US Pat. No. 10,191,658

LIFECYCLE FOR OFFLINE DATA

SAP SE, Walldorf (DE)

10. The system of claim 9, the operations further comprising, in response to determining that a trigger associated with performing a memory management process has occurred based on the set of memory management rules:identifying, by the memory management process and from the set of memory management rules, a threshold age of particular offline data instances corresponding to a deletion action;
comparing, by the memory management process, the identified threshold age to a current age for each of the set of offline data instances based on their respective creation timestamp or the most recent time of access; and
deleting, by the memory management process and from the set of memory management rules, at least a subset of the set of offline data instances wherein the age of a particular offline data instance meets or exceeds the identified threshold age of the particular offline data instances.

US Pat. No. 10,191,650

ACTIONABLE CONTENT DISPLAYED ON A TOUCH SCREEN

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:displaying media on a touchscreen display, the media including a photograph;
detecting a user gesture performed on the touchscreen display;
determining text selected by the user gesture;
determining a user intent based at least partly on the text selected by the user gesture;
determining a context associated with the text selected by the user gesture based on the user intent, the context including additional text captured in the media, wherein the additional text is associated with the text selected by the user gesture; and
automatically performing one or more follow-up actions based at least partly on the text selected by the user gesture and based at least partly on the context.

US Pat. No. 10,191,580

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME IN TWO MODES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel comprising a first display substrate and a second display substrate facing the first display substrate;
scan line groups, each scan line group comprising a first scan line sub-group, a second scan line sub-group connected to the first scan line sub-group, and a third scan line sub-group disposed between the first scan line sub-group and the second scan line sub-group;
source line groups, each source line group comprising a first source line sub-group, a second source line sub-group connected to the first source line sub-group, and a third source line sub-group disposed between the first source line sub-group and the second source line sub-group;
a first driver configured to provide first scan signals to the scan line groups in a first mode and to provide second scan signals to the scan line groups in a second mode, a magnetic field being induced by a current path formed by the first scan line sub-group and the second scan line sub-group;
a second driver configured to provide first sensing signals corresponding to a variation in a capacitance from the source line groups in the first mode, and to provide second sensing signals according to a resonant frequency associated with an input device, the second sensing signals being provided from the source line groups in the second mode; and
a touch sensor configured to receive the first sensing signals and the second sensing signals and to determine coordinate information of an input position based on the first sensing signals and the second sensing signals.

US Pat. No. 10,191,575

IN-CELL TOUCH TYPE LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a substrate including first and second touch blocks adjacent to each other, the first and second touch blocks including first and second sub-pixels, respectively;
a first electrode in each of the first and second sub-pixels;
a second electrode in each of the first and second touch blocks, wherein the second electrode of the first touch block and the second electrode of the second touch block are separated from each other;
first and second data lines disposed at side portions of the first and second sub-pixels, respectively; and
wherein the first and second sub-pixels face in the same direction, and are disposed between the first and second touch blocks,
wherein the first and second sub-pixels are disposed between the first and second data lines, and a field blocking line is disposed between the first and second sub-pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,191,569

OPERATING TOOL, INPUT DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An operating tool comprising:a holder to be fixed onto a detection surface of a touch panel;
a movable member movably supported by the holder;
a movable contact point that is provided on the movable member, and that moves, while making contact with the detection surface of the touch panel, as the movable member moves; and
a plurality of holder contact points that are provided on the holder, and that are to be in contact with the detection surface of the touch panel in a positional relationship of the plurality of holder contact points, the positional relationship corresponding to a function of the operating tool, wherein
the touch panel is a capacitance-type touch panel,
the movable member, the movable contact point, and the plurality of holder contact points are formed of electrically-conductive members,
the holder is formed of an electrically non-conductive member, and
the plurality of holder contact points are electrically connected to the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,543

WEARABLE DEVICE TOUCH DETECTION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A wearable device comprising:at least one pressure sensor on an inner surface of the wearable device, the at least one pressure sensor being configured to detect pressure imparted on the inner surface of the wearable device by a user wearing the wearable device;
at least one other sensor configured to detect movement of the wearable device; and
at least one processor or hardware logic circuit configured to:
based at least on the pressure imparted on the inner surface of the wearable device being detected by the at least one pressure sensor, detect that the user is touching a surface other than the inner surface of the wearable device; and
activate the at least one other sensor responsive to detecting that the user is touching the surface other than the inner surface of the wearable device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,539

USER AWARE ODOMETRY CORRECTION TECHNOLOGY

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising:a display;
a camera;
wireless interface circuitry;
a battery;
a housing including a wearable form factor;
one or more drift detectors to generate one or more first signals;
a perception monitor to generate one or more second signals;
one or more processors;
memory; and
one or more storage devices to store instructions, which when executed by at least one of the one or more processors, cause the system to:
detect a pose drift condition with respect to the display based on at least one of the one or more first signals;
detect a reduced perception state with respect to a wearer of the display based on at least one of the one or more second signals; and
trigger a correction of the pose drift condition during the reduced perception state that is to include a selection of a pre-assigned value based on a perception tolerance in the reduced perception state and an application of the pre-assigned value to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,191,538

ELECTRONIC DEVICE DISPLAYS AN IMAGE OF AN OBSTRUCTED TARGET

1. A method executed in a computer system in which two wearable electronic devices (WEDs) capture information while at a geographical location to display a three-dimensional (3D) image of a person that is obstructed from view to one of the two WEDs, the method comprising:capturing, with a first WED at the geographical location, an image of the person;
capturing, with a second WED at the geographical location, an object that blocks the person from being visible with the second WED;
determining, based on the image of the person captured with the first WED and the object captured with the second WED, a location where the person would be visible to the second WED if the person were not blocked by the object; and
displaying, with a display of the second WED at the geographical location, the 3D image of the person over the object at the location where the person would be visible to the second WED if the person were not blocked by the object.

US Pat. No. 10,191,536

METHOD OF OPERATING A CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL SYSTEM THEREFORE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of operating a control system for controlling a device, the control system comprising a motion capture equipment, and a controller for providing control signals for controlling one or more device functions of the device, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, by the motion capture equipment, motion picture images of a space and providing the motion picture images to the controller;
performing a pattern recognition analysis on one or more of the motion picture images for distinguishing input from known and unknown users,
analyzing, by the controller, the motion picture images for detecting user input from a user in the space, comprising:
monitoring one or more gesture zones in said motion picture images, each gesture zone being associated with one respective device function of said one or more device functions,
determining the gesture zone wherein the gesture is detected for establishing the selected device function to control,
detecting by the controller a gesture performed by the user; and
providing, by the controller in response to said detecting of the gesture, a control signal to the device for controlling a selected device function of said one or more device functions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,534

STATIC POWER REDUCTION IN CACHES USING DETERMINISTIC NAPS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A cache memory system, comprising:a cache memory including a tag memory array and a data memory array, wherein the data memory array includes a plurality of cache lines and being divided into a plurality of cache ways, wherein the cache memory is configured to access data in a plurality of addressable locations of the data memory array in response to cache access requests, each cache access request including a request address;
a plurality of pipeline stages, each pipeline stage receiving a respective request address corresponding to one of the cache access requests;
a plurality of buffers, each buffer receiving a respective request address corresponding to one of the cache access requests;
a plurality of decoders, each decoder receiving bits from a set field of a request address received at a respective one of either the pipeline stages or the buffers, and configured to decode the received bits of the set field to output a set of decoded output signals;
a plurality of logic gates to receive the sets of decoded output signals from each of the plurality of decoders, each logic gate outputting a respective power enable signal; and
a memory nap controller to track in-flight cache accesses and to control a desired power state of at least a first group of a plurality of contiguous cache lines of the data memory array, the first group of the plurality of contiguous cache lines being organized as a first power group, wherein the first power group is controllable to be in one of a first desired power state or a second desired power state in response to a first power group enable signal output by the memory nap controller, wherein the first power group receives a first voltage in the first desired power state and a second voltage in the second desired power state, the first voltage being greater than the second voltage, and wherein the first power group enable signal is generated based on a plurality of the power enable signals output by the plurality of logic gates, the plurality of the power enable signals upon which the first power group enable signal is generated including at least a subset of all of the power enable signals.

US Pat. No. 10,191,532

CONFIGURING POWER MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONALITY IN A PROCESSOR

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of processors;
a processor interconnect to communicatively couple two or more of the plurality of processors;
a system memory comprising a dynamic random access memory communicatively coupled to one or more of the plurality of processors over a memory interconnect;
at least one of the plurality of processors comprising:
a plurality of cores formed on a single semiconductor die, a core of the plurality of cores to execute one or more threads;
the core of the plurality of cores comprising a fetch unit to fetch instructions from an instruction cache, a decode unit to decode the instructions and a plurality of execution units to perform out-of-order execution of the instructions;
one or more control registers to store a first indication that two or more cores of the plurality of cores are to operate at independent performance states comprising active power states in which the two or more cores are to operate at different frequencies and a second indication that a first set of cores are to operate at a common performance state comprising an active power state in which the first set of cores are to operate at a common frequency;
a plurality of voltage regulators formed on the single semiconductor die, a voltage regulator of the plurality of voltage regulators associated with one of the plurality of cores;
a power controller formed on the single semiconductor die, the power controller to control the plurality of voltage regulators to provide a voltage and/or frequency to a first core of the plurality of cores independently of a voltage and/or frequency to one or more other cores and to determine whether to update the voltage and/or frequency of the first core based on a workload of the first core, thermal constraints, and activity counters; and
at least one additional voltage regulator formed on the single semiconductor die and associated with processor circuitry external to the plurality of cores, the at least one additional voltage regulator to allow the processor circuitry external to the plurality of cores to operate at a different voltage and/or frequency than one or more cores of the plurality of cores.

US Pat. No. 10,191,530

SELF-CONTAINED METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING A FIRST ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Orange, Paris (FR)

1. A method for managing a multimedia providing apparatus, the multimedia providing apparatus comprising a functional device that in operation provides multimedia data to a multimedia production apparatus for use by the multimedia reproduction apparatus and a management device, wherein the multimedia providing apparatus and the multimedia reproduction apparatus are locally connected, the method, carried out by the management device, comprising:transmitting, from the management device of the multimedia providing apparatus to the multimedia reproduction apparatus, a request for the status of the multimedia reproduction apparatus;
receiving, at the management device of the multimedia providing apparatus from the multimedia reproduction apparatus in response to the request, data indicating the activity status of the multimedia reproduction apparatus; and
changing, by the management device, the activity state of the functional device of the multimedia providing apparatus based on the activity status indicated by the received data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,529

REAL-TIME DATA MANAGEMENT FOR A POWER GRID

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES...

1. A method for data transfer in a power grid, the method comprising:monitoring, by a processor, a data transfer rate at which power grid data is communicated to data consumer instances via a communication bus, the communication bus configured to exchange the power grid data between data producers and the data consumer instances, the power grid data comprising data related to the power grid received from a plurality of different equipment operable as the data producers within the power grid;
identifying, by the processor, sub-processes of a data consumer instance that process power grid data only in parallel and sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process power grid data only in serial, wherein the sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process the power grid data only in parallel comprise parallelizable threads and the sub-process of the data consumer instance that process the power grid data only in serial comprise non-parallelizable threads;
determining, by the processor, an estimated parallel processing time of the sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process power grid data only in parallel and an estimated serial processing time of the sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process power grid data only in serial; and
controlling, by the processor, the data transfer rate based the estimated parallel processing time and the estimated serial processing time.

US Pat. No. 10,191,525

MODULES STORING POWER CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

1. A method comprising:detecting a presence of a module in a socket;
based on detecting the presence of the module, supplying power to a memory of the module while restricting power to an integrated circuit of the module;
reading information stored in the memory of the module that specifies a power-on sequence for the integrated circuit of the module; and
applying power to the integrated circuit of the module according to the power-on sequence specified in the information when an alignment of the module with the socket is confirmed.

US Pat. No. 10,191,472

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER PROVIDED WITH PROGRAM PRE-READING FUNCTION

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller which executes a plurality of numerical control (“NC”) programs at a same time in parallel by successively pre-reading blocks of the plurality of NC programs from a memory or from a storage device connected via a network so that the generation of an alarm or an immediate axes stop due to the pre-reading failing to be performed in time becomes less liable to occur, the numerical controller comprising:non-transitory computer readable memory;
one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to read instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the numerical controller to perform operations comprising:
storing execution times of the respective blocks in the plurality of NC programs;
reading out, when one block in an NC program among the plurality of NC programs is pre-read, the execution time of the pre-read block, and calculates a sum total of the execution time of the pre-read block and the execution times of other blocks in the NC program which have been pre-read;
extracting, from the plurality of NC programs, one NC program having the smallest sum total of the execution times calculated; and
subsequently performing pre-reading of one block of the NC program which is extracted and has the smallest sum total of the execution times among those of the plurality of NC programs.

US Pat. No. 10,191,243

EXPANDABLE MIRRORS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

5. A mirror implementable in a vehicle, comprising:a first pane having a first reflective surface;
a second pane having a second reflective surface;
a third pane having a third reflective surface,
a mechanism connected with each of the first and second panes, wherein the mechanism is configured, when actuated, to expand a viewing area of the mirror from a first size to a second size larger than the first size, the expanded viewing area comprising the first and second reflective surfaces; and
a positioning motor configured to integrally position the first pane and the second pane as a whole for adjusting an orientation of the viewing area of the mirror,
wherein the mechanism comprises a plurality of guiding rails connecting the first, second and third panes, and wherein the mechanism is configured to expand the viewing area of the mirror by sliding the second and third panes along the plurality of guiding rails to expose each of the first, second and third reflective surfaces such that the viewing area of the mirror comprises the first, second and third reflective surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,191,219

OPTICAL SELECTOR ARRANGEMENT

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. An optical selector arrangement, comprising:a first set of optical ports, having a first number of optical ports, the first number being greater than or equal to 2;
a second set of optical ports for communicating with the first set of optical ports, the second set of optical ports having a second number of optical ports, the second number being greater than the first number;
a selector interface comprising the second set of optical ports; and
a selector arranged to selectively optically couple the first set of optical ports to a subset of the second set of optical ports of the selector interface corresponding to the first number of optical ports, the selector being rotatable relative to the selector interface to facilitate the selection by optically aligning the first set of optical ports to the subset of the second set of optical ports of the selector interface, the selector being configured to be continuously relatively rotatable over multiple rotations, so as to selectively optically couple the first set of optical ports to a different subset of the second set of optical ports of the selector interface.

US Pat. No. 10,191,150

HIGH PRECISION RADAR TO TRACK AERIAL TARGETS

1. High Precision Radar To Track Aerial Targets, installed on the ground, in a container or in a vehicle, which determines the following parameters of the target, namely, azimuth angle (?a), elevation angle (?e), range, speed and flying direction and transmits them to another system said radar comprising an array of two collinear antennas with narrow beam in elevation wherein electromagnetic wave energy radiated from said antennas is spread over a 120-degrees beam width in azimuth installed on a platform and rotating around a vertical axis at a rotational frequency of, at least, 50 rpm, wherein the precise azimuth angle of the target (?a) is determined through correlation of the signal detected by the said antennas and a +1/?1 step function, wherein an adder is configured to sum the signals of target localizers gaining 3 dB wherein a correlator is configured to correlate an output lobe of the adder and the +1/?1 function, wherein a zero localizer is configured to search for a transition of said correlated signal through zero.

US Pat. No. 10,191,138

RFID-BASED SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING LARGE AREAS

AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INF...

1. A system for locating RFID tags in an area, comprising:a platform;
an RFID reader head associated with the platform;
at least one support extending between the platform and an anchor position within an area, with a separate anchor position being associated with each support; and
at least one support adjustment device, with a separate support adjustment device being associated with each support, wherein each support adjustment device is operable to adjust the length of the associated support between the platform and the anchor position associated with said support, thereby varying the location of the RFID reader head in the area.

US Pat. No. 10,191,016

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PASSIVE DETECTION, LOCALIZATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF MECHANICAL WAVE SOURCES USING ULTRASONIC GUIDED WAVES

1. A method of estimating and storing for subsequent, non-contemporaneous use, one or more spatial channel impulse responses corresponding to one or more spatial points of interest on a structure when the structure is in a known state comprising:collecting first data at one or more spatial points of interest on the structure using a movable transducer, used only in this step, wherein collecting first data includes individually exciting at least one fixed transducer on the structure with a known excitation function and recording measurements at the one or more spatial points of interest with the movable transducer;
computing one or more spatial channel impulse response estimates for each of the one or more spatial points of interest based on the collected first data; and
storing said spatial channel impulse response estimates for subsequent, non-contemporaneous use after the structure has transitioned to an unknown state.

US Pat. No. 10,191,014

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF A TEST OBJECT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for nondestructive evaluation of a test object, the system comprising:a platform;
an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) mounted on the platform and positioned to generate a magnetic field in the test object to create acoustic vibrations that travel along a surface of the test object;
an infrared detector mounted on the platform and positioned to record thermal images of a plurality of test areas on the surface of the test object to detect flaws in the surface of the test object within the plurality of test areas as at least one of the platform and the test object move relative to each other;
a velocity interferometer system for any reflector (VISAR) mounted on the platform and oriented to detect a presence of one of the vibrations in the test object caused by the EMAT in one of the plurality of test areas aligned with the infrared detector; and
a controller connected to the EMAT, the VISAR, and the infrared detector, wherein the controller actuates the EMAT to create the vibrations in the test object the VISCAR, and the infrared detector, wherein the connection synchronizes the creation of the vibrations by the EMAT with the recording of the thermal images of the plurality of test areas by the infrared detector, wherein the controller receives signals from the VISAR indicating the presence of the vibrations in the one of the plurality of test areas aligned with the infrared detector, and the infrared detector is triggered to record each of the thermal images of the one of the plurality of test areas aligned with the infrared detector in response to the VISCAR detecting the one of the vibrations in the one of the plurality of test areas, wherein the controller receives a signal from the infrared detector indicative of the thermal images of the surface of the test object, and the controller records locations of the flaws appearing on the thermal images of the plurality of test areas, wherein the controller receives and records as at least one of the platform and the test object move relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,191,005

ULTRA-COMPACT, PASSIVE, VARACTOR-BASED WIRELESS SENSOR USING QUANTUM CAPACITANCE EFFECT IN GRAPHENE

Regents of the University...

1. A sensor comprising:a graphene quantum capacitance varactor comprising:
an insulator layer;
a dielectric layer;
a gate electrode between the insulator layer and the dielectric layer;
a graphene layer on the dielectric layer, wherein capacitance of the graphene layer changes in response to a sensed electrical charge collected proximate to the graphene layer upon exposure to a sample, and wherein the graphene layer comprises an exposed surface opposite the dielectric layer; and
at least one contact electrode on the graphene layer and making electrical contact with the graphene layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,988

METHODS OF LASER WELDING DISPOSABLE DIAGNOSTIC TEST ELEMENTS

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

17. A disposable diagnostic test element for analyzing a body fluid sample having or suspected of having an analyte of interest, the test element comprising:a stacked or layered arrangement of a base layer, a cover layer, and optionally an intermediate layer, wherein one of the layers is made of an absorbing material configured to absorb radiation from a laser beam and at least one other of the layers is made of a transparent material configured to transmit radiation from the laser beam, wherein the absorbing and transparent materials are fused together in a weld area by laser welding seams, wherein at least one of the layers includes a coating in the form of a chemistry layer adapted to react with the analyte of interest when conducting a test, and wherein the coating covers the weld area and contains one or more components that absorb and/or scatter the radiation from the laser beam at least in part.

US Pat. No. 10,190,982

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

6. An image acquisition system, comprising:an imaging unit configured to generate a plurality of pieces of image data for fluorescence generated from a measurement subject by radiation of an excitation light towards the measurement subject and imaging the fluorescence of the measurement subject while a position of the measurement subject is changed in a thickness direction; and
an arithmetic processing unit configured to generate a plurality of fluorescence images corresponding to respective thickness positions by controlling the imaging unit and perform data processing on each of the plurality of pieces of image data generated by the imaging unit,
wherein the imaging unit includes:
a light source optical system configured to guide the excitation light for excitation of the measurement subject with at least two photons to generate fluorescence toward the measurement subject,
an image guide fiber which is formed by bundling a plurality of multimode optical fiber element wires and is configured to transmit the excitation light incident on one end to the measurement subject from the light source optical system and transmit an image of the measurement subject formed on an other end using the fluorescence generated from the measurement subject to the one end, and
an imaging optical system configured to scan the image of the measurement subject transmitted to the one end of the image guide fiber at a scanning pitch that is narrower than a size of a core of each of the plurality of multimode optical fiber element wires to perform imaging such that at least a part of an optical fiber element wire-corresponding area which corresponds to each of the plurality of multimode optical fiber element wires is included in a plurality of images, and generate the plurality of pieces of image data of the measurement subject, and
the arithmetic processing unit includes:
a selection unit configured to select, for each of a plurality of pixels constituting the optical fiber element wire-corresponding area, a pixel value that has maximum luminance among the plurality of pieces of image data as a representative pixel value of a pixel,
a captured image re-constructing unit configured to re-construct a captured image of the measurement subject using the selected representative pixel value and generate a fluorescence image,
a representative luminance value specifying unit configured to, when luminance values constituting the plurality of fluorescence images captured while the position of the measurement subject in the thickness direction is changed are sequentially rearranged from a highest luminance value based on the plurality of fluorescence images corresponding to respective thickness positions, extract a luminance value ranked at a predetermined position from the highest luminance value and set the extracted luminance value as a representative luminance value of the fluorescence image at a thickness position to be noted, and
a surface position specifying unit configured to use the representative luminance value for each of the plurality of fluorescence images and set the thickness position corresponding to the fluorescence image that gives a maximum representative luminance value as a position corresponding to a surface of the measurement subject.

US Pat. No. 10,190,974

OPTICAL GAS SENSOR COMPRISING AN LED EMITTER FOR THE EMISSION OF LIGHT OF A NARROW BANDWIDTH

1. An optical gas sensor for quantitatively measuring the concentration of one or more gases, the optical gas sensor comprising:a radiation source for emitting light waves;
a cuvette for holding a gas to be measured; and
a detector for measuring light intensities, wherein:
the radiation source comprises a first emitter and a second emitter, the first emitter being configured to emit light waves of a first wavelength and the second emitter is configured to emit light waves of a second wavelength, the second wavelength being different from the first wavelength, and the detector comprising at least one optical filter, the radiation source being configured to emit the light waves of the at least one first wavelength and of the second wavelength simultaneously as well as separately from one another;
the cuvette comprising a mirror arrangement with a plane mirror and a concave mirror arranged opposite the plane mirror, wherein an optical axis of the concave mirror is arranged essentially at right angles to the plane mirror, wherein the plane mirror has a first aperture and a second aperture, wherein the first aperture has at least two emitters;
the emitter is configured to emit a spectrum, the full width at half maximum of which is a maximum 50% of the effective wavelength; and
the detector being configured to receive the first and second wavelengths and to separately quantitatively detect an intensity of the emitted light waves of the first wavelength and of the second wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,190,962

FLOW CYTOMETRY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BLOCKING DIFFRACTION PATTERNS

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,659

BICYCLE CHAIN

Shimano Inc., Sakai-shi,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,658

CABLE TRACK

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,582

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

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,561

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAPID ENGINE START

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,547

PARTIAL FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,508

FILTER PRE-FILL DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,507

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SPLIT EXHAUST ENGINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,498

VALVE WITH VALVE MEMBER COOLING

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,491

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,488

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VARIABLE TURBINE GEOMETRY

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,487

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A BI-VALVED VARIABLE INLET DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,486

TURBOCHARGER WITH TWIN WASTE-GATE VALVES

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,483

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

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,482

AIR INLET ASSEMBLY FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,481

MINIMUM POWER CONSUMPTION FOR COOL DOWN DIAGNOSTIC BASED ON CYLINDER DEACTIVATION

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,479

COOLING SYSTEM WITH A COOLANT PUMP FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,478

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

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,474

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,473

SUPPORT UNIT FOR SUPPORTING AN EXHAUST SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,472

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSING PARTICULATE MATTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,469

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,467

EXHAUST TURBOSONIC GENERATOR FOR VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,463

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,462

PUMP FOR A SECONDARY AIR SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,460

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,458

STORAGE TANK FOR AQUEOUS UREA SOLUTION IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,454

MOTORCYCLE SUPERCHARGER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,448

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,445

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,444

CAM FOLLOWER ROLLER DEVICE WITH WASHER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,443

STEAM ACCUMULATOR COMPRISING A LATENT HEAT ACCUMULATOR AND A STEAM THERMOCOMPRESSOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,439

FRANGIBLE MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,436

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,435

TURBINE SHROUD WITH ABRADABLE LAYER HAVING RIDGES WITH HOLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,431

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR ROTARY MACHINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,423

SHROUDED BLADE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,421

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

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,419

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

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,415

TURBOCHARGER WITH A RADIAL-AXIAL TURBINE WHEEL

Continental Automotive Gm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,414

ROUND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,410

METHODS OF ACOUSTICALLY COMMUNICATING AND WELLS THAT UTILIZE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,409

WELL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,406

FORMATION FRACTURING POTENTIAL USING SURROUNDING PORE PRESSURES

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,404

HIGH QUALITY VISUALIZATION IN A CORROSION INSPECTION TOOL FOR MULTIPLE PIPES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,401

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,399

TRAVELING VALVE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,397

CLOSURE DEVICE FOR A SURGE PRESSURE REDUCTION TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,396

TAR MAT FORMATION PREDICTION IN LATE-CHARGE RESERVOIRS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,395

FLOODING ANALYSIS TOOL AND METHOD THEREOF

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,390

PRESSURE ACTUATED PORTED SUB FOR SUBTERRANEAN CEMENT COMPLETIONS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,389

HIGH PRESSURE INTERVENTIONLESS BOREHOLE TOOL SETTING FORCE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,388

DIVERTER FLUID DIVERTER FLUID

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,385

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

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,384

DRILLING STRIPPING ELEMENT

Weatherford Technology Ho...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,383

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUID INJECTION

Cameron International Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,382

BOP BOOSTER PISTON ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,380

METHOD FOR MONITORING A SEALING ELEMENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,378

DRILLING HEAD WITH NON-ROTATING ANNULAR SEAL ASSEMBLY

Weatherford Technology Ho...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,377

MUD SENSING HOLE FINDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,361

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A FLOW OF AIR THROUGH A DOOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,360

HOLLOW CORE DOOR WITH PERIMETER AIR FLOW AND MULTIPLE DAMPER PANELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,357

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,351

MULTIPLE DOOR CLOSER INSTALLATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,349

PET DOOR LOCKING HINGE DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,347

HINGE PROTECTOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,346

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,345

SUCTION CUP CHILD RESTRAINT LOCK FOR SLIDING DOORS/WINDOWS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,343

HOUSING PROTRUSION

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,332

VEHICLE MOUNTED T-POST REMOVER

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,331

MODULAR RAILING SYSTEMS WITH CELLULAR PVC PANELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,324

MEMBRANE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,322

INTERLOCKING ARCH TILE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,320

EXTERIOR CLADDING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,318

GUTTER AND BRACKET ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,317

FASCIA GUTTER SYSTEM AND COVERINGS USING THE SAME

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,316

ONE-PIECE AND TWO-PIECE SHINGLE REPAIR PATCH

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,315

REBAR CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,312

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,311

DEVICES AND METHODS TO SEAL GAPS BETWEEN ADJACENT STRUCTURAL PANELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,308

ROOF TRUSS ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,307

BASEMENT SEWER DRAIN RECOVERY AND DISCHARGE DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,303

KINETIC TRAPWAY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,301

TOILET OVERFLOW PREVENTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Limit, Inc., Irvine, CA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,296

PLUMBING APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,294

SELF-ALIGNING LIFT KNOB FOR PLUMBING FIXTURE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,293

VACUUM-ASSISTED IRRIGATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,292

RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,289

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

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,288

EXCAVATION MEASUREMENT WITH LIGHT CURTAIN

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,286

DEBRIS DEFLECTION APPARATUS FOR OPERATORS STATION CLEANOUT

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,284

BOOM FOR A WORKING MACHINE WITH A PARTITION INSIDE THE BOOM

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,252

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,244

FORMING BELT FOR SHAPED NONWOVEN

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,224

ANTI-EXPLOSION GAS GENERATOR FOR HEALTH USE

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

US Pat. No. 10,190,211

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,946

PROCESS FOR PREPARING POLYAMINES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for preparing a polyamine,the process comprising polycondensing at least one diamine in liquid phase in the presence of hydrogen and at least one catalyst based on at least one metal of transition groups 8 to 11 of the Periodic Table of the Elements, by keeping pressure constant during the polycondensing through continuous supply of an inert gas, hydrogen, or both, and removing the inert gas, the hydrogen, or both, and ammonia formed during the polycondensing,
wherein:
the polycondensing occurs at a temperature of 150 to 180° C. and a pressure of 60 to 150 bar; and
a mean molecular weight of the polyamine is ?203 g/mol, in which a deviation from the mean molecular weight per ° C. of change in reaction temperature is <19% of the mean molecular weight.

US Pat. No. 10,189,865

GOLD(I) COMPLEXES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, AND METHODS OF TREATING PROLIFERATIVE DISORDERS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A gold(I) complex of Formula (I)or a salt thereof, a solvate thereof, a tautomer thereof, a stereoisomer thereof, or a mixture thereof;wherein:
R1 and R2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, and an optionally substituted arylalkyl;
R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted alkenyl, an optionally substituted alkynyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted alkoxy, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted arylalkyl, an optionally substituted alkanoyl, an optionally substituted aroyl, a halogen, a cyano, and a nitro;
R8 and R9 are independently a hydrogen, or an optionally substituted alkyl; and
X is an anion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,843

FUSED PYRAZOLE DERIVATIVE HAVING AUTOTAXIN INHIBITORY ACTIVITY

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. A compound of formula (I) or a pharmaceutical acceptable salt thereof:
wherein
R1 is substituted or unsubstituted phenyl,
R2 is hydrogen,
R3 is hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl carbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted sulfamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl,
R4a and R4b are each independently hydrogen, halogen, hydroxy, cyano, formyl, carboxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted amino, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylthio, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl carbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted sulfamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl,
R5a is hydrogen, halogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy,
R5b is halogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy, or
R4b and R5a may be taken together to form a bond, R5b may be taken together with the substituent on R1 to form substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocycle or substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocycle, or R4b and R5b may be taken together to form substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocycle or substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocycle,
provided that
(i) a compound wherein R1 is substituted or unsubstituted phenyloxymethyl or substituted or unsubstituted pyridyloxymethyl, R2 is hydrogen, R5a is hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted methyl, and R5b is substituted or unsubstituted methyl,
(ii) a compound wherein R3 is hydrogen or unsubstituted methyl, and either one of R5a and R5b or each of them are each independently unsubstituted methyloxy or unsubstituted ethyloxy, and
(iii) a compound represented as follows:

are excluded.

US Pat. No. 10,189,746

MULTI-PHASIC CERAMIC COMPOSITE

1. A ceramic composite comprising:a first ceramic phase comprising grains of a first ceramic material; and
a second ceramic phase comprising grains of a second ceramic material;
wherein:
the first ceramic material has a different composition than the second ceramic material;
at least one of the first ceramic phase and the second ceramic phase has a median minimum width of at least 5 microns; and
the first phase, second phase, or both, includes grains of element carbon, wherein the elemental carbon is in an amount of at most 7 wt %, based on a total weight of the respective phase or phases.

US Pat. No. 10,189,724

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A water treatment device comprising:a water treatment vessel which causes electric discharge in water stored therein to produce a sterilizing factor;
a water supplier, including a water tank and valve mechanism, which supplies water to the water treatment vessel;
a reservoir which stores the water supplied from the water supplier; and
a pair of electrodes which cause the electric discharge in the water treatment vessel, wherein
the water treatment vessel is configured to rotate, about a rotational shaft parallel to a horizontal plane in the reservoir, in accordance with the level of the water stored in the reservoir,
rotation of the water treatment vessel switches the water treatment vessel between a discharging state where the water treatment vessel and the reservoir have no communication and the pair of electrodes are immersed in the water in the water treatment vessel to cause the electric discharge, and a draining state where the pair of electrodes come out of the water in the water treatment vessel to stop the electric discharge and the water flows out of the water treatment vessel into the reservoir, and
the water supplier is configured to supply water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the draining state, and stop the supply of water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the discharging state.

US Pat. No. 10,189,709

SYSTEM FOR COGENERATION OF POWER AND HYDROGEN

King Fahd University of P...

1. A power generation system, comprising:a membrane reformer assembly comprising
a first vessel with a first internal cavity having a heating zone with a heating zone inlet and a heating zone outlet, a reaction zone with a reaction zone inlet and a reaction zone outlet, and a sweep zone with a sweep zone inlet and a sweep zone outlet, wherein the reaction zone and the sweep zone are separated by a hydrogen-permeable membrane;
a combustor comprising
a plurality of combustor feed inlets, and
an exhaust outlet,
wherein the combustor is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and at least one of said combustor feed inlets is fluidly connected to the reaction zone outlet via a syngas line; and
an expander located downstream of the combustor and fluidly connected to the exhaust outlet via an exhaust line,
wherein a natural gas/H2O stream is converted into a syngas stream in the reaction zone in the presence of a catalyst, and at least a portion of molecular hydrogen present in the syngas stream is transported across the hydrogen-permeable membrane to the sweep zone leaving behind a hydrogen-depleted syngas stream in the reaction zone,
wherein the hydrogen-depleted syngas stream is combusted in the combustor to form an exhaust stream, and
wherein the exhaust stream is expanded in the expander to generate power,
the power generation system further comprising:
an ion transport membrane assembly comprising
a second vessel with a second internal cavity, and
an ion transport membrane that divides the second internal cavity into a feed zone and a permeate zone, wherein the feed zone has an ITM feed inlet and an ITM feed outlet and the permeate zone has a permeate zone inlet and a permeate zone outlet,
wherein at least a portion of molecular oxygen present in an oxygen-containing stream that is delivered to the feed zone is transported across the ion transport membrane to the permeate zone,
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and the permeate zone inlet is fluidly connected to the heating zone outlet via a sweep gas line, and
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located upstream of the combustor and the permeate zone outlet is fluidly connected to one of said combustor feed inlets via an oxygen line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,689

AUTOMOBILE JACK SYSTEM

1. An automobile jack, comprising:a housing having opposed side walls and opposed end walls, said side walls and said end walls collectively defining a perimeter of a hollow interior area, each said side wall defining a vertical channel with an open top end;
a ramp extending from said housing at a respective said end wall, said ramp having upper and lower ends;
a platform defining a tire-receiving surface;
first and second linkages, said first linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a first horizontal axis, said second linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a second horizontal axis, each upper arm being pivotally connected to said platform, each lower arm being pivotally connected to said housing;
a threaded yoke coupled to said second linkage, said threaded yoke being fixed along said second horizontal axis;
a power screw for selectively changing a distance between said first and second horizontal axes to thereby move said platform between a retracted configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is no higher than said upper end of said ramp and a raised configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is above said upper end of said ramp, said power screw having an input end and a threaded shaft, said input end being configured to receive rotational forces and rotate said threaded shaft, said threaded shaft being threaded through said threaded yoke, said threaded shaft extending through a respective said vertical channel when said platform is at said retracted configuration;
a wheel assembly having a wheel, a frame, and a biasing member;
wherein:
said wheel and said frame are movable between disengaged and engaged positions;
said wheel is separated from a ground surface when at said disengaged position;
said wheel is in contact with the ground surface when at said engaged position;
said biasing member biasing said wheel and said frame to said disengaged position;
said wheel assembly is adjacent a respective said housing end wall such that said hollow interior area is between said ramp and said wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,653

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING CONTAINERS, SUCH AS BEVERAGE BOTTLES

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. Device for transporting containers (2), comprising a transport element (3) and including a plurality of container grippers (4, 4a) provided at the transport element (3) for gripping and holding the containers (2), wherein each container gripper (4, 4a) comprises at least two pivoting gripping arms (5, 5a), which are tensioned by at least one spring element (14, 14a) into a closed position, and at least one control element or blocking element (15), which forms at least one control surface with at least two sections (15.1, 15.2), supported on which are the spring elements (14) taking effect on the gripping arms (5, 5a), and which can be moved at least between a first position, corresponding to a releasing state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a) is supported at a first section (15.1) of the control surface, and a second position, corresponding to a blocking state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a), additionally tensioned, is supported at a second section (15.2) of the control surface, wherein the respective control element or blocking element (15) can be moved axially in a blocking element axis (AS) between the first and second position, and that the sections (15.1, 15.2) are provided in the blocking element axis (AS) following one another, and wherein the control elements or blocking elements (15) form, at their ends located at a distance from one another in the direction of the blocking element axis (AS), further control surfaces for control curves (19, 20), not moved with the transport element (3), for the moving of the control elements or blocking elements (15) between the first and second position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,639

TEA DISPLAY AND STORAGE DEVICE

1. A tea display and storage device comprisingone or more tea bags
a cover with a fastener attached;
a plurality of pages attached by a binding to said cover; and
a plurality of tea bag holders comprising pockets formed by material coupled to the pages by seams, wherein a pocket is sized to accommodate a tea bag of the one or more tea bags such that a first portion of the tea bag is fully seated in the pocket and a second portion of the tea bag is uncovered by the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,631

METHOD OF DISPENSING A PLURALITY OF INTERCONNECTED WIPES

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of dispensing wipes, the method comprising:providing a stack of wipes, the stack having a right end, a left end, a transverse direction extending between the right end and the left end, a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the transverse direction, and a longitudinal centerline extending in the longitudinal direction and positioned midway between the right and left ends, the stack defining a right side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the right end and defining a left side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the left end,
wherein each wipe is generally rectangular in shape and defines four corners and each wipe is connected to at least one other wipe by a plurality of bridging strips;
providing a dispenser, the dispenser having a dispensing orifice through which wipes can be extracted from the dispenser; and
grasping a presented corner of a leading wipe, and pulling the presented corner of the leading wipe to withdraw the leading wipe out of the dispenser, whereby the leading wipe releases from a succeeding wipe such that a presented corner of the succeeding wipe, and no other corner of the succeeding wipe, protrudes from the dispensing orifice,
whereby the presented corner of the leading wipe and the presented corner of the succeeding wipe originate from opposite sides of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,189,626

PACKAGE HANDLING SYSTEM

1. An indicator for a package handling system comprising:an indicator display; and
a rupture component,
wherein the indicator is configured to integrate with a first package of the package handling system,
wherein the indicator is configured to display an indication upon application of a stacked weight force exceeding a predetermined threshold value applied to the indicator, and wherein
said rupture component is configured to rupture upon application of said force exceeding said predetermined threshold value to effectuate said display of said indication, wherein said package handling system comprises stackable packages, wherein the indicator is configured to allow for at least one other package to be stacked on top of said first package with the indicator in a manner that allows said at least one other package to lay relatively flat and substantially evenly supported on the surface of the package with the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,623

CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES FOR STORING, SHIPPING, AND/OR DISPENSING FLUIDS, AND RELATED METHODS

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A container assembly for storing, shipping, and/or dispensing fluid, the container assembly comprising:a container; and
a receptacle configured to be disposed within the container, the receptacle having a spout protruding from a top surface of the receptacle and defining an opening for receiving fluid into the receptacle and/or for dispensing fluid from the receptacle;
wherein the container includes an opening defined at least partly in a top portion of the container such that the spout of the receptacle is aligned with the opening of the container when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to thereby facilitate dispensing of fluid from the receptacle through the spout of the receptacle and through the opening of the container; and
wherein the receptacle includes a handle defining a flange having a free end portion, the flange disposed generally above the top surface of the receptacle and extending in a direction toward the spout, the free end portion of the flange spaced apart from the top surface of the receptacle and spaced apart from the spout, and the free end portion of the flange having a continuous forward edge portion generally facing the spout to allow a user to grasp the handle at the free end portion of the flange, the handle configured to engage the top portion of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to help support the receptacle in the container, and the continuous forward edge portion of the free end portion of the flange configured to generally align with the opening of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, such that the flange is accessible through the opening of the container to allow for carrying, by the handle, the receptacle and the container together and to facilitate dispensing fluid from the receptacle when the receptacle is disposed within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,621

BAG MADE FROM HIGH-STRENGTH HEAT-SHRINKABLE FILM EXHIBITING DIRECTIONAL TEAR, AND PROCESS UTILIZING SAME

Cryovac, Inc., Charlotte...

1. A heat-shrinkable bag comprising a heat-shrinkable multilayer film having an inside seal layer heat sealed to itself at a heat seal, the bag further comprising a first side, a second side, an open top, and a bag skirt outward of the heat seal, the bag skirt comprising a bag edge and a first means for initiating tearing, the first means being in the first side of the bag, the bag skirt also comprising a second means for initiating tearing, the second means being in the second side of the bag, the bag being capable of having a manually-initiated, manually-propagated first tear in a machine direction in the first side of the bag, and a manually-initiated and manually-propagated second tear in the machine direction in the second side of the bag, the first tear and the second tear each being capable of being propagated in the machine direction from the respective first and second means for initiating tearing, with each tear being propagated through the heat seal and across the bag, or down the length of the bag, with the tears being capable of being manually propagated in the machine direction through and to an opposite bag edge, so that upon making a package by placing a product inside the bag, sealing the bag closed so that a package is formed, and shrinking the film around the product, the resulting package can be manually opened, and the product readily removed from the bag, by manually initiating tears in the machine direction from the first and second means for initiating tearing, with the tears being manually propagated in the machine direction through the seal and to the opposite bag edge, and wherein the multilayer film exhibits a Peak Load Impact Strength, determined using ASTM D 3763-95A, of at least 50 Newtons per mil, wherein the bag further comprises a means for assisting grip of the multilayer film, wherein the means for assisting grip comprises a partial hole cut having a hanging chad therein, and wherein the heat-shrinkable bag does not comprise a patch thereon, and wherein at least one layer of the multilayer film comprises an incompatible polymer blend selected from the group consisting of:(A) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(B) a blend of ionomer resin with ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polybutylene, and/or polypropylene;
(C) a blend of homogeneous ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with recycled polymer blend comprising ethylene homopolymer, propylene homopolymer, ethylene copolymer, propylene copolymer, polyamide, ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymer, ionomer resin, anhydride-modified ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer, and antiblock;
(D) a blend of ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer with polypropylene, and/or polybutylene, and/or modified ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polystyrene;
(E) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with polypropylene and/or polybutylene;
(F) a blend of single site catalyzed polypropylene with homogeneous ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(G) a blend of polypropylene and/or ethylene/propylene copolymer and/or polybutylene with ethylene/methyl acrylate copolymer and/or ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer and/or ethylene/butyl acrylate copolymer; and
(H) a blend of polyamide with polystyrene and/or ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer and/or styrene/butadiene copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,619

LOCKABLE FOOD CONTAINER

1. A portable food container system (100), said system comprising:(a) a cylindrical base (110) with a lower end (111), an upper end (112) and a base lateral surface (115), wherein a top opening (113) is disposed on the upper end (112), wherein the upper end (112) of the cylindrical base comprises a first outer edge (1112), a second inner edge (2112), and an annular surface (3112) disposed between the first outer edge (1112) and the second inner edge (2112);
(b) a first lockable, cylindrical top cover (120) with an upper surface (121), a lower surface comprising a lower surface opening (123) surrounded by a lower opening rim (122), and a first cover lateral surface (125), wherein the first top cover (120) is pivotably and removably attached to the base via a separable hinge (116), wherein the separable hinge (116) is configured to connect a portion of the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to a portion of the base upper end (112) to the first cover lateral surface (125) adjacent to the lower opening rim (122);
(c) a combination lock system comprising (i) a combination dial (130) disposed on the lateral surface (115) of the base toward the upper end (112); (ii) a first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) adjacently above the combination dial (130); (iii) a first lock insertion (124) disposed on the lower opening rim (122) and on the opposite side facing the separable hinge (116); and (iv) a lock release button (132) disposed on the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to the combination dial (130),
wherein the first lock slot (114) is configured to snugly receive the first lock insertion (124) and securely lock the first lock insertion (124) within the first lock slot (114), wherein the lock release button (132) is operatively connected to the combination dial (130), wherein the lock release button (132) is configured to disengage the first lock insertion (124) from the first lock slot (114) after a predetermined combination key is selected and after the lock release button (132) is pushed;
(d) an internal cavity wall (1117) joining the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base such that the internal cavity wall (1117) transitions to the annular surface (3112), and the annular surface (3112) transitions to an outside wall (1119) disposed on the base lateral surface (115), wherein the transition of the internal cavity wall (1117) to the annular surface (3112) to the outside wall (119) is continuous and is without any spacial break other than the first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112), wherein an inside space between the internal cavity wall (1117) and the outside wall (1119) is evacuated of air and a vacuum is generated which is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the food container (100), wherein a surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) is internally threaded; and
(e) an inner cover (140) comprising an inner cover upper section (142) and an externally threaded rod (144) disposed beneath the inner cover upper section (142), wherein the externally threaded rod (144) is configured to engage the top opening (113) and is configured to threadably dispose on the internally threaded surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) of the cylindrical base (110) and is effective to reduce heat escape from food contained inside the cylindrical base (110);
wherein the inner cover upper section (142) resides within the first top cover (120); wherein the cylindrical first top cover (120) engages the first outer edge (1112) of the upper end (112) of the base and the inner cover upper section (142) engages the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base; wherein the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) of the base engages with the cylindrical first top cover (120) and the inner cover upper section (142) and is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the cylindrical base (110).

US Pat. No. 10,189,616

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PERSONALIZED DRUG PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing a drug product for an individual patient, comprising:a computer processor configured to receive information relating to the patient and to predict, based on the received patient information, an optimal drug selection, combination drug product comprising a plurality of discrete units of a first drug and a plurality of discrete units of a second drug, and dosage for the patient; and
a drug production device, in communication with the processor, for producing the drug product based on the predicted optimal drug selection, combination drug product, and dosage, wherein the drug production device comprises:
a plurality of drug containers, each configured to hold a quantity of a drug in the form of microtablets, each microtablet containing an equal sized dose of a particular drug, each microtablet being coated so as to enable drugs of different pH to be in close locality without interaction of components of the combination drug product, and each having a unique coupling element to couple the drug container to the drug production device;
a plurality of drug dispensers, each of said drug dispensers coupled to one of said drug containers;
a supply of empty ingestible capsules;
a controller, which controls dispensing by count of said microtablets of a drug by each drug dispenser into the ingestible capsules;
a verification unit including a scanner for scanning identifying indicia provided on the drug containers and comparing the indicia to the predicted optimal drug selection and combination drug product, wherein the combination drug product comprises at least a first coated microtablet of a first drug and a second coated microtablet of a second drug, wherein the second drug is distinct from the first drug, in a closed unitary ingestible capsule package customized for the patient produced from selected dispensed drugs, wherein the patient information includes information selected from (1) at least one of the group consisting of: weight; age; sex; BSA (body surface area); body mass index; lean body mass, percentage body fat, metabolism; renal function; liver enzymes; proteomics/biomarkers, blood chemistries, pharmacokinetics; risk factors for disease; partial or full genome SNP screening data; whole or partial genome analysis; vitamin deficiencies; vitamin and micronutrient levels; diet; environmental, toxin or other allergy history; the patient's medical history; diagnostic information; exercise activity; sleep activities; tissue expression profiling; hormonal cycles, biomarker information; radiologic/imaging information, demographic information; monthly reproductive cycle; geolocation, social network, consumer information, habits, physiologic data, electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, behavioral history, geographic history, exposures or potential exposures to toxins and other environmental factors including exposure to radiation, compliance history and personality testing from body measurement devices, and (2) at least one of the group consisting of current medications; other medications/supplements; history of prior side effects to one or more medications; analysis of pharmacogenomic and/or pharmacogenetic profile; drug-drug interaction information; drug-diet interaction information; and drug allergies and/or sensitivities; and
a conveyor for moving an ingestible capsule to successive drug dispensers, wherein a determined quantity of each drug is dispensed into the ingestible capsule from each drug dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,189,605

DEBRIS PROTECTED TWIST ATTACHMENT

13. A detachable attachment assembly, comprising:a receptacle unit, including:
a housing defining a receptacle slot having a slot length and a slot width that is smaller than the slot length;
a piston having a profile having a width that is smaller than its length and an area less than the receptacle slot, and movable between an engaged position, in which the piston substantially blocks the receptacle slot and prevents passage of moisture and debris through the receptacle slot, and a retracted position, in which the piston is recessed from the receptacle slot; and
a biasing member configured to bias the piston toward the engaged position;
a carrier unit, including:
a flange having a width greater than the slot length of the receptacle slot; and
a lock tab offset from the flange and having a tab length and tab width to pass through the receptacle slot of the receptacle unit,
wherein a first angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, allows the lock tab to move the piston between the engaged position and the retracted position, and
wherein a second angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, prevents passage of the lock tab through the receptacle slot; and
a fastener point attached to the carrier unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,604

CONTAINER, PACKAGING, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A container comprising:a) a plant based structural layer having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface; and
b) a pre-formed polymeric liner layer secured to the plant based structural layer and lining at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface;wherein the structural layer comprises a pair of flexible panels, each panel having a pair of opposed side edges, the pair of panels being joined to each other along the side edges, the container movable between a flattened configuration in which the panels are flattened to provide a flat container, and an expanded configuration in which the panels are flexed outwardly to define an interior volume of the container therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,189,595

FEEDING UNIT FOR FEEDING SEALED PACKS OF POURABLE FOOD PRODUCTS

1. A feeding unit for receiving sealed packs of pourable food products from a forming unit arranged to form said packs and feed said packs to a folding unit arranged to fold said packs so as to obtain folded packages, said feeding unit comprising a feeding conveyor to carry said packs towards said folding unit, a driving arrangement interacting with said packs so as to pull said packs from said forming unit and push said packs towards said feeding conveyor, said driving arrangement comprising at least two cyclically movable driving elements positioned on opposite sides of an advancing path along which said packs are advanced through said feeding unit and an actuating arrangement for moving said driving elements, said driving elements being arranged to interact with opposite portions of said packs, said driving elements being configured to interact with flaps of said packs projecting from opposite lateral walls of said packs.

US Pat. No. 10,189,594

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CONTAINER CONTAINING A CONTENT FLUID, A METHOD FOR PLACING AN INSIDE OF A CONTAINER UNDER A POSITIVE PRESSURE, A FILLED CONTAINER, A BLOW MOLDING METHOD, AND A BLOW MOLDING DEVICE

1. A method for manufacturing a container containing a content fluid, comprising:a molding step of stretching a bottomed tubular preform that is heated to a temperature at which the preform is stretchable so as to form the container by means of pressure of the content fluid injected into the preform through a mouth portion of the preform;
a sealing step of sealing the content fluid by fitting a cap body to the mouth portion; and
a pressurizing step of increasing an inner pressure of the container, wherein the container includes an invertible deforming portion that is freely invertible and deformable toward an inside of the container, and
in the pressurizing step, after the sealing step before a temperature of the container decreases to a room temperature, the inner pressure of the container is increased by reducing a volume of the container by inverting and deforming the invertible deforming portion toward the inside of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,592

APPARATUS FOR SEALING AN OPEN END OF A CONTAINER

17. A method of producing a package for distribution comprising:folding and sealing a bottom of the package;
filling the package with a product to produce a filled package; and
sealing a top of the filled package by:
moving a first longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a first longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the first sealing jaw including moving the first eccentric shaft by rotating around a first rotational axis;
moving a second longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a second longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the second eccentric shaft by rotating around a second rotational axis, the second sealing jaw being parallel with the first sealing jaw, the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw being synchronized by transversally extending guiding bars cooperating with the first and second eccentric shafts via guiding pins running in guiding grooves, and play in a transversal direction being permitted between the first and second eccentric shafts and the first and second sealing jaws; and
the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the first and second sealing jaws toward each other and pressing the top of the package to seal the top of the filled package.

US Pat. No. 10,189,589

CHAMBER MACHINE WITH GAS NOZZLE MONITORING

13. A chamber machine for packaging products in at least one bag, said chamber machine comprising:at least one gas nozzle; and
a monitoring device configured for detecting the presence of a bag neck of said at least one bag over said at least one gas nozzle;
wherein said monitoring device comprises at least one sensing finger for each of said at least one gas nozzle; and
wherein said at least one gas nozzle or said at least one sensing finger is adapted to have applied thereto an electric voltage, and wherein said at least one gas nozzle is electrically insulated from said at least one sensing finger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,587

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY ENCAPSULATING ELONGATED COMPONENTS AND ENCAPSULATED ELONGATED COMPONENTS OBTAINED

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A process for a continuous production of an encapsulated component web, the process comprising the steps of:conveying at least two continuous encapsulation films, spaced apart from one another, along a longitudinal axis of a production line;
conveying at least one encapsulatable component along the longitudinal axis of the production line between the two continuous encapsulation films;
displacing transversally at least one of the at least one encapsulatable component simultaneously while the at least one encapsulatable component is conveyed along the longitudinal axis of the production line;
superposing an assembly including the at least two continuous encapsulation films and the at least one encapsulatable component with the at least one encapsulatable component extending between two of the at least two continuous encapsulation films; and
laminating the assembly to encapsulate the at least one encapsulatable component between the at least two continuous encapsulation films.

US Pat. No. 10,189,586

PROCESS FOR SINGLE-STEP FORMING AND FILLING OF CONTAINERS

1. A process for the manufacturing and filling of plastic containers comprising the steps of:heating a localized zone of a stretchable portion of a preform to a temperature closer to its vitreous transition temperature (Tg) than to ambient temperature while maintaining at least a portion of the stretchable portion of the preform at a temperature closer to ambient temperature than to the vitreous transition temperature (Tg);
positioning the preform in a mold assembly of two or more components while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, the preform being fabricated from a plastic and being provided with a longitudinal axis and including the stretchable portion and a non-stretchable portion;
after positioning the preform in the mold assembly while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, initially stretching the preform along its longitudinal axis;
injecting a fluid into the interior volume of the preform, the fluid being under such pressure so as to cause the preform to plastically deform until achieving a container of a desired size and shape; and
releasing the container formed from the preform from the mold assembly and sealing the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,578

SELF-BALANCING PRESSURE BULKHEAD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure bulkhead comprising:a bulkhead wall having a radially inner disk of a first thickness and a radially outer compression ring of a second thickness defining a convex surface as a first side of the bulkhead wall, wherein the radially outer compression ring defines a periphery of the bulkhead wall, and the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
wherein the second thickness of the outer compression ring is effective to provide a strength to oppose meridional and hoop stresses across the surface of the radially inner disk in response to a pressure differential across the bulkhead wall; and the radially inner disk being unitary with the outer compression ring and being made of the same material as the outer compression ring; and
an attachment ring having a concave surface oriented toward a non-pressurized area and attached to the first side and the periphery of the bulkhead wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,576

LIQUID STORAGE TANK

BAE SYSTEMS PLC, London ...

1. An aircraft fuel tank comprising:a tank wall enclosing a liquid storage space, the tank wall comprising two opposing aircraft external skins and an aircraft substructure disposed between the two aircraft external skins; and
a plurality of tensionable tie assemblies located at least partially within the liquid storage space, each tensionable tie assembly comprising:
a first attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a first of the aircraft external skins;
a second attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a second of the aircraft external skins; and
an elongate member fixed between the first and second attachment devices of that tie assembly such that the elongate member of that tie assembly crosses the liquid storage space;
wherein the tensionable tie assemblies are capable of being tightened during installation, configured to exert an inward force on the tank wall, and are more closely spaced together at or proximate to points at which the aircraft external skins are attached to the aircraft substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,574

ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An electric propulsion system for a vehicle, said electric propulsion system comprising:at least one generator;
at least one drive engine coupled to said at least one generator;
at least one electrical device;
at least one battery integrated power converter (BIC), wherein said at least one generator and at least one of said at least one BIC are coupled, and wherein said at least one BIC and said at least one electrical device are coupled;
wherein said at least one BIC comprises:
at least one string comprising a plurality of BIC modules (BICMs) coupled to each other wherein each BICM of said plurality of BICMs comprises:
a first switching device and a second switching device, each of said first switching device and said second switching device comprising an antiparallel diode coupled in parallel thereto;
a first node defined between said first switching device and said second switching device;
a second node coupled to said second switching device;
at least one energy storage device coupled in parallel across said first switching device and said second switching device; and
at least one bypass switch coupled to and between said first node and said second node.

US Pat. No. 10,189,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING ICE FORMATION ON PORTIONS OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An ice prevention system that is configured to prevent ice from forming with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft, the ice prevention system comprising:a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet, wherein the combustor is within the housing of an engine between a fan and an engine core;
a supply air conduit coupled to the air inlet of the combustor, wherein the supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor, wherein the low pressure air is air that has not been compressed within the engine core; and
one or more delivery conduits coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor, the one or more delivery conduits further coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft, wherein the combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the one or more delivery conduits through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming or melt ice with respect to the one more portions of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,571

MODULE FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN WITH A SEAT FASTENED TO A DOOR

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A module for an aircraft cabin, the module comprising:a door to open the module; and
a seat fastened to the door;
wherein a seat surface of the seat is configured to swivel from an essentially perpendicular stowage position into an essentially horizontal operating position, and
wherein the module comprises a locking mechanism allowing the seat to swivel from the essentially perpendicular stowage position into the essentially horizontal operating position only when the door is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,189,570

SEAT PAN ASSEMBLY WITH ENCASED COMFORT SPRING

1. A seat pan assembly, comprising:spaced seat spreaders;
at least one transverse frame member affixed between the spaced seat spreaders; and
a seat cushion assembly disposed between the spaced seat spreaders and atop and supported on the at least one transverse frame member, the seat cushion assembly comprising:
a spring assembly disposed at depth within a foam assembly and free of attachment to the spaced seat spreaders and the at least one transverse frame member, the spring assembly comprising a frame having a base and sidewalls extending upwardly at an obtuse angle to the base, and a plurality of springs affixed along a top of the sidewalls and extending between the sidewalls elevated above the base;
the foam assembly comprising a first layer of foam disposed within the spring assembly between the plurality of springs and the base;
the foam assembly further comprising a second layer of foam, having a different density than the first layer of foam, encasing at depth the spring assembly within the seat cushion assembly, the second layer of foam continuous along opposing outer sides and a top of the spring assembly; and
a rigid bottom panel pivotally attached at one end to the spaced seat spreaders, the rigid bottom panel disposed atop and supported on the spaced seat spreaders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,568

AGRICULTURAL CROP ANALYSIS DRONE

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A system for agricultural farming, the system comprising:a first agricultural drone flying over a field having a plurality of crops in a position in advance of an agricultural vehicle which is traversing the plurality of crops, collecting information specific to the plurality of crops, and transmitting the collected information in real-time from the first agricultural drone to the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the agricultural vehicle is a boom sprayer which receives the collected information from the first agricultural done in real-time and adjusts at least one operation of the boom sprayer using the received collected information from the first agricultural drone such that the adjustment of the at least one operation includes a leveling of the boom sprayer achieved independent of any information collected by one or more sensors resident on the boom sprayer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,565

MODULAR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM WITH MULTI-MODE PROPULSION

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A modular Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) having a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) configuration and a forward-flight configuration, the UAS comprising:a plurality of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) modules each having:
a main wing coupled to a corresponding fuselage and having a uniform tip chord length across the plurality of UAV modules;
a pair of booms extending orthogonally from the main wing;
a first pair of propellers, each of which is connected to the main wing via a corresponding arm and selectively stowable within a respective one of the booms in the forward-flight configuration, the corresponding arm being configured to pivot with respect to the main wing;
a second pair of propellers, each of which is connected to a respective one of the booms via a corresponding articulating motor mount and tiltable with respect to the booms via operation of the corresponding articulating motor mount, wherein the first and second pairs of propellers rotate in parallel horizontal planes in the VTOL configuration, and the second pair of propellers rotates in a vertical plane in the forward-flight configuration; and
wingtip docking mechanisms;
wherein the UAS is configured to selectively couple the UAV modules to each other, wingtip-to-wingtip, in both the VTOL and forward-flight configurations using the wingtip docking mechanisms, and is further configured to selectively uncouple the UAV modules from each other via the wingtip docking mechanisms in an independent flight configuration of the UAS.

US Pat. No. 10,189,564

NON-LOADED MANUAL BLADE FOLD ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A pin configured for use in a rotor blade movable between an aligned position and a folded position and having a rotor blade airfoil contour, comprising:a cylindrical body configured to couple a first section and a second of the rotor blade, when the rotor blade is in the aligned position; and
a handle mounted to an end of the cylindrical body and having an airfoil contour generally complementary to the rotor blade airfoil contour, the handle being movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein when the handle is in the closed position, the handle is flush with an adjacent portion of the rotor blade, and when the handle is in the open position, the handle is accessible to pull the cylindrical body from the first and second sections of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,189,561

RESONATOR, AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH THE RESONATOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A resonator having a heavy member and a spring blade, the heavy member comprising a casing fastened to the spring blade, the heavy member further comprising a set of masses that is movable in translation inside the casing along a longitudinal direction, the resonator including a wormscrew engaged in a slider nut of the set of masses, the resonator including drive means suitable for driving the wormscrew in rotation so that rotation of the wormscrew drives the movement in translation, wherein the casing presents an inside face defining in part at least two cylindrical spaces each presenting a generator line parallel to the longitudinal direction, the two cylindrical spaces being arranged outside a central space, the wormscrew being arranged in the central space, the set of masses comprising two masses slidable respectively in the two cylindrical spaces, the set of masses including a support carrying the slider nut, each mass comprising at least one heavy element fastened to the support, each mass presenting at least two presser means interposed between the mass and the inside face, each presser means comprising a groove formed in a circumference of a mass and contained in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, each groove describing a closed curve, each presser means comprising at least one resilient member arranged in the groove and a split ring pressed against the inside face by the at least one resilient member of the presser means, the split ring projecting in part from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,550

COMPACT, PEDAL-PROPELLED BOATS

1. A compact, pedal-propelled boat comprising:a gearbox (1) made from a tube (2) and a cylindrical housing (3) allowing a pinion having a shaft (4) being supported by two bearings housed inside the cylindrical housing (3) and a gear having a shaft (6) being supported by one of the two bearings housed in a right bushing (5) and the other of the two bearings housed in a left bushing (7) allowing that two retaining rings (27) installed on the gear shaft (6), one on a right and other on a left side, restrict relative axial movement between the gear shaft (6) and the gearbox (1) so that the gear remains engaged to the pinion; and the right bushing (5) and the left bushing (7) each have a shoulder on an outside thereof;
an outer tube (11) being made from two tubes, a long tube (12) and a short tube (13) which are joined at an angle around 120 degrees allowing an assembly to be inserted inside, wherein the assembly comprises
a torque tube (14) having a first end fixed to an end of the pinion shaft (4) and a second end fixed to an intermediate shaft (15) and the intermediate shaft (15) is supported by a bearing housed within an intermediate bushing (16);
the intermediate shaft (15) is fixed to a double universal joint (17);
a second end of the double universal joint (17) is fixed to a propeller shaft (18);
wherein the assembly can be inserted into the outer tube (11) until the moment when an end of the outer tube (11) is fitted on the outside of the cylindrical housing (3) of the gearbox (1) and the propeller shaft (18) is positioned inside the short tube (13) allowing a propeller bushing (19) to be inserted inside the short tube (13);
the propeller shaft (18) is supported by two bearings housed in the propeller bushing (19) allowing an elastic ring to be installed on the propeller shaft (18), which together with the end of the double universal joint (17) restrict axial movement of the propeller shaft (18) relative to the propeller bushing (19) and the propeller bushing (19) can be fixed in the short tube (13), transferring to the short tube (13) stress caused by a propeller (21) installed on the propeller shaft (18);
cranks and pedals are installed at ends of the gear shaft (6) which, when operating the pedals, the gear shaft (6) drives the pinion shaft (4) which, in turn, transmits the movement through the torque tube (14) to the double universal joint (17), which allows for a homokinetic transmission of movement to the propeller shaft (18).

US Pat. No. 10,189,549

RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION FARM FOR FISHING WORK

1. A renewable power generation farm for fishing work floating on a sea surface, the farm comprising:a plurality of floating ships, wherein each ship is configured to generate an energy using solar and wind power, wherein each ship comprises:
a main elongate floating structure having a top face;
a wind-based energy generation device secured to the main elongate floating structure via a vertical support pillar fixed to a first point of the top face of the main elongate floating structure;
a transverse beam extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending beyond lateral edges of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
a longitudinal beam extending in a parallel manner to the longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending within the longitudinal length of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
connection beams connecting both opposing first and second ends of the transverse beam and both opposing first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
auxiliary pillars vertically extending through the first and second ends of the transverse beam and the first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
solar-based energy generation devices disposed at top ends of the auxiliary pillars respectively;
auxiliary elongate floating structures disposed at bottom ends of the auxiliary pillars passing through the first and second ends of the transverse beam;
connectors coupled to rear and front ends of the main elongate floating structure respectively,
a cover surrounding the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the cover has a heated space defined therein;
an air outlet tube and an air inlet tube air-communicated with the heated space;
an air discharge block connected to the air outlet tube and configured to discharge air using a pressure pump into an evaporation region defined in water, wherein the evaporation region is defined by a jacket, wherein the pressure pump is configured to blow air from the air discharge block at a high pressure;
a salt-free air supply device including: the evaporation region defined above the air discharge block; and a filtering unit disposed above the evaporation region, wherein the salt-free air supply device is configured to supply the salt-free air to the heated space through the air inlet tube connected to the filtering unit;
a detection device provided at the upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to detect an illegally infiltrated ship and/or a position of the sun; and
a rotator disposed on an upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to rotate the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the orientation of the solar-based energy generation device is adjusted through the rotator based on the position of the detected sun,
wherein the plurality of the floating ships are connected in series to each other via the connectors to allow the renewable power generation farm for fishing work to act as a defense floating barrier to protect the sea surface from illegal invasion, and
wherein each of the auxiliary elongate floating structures includes a floating force generation body to act as a floating-force generation structure, wherein the floating-force generation structure has a receiving space for accommodating a battery defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,189,547

HYBRID CARGO HANDLING METHOD OF OIL TANKER AND CARGO PUMP PRIME MOVER SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD

1. A hybrid cargo handling method for an oil tanker or ore/oil carrier comprising:segregating and carrying at least three kinds of grade cargo oil; and
using plural sets of cargo oil pump systems,
wherein a cargo oil pump of one set of the systems is driven by an electric motor system of which a speed is controlled with a frequency conversion control device, and
wherein a cargo oil pump of a remaining set of the systems is driven by a steam turbine drive system,
further comprising the following steps of:
(i) operating the cargo oil pump driven by a mover of a steam turbine and discharging an exhaust gas from an auxiliary boiler supplying steam to the steam turbine; and
(ii) charging an inert gas purified from the exhaust gas into a void space of a cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the cargo oil pump driven by the mover of the steam turbine,
while operating the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system when exceeding a minimum demand threshold value of the inert gas
to control a speed with a frequency conversion control device so that the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system does not exceed a load equivalent to consuming surplus of residual inert gas balance allocated to the void space of the cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the mover of the steam turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,545

CLEAT AND CLEAT FAIRING FOR A BOAT

1. A cleat for a boat, comprising:a cam mounted to a surface of the boat and having a rotatable toothed surface for pressing against a line;
a guide mounted to the surface of the boat adjacent said cam, said guide having a bottom portion, a top portion, and a slide surface that extends from the bottom portion to the top portion, the slide surface is sloped relative to the bottom portion to direct the line from the surface of the boat to a point above a top of said cam; and
a slot formed in the slide surface of said guide, wherein said slot is configured to permit the line to be moved into opposition with the rotatable toothed surface of said cam.

US Pat. No. 10,189,543

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE WITH IMPROVED MOTOR PERFORMANCE

5. An electric motorcycle, comprising a power transmission system, said power transmission system comprising an electric motor, a motor controller adapted for controlling the operation of said electric motor, a gearbox, and a main drive shaft coupled between said electric motor and said gearbox, wherein said main drive shaft has one end thereof fixedly mounted with a belt gear and coupled to said electric motor through a transmission belt, and an opposite end thereof fixedly mounted with a main drive gear; said gearbox comprising a power input gear located at a power input end thereof and meshed with said main drive gear, a speed change gear set, said speed change gear set comprising a tachometer output sprocket located at an opposing output end thereof for driving a rear wheel of the electric motorcycle to rotate; the power transmission system further comprises a motor speed sensor mounted on said main drive gear of said main drive shaft and adapted for obtaining the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor, a vehicle speed sensor disposed at one side of one gear of said speed change gear set that is synchronized with said tachometer output sprocket and adapted for obtaining the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle, a pitch shifting pedal for controlling the desired gear shift position, a control unit, said control unit comprising a MCU electrically coupled with said motor speed sensor and said vehicle speed sensor and adapted for converting the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle and driving a speedometer and a tachometer to display the converted data, and a gear shift position sensor adapted for detecting the position of a gear shift position dial switch of a fork shaft to obtain the data of the gear shift position, the data of the gear shift position detected by said gear shift position sensor, the data of the turning degree of a speed twist grip of the electric motorcycle, the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor detected by said motor speed sensor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle detected by said vehicle speed sensor being provided to said MCU of said control unit for computing so that said MCU provides a control signal to said motor controller for regulating the rotating speed of said electric motor to rotate said gearbox synchronously.

US Pat. No. 10,189,541

ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electrically assisted bicycle comprising:an electric motor that applies a walk-push assisting torque to a wheel of the bicycle when a rider pushes the bicycle;
a controller configured or programmed to execute a first mode in which the electric motor applies no torque to the wheel, a second mode in which the electric motor applies a stay assisting torque to the wheel which allows the electrically assisted bicycle to stay in a position, and a third mode in which the electric motor applies the walk-push assisting torque to the wheel; and
an operator operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode; wherein
the operator includes a first operator and a second operator which differs from the first operator, the first operator and the second operator are operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode by switching on/off the first operator and the second operator, or
the operator is a single operator, and the controller executes shifting of the modes in an order of the first mode, the second mode, and the third mode or in an order of the first mode, the third mode, and the second mode in response to reception of an ON signal from the single operator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,540

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:a base member including a cylinder bore and a reservoir tank, the cylinder bore having a cylinder axis;
an operating member being a lever having a first end pivotally mounted to the base member to pivot about a pivot axis located on a first side of the cylinder axis, the operating member having a second end that is a free end located on a second side of the cylinder axis;
a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore of the base member along the cylinder axis of the cylinder bore; and
a connecting rod operatively coupling the operating member to the piston,
the reservoir tank being arranged to overlap the connecting rod as viewed in a direction parallel to the pivot axis of the operating member, and the reservoir tank being axially offset from the piston along the cylinder axis as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the cylinder axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,539

MASTER CYLINDER DEVICE FOR A HYDRAULIC DISK BRAKE

1. A master cylinder for a hydraulic brake, which comprises:a compensating chamber;
a cylinder in which a piston is disposed so as to be movable, the piston having a rest position;
a pressure chamber that is disposed in the cylinder and is connected to the compensating chamber via at least one connecting opening;
a pressure point adjusting device designed and disposed such that the connection between the compensating chamber and the pressure chamber can be interrupted in the rest position of the piston; and
a gasket for interrupting the connection between the pressure chamber and the compensating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,538

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operation device comprising:a bracket configured to be attached to a bicycle part, wherein the bracket includes a grip portion configured to be gripped by a rider;
a grip cover attached to the bracket to at least partially cover the bracket, wherein the grip cover is made of elastic material;
a hydraulic cylinder provided in the bracket, wherein the hydraulic cylinder has a cylinder axis and a cylinder wall;
a port located on the cylinder wall;
a piston located within the hydraulic cylinder, wherein the piston is movable in an axial direction of the hydraulic cylinder; and
an attachment bore provided on the bracket, wherein
the attachment bore is connected with the hydraulic cylinder by a passage having no turns so that fluid flows through the attachment bore in response to movement of the piston, wherein the passage intersects the cylinder wall through a connection at the port,
the attachment bore includes a step,
at least part of the attachment bore is arranged in an area that radially surrounds the hydraulic cylinder, and
a part of the grip cover directly contacts a hose extending from the attachment bore,
wherein the bracket includes a proximal end portion, which is configured to be attached to the bicycle part, and a distal end portion, which is opposite to the proximal end portion, wherein the grip portion extends between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, and the attachment bore is closer to the distal end portion than the proximal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,537

BRAKE FOR BICYCLE

1. A brake configured for being mounted to a bicycle, including:a base, including a rigid main body configured for being rigidly fixed to a frame of the bicycle, including a channeled portion fixedly connected with the rigid main body and having a through hole configured for a brake line to be slidably disposed therethrough, and the channeled portion being at a fixed position relative the rigid main body when the brake line is operated;
a first arm assembly, pivoted to the base and rotatable about a first axis, having a first end portion, a second end portion and a first abutting portion, the first end portion being for connection of the brake line which is disposed through the through hole of channeled portion, the second end portion being swingable toward a first brake side of a wheel rim to frictionally contact the first brake side;
a second arm assembly, pivoted to the base and corresponding to the first arm assembly, being rotatable about a second axis, having a third end portion, a fourth end portion and a second abutting portion arranged on the third end portion, the second abutting portion located correspondingly above the first abutting portion and interferable with the first abutting portion in a pivoting direction of the first abutting portion, the fourth end portion being swingable toward a second brake side of the wheel rim to frictionally contact the second brake side of the wheel rim;
wherein the rigid main body has an opening configured for a fastener to be disposed therethrough to rigidly fix the base to the frame of the bicycle, the opening extends in a direction parallel to the first axis and the second axis, the base further includes a projection integrally extending from the rigid main body and being outwardly protrusive beyond the first arm assembly and the second arm assembly, the channeled portion is disposed on the projection, and the through hole extends in a direction transverse to the first axis and the second axis and is directed toward the first end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,535

MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY UNIT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An after-market air pressure and display assembly controlling air pressure to a rear wheel motorcycle air shock, the assembly for mounting onto an existing control panel that is attached to a handle bar on a motorcycle, comprising:a housing having a main chassis and a rear cover, with a sealing gasket therebetween;
a display on top of the main chassis for displaying pressure level in the rear motorcycle air shock;
push button switches on the main chassis for increasing and decreasing air pressure levels to the rear motorcycle air shock; and
a mount consisting of a single eyelet extending from a corner adjacent to the housing, wherein one existing fastener which is attaching a strap from the existing control panel to the handle bar on the motorcycle is removed and a single fastener is reattached through the single eyelet on the generally rectangular housing and into the existing strap on the existing control panel, is used for attaching the assembly to the handlebar on the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,532

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an operating unit including a rotatable member rotatable relative to the base member about a first rotational axis to control a bicycle component, the operating unit having a first operating unit end supported by the base member and a second operating unit end opposite to the first operating unit end along the first rotational axis; and
a support shaft extending in a direction non-parallel to the first rotational axis and coupling the second operating unit end to the base member, the support shaft having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end and the second end being supported by the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,531

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a cylinder bore;
a piston provided in the cylinder bore and movable relative to the hydraulic cylinder, the piston being configured to receive a pulling force to generate a hydraulic pressure to a bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating unit configured to actuate at least one bicycle component different from the bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating member operatively connected to the piston to move the piston in a movement direction;
a piston rod configured to couple the operating member to the piston; and
a support member configured to pivotally support the operating member such that the operating member downwardly extends from the support member in a state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar, wherein
the operating member is configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis, and
the pivot axis of the operating member is disposed below the piston rod in the state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,526

STRUCTURE FOR FRONT PART OF SADDLED VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A front structure for a saddle-riding vehicle, which comprises:a meter unit;
a meter covering for covering at least an area forwardly of the meter unit; and
a windshield disposed forwardly of the meter covering, wherein
the windshield is disposed in a fashion inclined upwardly rearwardly when viewed from lateral side,
the windshield has a rear surface bulged forwardly from opposite side portions thereof towards an intermediate portion thereof in a lateral direction while depicting a curved shape,
the meter covering includes a front wall shaped to represent a forwardly bulged to thereby allow the sunlight, coming from rear, to divert from the focal point of light reflected upon the windshield, the front wall having a forwardly bulged protruding shape forwardly bulged from opposite side end portions towards a lateral intermediate portion in the lateral direction,
the front wall includes: a lower half portion ranging from a lower end portion to a vertical intermediate portion in a vertical direction; and an upper half portion ranging from the vertical intermediate portion to an upper end portion,
the lower half portion extends substantially parallel to a rear surface of the windshield in a direction diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? relative to a horizontal plane, whereas the upper half portion extends inclined diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? so as to diverge from the windshield, and
the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 65° to 75°, and the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 25° to 35°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,525

HANDLEBAR ACCESSORY MOUNT

1. A cam lever operated accessory gripping mechanism to secure an accessory to a handlebar, comprising:a cam lever;
a threaded stud;
a dowel to which a first end of the threaded stud is fixed;
a first main body section;
a second main body section; and
at least one biasing spring extending between the first main body section and the second main body section,
wherein the first main body section is arranged to be clamped to the handlebar and includes an opening for slidably receiving the threaded stud; a first clamping jaw for engaging a first side of the accessory, and an opening shaped to slidably receive a second main body section,
wherein the second main body section includes a bore for slidably receiving a second end of the threaded stud and a second clamping jaw for engaging a second side of the accessory, and is arranged to support a fastening member into which the second end of the threaded stud is threaded,
wherein the dowel is inserted into openings in the cam lever the cam lever having at least one overcenter camming surface that engages a cam-engaging surface of the first main body section, such that pivoting of the camming lever about the dowel in a first direction causes the dowel holding section of the camming level to move in an axial direction of the threaded stud, pulling the second main body section in a direction that causes the second clamping jaw to move towards the first clamping jaw and thereby grip the accessory,
wherein the at least one overcenter camming surface of the cam lever and/or the cam-engaging surface of the first main body section are shaped such that continued turning after a maximum clamping force has been achieved provides an overcenter latching effect that permits a slight movement of the threaded stud in a direction opposite the clamping direction to prevent release of the camming lever and thereby secure the clamping jaws in the gripping position,
wherein adjustment of the gripping mechanism to fit different accessories is accomplished by turning the camming lever about an axis of the threaded stud, to cause rotation of the threaded stud with respect to the fastening member and axial movement of the second main body section in a desired direction to adjust the initial spacing of the first and second clamping jaws, and
wherein the accessory is released by pivoting the camming lever in a releasing direction opposite the first direction past the point of maximum clamping force to cause the clamping jaws to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,189,518

TRACK NUT WITH INCREASED BEARING AREA

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A track nut comprising:a main body defining a central aperture with threads disposed in the central aperture, the aperture defining a cylindrical axis and a radial direction;
a first end and a second end disposed along the cylindrical axis; and
wherein the second end defines a generally polygonal perimeter with a plurality of corners, the polygonal perimeter including a variable blend portion between each of the plurality of corners that defines a radius of curvature that decreases between each of the plurality of corners.

US Pat. No. 10,189,516

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC ASSEMBLIES FOR PROVIDING PASSIVE WATER MANAGEMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle aerodynamic assembly, comprising:a first end plate;
an airfoil including an outboard edge portion contiguous with the first end plate, wherein a first portion of the first end plate extends above the airfoil and a second portion of the first end plate extends below the airfoil;
a second end plate connected to an opposing outboard edge portion of the airfoil; and
a first drainage channel extending through at least one of the first end plate and the outboard edge portion of the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,189,515

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. An aerodynamic control system comprising:one or more flexible sheets configured to be coupled with a first vehicle in a vehicle system formed from the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets configured to extend from the first vehicle and be coupled with the second vehicle to at least partially enclose an air volume in a gap between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets reducing aerodynamic drag exerted on the vehicle system during movement of the vehicle system relative to the vehicle system moving without the one or more flexible sheets extending from the first vehicle to the second vehicle; and
a frame configured to extend across the gap between the first and second vehicles, the frame configured to be coupled with the one or more flexible sheets to support the one or more flexible sheets in the gap between the first and second vehicles, wherein the frame includes two or more elongated telescoping members configured to support the one or more flexible sheets and configured to telescope into each other as a size of the gap between the first and second vehicles changes during the movement of the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,513

SENSOR BASED CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF ACTIVE AERODYNAMIC ELEMENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

9. A vehicle, comprising:an active aerodynamic element disposed on an underside of the vehicle and movable between a plurality of positions relative to the vehicle;
an actuator configured to position the active aerodynamic element at the plurality of positions;
a pressure sensing array adjacent the active aerodynamic element, and configured to determine a dynamic pressure;
an aero controller in communication with the pressure sensing array and the actuator, and configured to instruct the actuator by:
receiving a target aerodynamic force provided to the aero controller based on dynamic conditions of the vehicle;
determining a target position for the active aerodynamic element from the target aerodynamic force;
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the target position;
determining a dynamic pressure from the pressure sensor array;
calculating an underbody air speed from the dynamic pressure;
determining an overbody air speed of the vehicle;
calculating an estimated applied aerodynamic force from the differential between underbody air speed and the overbody air speed;
comparing the estimated applied aerodynamic force to the target aerodynamic force;
determining a force error from the comparison of the estimated applied aerodynamic force and the target aerodynamic force;
determining a modified position for the active aerodynamic element from the force error and the target aerodynamic force; and
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the modified position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,511

VEHICLE BODY BARRIER

Nissan North America, Inc...

15. A vehicle body barrier comprising:a vertical support configured to be received in a vehicle body;
a first non-movable board fixedly attached to the vertical support, the first non-movable board having a pocket; and
a movable board movably connected to the non-movable board between a primarily offset position and a primarily overlapping position, the pocket being sized and dimensioned to receive the movable board so that the movable board is disposed substantially inside the pocket in the primarily overlapping position and is disposed substantially outside the pocket in the primarily offset position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,504

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar upper portion that extends along a vehicle height direction on a vehicle width direction outer side, and is made of a transparent resin; and
a pillar lower portion that is disposed on a vehicle height direction lower side of the pillar upper portion, is made of metal, and is joined to the pillar upper portion at a joint portion,
wherein the joint portion between the pillar upper portion and the pillar lower portion includes
an outer joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and a vehicle forward-rearward direction on the vehicle width direction outer side, and
an inner joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and the vehicle forward-rearward direction on a vehicle width direction inner side, and
wherein a height of the outer joint portion is less than a height of the inner joint portion.