FOR MAKING SINGLE USE CAPSULES

GIMA, S.P.A., Zola Predo...

1. A beverage capsule machine for making single use capsules (1) for extract or infusion beverages, such as coffee or tea, comprising: a rigid, cup-shaped container (2) comprising a bottom (3) and an upper aperture (4) provided with a rim (5); a dose (6) of product for extraction or infusion contained within the rigid container (2) and a length of flexible sheet (7) for sealing the upper aperture (4) of the rigid container (2),characterized in that the beverage capsule machine comprises:
a transport element (8) for transporting the rigid containers (2) and being closed in a loop around movement means (9) which rotate continuously about vertical axes (Z9) for continuously moving the transport element (8); the loop defining a loop pathway which extends in a horizontal plane; the transport element (8) being configured to define a plurality of pockets (10) for receiving the rigid containers (2) and which are positioned one after the other, in succession, each pocket (10) having a respective pocket vertical axis (Z10) which extends in a direction perpendicular to the plane defined by the loop pathway;
a plurality of operating stations which are positioned along a path (P) followed by the transport element (8) and which are configured for operating continuously in phase with the transport element (8) and comprising:
a feeding station (11) for feeding the rigid containers (2) into respective pockets (10) of the transport element (8);
a dosing station (12) for dosing the product into the rigid container (2);
a closing station (13) where the upper aperture (4) of the rigid container (2) is closed with the length of sheet (7);
an outfeed station (14) which withdraws from the transport element (8) each capsule (1) formed;
wherein the transport element (8) is a chain having a longitudinal axis and comprising a plurality of links (8m) hinged to one another in succession about corresponding hinge vertical axes (Z8), the longitudinal axis of the chain intersecting each pocket vertical axis (Z10); each pocket (10) extending through an upper portion of a respective link (8m) so that, when a respective rigid container (2) is received in a respective pocket (10), the respective rigid container (2) extends through an opening in an upper portion of the respective link (8m);
wherein the transport element (8) defines a non-linear portion of the path (P) at least when the rigid containers (2) are dosed with the product by the dosing station (12) or at least when the upper aperture (4) of the rigid containers (2) are closed with the length of flexible sheet (7) for hermetic sealing the upper aperture (4) of the rigid container (2) by the closing station (13);
wherein at least the dosing station (12) and the closing station (13) comprise a corresponding circular shaped distributing/actuating element (12a, 13a) movable about a vertical axis (Z12, Z13) and in phase with the transport element (8) so as to carry out corresponding dosing and closing operations along at least one circular arc where the distributing/actuating element (12a, 13a) and the transport element (8) are movable in phase along the same path; and
wherein each of the dosing station (12) and the closing station (13) define an arcuate pathway for the transport element (8) to follow.

US Pat. No. 10,246,202

CONTAINER-TREATMENT MACHINE

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a container-treatment machine for treating kegs that have valve closures that are pressed by a ram during treatment of said keg, said apparatus comprising parallel first and second transport devices for transporting said kegs, a filling station and a cleaning station arranged between said first and second transport devices and being configured to use a ram to press a valve closure of a keg, and first and second intermediate conveyors that convey said kegs to said filling and cleaning stations respectively and that extend between said first and second transport devices, wherein said intermediate conveyors convey said kegs in contrary directions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,201

ANTI-TWIST JOINT, ORIENTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. An anti-twist joint comprising:a base;
a rotating member rotatably mounted to the base such that the rotating member rotates about a first axis;
a pivoting member pivotably mounted to the rotating member such that the pivoting member pivots about a second axis;
an anti-twist member rotatably mounted to the pivoting member; and
a coupling apparatus that rotationally couples the anti-twist member to the base such that a rotational orientation of the anti-twist member relative to the base remains constant regardless of a rotational orientation or a pivoting orientation of the pivoting member relative to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,246,200

CENTRIPETAL AERODYNAMIC PLATFORM SPACECRAFT

1. A centripetal aerodynamic platform spacecraft, thruster engine propelled, space access system, having accent, orbital and reentry configurations; said system comprising:a) a spacecraft body;
b) an exterior region of said spacecraft body;
c) an interior region of said spacecraft body;
d) a plurality of thrust propulsion engines comprising air intake and thrust exhaust conduit within said interior region of said spacecraft body;
e) the exterior region streamlined on said spacecraft body, and configured to allow high speed flight and aerodynamic atmospheric reentry capability;
f) a plurality of loading ramp doors and cargo bay doors disposed on said spacecraft exterior region;
g) the spacecraft body, comprising a balanced rotational center of mass and aerodynamic lifting and control surfaces;
h) the spacecraft body, comprising a flattened sphere or disk-shaped, lifting body;
i) the exterior region of said spacecraft body comprising an aerodynamic shape configured to enable airplane operational utility and a spacecraft hull maintaining habitable interiors; said exterior region comprising an aerodynamic flattened sphere profile;
j) the interior region of said spacecraft body having a lifting body interior circumference boundary(s) that shapes the spacecraft hull of said spacecraft;
k) the interior region of said spacecraft body is configured to simulate a desired percentage(s) of earth's 1G gravity when said lifting body interior circumference boundary(s) is attached within the interior region and is in full spacecraft body rotation, spinning about a vertical -Z- axis at a point in space, in obit or when transporting humans in space;
l) the interior region of said spacecraft body comprising aerospace navigation utility systems, engine instrumentation, energy storage, life support systems, electrical storage and generation and fuel storage around a central cargo bay flanked by the plurality of thrust propulsion engines;
m) the plurality of said thrust propulsion engines comprising one or more forward-front interior cased, vertical lift, downward directed thrust engines and a plurality of interior cased rear-aft directed thrust engines having horizontal to vertical nozzle pivot thrust capability;
n) a plurality of fuel and oxidizer storage disposed within the spacecraft body;
o) an aerodynamic circular shaped ring wing with integral vertical stabilizers on an underside of said exterior region of said spacecraft body;
p) a plurality of engine air intake protection door(s) and recessed aerodynamic combustion air inlet(s) disposed on said spacecraft body;
q) a plurality of retractable landing gear, disposed on a lower exterior region of the spacecraft body;
r) plurality of maneuvering thrusters disposed on the said exterior region;
s) a prelaunch compatible curved saddling common wing connecting two boosters comprising a releasable connection assembly;
t) a heavy lift vertical booster prelaunch connecting means comprising a prelaunch booster connection assembly and in flight stage separation guide rail assembly for heavy lift booster launching; and
u) a track with an alignment system configured to eliminate full body rotation of said spacecraft body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,193

PASSENGER SEAT WITH ARTICULATED PNEUMATIC SEAT CUSHION

12. An aircraft passenger seat, comprising:a seat base for being attached to a deck of the aircraft;
a seat frame carried by the seat base and including a seat back, a seat bottom, and at least one armrest carried by the seat frame;
a foam seat bottom cushion positioned on the seat bottom and a foam seat back cushion positioned on the seat back;
a pneumatic cushion positioned between at least one of the seat bottom and the foam seat bottom cushion and the seat back and the foam seat back cushion and adapted to maintain a predetermined level of inflation determined by air pressure within the pneumatic cushion;
a pneumatic inflation device communicating with the pneumatic cushion for permitting the air pressure within the pneumatic cushion to be varied as desired alter the angle of the seat bottom in relation to the seat back to provide additional comfort to the seat occupant; and
a mechanical attachment comprising complimentary touch fastener elements for securing the pneumatic cushion to the at least one foam seat bottom and the foam seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,246,191

PARTITION WALL FOR A VEHICLE CABIN, A MONUMENT ARRANGEMENT IN A CABIN OF A TRANSPORTATION MEANS, AND A TRANSPORTATION MEANS WITH A CABIN ALONG WITH AT LEAST ONE SUCH PARTITION WALL ARRANGED THEREIN

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A partition wall for integration into a cabin of a transportation means, comprising:a first surface;
a second surface, arranged in parallel to the first surface;
a first flat body having a flat region; and
a vehicle attendant seat;
wherein the first surface comprises a first recess and a second recess;
wherein the flat body is pivoted around a horizontal hinge line to the first surface by a swiveling means and is movable between a stowed position and a use position;
wherein the flat body fills out the first recess when in the stowed position;
wherein the vehicle attendant seat is pivoted around a seat hinge line between a stowed seat position and a seating position;
wherein the vehicle attendant seat fills the second recess when in the stowed seat position; and
wherein the flat body has a working height adapted to the vehicle attendant seat.

US Pat. No. 10,246,190

ADAPTIVE OPTICAL SENSOR FOR CONTAINER PRESENCE AND MOTION

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A power drive unit (PDU) for moving cargo within an aircraft, comprising:a light source configured to generate light as pulses with pulse intervals between the pulses;
a light driver configured to control the light source to generate the light at a desired intensity;
a light receiver configured to receive a reflection of the light;
a processor coupled to the light receiver and configured to determine whether the cargo is positioned on the PDU based on the reflection of the light; and
a light controller coupled to the processor and the light driver and configured to determine an adjustment to the desired intensity of the light generated by the light source based on an intensity of the reflection of the light and whether the light source is generating a pulse or a pulse interval.

US Pat. No. 10,246,189

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IN-FLIGHT RETRIEVAL OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for capturing a UAV and loading the UAV into an aircraft while the aircraft is airborne, the system comprising:a support component configured to stabilize and support the UAV, wherein the support component is configured to be selectively and reversibly moved between a stowed position in which the support component is contained within the aircraft, and an extended position in which at least a terminal end of the rigid support component is positioned outside the aircraft; and
a tether having a distal tether end, wherein the tether is configured to be selectively and reversibly moved between a retracted configuration in which the distal tether end is positioned inside the aircraft, and a capture configuration in which the distal tether end is positioned outside the aircraft and beyond the terminal end of the support component, wherein the tether is configured to engage the UAV outside of turbulence generated by the aircraft, wherein the tether is configured such that as the tether is moved toward the retracted configuration, the tether draws an engaged UAV toward the support component for subsequent transfer thereby into the aircraft, and wherein the support component is rigid such that it stabilizes and supports the engaged UAV while the engaged UAV is moved into the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,246,185

AIRCRAFT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An aircraft comprising:a fixed wing having a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a propulsion system operative to selectively provide forward propulsion and rearward propulsion; and
a controller operative to control operation of the propulsion system to provide rearward propulsion during takeoff of the aircraft to move the aircraft in a direction of the trailing edge of the fixed wing, and to provide forward propulsion during flight of the aircraft to move the aircraft in a direction of the leading edge of the fixed wing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,175

MARINE STEERING SYSTEM

1. A steering control system for a watercraft comprising:a pivoting steering tiller (1) manually operated and operatively connected to a direction changing member (2) acting on or into the water;
a locking device locking the steering tiller in a steering position (21, 121, 221), the device being adapted to be activated for maintaining said steering tiller in a predetermined pivoting position and deactivated for allowing said steering tiller to move in a pivoting position to carry out a change in direction,
wherein the locking device is hydraulic and comprises a hydraulic cylinder (21) comprising two chambers separated by a piston (321) having a rod (221) connected thereto, said rod (221) being fastened stationary to a transom of the watercraft and a cylindrical body of said hydraulic cylinder (21) being movable along said rod and being connected to a steering arm of a motor or of a rudder member (721), or vice versa;
a closed circuit (821) for flowing oil between the two chambers of said cylinder, a valve (421) being provided opening and closing said closed circuit, the locking device being activated/deactivated by an actuator (301) that opens/closes the valve opening and closing the closed circuit; and
a pivoting fastening support for the steering tiller (1), shaped an interposition element (102) between the steering tiller (1) and the direction changing member (2), the tiller (1) being articulated to the interposition element to pivot about an axis, which is substantially parallel to a steering axis, for a limited angular displacement arc that is a displacement stroke of the steering tiller (1) independent from the pivoting fastening support and from a steering rotation of the motor, a stroke of the motor corresponding to an actuation travel of the valve (421) and the actuator (301) transforming a pivoting movement of the tiller (1) with respect to the interposition element (102) into commands actuating the valve (421).

US Pat. No. 10,246,172

DEPLOYABLE SHELL REVERSIBLE CAMBER SAIL SYSTEM

1. A deployable sail system, based on a deployable shell design, capable of sail stowage, sail deployment, sail camber reversibility, and sail trim rotation about a vertical axis, comprising:a. a mast (56), substantially vertically oriented, firmly connected to a watercraft or land vehicle, and providing stability and strength to said sail system;
b. a first sail control and guide assembly (13) and a second sail control and guide assembly (14), being mirror images, each supported by and rotatable about said mast axis, and each comprising:
1. a sail support and guide track (62),
2. a cam plate (66),
3. a track-cam connection pin (63),
4. a cam plate torque motor (68),
 whereby, upon application of energy to said cam plate torque motor, said cam plate rotates about said mast axis resulting in either i. if said track-cam connection pin is disengaged, deployment or stowage of said sail results, or ii. If said track-cam connection pin is engaged, rotation, about a vertical axis, of said sail support and guide track occurs resulting in said sail camber reversal;
c. a deployable sail (31-33, 35, 36, 41) contained between said sail control and guide assemblies, comprising:
1. an outer panel (31),
2. an inner panel (32),
3. a plurality of elongated web elements (33),
4. a plurality of web-to-panel hinges (35),
5. a mandrel (36),
6. a plurality of web support and guides (41),
 whereby, said mandrel is contiguous with said cam plates contained in said control and guide assemblies, and is connected, in a hinged manner, with said outer and inner panels which are, in turn, connected to each other by said web elements by said web-to-panel hinges, where said web support and guides, which are contiguous with said elongated web elements, are entrained by said sail support and guide tracks;
d. a control and guide connection tube (57), which contains and is coaxial with said mast, whose purpose is to connect with and ensure simultaneous rotation of said control and guide assemblies;
e. a sail module support and rotation assembly (15), located at the base of said mast and affixed to said watercraft or said land vehicle, whose purpose is to provide vertical support and rotational control of said sail module, comprising:
1. a sail module support flange (81),
2. an outer support tube (83),
3. a sail module rotation torque motor (84);
 whereby, application of energy to said cam plate torque motor causes said deployable sail to deploy, retract, or reverse camber, and application of energy to said sail module rotation torque motor causes said sail module to rotate as a rigid body about the axis of said mast so as to trim said sail module with respect to the relative wind direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,171

FLOATING VESSEL CARGO OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM

1. A floating vessel in water comprising:a. a buoyant hull for cargo, the buoyant hull having a draft, wherein the buoyant hull is required under International Convention on Load Lines 1966 signed in London, England, 5 Apr. 1966 amended by Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 and revised as International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 and Protocol of 1988, as amended Consolidated edition, 2005 Supplement December 2013 to display of baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark;
b. at least one load line presentation device affixed to the buoyant hull without interrupting water flow along the buoyant hull the load line presentation device presenting:
i. a baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark representing an unrestricted service criteria, each baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark approved and issued by a vessel classification regulatory society further comprising:
(a) a fresh water load line mark;
(b) a tropical fresh water load line mark;
(c) a tropical salt water load line mark;
(d) a winter salt water load line mark;
(e) a summer salt water load line mark; and
(f) a winter North Atlantic salt water load line mark; and
ii. a plurality of increased capacity load line indicator plimsoll marks each increased capacity load line plimsoll mark comprising:
(a) a fresh water load line mark;
(b) a tropical fresh water load line mark;
(c) a tropical salt water load line mark;
(d) a winter salt water load line mark;
(e) a summer salt water load line mark; and
(f) a winter North Atlantic salt water load line mark;
c. an increased capacity model in memory connected to a processor in communication with the load presentation device, the increased capacity model configured for automatically integrating a plurality of variables including at least four of: a wave size, a wave period, a wind speed, a surface current, a length over all (of the buoyant hull), a type of floating vessel a quantity of disconnected superstructures (mounted to the buoyant hull), sheer value (in degrees sustainable by the buoyant hull without deforming), and a bow height of the buoyant hull as measured from a keel and identifying increased capacity load line plimsoll mark for a voyage of the floating vessel, and wherein the increased capacity model displays a calculated increase capacity load line plimsoll mark for use on the load line presentation device; and when the increased capacity model indicates the baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark can be hidden and an increased capacity load line plimsoll mark can be used, the load line presentation device displays the increased capacity load plimsoll mark improving baseline capacity of the buoyant hull from 1% to 30%;
wherein the load line presentation device automatically changes which of the pre-calculated plimsoll marks is displayed, based on the environmental criteria, based on a navigation route and based on weights of cargo loaded and offloaded along the navigation route.

US Pat. No. 10,246,169

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WAKE ENLARGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A wake enlargement system for improving a wake generated by a boat, the system comprising:the boat having a hull, the hull having a bow, a stern, a bottom surface, and a transom;
a water pick-up having an input and an output, the water pick-up mounted on the bottom surface of the hull;
one or more ballast tanks having a water input, an air output, and a water output;
wherein the one or more ballast tanks ballast water input is in operative communication with the water pick-up output;
wherein the one or more ballast tanks air output is in operative communication with one or more air vents; and
wherein the one or more ballast tanks water output is in operative communication with one or more openings in the transom.

US Pat. No. 10,246,168

WAKE BOAT TOW ROPE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A tow rope management system for managing a tow rope attached to a mounting point on a boat, the tow rope management system comprising:a first arm pivotally associated with the boat adjacent the mounting point on the boat, the first arm pivotable along a horizontal axis between a first stowed position and a second deployed position, the first arm biased towards the first position;
an elongate tow rope guide member supported adjacent the first arm at a first end of the guide, the elongate tow rope guide extending to a second end that is distal from the first arm and mounting point, the elongate tow rope guide including a rope support formed at the second end of the elongate tow rope guide member that is distal from the first arm and mounting point for supporting the tow rope at the second end of the elongate guide member;
wherein the first arm is moved from the first stowed position to the second deployed position when the tow rope is pulled taut during surfing behind the boat such that the elongate guide aligned along a length of the taut tow rope.

US Pat. No. 10,246,166

NATURAL GAS HYDRATE TANK CONTAINER LOADING SYSTEM ENABLING SELF-POWERED POWER GENERATION AND BOIL-OFF GAS TREATMENT

KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN,...

1. A natural gas hydrate tank container loading system enabling self-powered power generation and boil-off gas treatment, which solves problems of natural gas hydrate transportation methods in the related art in that there is a limitation in connecting and operating an electric power line to a refrigerator for maintaining a phase equilibrium condition in natural gas hydrate tank containers during long-distance transportation of natural gas hydrate, the natural gas hydrate tank container loading system comprising:a plurality of natural gas hydrate tank containers which is stacked to be stacked in a vertical direction;
a refrigerator which is installed at one side of each of the natural gas hydrate tank containers in order to maintain phase equilibrium of the natural gas hydrate stored in each of the natural gas hydrate tank containers;
an electric power supply unit which is installed at an upper portion of an uppermost container, among the plurality of the gas hydrate tank containers vertically stacked, in order to supply electric power for operating the respective refrigerators by generating electric power by using sunlight and boil-off gas (BOG) generated from the natural gas hydrate tank containers;
a sensor unit which includes a plurality of sensors including temperature and pressure sensors for detecting a current state including an internal temperature or pressure in the respective natural gas hydrate tank containers, and
a control unit which controls operations of the refrigerator and the electric power supply unit and an overall operation of the loading system based on the state detected by the respective sensors of the sensor unit,
wherein the electric power supply unit includes a photovoltaic array which generates electric power by using sunlight, an electric generator which is operated by boil-off gas generated from the respective natural gas hydrate tank containers, a fuel tank which stores fuel to be supplied to the electric generator, a compressor which mixes fuel supplied from the fuel tank with boil-off gas generated from the natural gas hydrate tank container and supplies the mixed fuel and boil-off gas to the electric generator, a battery (rechargeable battery cells) which stores electrical energy generated by the photovoltaic array and the electric generator, a fuel safety device which prevents fire and explosion caused by a reverse flow during combustion of the boil-off gas, and a housing which accommodates the electric generator, the fuel tank, the compressor, the battery, and the fuel safety device, and the electric power supply unit charges the battery by the electric generator operated by using the photovoltaic array and the boil-off gas (BOG), and operates the refrigerator and the compressor by using electrical energy with which the battery is charged, such that phase equilibrium in the respective natural gas hydrate tank container is always maintained without being supplied with separate electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,246,164

SLIDING BOAT WINDSHIELD

R.J. DOUGHERTY ASSOCIATES...

1. A boat windshield comprising:a starboard side panel, a port side panel and a center panel;
said starboard side panel comprising a bottom edge, a top edge, an outer edge and an inner edge;
said port side panel comprising a bottom edge, a top edge, an outer edge and an inner edge;
said center panel being located between the starboard side panel and the port side panel when the windshield is in a closed position;
said center panel comprising a bottom edge, a top edge, a side starboard side edge, a port side edge, a starboard side top corner and a port side top corner;
a support header extending across the top edge of the starboard side panel, port side panel and spanning an opening located between the inner edges of the starboard side panel and port side panel;
said opening being covered by the center panel when the center panel is in a closed position; and
a curved center channel guide and curved offset channel guide located on the header to provide attachment points for the center panel to the header and a means for sliding the center panel into open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,141

VARIABLE-WIDTH AERODYNAMIC SPOILER ASSEMBLIES AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An active spoiler assembly for modifying aerodynamic performance of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including a vehicle body with opposing front and rear ends, the active spoiler assembly comprising:a main body configured to rigidly mount to the vehicle body and extend transversely across the motor vehicle, the main body having an elongated construction with opposing first and second longitudinal ends;
first and second fins each movably attached to a respective one of the first and second longitudinal ends of the main body; and
first and second fin actuators configured to attach to the vehicle body and each attached to a respective one of the first and second fins,
wherein the first fin actuator is configured to selectively move the first fin between respective first retracted and extended positions, and
wherein the second fin actuator is configured to selectively move the second fin between respective second retracted and extended positions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,136

UNDERBODY CLADDING FOR A TWO-TRACK MOTOR VEHICLE AND TWO-TRACK MOTOR VEHICLE WITH SUCH AN UNDERBODY CLADDING

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A component for a two-track motor vehicle having wheel-controlling links as part of a rear axle, comprising:an underbody cladding for cladding an underbody at least on one vehicle side in a region of the wheel-controlling links of the rear axle such that, when in an installed state on the two-track motor vehicle, the underbody cladding extends under the wheel-controlling links at least partially in a substantially horizontal plane and, at least in a direction of an outer side of the vehicle, extends close to an inner side of a rear wheel of the motor vehicle, the rear wheel being connected via a wheel support to the wheel-controlling links, wherein
the underbody cladding is divided in a vehicle longitudinal direction into three sections comprising a front section, a central section and a rear section,
the central section extends under the wheel-controlling links on one vehicle side, and is connected at least over a part of a width of the central section to one or both of the front section and the rear section,
the central section is configured such that, in the installed state installed on the motor vehicle, the central section at least partially follows and/or at least partially yields to a substantial vertical movement of the wheel-controlling links during driving operation of the motor vehicle,
the front section and the rear section of the underbody cladding are configured to be arranged positionally statically on the motor vehicle such that, when in the installed state, the front and rear sections do not follow and/or yield to the substantial vertical movement of the wheel-controlling links.

US Pat. No. 10,246,135

FOLDABLE UNDERBODY PANEL

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

1. An underbody panel for a motor vehicle, the underbody panel being formed from a lightweight sandwich material and being configured as a single part, the underbody panel having at least one continuous folding connection extending in a transverse direction of the underbody panel being arranged between a first portion of the underbody panel and a second portion of the underbody panel, wherein the first portion and the second portion can be folded together via the folding connection and, in the folded-together state, are oriented substantially parallel to each other to reduce a size of the underbody panel during transport and storage of the underbody panel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,129

TRACTOR HAVING DUAL HYDROSTATIC DRIVE WITH SINGLE HAND CONTROL AND ATTACHMENT ADAPTER FOR POWERED ATTACHMENTS

1. A tractor comprising:a base for supporting a motive power source, left and right driven wheels, and left and right transmissions for the respective left and right wheels;
a handle structure coupled to the base for grasping by an operator from behind the tractor;
a drive system for driving each of the left and right transmissions with motive power from the motive power source;
wherein the left and right transmissions are hydrostatic transmissions, further comprising a speed regulator control lever on each transmission that allows seamless control of the transmission from reverse speed through neutral into forward speed; and
a transmission control structural mechanism coupled to each speed regulator control lever;
further wherein there is a longitudinally disposed space between the left and right transmissions, further comprising a power take off shaft disposed in the space extending anteriorly from the space and driven by the motive power source for powering a powered attachment arranged to be attached at the anterior of the tractor, and
further comprising a shaft extension of said power take off shaft extending posteriorly from the space for driving a rear power take off for powering a rear mounted powered attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,246,128

TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A travel control device for a vehicle, comprising:a steering transmission ratio variable device, which is installed in a steeling transmission system between a steeling wheel and steered wheels, and is configured to rotate a lower steeling shaft with respect to an upper steering shaft, to thereby change a steering transmission ratio;
a steering transmission ratio controller, which is configured to calculate a target value of a relative rotational angle between the upper steering shaft and the lower steeling shaft, which is required to achieve a target steering transmission ratio, and to control the steering transmission ratio variable device so that an actual relative rotational angle conforms to the target value;
a power steering device, which is installed in the steeling transmission system between the steered wheels and the steering transmission ratio variable device, and is configured to generate a steering assist torque;
a steering assist torque controller, which is configured to calculate a target steeling assist torque, and to control the power steering device so that an actual steering assist torque conforms to the target steeling assist torque; and
a driving support controller, which is configured to calculate a target steering angle of the steered wheels for causing the vehicle to travel along a predetermined travel path, and to correct the target steeling assist torque so that an actual steering angle of the steered wheels conforms to the target steeling angle,
wherein the steering transmission ratio controller is configured to decrease a range of the relative rotational angle controlled by the steeling transmission ratio variable device when the driving support controller is engaged compared to when the driving support controller is not engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,246,125

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering control device that controls a steering device that assists steering of a vehicle and that includes a synchronous motor that generates assist torque and a power conversion circuit that applies a voltage to the synchronous motor, the steering control device comprising:a current control processing circuit that manipulates the voltage, which is applied to the synchronous motor by the power conversion circuit, in order to control a current that flows through the synchronous motor to a command value;
a control angle manipulation processing circuit that manipulates a control angle that determines a phase of the command value in order to control a detected value of steering torque, which is torque input to a steering member, to target torque through feedback control; and
a torque-based guarding processing circuit that performs a guarding process such that an update amount for the control angle determined by the control angle manipulation processing circuit is equal to or less than a torque-based upper-limit guard value, which is an upper-limit guard value for a magnitude of the update amount in a rotational direction of the synchronous motor that matches the detected value, and equal to or more than a torque-based lower-limit guard value, which is a lower-limit guard value for the magnitude of the update amount in the rotational direction of the synchronous motor that matches the detected value, wherein
the torque-based guarding processing circuit includes a contraction processing circuit that gradually contracts an allowable range of the update amount determined by the torque-based upper-limit guard value and the torque-based lower-limit guard value using, as a condition, at least one of a state in which the magnitude of the update amount is more than the torque-based upper-limit guard value and a state in which the magnitude of the update amount is less than the torque-based lower-limit guard value.

US Pat. No. 10,246,114

ITEM DISPENSING APPARATUS

Innovative Product Achiev...

1. A cart for storing one or more items, the cart comprising:a cart body for storing one or more items, wherein the cart body defines a perimeter of the cart;
a plurality of drive wheels secured relative to the cart body; and
a retractable support base secured relative to the cart body, wherein the retractable support base comprises:
a base frame secured relative to the cart body; and
an outrigger member having a first distal end and a second distal end, wherein the outrigger member is pivotably secured relative to the base frame; and
wherein the retractable support base is adjustable between:
an extended configuration in which the first distal end and the second distal end of the outrigger member each extend beyond the perimeter of the cart; and
a retracted configuration in which the first distal end and the second distal end of the outrigger member are each positioned within the perimeter of the cart.

US Pat. No. 10,246,108

LINKAGE FOR CONNECTING A RAILCAR BODY-SIDE END REGION OF A COUPLING ROD IN AN ARTICULATED MANNER TO A RAILCAR BODY

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A linkage for articulately connecting an end portion of a coupling rod to a railcar body of a rail-borne vehicle defining a longitudinal direction, said coupling rod defining a longitudinal axis and being movable between a neutral position wherein said longitudinal axis thereof is coincident with said longitudinal direction of said rail-borne vehicle and a deflected position, the linkage comprising:a bearing block fixedly connectable to said railcar body;
a base plate coupled to said bearing block;
said base plate having a first side facing toward said railcar body and delimiting a first region extending toward said railcar body;
said base plate having a second side facing away from said railcar body and delimiting a second region extending away from said railcar body;
said base plate having a through opening formed therein for accommodating said end portion of said coupling rod extending therethrough and into said first region;
a push/pull assembly including a first support element arranged in said first region between said base plate and said railcar body; and, a second support element arranged in said second region facing toward said second side of said base plate;
said first side of said base plate and said first support element conjointly defining a first gap and said second side of said base plate and said second support element defining a second gap;
first and second spring units being disposed in said first and second gaps, respectively;
said base plate being mounted in said bearing block so as to be pivotable therein transversely to said longitudinal direction and in a horizontal plane; and,
a spherical bearing for journaling said coupling rod in said through opening of said base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,105

MULTIDIRECTIONAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM

MAIN ATTRACTIONS, LLC, O...

1. A transport system comprising:a support mechanism;
a track assembly comprising a first primary track section and an adjacent second primary track section, each primary track section having at least one opening in one end;
a connection mechanism having a first section and an opposing second section,
the first and second sections being separated by a collar; and
a conveyance assembly;
wherein the first section of the connection mechanism is insertable into the at least one opening in one end of the first primary track section and the second section of the connection mechanism is insertable into the at least one opening in one end of the adjacent second primary track section such that the first and second primary track sections are permitted a degree of rotational and longitudinal movement, and
wherein the track assembly is supported by the support mechanism to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,103

VEHICLE ODOR REMEDIATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:detecting, based in part on a first location of a vehicle and weather data, a condition for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the vehicle, the first location being a current location of the vehicle;
determining that a first level of VOCs in the vehicle is greater than a predetermined level;
selecting a second location to expedite removal of the VOCs; and
navigating the vehicle to the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,246,088

CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR GUIDING A MOTOR VEHICLE ALONG A PATH AND FOR AVOIDING A COLLISION WITH ANOTHER MOTOR VEHICLE

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH, (DE...

1. A control system which for use in a host motor vehicle (10) is configured and intended for recognizing motor vehicles traveling ahead, to the side, and/or behind and preferably stationary objects situated ahead, based on surroundings data obtained from at least one surroundings sensor associated with the host motor vehicle (10), wherein the at least one surroundings sensor is configured for providing an electronic controller of the control system with surroundings data that represent an area in front of, next to, or behind the host motor vehicle, the control system comprising:detecting another motor vehicle (20) using the road, relative to the host motor vehicle (10), by means of the at least one surroundings sensor,
determining movements of the other motor vehicle (20) relative to (i) a lane in which the other motor vehicle (20) or the host motor vehicle (10) is present, or (ii) the host motor vehicle,
determining, starting from an instantaneous location of the host motor vehicle (10), a set having a predefined number of trajectories, differing with regard to their length and/or their course, for possible paths of the host motor vehicle (10), wherein the course of neighboring trajectories differs by a predefined difference between possible different steering angles of the host motor vehicle (10),
correlating the course of the determined trajectories for possible paths of the host motor vehicle (10) with the provided surroundings data, and classifying the determined trajectories as (i) trajectories involving a collision, (ii) collision-free trajectories, and/or (iii) optimal trajectories,
determining an instantaneously traveled trajectory of the host motor vehicle (10) and comparing it to the classified trajectories, and
based on this situation recognition for the host motor vehicle (10), making an intervention decision, and generating at least one signal that assists a driver of the host motor vehicle (10) in controlling the host motor vehicle (10) in order to guide the host motor vehicle (10) at least along a collision-free trajectory, or generating at least one associated control command that causes the host motor vehicle (10) to follow at least one of the collision-free trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,246,085

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE TO CONTROL A VEHICLE BASED ON STEERING CHARACTERISTICS

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle behavior control device configured to control a behavior of a vehicle having steerable front road wheels, comprising:a steering apparatus configured to transmit rotation of a steering wheel toward the front road wheels, the steering apparatus having: a steering wheel-side mechanism which is coupled to the steering wheel and configured to transmit rotation of the steering wheel; and a road wheel-side mechanism which is coupled to the steering wheel-side mechanism via a low rigidity portion having a relatively low torsional rigidity or is mechanically separated from the steering wheel-side mechanism, and configured to turn the front road wheels according to the rotation of the steering wheel; and
a controller configured to, when a steering speed in the steering apparatus becomes greater than a given threshold greater than 0, perform a driving force reduction control in order to reduce a vehicle driving force according to the steering speed,
wherein the steering apparatus comprises: a first steering angle sensor provided in the steering wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to rotation of the steering wheel; and a second steering angle sensor provided in the road wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to turning of the front road wheels,
wherein the controller is configured to calculate the steering speed from an output of the first steering angle sensor and an output of the second steering angle sensor in order to perform the driving force reduction control based on the steering speed, and
wherein the controller is configured to perform a determination whether a steering generated in the vehicle corresponds to a steering operation purposefully performed by a driver or a turning of the front road wheels by a disturbance force, based on the output of the first steering angle sensor and the output of the second steering angle sensor, and is configured to change a method for calculating the steering speed in accordance with a result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,246,084

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

3. A vehicle behavior control device configured to control a behavior of a vehicle having steerable front road wheels, the vehicle behavior control device comprising:an engine or an electric motor configured to generate a driving force for the vehicle so as to drive road wheels;
a steering apparatus configured to transmit rotation of a steering wheel toward the front road wheels, the steering apparatus having: a steering wheel-side mechanism configured to transmit rotation of the steering wheel; and a road wheel-side mechanism mechanically separated from the steering wheel-side mechanism and configured to turn the front road wheels according to the rotation of the steering wheel; and
a processor configured to perform a driving force reduction control in order to reduce the driving force of the engine or the electric motor,
wherein the steering apparatus comprises:
a first steering angle sensor provided in the steering wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to rotation of the steering wheel; and
a second steering angle sensor provided in the road wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to turning of the front road wheels, and
wherein, when a steering speed corresponding to a steering angle detected by one of the first steering angle sensor and the second steering angle sensor becomes greater than a given threshold greater than 0, the processor is configured to:
select the one of the first steering angle sensor and the second steering angle sensor; and
perform the driving force reduction control in order to reduce the driving force based on the steering speed corresponding to the steering angle detected by the selected steering angle sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,246,080

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A hybrid vehicle control apparatus comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first motor generator that generates electric power using power of the internal combustion engine;
an electricity storager;
a second motor generator that is driven by electric power supplied from at least one of the electricity storager and the first motor generator;
a booster that boosts an input voltage to the first motor generator and an output voltage from the second motor generator to expand an operable range of the first motor generator and an operable range of the second motor generator into a first expanded operable range and a second expanded operable range, respectively; and
a controller that performs control during braking of the hybrid vehicle to drive the first motor generator as a motor with regenerative power obtained by operating the second motor generator as a generator, and to drive the first motor generator at a first inefficient operating point within the first expanded operable range and to drive the second motor generator at a second inefficient operating point within the second expanded operable range, when the first motor generator drives the internal combustion engine as load.

US Pat. No. 10,246,079

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine configured to output power for driving and equipped with an exhaust emission control device in an exhaust system thereof;
a first motor configured to motor the engine;
a second motor configured to output power for driving;
a power storage device configured to transmit electric power to and from the first motor and the second motor; and
a control device configured to control the engine, the first motor and the second motor, wherein
in response to a predetermined rotation request for rotating the engine with no need to output power from the engine,
when a catalyst temperature in the exhaust emission control device is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature, the control device performs a first control that controls the engine and the first motor to rotate the engine with fuel injection, and
when the catalyst temperature is lower than the predetermined temperature, the control device performs a second control that controls the engine and the first motor to rotate the engine without the fuel injection.

US Pat. No. 10,246,077

VEHICLE REGENERATIVE SPEED CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle regenerative speed control device for a vehicle havinga continuously variable transmission including a transmission input shaft,
a mechanical brake system, and
an electric motor that is connected to the transmission input shaft and that regenerates energy during deceleration,
the vehicle regenerative speed control device comprising:
a controller configured to execute a cooperative regenerative control with respect to a requested braking force, the cooperative braking control providing the requested braking force as a sum of a regenerative braking force generated by the electric motor and a mechanical braking force generated by the mechanical brake system,
the controller being configured such that when the requested braking force increases during the cooperative regenerative control, the controller performs a regenerative speed control to downshift the continuously variable transmission to a lower gear and increase a rotational speed of the transmission input shaft, and
during the cooperative braking control, the controller being configured to determine whether the vehicle is in a regenerative braking region in which the vehicle speed is larger than a brake switching start vehicle speed or a brake switching region in which the vehicle speed is smaller than or equal to a brake switching start vehicle speed and larger than or equal to a brake switching end vehicle speed that is smaller than the brake switching start vehicle speed,
the controller being configured to execute the regenerative speed control such that a rotational speed change rate of the transmission input shaft is smaller when carrying out the regenerative speed control in the brake switching region than when carrying out the regenerative speed control in the regenerative braking region.

US Pat. No. 10,246,072

REAR CARGO REMINDER SYSTEM

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A rear cargo reminder system comprising:a vehicle having a passenger compartment with a rear seat;
a front door fixed to the vehicle for movement between an open orientation and a closed orientation;
a front door sensor configured to detect opening movement and closing movement of the front door;
a rear door attached to the vehicle for movement between an open orientation providing access to the rear seat and a closed orientation;
a rear door sensor installed within the vehicle and configured to detect opening movement and closing movement of the rear door;
an alerting device configured to provide an alarm signal; and
a controller operably connected to each of the front door sensor, the rear door sensor and the alerting device, the controller operating in the absence of detection of conditions of an ignition switch of the vehicle and in the absence of detection of operating state of an engine of the vehicle, such that in response to the controller detecting a sequence of events based on detection of movement of the front door via the front door sensor and movement of the rear door via signals from the rear door sensor the controller determines whether or not the vehicle operator has potentially left an object beside or on the rear seat of the passenger compartment, and in response to determining that the vehicle operator has potentially left an object beside or on the rear seat of the passenger compartment the controller operates the alerting device to provide the alarm signal to the vehicle operator, the controller operating in the absence of an occupancy sensor such as a microphone, a temperature sensor, a seat weight sensor, movement sensor or any other type of sensor configured to detect the presence or absence of an occupant within the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,071

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE GENERATING DEVICE

AUTOLIV NISSIN BRAKE SYST...

1. A hydraulic pressure generating device comprising:a base body;
a master cylinder provided in the base body and configured to generate a brake hydraulic pressure by a first piston connected to a brake operating element;
a housing attached to the base body;
a control board contained in the housing;
a stroke sensor configured to detect an amount of movement of the first piston; and
a detection object member which is detected by the stroke sensor,
wherein the housing comprises a facing wall portion provided so as to face the base body, and
wherein the stroke sensor is provided inside the housing, on a side of the facing wall portion opposite to the base body, and is electrically connected to the control board,
wherein a male terminal provided on one of the sensor board and an end portion of a conductive member positioned on a side of the sensor board is inserted in a female terminal provided on the other, the sensor board is fixed to the conductive member, and
wherein a portion of the conductive member is buried in the facing wall portion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,070

BRAKE SYSTEM CONTROL UNIT FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake system control unit for a vehicle having a hydraulic vehicle brake and an electromechanical brake device including at least one electric brake motor, the brake system control unit comprising:a microcontroller configured to actuate at least one active brake component;
a system ASIC configured to acquire sensor signals; and
a brake motor ASIC configured to acquire sensor signals, the brake motor ASIC being configured to generate an interrogation signal sequence configured to interrogate a switched state of an actuation switch of the electromechanical brake device,
wherein the actuation switch of the electromechanical brake device is configured to generate a response signal sequence as a function of the switched state and in reaction to the interrogation signal sequence, the response signal sequence being fed to the brake motor ASIC for evaluation,
wherein the microcontroller is connected to the system ASIC and the brake motor ASIC via communication interfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,246,066

MOTOR MODULE AND ABS HYDRAULIC UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor module comprising:a motor and a planetary gear mechanism which is attached to an output shaft of the motor, and
a fixing portion that integrally fixes the motor and the planetary gear mechanism to each other,
wherein the fixing portion fixes the motor by inwardly clamping the motor and fixes an internal gear of the planetary gear mechanism, wherein the fixing portion fixes the internal gear thereto by inwardly clamping the internal gear thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,246,044

VEHICLE HOOD ASSEMBLY WITH DEPLOYABLE PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle hood assembly comprising:an inner hood;
an outer hood fixed relative to the inner hood;
a plurality of deployable devices spaced from each other between the inner hood and the outer hood, the deployable devices each defining an inflation chamber and being formed of thermoplastic elastomer; and
a plurality of inflators each disposed inside one of the deployable devices;
wherein each deployable device includes a clip fixing the respective inflator; wherein each clip is a single continuous unit with the respective deployable device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,042

AIR BAG DEVICE

1. An airbag device for restraining a forward movement of an occupant seated on a vehicle seat of a vehicle adapted for use with a collision sensor, comprising:an inflator which is operated by a signal from the sensor that detects a collision of the vehicle and which discharges an expansion gas; and
a plurality of airbags which expand and deploy due to the expansion gas, wherein the plurality of airbags includes a first airbag which deploys to the front of the occupant; and a second airbag which is joined to a side part of the first airbag on a cabin center side with respect to the occupant and is adapted to restrain an obliquely forward movement of the occupant when deployed,
the collision sensor of a type capable of discriminating between a first collision mode which is not accompanied by a significant rotation of the vehicle in a horizontal plane and a second collision mode which is accompanied by a significant rotation of the vehicle in the horizontal plane, and
the first airbag is deployed in the first and the second collision modes and the second airbag is deployed only when the second collision mode occurs and the second airbag is not deployed when the first collision mode occurs, the inflator discharges the expansion gas into the first airbag in the first collision mode and in the second collision mode,
a joint of the first airbag and the second airbag is provided with an openable and closable inflation vent opening which communicates with both the first and the second airbags, and
the inflation vent opening is configured so that the gas flows into the second airbag from the first airbag during the second collision mode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,039

AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An airbag device configured to restrain an occupant of a front seat in a vehicle from a front side of the vehicle, comprising:a housing having an opening openable at a prescribed surface and provided in a prescribed location in a vicinity of the front seat;
a main bag stored in the housing and inflated and deployed from the opening toward a front side of the front seat; and
a support bag provided more inside in a vehicle-widthwise direction than the main bag and stored in the housing together with the main bag to be inflated and deployed from the opening toward a rear side of a center console,
wherein the main bag and the support bag each are reduced in size and stored in the housing in a stored form as the main bag and the support bag are formed into respective separated masses,
wherein the support bag is positioned closer to an opening side than the main bag for deploying the support bag before the main bag when the airbag is deployed, and
wherein a coupling portion between the main bag and the support bag is configured to deploy before the main bag when the airbag is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,246,033

PROTECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wire harness comprising a protector, the protector comprising:a first unit into which an electrical wire is to be inserted; and
a second unit into which a portion of the electrical wire is to be inserted, the portion being a portion that is not to be inserted into the first unit,
wherein the first unit includes a coupling-target portion that is tubular, the second unit includes a coupling portion that is also tubular, the coupling-target portion being concentric to the coupling portion so as to be rotatable relative to the coupling portion, the coupling portion forming a passage for which the electric wire is routed and the first unit and the second unit are configured to be orientated such that a direction in which the second unit extends is orthogonal to a direction in which the first unit extends, upon the coupling portion being rotated relative to the coupling-target portion; wherein the wire harness further includes a connector housing that forms a connector that allows another connector to be fitted thereto from a lateral side relative to the direction in which the first unit extends and the direction in which the second unit extends.

US Pat. No. 10,246,029

ACCESSORY ARM FOR LIFT TRUCK

HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC., ...

1. An accessory arm for a lift truck, comprising:at least one rear attachment mechanism sized and shaped to be affixed to a rear overhead guard leg of a lift truck;
a front attachment mechanism sized and shaped to be affixed to a front overhead guard leg of the lift truck, the front attachment mechanism including a first portion of a latch mechanism;
an accessory bar rotationally mounted to the at least one rear attachment mechanism and including a second portion of the latch mechanism configured to releasably engage the first portion of the latch mechanism when the accessory bar is in a closed position;
at least one mount releasably attached to the accessory bar, the at least one mount sized and shaped to affix an accessory to the accessory bar such that the accessory is positionable at a user selected position; and
a monitor holder attached to the at least one mount, wherein the monitor holder further comprises a scanner holder, and wherein the at least one mount further comprises a second mount affixing an elongated accessory holder to the accessory bar such that the elongated accessory holder is suspended over a step of the lift truck when the accessory arm is affixed to the lift truck.

US Pat. No. 10,246,021

FORMING OF A MAP POCKET FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT

1. A motor vehicle cover element having a map pocket, the cover element comprising a stack formed at least of a cover material made of textile, leather, skin, or a synthetic material, and of a foam layer at the rear surface of the cover material, the map pocket comprising:a piece defining the apparent surface of the pocket; and
elongated rigid elements at least partially surrounding said piece and sandwiching the cover material and foam layer of the cover element and said piece, wherein the elongated rigid elements are U-shaped frames which leave free an upper edge of said piece.

US Pat. No. 10,246,020

VEHICLE CARGO AREA STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle cargo area structure, comprisinga vehicle body structure including a passenger compartment having a floor, a rearward section of the floor defining a cargo area that includes an upwardly facing surface;
a rear seat assembly attached to the floor forward of the cargo area having a seat cushion portion and a seat upright portion moveable between an upright orientation and a folded orientation;
a forward panel having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, an edge extending between the first and second surfaces, and a support wall extending from the second surface in a direction away from the first surface, the forward panel being removably positionable in a first orientation within the cargo area in which the first surface faces upward and the support wall contacts the upwardly facing surface defining a concealed space between a forward section of the upwardly facing surface and the second surface with the edge abutting the rear seat assembly, and removably positionable in a second orientation in which the second surface faces upward with the support wall extending upward from the second surface with the first surface overlaying the forward section of the upwardly facing surface of the cargo area; and
a rearward panel having a first surface and a second surface, the rearward panel being removably positioned along a rearward section of the upward facing surface in a third orientation in which the second surface faces the upwardly facing surface of the cargo area and the first surface is co-planar with the first surface of the forward panel with the forward panel in the first orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,019

AUXILIARY STEP FOR VEHICLES

1. A retractable, pull-out step for a vehicle, comprising, in combination:a frame member having:
a base plate in a first plane;
said base plate having an inner wall upstanding from the base plate at an inner edge thereof, and a pair of spaced apart side walls upstanding from said base plate, and an outer edge;
a pair of flange members, one of said pair of flange members connected to each of said side walls and extending outwardly therefrom, said flange members being disposed in a second plane spaced from said first plane of said base plate;
a pair of guides mounted on said base plate in spaced apart relationship, and said guides extending from regions adjacent said inner wall of said base plate to regions adjacent said outer edge of said base plate;
at least one of said pair of guides having first walls defining a guide aperture slot therethrough;
a tread having a tread surface and an outer wall depending from said tread surface, said tread mounted for reciprocating motion on said frame between a retracted locked position wherein said tread overlies said base plate of said frame and a step position extending outwardly from said base plate of said frame;
a pair of rails, mounted on said tread for movement therewith and one of said pair of rails being disposed in each of said guides for sliding reciprocating movement therein for the movement of said tread between said step position and said locked position;
a resilient mechanism connected between said inner wall of said frame and said outer wall of said tread for yieldingly urging said tread into said step position thereof and yieldingly resisting movement of said tread from said step position to said retracted position, the resilient mechanism comprising one of a gas spring cylinder, a coil spring, and a leaf spring; and
an indexing mechanism comprising a plurality of telescoping tubes having an outer tube, an intermediate tube slidingly mounted in said outer tube, an inner tube mounted in said intermediate tube, said inner tube having a shoulder at an outer end thereof, and further comprising a ring gear slidably mounted on said inner tube, the indexing mechanism being operatively connected to said frame and said tread for locking said tread in said retracted position thereof and guiding said tread between said retracted position and said step position, said indexing mechanism being movable from a locked condition thereof for limited movement toward said inner wall of said frame to release said tread from said locked position and allow said yieldingly resilient mechanism to move said tread to said step position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,014

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVER DISTRACTION DETERMINATION

Nauto, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A method for determining distraction of a driver of a vehicle, comprising:sampling sensor measurements at an onboard system of the vehicle, wherein the sensor measurements comprise an image of the driver;
receiving the image at a face detection module of the onboard system, and generating a first output, wherein the first output is binary between one of a presence and an absence of a face in the image;
receiving the image at a driver distraction module of the onboard system, and generating a second output indicative of a distracted state depicted in the image based on identifying a gaze direction of the driver, and wherein the second output is generated in parallel with and independently of the first output;
determining that the driver of the vehicle is characterized by the distracted state, based on a combination of the first output, wherein the first output indicates the presence of the face in the image, and the second output;
determining a duration of the gaze direction;
determining a score of the distracted state based on the duration of the gaze direction exceeding a threshold duration; and
notifying the driver, at an output of the onboard system of the vehicle and in substantially real-time, based on the distracted state and the score of the distracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,246,011

VEHICULAR LIGHTING DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicular lighting device comprising:a lighting unit mounted on a vehicle and being configured to illuminate an illumination area and display a mark in the illumination area being illuminated;
a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined state of the vehicle or a user; and
a controller configured to cause the lighting unit to start illuminating the illumination area, and move the mark displayed in the illumination area, within the illumination area being illuminated, in accordance with contents of the detection performed by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,008

VARIABLE ACCELERATOR LIGHT ASSEMBLY

1. A variable acceleration light assembly, comprising:a light bar including a plurality of light elements disposed between a first end and an opposing second end;
a sensor configured to determine an amount of actuation of a vehicle accelerator pedal;
the plurality of light elements configured to energize in a sequential configuration, the sequential configuration beginning from a medial portion and extending laterally to both the first end and the second end respectively;
wherein a single light element of the plurality of light elements disposed at the medial portion is the only light element of the plurality of light elements that is energized when the vehicle accelerator pedal is at an initial position;
wherein progressive actuation of the vehicle accelerator pedal causes an increasing number of the plurality of light elements to energize in the sequential configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,004

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle headlight control apparatus that controls a headlight of a vehicle, the headlight including at least one light source, comprising:a luminance changing section that gradually changes a luminance of the at least one light source between a predetermined on state and a predetermined off state over a switching time period; and
a time period determining section that determines the switching time period in a changeable manner, wherein:
the at least one light source comprises a plurality of light sources;
an S-Hi mode is defined to achieve a light shielding Hi beam state where a lighting part in the plurality of light sources that forms a high beam is turned on and a remaining part in the plurality of light sources is turned off; and
the luminance changing section further gradually changes, in the S-Hi mode, a part of the plurality of light sources between the on state and the off state over the switching time period determined by the time period determining section.

US Pat. No. 10,245,998

LOAD RESTRAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD

GREAT AUSSIE IDEAS PTY LT...

1. An assembly for restraining a load, the assembly comprising an apparatus and a flat tape secured together, the apparatus comprising a U-shaped member consisting of a single pair of arms and a single open slot defined by the arms, wherein the single open slot is adapted to receive the flat tape and the flat tape is configured to form a bight that extends from the single open slot between the arms, wherein each arm ends in a hook that projects into the single open slot to prevent the flat tape from laterally slipping off the arms and exiting the single open slot, and wherein the bight is configured to be formed around the load, wherein the load comprises a first side and a distally positioned second side, and wherein the U-shaped member is positioned proximal to the first side and a first surface of a vehicle is positioned proximal to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,245,990

SEAT APPARATUS

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

11. A seat apparatus comprising:a vehicle seat including a cushion member having a bottom portion with a plurality of recessed portions;
a plurality of bag bodies configured to expand by injection of fluid;
a fluid supply mechanism configured to supply the fluid to the plurality of the bag bodies:
a flow path formation member of which an inner space constitutes a flow path for the fluid to extend toward each of the plurality of the bag bodies, the flow path formation member being made of a bendable material; and
a tubular body disposed in the flow path formation member and that forms, on an inner side thereof, a portion of the flow path,
wherein at least one of the plurality of the recessed portions is provided in a portion of the bottom portion of the cushion member positioned in a seating portion of the vehicle seat, the seating portion being a portion of the vehicle seat on which a hip of a passenger is placed,
wherein the each of the plurality of the bag bodies is expandable in a corresponding one of the recessed portions,
wherein the fluid supply mechanism is configured to expand at least one bag body of the plurality of the bag bodies by supplying the fluid thereto and to change the at least one bag body to be expanded by switching a fluid supply destination, and
wherein the tubular body is made of a material harder than that of the flow path formation member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,988

VEHICLE SEAT PROVIDED WITH SEAT BELT RETRACTOR

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat including a seat cushion, a seat back, a seat belt, and a seat belt retractor configured to retract the seat belt, the vehicle seat comprising:a seat back frame comprising:
right and left side frames disposed at a distance away from each other in a lateral direction,
an upper frame connecting an upper end portion of the right side frame and an upper end portion of the left side frame,
a lower frame connecting a lower end portion of the right side frame and a lower end portion of the left side frame,
a connecting frame disposed at distances away from the right and left side frames and connecting the upper frame and the lower frame, the connecting frame being made of a pipe member, and
a plate member joined to the connecting frame at a first weld and a second weld; and
a first bracket by which the seat belt retractor is attached to the seat back frame,
wherein the first bracket is provided on the connecting frame at distances away from the upper frame and the lower frame, and
wherein the first bracket is disposed between the first weld and the second weld.

US Pat. No. 10,245,975

CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A movable seat comprising:a beacon module and a child safety seat module;
wherein the beacon module and the child safety seat form a wireless communication link;
wherein the movable seat is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a child safety seat and a driver's seat;
wherein the beacon module installs in the driver's seat of the vehicle;
wherein the child safety seat module installs in the child safety seat;
wherein the beacon module: a) detects the weight of a first individual in the driver's seat; and, b) transmits a signal over the wireless communication link to the child safety seat module;
wherein the child safety seat module: c) detects the weight of a second individual in the child safety seat; d) detects the transmitted signal from the beacon module; and; e) generates the audible and visual alarm;
wherein if the child seat module detects the weight of the second individual in the child safety seat but does not detect the weight of the first individual, the child seat module initiates a plurality audio and visual alarms to indicate that the second individual remains in the child safety seat;
wherein the beacon module comprises a tee housing and a beacon circuit;
wherein the tee housing contains the beacon circuit;
wherein the tee housing mounts in the driver's seat of the vehicle;
wherein the tee housing is a hollow structure;
wherein the tee housing mounts in the driver's seat such that the hollow interior volume of the tee housing decreases when the first individual is in the driver's seat.

US Pat. No. 10,245,974

VEHICLE DETECTION SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle detection system, comprising:a reading device that is provided in a vehicle, transmits and receives a signal, and transmits a transmission signal including at least a signal that supplies power;
a detection device that is provided in the vehicle and that includes
an antenna that mutually transmits and receives a signal from and to the reading device,
a signal output circuit that is activated using the signal that supplies power included in the transmission signal received by the antenna as driving power, and outputs a detection signal to the antenna, and
a first connection switch provided between the antenna and the signal output circuit, and that switches a first electrical connection portion between the antenna and the signal output circuit to a contact state or to a non-contact state according to a first characteristic of a state inside the vehicle;
a second connection switch provided between the antenna and the signal output circuit, and that switches a second electrical connection portion between the antenna and the signal output circuit to a contact state or to a non-contact state according to a second characteristic of the state inside the vehicle; and
at least one processor that is connected to the reading device and is configured to determine the state inside the vehicle based on the detection signal received by the reading device, wherein
the detection device is configured to
connect the signal output circuit and the antenna, and transmit the detection signal from the signal output circuit via the antenna to the reading device, when the first electrical connection portion and the second electrical connection portion are simultaneously in the contact state, and
disconnect the signal output circuit and the antenna, and refrain from transmitting the detection signal from the signal output circuit via the antenna to the reading device, when either the first electrical connection portion or the second electrical connection portion is in the non-contact state, and
the at least one processor determines the state inside the vehicle based on the detection signal received by the reading device.

US Pat. No. 10,245,970

VARIABLE POWER OUTLET AND MAXIMUM SPEED IN DRIVE MODE

1. A vehicle comprising:an accelerator pedal configured to be positioned between an at-rest position corresponding to a minimum power request and a maximum displacement position corresponding to a maximum power request;
an input device configured to receive a selection of a drive mode including a first drive mode, a second drive mode or a third drive mode;
a power source configured to generate power; and
an engine control unit (ECU) coupled to the accelerator pedal, the input device, and the power source and configured to control the power source to provide a greater acceleration rate when the second drive mode is selected than when the first drive mode is selected for accelerator pedal positions greater than the at-rest position and less than the maximum displacement position,
wherein a relationship between positions of the accelerator pedal and power output by the power source is non-linear for the first drive mode, the power source providing the same limited maximum power output when the accelerator pedal is positioned at the maximum displacement position and the first drive mode is selected as when the accelerator pedal is positioned at the maximum displacement position and the second drive mode is selected, the same limited maximum power output being less than a maximum power output when the accelerator pedal is positioned at the maximum displacement position and the third drive mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,245,967

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Liberty Plugins, Inc., S...

1. A system for managing banks of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSEs) comprising:a controller, the controller having control over a plurality of EVSEs in a bank, the controller having a queue of requests for charging corresponding to at least one of the EVSEs in the bank,
wherein the controller determines a load-shed state and
if the load-shed state is no on-going load-shed event, then the controller selects, from the queue of requests, a first set of corresponding EVSEs to be active, the first set having a first aggregate draw up to a first predetermined limit,
otherwise, the controller selects, from the queue of requests, a second set of corresponding EVSEs to be active, the second set having a second aggregate draw that does not exceed a second predetermined limit, the second predetermined limit being less than the first predetermined limit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,966

VEHICLE ARCHITECTURES, DEVICES AND CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR MANAGING WIRELESS VEHICLE CHARGING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for managing charging of an electrical storage unit of a motor vehicle at a wireless vehicle charging station, the method comprising:communicating, via a vehicle controller with the wireless vehicle charging station, to initiate charging of the electrical storage unit of the motor vehicle;
monitoring a predetermined proximity of the wireless vehicle charging station for intrusion of an obstruction;
receiving, via the vehicle controller from a sensor, a signal indicative of detection of the obstruction within the predetermined proximity of the wireless vehicle charging station;
determining, via the vehicle controller, whether the detected obstruction is a living object or a lifeless object;
initiating, via the vehicle controller responsive to a determination that the detected obstruction is a living object, a first remedial action strategy including commanding the motor vehicle to generate a visual or audible cue configured to drive away the living object; and
initiating, via the vehicle controller responsive to a determination that the detected obstruction is a lifeless object, a second remedial action strategy including directing the motor vehicle to reposition such that the motor vehicle avoids contact with the lifeless object.

US Pat. No. 10,245,960

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTER DEVICE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An electric power converter device for charging a battery in a vehicle, the electric power converter device comprising:a power factor converter receiving a direct current DC power from a power source, wherein the power factor converter increases a voltage level of the DC power;
a DC-to-DC converter electrically coupled to the power factor converter and operable to decrease the voltage of the DC power from the power factor converter;
a power output device configured to provide electrical power to the battery in the vehicle;
a bypass switch operable to electrically couple the power output device to one of the power factor converter or the DC-to-DC converter such that the electrical power provided by the power output device to the battery is based on one of a voltage output of the power factor converter or a voltage output of the DC-to-DC converter; and
a controller configured to switch the bypass switch between a first state, whereby the bypass switch electrically couples the power output device to the DC-to-DC converter, and a second state, whereby the bypass switch electrically couples the power output device to the power factor converter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,956

PREVENTING HIGH INDUCED VOLTAGE FROM BEING APPLIED TO DISCHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A discharge control device that controls a discharge bypass circuit for discharging, at time of a collision of a vehicle, a charge in a capacitor provided in a drive device for a motor that rotates wheels of the vehicle, the drive device supplying a power received from a battery to the motor to drive the motor, the drive device supplying the power to the discharge control device,the discharge control device comprising
a control circuit that makes the discharge bypass circuit start discharge at the time of the collision of the vehicle by receiving a discharge instruction signal, and after discharge of the charge in the capacitor, makes the discharge bypass circuit start discharge when an induced voltage induced by the motor surpasses a predetermined threshold,
wherein the drive device is electrically connected to the motor and the discharge control device such that the induced voltage induced by the motor is applied to the discharge control device via the drive device,
wherein the control circuit includes:
(i) a flip-flop circuit that:
outputs an output signal that is a discharge instruction to the discharge bypass circuit at the time of the collision of the vehicle by receiving the discharge instruction signal to an input terminal of the flip-flop circuit,
stops, after discharge of the charge in the capacitor, the output of the output signal upon receiving a reset signal, and
resumes output of the output signal when a reset release signal is input to the flip-flop circuit, and
(ii) a reset control circuit that outputs the reset release signal to the flip-flop circuit when the induced voltage induced by the motor surpasses the predetermined threshold,
wherein the drive device is connected to the discharge control device via a power line such that the drive device supplies power to the discharge control device via the power line,
wherein the reset control circuit is connected to the power line, the reset control circuit determines whether the induced voltage induced in the power line surpasses the predetermined threshold,
wherein the flip-flop circuit and the reset control circuit are supplied with power through the power line.

US Pat. No. 10,245,953

DISPLAY DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A display device, comprising:a display configured to display a charging schedule of an electricity storage device, using a plurality of icons representing charging plans for a plurality of days; and
a controller configured to display the icons on the display, when a plurality of different charging reservation types are specified for the charging plans for the plurality of days, the different charging reservation types including (1) a charging reservation with start time specified by a user and (2) a charging reservation with finish time specified by the user, so that at least one of a shape and a color of the icon for the charging reservation with start time specified by the user is different from at least one of the shape and the color of the icon for the charging reservation with finish time specified by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,245,951

HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH DUAL-DRIVE PUMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid transmission comprising:an input shaft adapted for fixation to an internal combustion engine;
an output shaft co-axial with the input shaft and driveably connected to a differential;
a motor configured to propel the output shaft with the input shaft stationary;
a driving sprocket selectively coupled to the input shaft by a first one-way-clutch and selectively coupled to the output shaft by a second one-way-clutch;
a driven sprocket;
a chain engaging both the driving sprocket and the driven sprocket; and
a pump driveably connected to the driven sprocket.

US Pat. No. 10,245,949

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE INCLUDING AN ALL-WHEEL DRIVE THAT CAN BE ENABLED AND DISABLED BY DETERMINING AN ANGULAR ACCELERATION OF COMPONENTS, WHICH ARE UNCOUPLED WHEN THE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE IS DISABLED

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, wherein the vehicle comprises:an all-wheel drive configured to be enabled and disabled, and a drive train with two clutches actuated by a control unit configured to enable and disable the all-wheel drive, and a plurality of components configured to rotate between the two clutches, the plurality of components configured to be driven when the all-wheel drive is enabled and configured to be uncoupled from the remaining drive train when the all-wheel drive is disabled, wherein the method comprises:
when the all-wheel drive is disabled, measuring the rotational speed (n) of at least one of the plurality of uncoupled components in a time interval and determining an angular acceleration (a) of the uncoupled components.

US Pat. No. 10,245,948

ECO 4×4 FRONT-AXLE TRANSMISSION HAVING AN INTEGRATED SHUT-OFF UNIT FOR ALL WHEEL DRIVES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An axle drive mechanism, comprising:a driving toothed wheel;
a drive mechanism housing;
a differential cage, which is mounted rotatably in the drive mechanism housing by way of a first and a second differential cage bearing, with said bearings being spaced apart from one another in an axial direction;
a differential gear;
a first and a second output shaft; and
at least one shiftable torque transmission device, which is disposed radially inward relative to the driving toothed wheel and the first output shaft and comprises a torque transmission region, wherein the torque transmission region is at least partially disposed between said differential cage bearings in the axial direction, wherein
the torque transmission device comprises a radially inner output part and a radially outer driving part, and the driving part can make contact with the output part in said torque transmission region, and the output part can be connected to the driving part in a form-locked manner, and
the driving part is mounted displaceably in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,933

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a center tunnel which is formed on a floor panel so as to extend in a front-rear direction;
a high-voltage battery which is disposed on the center tunnel; and
a frame member which holds the high-voltage battery, wherein
the frame member comprises:
a pair of left and right side wall portions which extend downward from opposite sides of a bottom portion of the frame member in a transverse direction; and
a pair of left and right leg portions which extend obliquely downward from the pair of left and right side wall portions, and wherein
the frame member is fastened to inclined surfaces of the center tunnel via the pair of left and right leg portions, and
a space which accommodates a cell voltage sensor is formed between the bottom portion of the frame member and the center tunnel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,932

VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE BRACKET

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front structure comprising:a pair of Fr side members extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle;
a support frame provided between the pair of Fr side members and equipped with a rotary electric machine as a driving source; and
a bracket which fixes the support frame to the pair of Fr side members,
wherein a bending and buckling starting point in a vehicle width direction is formed in the Fr side member,
the bracket is provided with a fastening portion which comes into contact with an upper surface of the Fr side member, protrudes inward in the vehicle width direction from the upper surface of the Fr side member, and comes into contact with the upper surface of the support frame so as to be disposed in a pair in a front-rear direction across a buckling starting point of the Fr side member,
the bracket includes a connecting portion having an angular groove shape recessed in the vehicle width direction in a cross-section in a plan view, the connecting portion including a front wall portion connected to a front fastening portion among the pair of fastening portions and extending in a height direction, a rear wall portion connected to a rear fastening portion among the pair of fastening portions and extending in the height direction, and a side wall portion which connects the front wall portion and the rear wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,925

VEHICLE DOOR STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VEHICLE DOOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sashless vehicle door structure configured to separate an interior of a vehicle on an inner side of the sashless vehicle door structure from an exterior of a vehicle on an outer side of the sashless vehicle door structure, the sashless vehicle door structure comprising:a first panel having an outer side configured to face the exterior of the vehicle;
a second panel made of a fiber reinforced resin and provided on the outer side of the first panel, the second panel forming a closed cross-section structure portion with the first panel at an upper portion of a vehicle door, the closed cross-section structure portion having a length direction that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction;
an up-stop member that includes joined portions joined to the second panel, a base portion, and an abutment portion non-rotatably fixed on a first side of the base portion, the abutment portion being positioned on an outer side of the closed cross-section structure portion configured to face the exterior of the vehicle, the abutment portion limiting a range of a door glass by abutting a glass-side member provided at a lower portion of the door glass when the door glass is fully raised, the joined portions being joined in a state of being superposed on an inner side of the second panel configured to face the interior of the vehicle;
rivets that join the second panel and the joined portions;
a door outer panel disposed on the outer side of the first panel; and
a communication hole formed in the second panel, the communication hole communicating an interior and an exterior of the closed cross-section structure portion, the base portion of the up-stop member being positioned within a perimeter of the communication hole such that the entirety of the base portion is accommodated by the communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,923

AUTOMOBILE AIR FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER SYSTEM

1. An air fragrance diffuser system for use in an automobile, the air fragrance diffuser system comprising:an atomizer device storing a fragrance oil;
an air pressure generating source integrated within the atomizer device for supplying pressurized air within the atomizer device to convert the fragrance oil into vapors; and
a transmission system coupled to the atomizer device for receiving a mixture of the vapors and the pressurized air and transmitting the mixture into a passenger compartment of the automobile.

US Pat. No. 10,245,906

TIRE WEAR COMPENSATED LOAD ESTIMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A system of estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire, comprising:a vehicle tire having a tire cavity and supporting a load;
an inflation pressure measuring sensor attached to the tire for measuring an inflation pressure level within the tire cavity;
a contact patch length sensor attached to the tire for measuring the contact patch length of the tire rolling against a ground surface carrying a tire load;
a tire rolling speed sensor mounted to the vehicle for measuring a rolling speed of the tire;
a hub acceleration sensor for measuring a hub acceleration of a hub supporting the vehicle tire;
a tire wear state estimation calculator for deriving an estimated depth of a tread of the tire based on the hub acceleration;
a compensation factor based upon the estimated depth of the tread; and
a tire load calculator for estimating a tire load from the contact patch length, the compensation factor, the inflation pressure level, and the tire rolling speed.

US Pat. No. 10,245,904

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FACILITATE TPMS BROADCAST MODE SELECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A vehicle tire pressure monitoring system comprising:sensors disposed in wheel and tire assemblies of the vehicle; and
a processor in communication with the sensors and configured to:
receive an unencrypted signal including first tire pressure data;
selectively enter an encrypted communication mode with the sensors based on the first tire pressure data;
transmit an encrypted request to the sensors for second tire pressure data;
receive an encrypted signal from the sensors including the second tire pressure data; and
authenticate the unencrypted signal based on the first tire pressure data and the second tire pressure data.