US Pat. No. 10,458,721

PUMPED THERMAL STORAGE CYCLES WITH RECUPERATION

Malta Inc., Cambridge, M...

1. A system configured to operate in at least a heat pump mode and a heat engine mode, the system comprising:a compressor;
a hot side heat exchanger;
a turbine;
a cold side heat exchanger;
a recuperative heat exchanger;
a working fluid;
a first closed cycle fluid path for operation of the system in the heat pump mode and configured to circulate the working fluid through, in sequence, the compressor, the hot side heat exchanger, the recuperative heat exchanger via a high pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger, the turbine, the cold side heat exchanger, the recuperative heat exchanger via a low pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger, and back to the compressor, wherein the working fluid in the high pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger exchanges heat with the working fluid in the low pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger;
a second closed cycle fluid path for operation of the system in the heat engine mode and configured to circulate the working fluid through, in sequence, the compressor, the recuperative heat exchanger via a high pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger, the hot side heat exchanger, the turbine, the recuperative heat exchanger via a low pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger, the cold side heat exchanger, and back to the compressor, wherein the working fluid in the high pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger exchanges heat with the working fluid in the low pressure side of the recuperative heat exchanger; and
a plurality of valves configured to switch circulation of the working fluid between the first closed cycle fluid path for operation of the system in the heat pump mode and the second closed cycle fluid path for operation of the system in the heat engine mode.

US Pat. No. 10,458,718

AIRTIGHT PENETRATION STRUCTURE FOR HEAT DISSIPATION DEVICE

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. An airtight penetration structure for a heat dissipation device, comprising:a first plate member having a first side and a second side, and being provided with a plurality of first fastening holes; and the first fastening holes respectively extending from the first side to the second side to penetrate the first plate member;
a second plate member having a third side and a fourth side, and being provided with a plurality of second fastening holes; the second fastening holes respectively extending from the third side to the fourth side to penetrate the second plate member; and the first and the second plate member being closed to each other with the first side facing toward the third side, such that a closed chamber is defined between the first and the second plate member; and
a plurality of hollow cylindrical shaft members respectively being provided at two opposed free ends with a first flange and a second flange, wherein the first and second flanges each extend radially outward, perpendicular to an axis of each hollow shaft member, and are similar in size and shape such that each hollow shaft member is radially and axially symmetrical; the hollow shaft members being correspondingly extended through the first and the second fastening holes with the first and the second flanges attached to and flush with the second side of the first plate member and the fourth side of the second plate member, respectively, to seal around the first and the second fastening holes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,711

COMBINED FAN AND EJECTOR COOLING

Quintus Technologies AB, ...

1. A pressing arrangement for treatment of at least one article by hot isostatic pressing, the pressing arrangement comprising a pressure vessel including:a furnace chamber comprising a furnace, wherein the furnace chamber is at least in part surrounded by a heat insulated casing, and wherein the furnace chamber includes a load compartment configured to hold at least one article to be treated, wherein the load compartment is arranged so as to allow for a flow of pressure medium through the load compartment; and
at least two flow generators arranged for generating the flow of pressure medium into the load compartment, wherein the flow of pressure medium into the load compartment is generated by transporting pressure medium upwards from a space below a bottom insulating portion and above a bottom end portion of the pressure vessel and injecting the pressure medium into the load compartment by way of a transport pipe having an inlet arranged within the space, a section coupled to the inlet and extending through the bottom insulating portion, and an outlet coupled to the section;
wherein the at least two flow generators comprise
a primary flow generator arranged below the bottom insulating portion, and
a secondary flow generator arranged in relation to the primary flow generator so as to receive the flow of pressure medium generated by the primary flow generator and generate the flow of pressure medium into the load compartment,
with the primary flow generator comprising a primary lower bell-mouth end of an intermediate pipe and a nozzle for delivering the pressure medium to the primary lower bell-mouth end of the intermediate pipe, and with the secondary flow generator comprising a secondary lower bell-mouth end aligned with the inlet of the transport pipe and receiving the pressure medium delivered by the intermediate pipe of the primary flow generator.

US Pat. No. 10,458,707

FURNACE TUNNELS AND ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

BD Energy Systems, LLC, ...

1. A furnace tunnel defining a flow channel for flue gas from a firebox to pass to an open end of the furnace tunnel, comprising:a longitudinal refractory structure separating the flow channel from the firebox, wherein the refractory structure comprises blocks;
a plurality of ports formed in the refractory structure for the flue gas to enter the flow channel from the firebox, wherein the ports are integrally formed in the blocks;
a regular spacing pattern of the ports along the length of the refractory structure; and
passages through the respective ports providing relatively varied flow conductivities to control flue gas entry into the flow channel, wherein perforated inserts are received in the ports, and wherein perforations in the perforated inserts define cross-sectional flow areas through the respective passages that are less than a cross-sectional area of the respective ports.

US Pat. No. 10,458,702

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE LOW-TEMPERATURE SEPARATION OF AIR AT VARIABLE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

LINDE AKTINGESELLSCHAFT, ...

1. A method for obtaining a pressurized-gas product by means of the low-temperature separation of air in a distillation column system, which has a high-pressure column and a low-pressure column, said method comprising:compressing feed air, containing at least 78 mol % of nitrogen, in a main air compressor from an inlet pressure to a first pressure, wherein said first pressure is at least 4 bar higher than an operating pressure of the high-pressure column, said feed air constituting a first process stream and wherein said main air compressor is a multi-stage compressor,
cooling a first partial stream of the compressed feed air in the main air compressor to an intermediate temperature in a main heat exchanger and expanding the cooled first partial stream in a first air turbine whereby work is performed,
introducing at least a first part of the expanded first partial stream into the distillation column system,
compressing a second partial stream of the compressed feed air from the main air compressor to a second pressure, which is higher than the first pressure, in a first booster air compressor, which is driven by the first air turbine, cooling the compressed second partial stream in the main heat exchanger, and subsequently expanding the second partial stream and introducing the second partial stream into the distillation column system,
removing a first product stream in liquid form from the distillation column system and increasing the pressure of the first product stream to a first product pressure,
evaporating or pseudo-evaporating the first product stream under the first product pressure and warming the first product stream in the main heat exchanger,
removing the warmed first product stream as first pressurized-gas product, and
wherein, in a first operating mode, a first amount of said first pressurized-gas product is obtained, and a first amount of a second process stream containing at least 78 mol % of nitrogen is mixed with the first process stream downstream of a first stage of the multi-stage compressor, wherein said second process stream is a part of the expanded first partial stream, and wherein said first amount of said second process stream can be zero, and
wherein, in a second operating mode, a second amount of said first pressurized-gas product is obtained, wherein said second amount of said first pressurized-gas product is smaller than said first amount of said first pressurized-gas product, and a second amount of said second process stream is mixed with the first process stream downstream of a first stage of the multi-stage compressor, wherein said second amount of said second process stream is greater than said first amount of the second process stream.

US Pat. No. 10,458,700

COOLING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cooling apparatus, comprising:a base configured to be fixedly or separably mounted on or in a storage compartment of a refrigerator or a door that opens and closes the storage compartment;
an agitation tray disposed on a top surface of the base and configured to perform an agitating motion;
a container holder configured to receive a plurality of objects to be cooled vertically stacked on each other, wherein the container holder is fixedly or separably mounted on the agitation tray;
an agitation drive connected to the agitation tray to transmit power to provide an agitating motion to the agitation tray;
a fan that supplies cool air to cool the plurality of objects; and
a duct that guides cool air supplied by the fan toward the plurality of objects, wherein the container holder comprises:
a front frame;
a rear frame; and
a connection frame that connects the front frame to the rear frame, wherein a plurality of container supports that support the plurality of objects protrude from inner side surfaces of each of the front and rear frames, wherein the plurality of container supports are vertically spaced a predetermined distance from each other so that the plurality of objects are vertically stacked within the container holder, wherein the agitation tray performs the agitating motion on a substantially horizontal plane in a state in which the agitation tray is disposed on the base, and wherein a discharge grill is vertically disposed at a side edge portion of the agitation tray to spray cool air in a direction substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of objects disposed in the container holder.

US Pat. No. 10,458,698

REFRIGERATOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a housing comprising a storage compartment;
a first door and a second door configured to open or close the storage compartment;
a rotating bar rotatably mounted to the first door and configured to cover a gap formed between the first door and the second door while the first door and the second door close the storage compartment; and
a guide part provided at the housing and configured to guide rotating of the rotating bar,
wherein the rotating bar is located at:
a first position vertical to the first door when the first door opens the storage compartment, and
a second position parallel to the first door and lower in relation to the door than the first position when the first door closes the storage compartment; and
wherein the rotating bar comprises:
a hinge member accommodated in a hinge accommodation portion of the rotating bar and including:
a shaft configured to allow the rotating bar to rotate between the first position and the second position; and
a protrusion radially protruded from the shaft; and
a shaft cover configured to cover the shaft of the hinge member and including an incline portion formed to incline downward along a direction in which the rotating bar rotates when pivoting from the first position to the second position,
wherein the protrusion slides downwardly on the incline portion while the rotating bar pivots from the first position to the second position, the rotating bar is lowered in height and guided by the guide part to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,697

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body having a storage chamber;
a door rotatably coupled with a front surface of the main body to open or close the storage chamber;
a case fixed on a rear surface of the door, a rear surface of the case facing the rear surface of the door, and a front part of the case having an opening;
a container removably accommodated in an inside of the case; and
a sliding apparatus that enables the container to be slideably inserted into or pulled out of the case through the opening,
wherein the sliding apparatus comprises:
a guide portion formed in both sides of a bottom of the container,
a pair of guide rails disposed in the case to guide the guide portion, and
a respective separating portion in the front end of each of the pair of the guide rails and having a width that is wider than a width of each of the pair of the guide rails, wherein an upper part of the separating portion opens, and wherein the width of the respective separating portion increases from a rear end of the guide rail toward the front end of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,458,695

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet;
an inner case that is located in the cabinet and that defines a storage chamber;
a first door rotatably coupled to the cabinet and configured to open and close a first side of the storage chamber;
a second door rotatably coupled to the cabinet and configured to open and close a second side of the storage chamber, the second door comprising a pillar that is configured to rotate relative to the second door and that is configured to contact the first door based on the first and second doors being closed and the pillar being oriented in an unfolded state;
a driving member that is located at a lower end of the second door, that is configured to move together with the second door, and that is configured to rotate the pillar toward the second door to a folded state or away from the second door to the unfolded state,
wherein the pillar comprises a first protrusion and a second protrusion that are configured to selectively couple to the driving member, and
wherein the pillar is positioned spaced apart from an upper wall and a lower wall of the inner case without contacting the inner case in a state in which the second door closes the second side of the storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,694

APPARATUS FOR SENSING AND REMOVING DEW ON REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An apparatus for sensing and removing dew on a refrigerator, comprising:a heater disposed at a refrigerator body or inside a surface of a door; and
a sensor disposed in close proximity to the heater, and configured to sense dew formed on a prescribed surface at the refrigerator body or the door, wherein the sensor is disposed physically separate from the prescribed surface to sense formation of dew on the prescribed surface,
wherein the heater is controlled to generate heat that removes the sensed dew on the prescribed surface based on a signal from the sensor, and
wherein the sensor includes:
a carbon-micro-coil (CMC) sensor having a carbon micro coil that undergoes a physical change in response to a reaction with dew formed within a preset distance; and
a substrate disposed at the CMC sensor, and the substrate having an electrode configured to transmit a dielectric value measured according to the physical change of the CMC sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,691

CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONER MODES

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

8. An air conditioner comprising:a compressor comprising at least two speeds;
an evaporator fan; and
a controller configured to:
receive a request for operation of the air conditioner;
determine a compressor speed for a compressor of the air conditioner; and
determine, based on the determined compressor speed, a mode of the air conditioner to allow, wherein determining a mode to allow comprises:
allowing a cooling mode if the determined compressor speed is greater than a predetermined first speed;
allowing the cooling mode and a dehumidifying mode if the determined compressor speed is less than the predetermined first speed and if the determined compressor speed is greater than a predetermined second speed; and
allowing only the dehumidifying mode if the determined compressor speed is less than the predetermined second speed and a relative humidity is greater than a predetermined relative humidity value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,689

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus, comprising:a refrigeration cycle configured to circulate refrigerant;
a heat exchanger unit configured to accommodate at least a heat exchanger of the refrigeration cycle; and
a controller configured to control the heat exchanger unit,
the heat exchanger unit comprising
an air-blowing fan, and
a refrigerant detector configured to detect a concentration of leaked refrigerant and to output a detection signal to the controller, and
the controller being configured to operate the air-blowing fan when detecting leakage of the refrigerant, and to stop the air-blowing fan after a temporal change of the concentration of the leaked refrigerant changes from positive to negative, wherein
the controller is configured to operate the stopped air-blowing fan again after the temporal change of the concentration of the leaked refrigerant becomes positive from negative, and
the temporal change of the concentration of refrigerant includes continuously detecting the concentration of the refrigerant with predetermined time intervals from an initial detection of refrigerant leakage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,686

REFRIGERANT COOLING AND LUBRICATION SYSTEM WITH REFRIGERANT VAPOR VENT LINE

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

10. A method of lubricating an HVAC unit comprising:directing a flow of refrigerant into a refrigerant cooling and lubrication assembly, the step of directing a flow of refrigerant includes directing refrigerant into at least one of a condenser source line and an evaporator source line and then directing the refrigerant into a refrigerant pump line and through a refrigerant pump;
removing vapor in a refrigerant cooling and lubrication assembly, the step of removing vapor comprises directing the flow of refrigerant through a volute casing of the refrigerant pump, where the volute casing is configured with a mass suitable to reduce the amount of refrigerant vapor present in the refrigerant pump line, the step of directing the flow of refrigerant through the volute casing includes lowering a temperature inside the refrigerant pump relative to the flow of refrigerant present in the refrigerant pump line; and
lubricating at least one of a motor and a drive of a compressor by delivering refrigerant from an outlet of the refrigerant pump and refrigerant pump line of the refrigerant cooling and lubrication assembly,
wherein the step of removing vapor further comprises venting vapor refrigerant through a vent line fluidly connected to the refrigerant pump line so as to relieve the refrigerant pump line of vapor refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant pump line and upstream from the compressor, and
wherein the step of venting comprises venting from a top of the refrigerant pump line to vent vapor traveling through and toward the top of the refrigerant pump line.

US Pat. No. 10,458,682

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. An air-conditioning system, comprising:a first PCM vessel;
a second PCM vessel;
a heat recovery circuit comprising a third PCM vessel that is configured to store heat; and a conduit and valve system that operably couples:
i. a first heat exchanger to the first PCM vessel and a radiator, wherein a first heat exchange fluid is cooled by at least one of the first PCM vessel and the radiator, and wherein a valve is positioned downstream of the first PCM vessel and upstream of the radiator, wherein the valve directs the first heat exchange fluid to the radiator when the valve is in a first open position, and wherein the valve diverts the first heat exchange fluid to bypass the radiator when the valve is in a second open position,
ii. a second heat exchanger to a core and the second PCM vessel, which together are configured to cool a second heat exchange fluid such that the core provides cooled air, and
iii. the heat recovery circuit to the first heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,458,679

PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER, IN PARTICULAR FOR CONDENSING BOILERS

GAS POINT S.R.L., Bresce...

1. A heat exchanger for boilers comprising a set of heat exchange plates, wherein inside each plate circulates water to be heated while combustion products coming from a heating device pass outside in a gap between adjacent walls of two plates in a vertical direction; each plate is provided with openings;said heat exchanger comprising:
a plurality of closing elements coupled to the set of plates to close a portion of said openings;
wherein each of said plates comprises at least three levels of respective channels housing the water to be heated, wherein the channels are arranged in a horizontal direction, perpendicular to the vertical direction of combustion products; wherein an upper level of the at least three levels is closest to the heating device and a lower level of the at least three levels is farthest from the heating device;
said set of plates and said plurality of closing elements being combined such that the water flows through the set of plates in parallel in channels on the lower level, and such that the water flows through the set of plates at least partially in series in channels on the upper level.

US Pat. No. 10,458,675

SOUND-DAMPING AIR CONDUCTION PART

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An air conduction part for conducting a compressible medium therethrough, the air conduction part comprising:At least one wall arrangement that laterally defines a cross section of the air conduction part, through which the medium passes in a flow direction of the compressible medium when the air conduction part is in use, the flow direction approximately corresponding to a longitudinal axis of the air conduction part, the wall arrangement comprising:
at least one shell; and
at least one damping device configured to remove sound energy from the medium,
wherein the shell and the at least one damping device are integrally interconnected by support members, and
wherein the at least one damping device comprises at least one sound absorption element having at least one sound-dissipating medium,
wherein the wall arrangement is disposed at least in a region of the air conduction part comprising a bend in the flow direction, and the support member extends radially inwards toward a center of the bend.

US Pat. No. 10,458,668

AIR QUALITY BASED VENTILATION CONTROL FOR HVAC SYSTEMS

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A building controller configured to communicate with and control one or more components of an HVAC system of a building, the building controller comprising:an input/output port for sending and/or receiving data over a network;
a memory for storing one or more operating parameters including one or more user-specified air quality thresholds;
a user interface; and
a controller coupled to the input/output port, the memory, and the user interface, the controller configured to:
receive and accept one or more user-specified air quality thresholds from a user via the user interface;
receive a first signal indicative of a measure of indoor air quality;
receive a second signal indicative of a measure of outdoor air quality;
determine based at least in part on the one or more user-specified air quality thresholds stored in the memory, the measure of indoor air quality, and the measure of outdoor air quality that ventilation via one or more open windows of the building will maintain or improve the measure of indoor air quality relative to the user-specified air quality thresholds; and
generate an alert in response to determining that ventilation via the one or more open windows of the building will maintain or improve the measure of indoor air quality relative to the user-specified air quality thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,458,667

AIR VENTILATION SYSTEM

1. An air ventilation system, comprising:an air flow control box;
a control module; and
a ventilation cap;
wherein said air flow control box comprises: a damper housing; a damper assembly; a first control arm; a second control arm; and a damper motor;
wherein said damper housing comprises: a first opening, a second opening, and a ventilation opening;
wherein said damper housing defines a passage traversing from a proximal end to a distal end of said damper housing and comprises a ventilation opening;
wherein said first opening is at said proximal end of said damper housing;
wherein said second opening is at said distal end of said damper housing;
wherein said damper assembly has a closed damper position and an open damper position;
wherein said ventilation opening is closable, such that said ventilation opening has an open ventilation position and a closed ventilation position;
wherein when said damper assembly is in said closed damper position said ventilation opening is in said open ventilation position;
wherein when said damper assembly is in said open damper position said ventilation opening is in said closed ventilation position;
wherein said damper assembly blocks said passage when in said closed damper position, such that an air entering said first opening is directed out of said ventilation opening;
wherein said damper assembly allows said air to pass through said passage when in said open damper position, such that said air entering said first opening is directed out of said second opening and not out of said ventilation opening;
wherein said ventilation cap is positioned over said ventilation opening and is hingedly connected to said damper housing for a selective ventilation cap movement between an open cap position and a closed cap position, such that, when said ventilation cap is in said closed cap position, said ventilation opening is covered, and when said ventilation cap is in said open cap position, at least a portion of said ventilation opening is uncovered;
wherein said damper assembly comprises a plurality of damper blades;
wherein said plurality of damper blades are disposed substantially in parallel with and adjacent to one another;
wherein each of said plurality of damper blades are interconnected with one another via at least one first link and is pivotally mounted across a respective portion of said damper assembly, such that each of said plurality of damper blades is configured to pivot together for a selective damper blades movement between said closed damper position and said open damper position to selectively allow said air to flow from said proximal end to said distal end of said damper housing;
wherein said first and second control arms are coupled among said damper motor, said ventilation cap, and said at least one first link, such that said damper motor simultaneously actuates said selective movements of said ventilation cap and said plurality of damper blades between said open positions and said closed positions; and
wherein said control module is configured to actuate said damper motor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,665

PASSIVE LIQUID COLLECTING DEVICE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A passive liquid collecting device, comprising:a reservoir including an outlet;
multiple rigid structures disposed within the reservoir and configured to collect a liquid and direct the liquid to the outlet;
porous capillary media supported by the multiple rigid structures;
wherein the multiple rigid structures are arranged circumferentially around a porous tube leading to the outlet; and
wherein the reservoir has a cylindrical shape, and a leg portion of at least one of the multiple rigid structures extends along a circular cross-section of the reservoir in a direction that is radial relative to the circular cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,662

BOILER LOOP SYSTEM

NIBCO Inc., Elkhart, IN ...

1. A near boiler piping apparatus, comprising:a primary-secondary loop interface apparatus including,
a primary loop portion including a tubular fluid conduit having a circumferential sidewall, a first end and a second end for interfacing with a primary loop in a plumbing system;
a secondary loop portion including a first neck portion extending from the circumferential sidewall and a second neck portion extending from the circumferential sidewall, wherein the first neck portion and second neck portion are substantially parallel to each other and substantially perpendicular to the primary loop portion;
the secondary loop portion further including a first drain valve portion extending from the first neck portion including a first drain shut-off valve disposed therein and a first drain port, and a second drain valve portion extending from the second neck portion including a second drain shut-off valve disposed therein and a second drain port, wherein the respective drain shut-off valves are arranged to enable or disable flow through the respective drain ports;
the secondary loop portion further including a first secondary loop interface port terminating the first neck portion and a first secondary loop shut-off valve disposed in the first neck portion between the first secondary loop interface port and the circumferential sidewall;
the secondary loop portion further including a second secondary loop interface port terminating the second neck portion and a second secondary loop shut-off valve disposed in the second neck portion between the second secondary loop interface port and the circumferential sidewall;
each of the first secondary loop shut-off valve and second secondary loop shut-off valve includes an open operative position configured to open a main flow-path between the respective secondary loop interface port and the primary loop portion, and a closed operative position configured to close the main flow path between the respective secondary loop interface port and the primary loop portion;
a flow diversion device in each of the first and second secondary loop shut-off valves is configured to form a drain flow path between the secondary loop interface port of each respective neck portion and each corresponding respective drain valve portion that is open in both the open operative position and the closed operative position of the secondary loop shutoff valves;
a wye strainer;
a second flange configured on the wye strainer for mounting the wye strainer to a second flange interface of a circulation pump; and
a supply branch pipe section attached to the wye strainer.

US Pat. No. 10,458,659

SNAP SPRING CLIP FOR BURNER UNIT MOUNTING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A spring clip for attaching a radiant burner unit to a cooktop, comprising:a retention tab having a portion extending in a first direction;
a retention arm defining a lever portion projecting away from the retention tab to an end displaced from the tab in a second direction generally normal to the first direction, the retention arm further defining a resiliently deformable section facilitating movement of the lever toward and away from the retention tab; and
a snap tab extending from the retention arm and having a first portion extending away from the retention arm in the second direction and away from the retention tab in the first direction, the snap tab having a second portion that is resiliently deflectable toward and away from the retention tab.

US Pat. No. 10,458,658

PORTABLE COOKING STATION

1. A portable cooking station, comprising:a table assembly, comprising:
an upper table, comprising an upper first side and an upper second side;
a lower table, comprising a lower first side and a lower second side;
four first leg segments, each having a first end connected to said upper second side and each having a second end connected to said lower first side;
four second leg segments, each located immediately subjacent to an individual one of and coaligned with said four first leg segments, a first end of each second leg segment attached to said lower second side; and,
a caster wheel assembly disposed on second ends of each second leg segment;
a sink assembly mounted within said upper table, comprising a basin accessible from said upper first side;
a burner assembly with a wok ring integrated therewith, mounted within said upper table and accessible from said upper first side; wherein said burner assembly is capable of producing approximately 100,000 BTS's;
a mounting plate disposed within and affixed to said upper table, comprising an open central portion;
a vessel with an open top a sidewall tapering from a first larger diameter at an upper perimeter edge to a second smaller diameter at a closed bottom, said vessel capable of nesting within and being suspended by said mounting plate; and,
a control panel in electrical and fluid communication with said burner assembly, said control panel affixed to a sidewall of said upper table.

US Pat. No. 10,458,649

HORIZONTALLY FIRED BURNER WITH A PERFORATED FLAME HOLDER

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A horizontally-fired burner comprising:a horizontally-fired fuel nozzle configured to output, in a horizontal direction, a pure fuel jet selected to entrain oxidant;
a flame holder positioned laterally from the horizontally-fired fuel nozzle, the flame holder including:
an input surface facing the horizontally-fired fuel nozzle;
an output surface opposite the flame holder; and
a plurality of perforations extending from the input surface to the output surface and collectively configured to promote a combustion reaction of the fuel within the perforations; and
a preheating mechanism configured to heat the flame holder prior to starting the combustion reaction;
wherein the horizontally-fired fuel nozzle comprises an adjustable fuel nozzle; and
wherein the preheating mechanism is configured to move the adjustable fuel nozzle closer to the flame holder during a preheating period and to retract the adjustable fuel nozzle away from the flame holder after the preheating period.

US Pat. No. 10,458,645

COMBUSTION BURNER AND BOILER PROVIDED WITH SAME

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A combustion burner, comprising:a fuel nozzle that injects fuel gas in which fuel and air are mixed;
at least one flame stabilizer provided on an axial center side near a tip end of the fuel nozzle; and
a partitioning member that partitions an inner flow channel in which the flame stabilizer is provided and an outer flow channel on an outer side of the inner flow channel, inside the fuel nozzle; wherein
the flow channel cross-sectional area of the inner flow channel partitioned by the partitioning member expands in a flow direction of the fuel gas.

US Pat. No. 10,458,644

FLOATING GRID ARRANGEMENT TO SUPPORT AND POSITION DECORATIVE ELEMENTS

AMCS CONSULTING, LLC, Me...

1. A floating apparatus for supporting decorative elements in water comprising: a hub; at least two spokes attached to said hub; a float attached to said hub; and a decorative element holder attached to said hub, wherein: said decorative element holder is positioned above the hub when the floating apparatus is in an upright position; the float is located in the decorative element holder; and the decorative element holder and the float are configured to have a combined buoyancy sufficient to cause at least a portion of the decorative element to float above a surface of the water while the hub and the spokes remain at least partially submerged in the water.

US Pat. No. 10,458,638

CONNECTING SYSTEM FOR LIGHTING MEMBERS

Orili Ventures LTD, Giva...

1. A connecting system for lighting members comprising:a plurality of LED strip assemblies comprising at least a first LED strip assembly and a second LED strip assembly; and
at least one rotary hinge assembly comprising an internal electrical connection, the rotary hinge assembly comprising:
an upper hinge portion comprising an upper receptacle for receiving a first end of the first LED strip assembly, the upper hinge portion further comprising a first receptacle electrical connection for connecting with a first LED strip electrical connection on the first end of the first LED strip assembly;
a lower hinge portion comprising a lower receptacle for receiving a first end of the second LED strip assembly, the lower hinge portion further comprising a second receptacle electrical connection for connecting with a second LED strip electrical connection on the first end of the second LED strip assembly; and
a central axial connection element residing within an axial channel defined in part by the upper hinge portion and the lower hinge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,634

ADJUSTABLE SURGICAL LIGHT DEVICE AND SYSTEM

Palmetto Biomedical Inc.,...

1. An adjustable light for a medical environment including an overhead light having a light handle for manually adjusting the position of the overhead light, the light handle defining a longitudinal axis, the adjustable light comprising:a first housing defining a proximal surface, an opposite distal surface and an interior cavity therebetween, the housing further defining an opening to said interior cavity, said opening defined between said proximal surface and said distal surface;
said distal surface including an elongated projection projecting distally therefrom, said elongated projection elongated along a central axis coincident with the longitudinal axis of the light handle when the first housing is coupled to the light handle, and said elongated projection sized and configured to be used as a handle for manually adjusting the orientation of the overhead light;
a power supply sized to be received through said opening into said interior cavity of said first housing;
a second housing including a lamp;
an elongated flexible shaft connected at a proximal end of the elongated flexible shaft to said elongated projection of the first housing along said central axis of said elongated projection, and connected at a distal end of the elongated flexible shaft to the second housing, wherein the elongated flexible shaft is selectively movable along a length of said flexible shaft relative to the first housing to position said lamp relative to a target in the medical environment for illuminating the target; and
electrical wiring extending from said first housing along said elongated flexible shaft to said lamp in said second housing and connectable to said power supply when the power supply is received into said interior cavity of said first housing,
wherein said first housing is configured for releasably coupling to the light handle with said proximal surface adjacent the overhead light,
wherein said opening is arranged on said housing to permit access to said interior cavity when said first housing is coupled to the light handle,
wherein said elongated flexible shaft is hollow to receive said electrical wiring therethrough,
wherein said elongated projection is hollow with an opening at a distal end thereof for communication with said elongated flexible shaft to receive said electrical wiring therethrough, and in communication with said interior cavity at a proximal end of the elongated projection; and
wherein said elongated projection is configured to receive a portion of the light handle of the overhead light.

US Pat. No. 10,458,631

FLOOD LIGHT

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A light comprising:a housing including a front face, a first face, a second face, and a first surface arranged between the first face and the front face;
a lens disposed in the front face;
a light source covered by the lens; and
a power source configured to provide power to the light source,
wherein the first face is angled at a first oblique angle with respect to the front face, the second face is angled at a second oblique angle with respect to the front face, and the first surface is angled at a third oblique angle with respect to the front face, wherein the first face, the second face, and the first surface each define a surface configured to support the light.

US Pat. No. 10,458,630

LANTERN WITH REMOVABLE SHADE

1. A lantern system, comprising:a lantern base; and
a lantern shade configured to be removably coupled to the lantern base, the lantern shade comprising:
at least one side wall, the at least one side wall comprising at least one portion with light diffusing properties and at least one portion with light concentrating properties; and
a fastener for removably coupling at least a portion of the lantern shade to the lantern base; wherein the lantern base includes at least one leg configured for attachment of a strap of a headlamp to the lantern base.

US Pat. No. 10,458,623

OPTICAL DEVICE COMPRISING LIGHT REFLECTION FILM

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. An optical device comprising:a light reflection film which includes a metal layer and a dielectric layer on the metal layer; and
a phosphor layer which is located on the dielectric layer and which emits light by being excited by light from a light source, wherein
the dielectric layer is located between the metal layer and the phosphor layer,
a first wavelength, at which a reflectivity of light vertically incident on the light reflection film from the phosphor layer is highest, is longer than a centroid wavelength of an emission spectrum of the phosphor layer,
the dielectric layer has a layered structure comprising a plurality of layers composed of at least two but no more than six layers, and
refractive indexes of any two adjacent layers of the plurality of layers are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,622

POLYGONALLY-SHAPED REFLECTION MEMBER HAVING INCLINED VERTEX PORTIONS FOR REFLECTING LIGHT FROM A LIGHT SOURCE

Enplas Corporation, Kawa...

1. A reflection member for reflecting light emitted from a light source, comprising:at least one polygonal cell of a polygonal shape in plan view, which comprises:
a center bottom portion orthogonal to an optical axis and configured to receive the light source; and
an inclined portion inclined from the center bottom portion toward an outer rim;
wherein the inclined portion has a vertex-portion inclined surface provided correspondingly to each vertex of the polygonal shape, and a side-portion inclined surface provided between two of the vertex-portion inclined surfaces; and
in cross-sectional view, an acute inclined angle ? of at least a part of the vertex-portion inclined surface to a reference plane orthogonal to the optical axis and coplanar with the center bottom portion is larger than an acute inclined angle ? of the side-portion inclined surface to the reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,458,617

LIGHT DEVICE, ESPECIALLY A SIGNAL LAMP FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Varroc Lighting Systems, ...

1. A signal lamp for a motor vehicle, said signal lamp comprising a housing defining an inner chamber covered by a transparent cover to separate the inner chamber from an outside environment of the motor vehicle, the chamber of the signal lamp comprising:(a) a first lighting unit associated with one or more first light sources, wherein the first lighting unit is configured to provide a light signaling function; and
(b) at least one second lighting unit separate from the first lighting unit comprising one or more second light sources and a filter, wherein the filter contains—
a first segment comprising at least one first input surface for the entry of at least a part of light rays generated by the one or more second light sources and at least one outwardly oriented first output surface having peripheral edges and configured to emit a first light beam, and
a second segment comprising at least one second input surface for the entry of at least a part of light rays generated by the one or more of the second light sources and one or more second output surfaces having peripheral edges and a perimeter,
wherein the first segment and the second segment are created with different materials,
wherein the second segment is inserted with the second output surface into the first segment in such a way that in a front view, the second output surface and the first output surface are arranged with a gap or without a gap next to each other and the second output surface is surrounded by the first output surface along at least a part of the perimeter of the second output surface,
wherein the second output surface of the second segment does not lie on the same plane as the first output surface of the first segment, and
wherein the at least one of first input surface of the first segment is arranged so that light rays enter the at least one of first input surface without having passed through the second segment.

US Pat. No. 10,458,615

VEHICLE LAMP

Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.,...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a light source;
a heat sink on which the light source is disposed;
a reflector that is disposed above the heat sink and reflects light from the light source toward a front side;
a lens that is disposed further front side than the light source and irradiates the light toward the front side; and
a light distribution pattern switching part that is disposed between the lens and the light source and switches a light distribution pattern, wherein
the light distribution pattern switching part includes
a bracket,
a crank that is supported by a support part of the bracket,
a shade that performs a rotation action to switch the light distribution pattern, and
a support shaft that rotatably supports the shade and is fixed on the bracket,
the crank includes
a rotating shaft part that extends across the bracket to be rotatably supported by the support part of the bracket, and
a rotation action part that is formed at one end of the rotating shaft part and vertically rotates about the rotating shaft part to perform a rotation action of the shade, and wherein
the support shaft is disposed to cross the rotating shaft part of the crank so as not to remove the rotating shaft part of the crank from the support part of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,458,613

VEHICLE LIGHT SOURCE

MLS Automotive, Inc, Far...

1. A light source for a vehicle, the light source comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate spaced apart from the first substrate;
a first light emitting element coupled to a surface of the first substrate that faces the second substrate, wherein the first light emitting element is configured to emit light through the second substrate; and
a second light emitting element coupled to a surface of the second substrate that faces the first substrate, wherein the second light emitting element is configured to emit light through the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,609

MULTILAYER FLASHING WATER BALL APPARATUS

Hua-Cheng Pan, Tainan (T...

1. A multilayer flashing water ball apparatus, comprising:a water ball main body having a light transmissive three-dimensional shape, and a moving liquid filled at an internal of the water ball main body; the internal of the water ball main body comprising a platform, and the platform having an installation slot;
a base secured onto a lower portion of the water ball main body; an internal of the base comprising a circuit board corresponding to a bottom portion of the water ball main body, a plurality of light emitting elements and a power source module for providing an electricity; the circuit board electrically connected to the power source module; each one of the plurality of light emitting elements electrically connected to the circuit board and arranged spaced apart from each other in sequence to emit light toward the installation slot; and
a light transmissive plate module, in a sequential direction from a front to a rear thereof, sequentially comprising: a first light transmissive plate, a second light transmissive plate and a third light transmissive plate; wherein surfaces of the first light transmissive plate, the second light transmissive plate and the third light transmissive plate comprise continuous corresponding patterns respectively, and each of the continuous corresponding patterns forms a continuous motion sequence; and wherein a bottom portion of each of the first transmissive plate, the second transmissive plate and the third transmissive plate includes a light guiding portion extended therefrom, each one of the light guiding portions is inserted into the installation slot, and each one of the light guiding portions corresponds to each one of the light emitting elements respectively;
wherein a backboard is arranged at one side of the third light transmissive plate and comprises at least a part that is opaque to light.

US Pat. No. 10,458,608

LED SOLAR SIMULATOR AND METHOD OF USE

Newport Corporation, Irv...

1. A method of reproducing the solar spectrum, comprising:providing at least one LED-based light source formed from at least one LED array comprising multiple LED groups of LED assemblies;
activating at least one of the LED groups to output at least one output optical signal within a discrete wavelength range;
combining the output optical signals from the multiple LED groups to produce at least one broad spectrum output signal using at least one diffractive element;
selectively varying at least one characteristic of the broad spectrum output signal and directing the broad spectrum output signal to at least one work surface;
illuminating the at least one work surface with at least two alignment light signals outputted by at least two alignment devices positioned on the LED light source, the alignment light signals configured to intersect at an angle; and
adjusting the position of the LED light source until the alignment light signals intersect when the LED light source is located at a desired distance from the work surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,597

INSULATION PANEL FOR CORNER AREA OF LNG CARGO CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., L...

1. A corner panel of an LNG cargo, comprising:a main body formed integrally as a single body and arranged at a corner area of the cargo and comprising an external face and an internal face, the external face having a corner corresponding to the corner area, the internal face is formed with a curved surface having a first curvature;
a stress diverging part including a curvature member, is configured to rest against the curved surface of the curvature of the main body in order to reduce convergence of stress of the main body, wherein the curvature member having a second curvature corresponding to the internal face of the main body such that an external face of the curvature member rest against the internal face of the main body; and
a primary barrier is arranged over an internal face of the curvature member,
a secondary barrier is arranged over the internal face of the main body, wherein the secondary barrier is interposed between the internal face of the main body and the external face of the curvature member, and wherein the secondary barrier having a same curvature corresponding to the internal face of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,594

ADJUSTABLE HANGER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An adjustable hanger assembly comprising:a slider, a slider base, a spring, and a mounting bracket,
the slider comprising a top end, a bottom end, a front wall extending from the top end to the bottom end, a back wall extending from the top end to the bottom end, and a plurality of teeth, each of the teeth protruding from the back wall toward the front wall, extending downwardly at an angle, and terminating in a distal edge, the plurality of teeth being arranged adjacent one another such that the distal edges of the teeth are parallel to one another,
the slider base comprising one or more fasteners for securing the spring, a base top end, a base bottom end, a groove for slidingly engaging the slider, a base front wall at least partially defining the groove, a base back wall, and at least one catch tooth protruding from the base front wall into the groove, the at least one catch tooth being angled upwardly toward the base top end, terminating in a distal catch end, and forming a catch groove between the distal catch end and the base front wall, the base back wall having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface partially defining the groove, and the outer surface comprising one or more horizontal rails extending therefrom, and
the mounting bracket being configured to be fixedly secured to a wall and comprising one or more horizontal receiving grooves for receiving the one or more horizontal rails,
wherein the spring is fastened to the slider base by the fasteners, the slider is slidingly engaged in the groove of the slider base, the spring is configured to urge the plurality of teeth of the slider into engagement with the at least one catch tooth, the slider teeth and the at least one catch tooth are configured such that gravity forces the slider teeth into engagement with the at least one catch tooth, the slider is configured to be biased by the spring, the slider is configured to be pushed against the spring to deform the spring and enable the slider to move up and down in the groove so that different teeth of the plurality of teeth can engage the at least one catch tooth and the height of the slider can be adjusted with respect to the slider base, at least one of the horizontal rails and at least one of the horizontal receiving grooves are provided with notches, ridges, or bumps so that a specific horizontal orientation can be achieved and maintained, the slider base has a top edge, the mounting bracket has a top edge, the slider has a top edge, the slider is engaged in the slider base, the slider base is engaged in the mounting bracket, the adjustable hanger assembly including the mounting bracket is mounted on a wall, and the top edge of the slider is above the top edge of the slider base and above the top edge of the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,458,587

MECHANICAL PIPING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A mechanical piping system, comprising:a first composite pipe of the mechanical piping system, wherein the first composite pipe is made by winding a first composite extrudate around a first internally supported structure wherein the first composite pipe comprises at least a first thermoplastic layer fused with a first tape layer to provide a first homogeneous pipe, and wherein the first pipe comprises a first connection element shoulder molded into and disposed on an outer surface of the first pipe, and wherein the first connection element shoulder comprises a first connection shoulder face that extends outward from a first non-raised portion of the first pipe;
a composite second pipe of the mechanical piping system, wherein the second composite pipe is made by winding a second composite extrudate around a second internally supported structure wherein the second composite pipe comprises at least a second thermoplastic layer fused with a second tape layer to provide a second homogeneous pipe, and wherein the second pipe comprises a second connection element shoulder molded into and disposed on an outer surface of the second pipe, and wherein the second connection element comprises a second connection element shoulder face that extends outward from a second non-raised portion of the second pipe;
an alignment element of the mechanical piping system, wherein the alignment element is
configured to align and create a sealed flow path through the first pipe and the second pipe; and
cylindrically sized to be at least partially circumferentially positioned within an internal bore of the first pipe and an internal bore of the second pipe; and
an external collar assembly of the mechanical piping system, wherein the external collar assembly comprises a unitary collar assembly, and wherein the unitary collar assembly slides axially over the first connection element shoulder and the second connection element shoulder to laterally secure the first pipe relative to the second pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,575

FLEXIBLE PIPE LOOP

Flex-Hose Co., Inc., Eas...

1. A flexible pipe loop for use in a pipe run, which is divided at a location along its run, said flexible pipe loop comprising:a first flexible tube member comprising a first open end and a second open end, wherein the first open end of the first flexible tube member is to be connected to the pipe run at the divided location such that the first flexible tube member is in fluid communication with the pipe run;
a second flexible tube member comprising a first open end and a second open end, wherein the first open end of the second flexible tube member is connected to and in fluid communication with the second open end of the first flexible tube member;
a third flexible tube member comprising a first open end and a second open end, wherein the first open end of the third flexible tube member is connected to and in fluid communication with the second open end of the second flexible tube member such that the third flexible tube member is disposed substantially in parallel with the second flexible tube member, wherein the second open end of the third flexible tube member is to be connected to and in fluid communication with the pipe run;
wherein the second flexible tube member is connected between the first flexible tube member and third flexible tube member such that fluid received from the pipe run at the divided location sequentially flows through the first flexible tube member, the second flexible tube member, and the third flexible tube member, in order, wherein the first flexible tube member is disposed substantially perpendicularly to both the second flexible tube member and the third flexible tube member, wherein the flexing of the first flexible tube member, the second flexible tube member, and the third flexible tube member, in combination, provides the flexible pipe loop six degrees of movement across the flexible pipe loop.

US Pat. No. 10,458,572

LIQUID HANDLING DEVICE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. A liquid handling device comprising:a housing part for housing liquid;
two or more channels opening at an edge of a side wall surface of the housing part; and
a circumferential groove disposed between openings of two of the two or more channels adjacent to each other and disposed along the edge of the side wall surface of the housing part; and
a liquid movement suppressing part including:
at least one recess recessed radially outward from an outer circumference, of the circumferential groove, or
at least one protrusion protruding toward the housing part from the outer circumference of the circumferential groove, wherein the liquid movement suppressing part being configured to delay or stop movement of liquid along the circumferential groove.

US Pat. No. 10,458,571

SEALING DEVICE FOR A STEM OF A VALVE

TRUFLO RONA, S.R.L., Mil...

1. A sealing device (1) for a stem (12) of a valve (10) comprising:a metal gasket (4) for the valve (10) stem (12), shaped as an inverted U-shaped fork provided with a single sealing lip (44), which has a radially inner surface (442) and a radially outer surface (444), which is inclined with respect to a longitudinal axis of the valve (10),
a wedge metal ring (6) positioned inside the inverted U-shaped fork of the metal gasket (4),
a spring (7) configured to generate a pressure on said wedge metal ring (6),
a static sealing ring (8) made of a C-shaped metal;wherein said spring (7) is configured for applying a force to the wedge metal ring (6) such that said wedge metal ring (6) applies a contact pressure to the single sealing lip (44) of the metal gasket (4), which is shaped as an inverted U-shaped fork; wherein said single sealing lip (44) is forming a first branch of the metal gasket (4);and wherein said metal gasket (4) is further provided with a base portion (42) and a shaped edge (46) forming a second branch of the inverted U-shaped fork, while a portion (464) of said shaped edge extends in a radially outer direction with respect to the stem (12) of the valve (10); and wherein said second branch (462) of the inverted U-shaped fork is further away from the stem (12) of the valve (10);and wherein said static sealing ring (8) is configured to be held into position by the shaped edge (46) of the metal gasket (4) in contact with the stem (12) of the valve (10), generating an additional static sealing surface against fluids.

US Pat. No. 10,458,566

METHOD FOR SIMULATING EXTREME OR DEFECTIVE SOLENOID VALVES FOR DEMONSTRATING THE FAILURE EFFECT AND FOR DETECTING FAULTS IN ORDER TO CERTIFY A VEHICLE DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM

1. A method for simulating malfunctioning solenoid valves for an internal combustion engine by influencing an activation time and a deactivation time of the solenoid valve, the method comprising:energizing the solenoid valve with current of a predetermined, variable current strength for realizing opening and closing processes;
forcing the closing process after activation of a current feed to the solenoid valve at an activation point in time, and forcing the opening process after a deactivation of the current feed to the solenoid valve at a deactivation point in time;
before the activation point in time, applying the current with a charging current strength for a duration of a charging phase and starting from the activation point in time, increasing the current to a peak current strength and then reducing the current to a holding current strength; and
starting from the deactivation point in time, further reducing the current strength to a deactivation current strength,
wherein after a time offset, the current strength increases again due to inductance, and using at least one of a variation of a magnitude, a duration of the current strength, or application of an additional magnetic force for simulating at least one of an advanced activation, a retarded activation, an advanced deactivation, or a retarded deactivation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,559

DOUBLE FLAPPER VALVE FOR A VARIABLE CAM TIMING SYSTEM

BorgWarner, inc., Auburn...

1. An inlet check valve for controlling fluid from a supply into a variable cam timing phaser comprising:a double flapper check valve assembly with an open position and a closed position, the double flapper check valve comprising:
a housing having a body forming at least two stoppers;
a flapper valve comprising at least two flexible flaps received within the housing and aligned with the at least two stoppers; and
a valve seat received within the housing, the valve seat defining openings aligned with the at least two flexible flaps, axially opposite the two stoppers;
wherein when fluid flows through the openings of the valve seat, the fluid pushes the at least two flaps away from the valve seat and towards the at least two stoppers, permitting the flow of fluid into the variable cam timing phaser; and
wherein when fluid flows from the body onto the at least two flaps, the fluid pushes the at least two flaps towards the valve seat, sealing the openings of the valve seat and preventing fluid from entering the supply.

US Pat. No. 10,458,556

VALVE DEVICE

1. A valve device, comprising:a valve housing having a piston bore, first and second consumer connections, a pressure connection and a tank connection;
a main piston axially displacable in said piston bore of said valve housing selectively connecting each of said first and second consumer connections to said pressure connection and said tank connection;
first and second magnet actuators coupled to said main piston displacing said main piston from a central position in a first axial direction connecting said first consumer connection to said pressure connection and connecting said second consumer connection to said tank connection and in a second axial direction opposite the first direction connecting said second consumer connection to said pressure connection and said first consumer connection to said tank connection;
a first pilot control compartment at and applying pressure to a first piston rear side of said main piston and being connected in fluid communication to said pressure connection;
a second pilot control compartment at and applying pressure to a second piston rear side of said main piston and being connected in fluid communication to said pressure connection; and
first and second pilot control pistons in said first and second pilot control compartments, respectively, and selectively enabling and blocking fluid communication between the respective first and second control compartments and said tank connection, said main piston following movement of the respective pilot control piston upon energizing of the respective magnet actuator due to a force applied to said main piston and activating a fluid communication connection between the respective pilot control compartment and said tank connection such that oil flows from the respective pilot control compartment to said tank connection, each of said first and second pilot control pistons being hollow forming a passage providing a permanent fluid communication connection between said pressure connection and the respective pilot control compartment on the respective piston rear side of said main piston.

US Pat. No. 10,458,555

CONTROL VALVE WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE VALVE CAGE

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A control valve, comprising:a body having an inlet and an outlet;
a valve seat positioned in a passageway of the body between the inlet and the outlet;
a valve plug positioned within the body and movable between an opened position and a closed position to modulate a fluid flow at the outlet; and
a cage disposed within the body adjacent the valve seat and proximate the valve plug, the cage comprising:
a circumferential wall having an outer surface and an inner surface aligned along a longitudinal axis of the cage, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end; wherein
the outer surface defines an outer flow length, the outer flow length defined by a longitudinal distance between a centerline of a first outlet formed in the outer surface, closest to the first end of the cage, and a centerline of a second outlet formed in the outer surface, closest to the second end of the cage; and
the inner surface defines an inner flow length that is less than the outer flow length, the inner flow length defined by a longitudinal distance between a centerline of a first inlet formed in the inner surface, closest to the first end of the cage, and a second inlet formed in the inner surface, closest to the second end of the cage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,550

REDUCTION IN THE LEAKAGE FLOW RATE OF A BRUSH SEAL BY FLEXIBLE GEOMETRIC OBSTRUCTION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A brush seal system, for application as an air/oil seal of a shaft bearing of a turbomachine, with an axis of rotation, the seal comprising:a layer of carbon bristles, held between a first ring, disposed upstream of a flow of air that passes through the seal, and a second rear ring, disposed downstream of the flow of air,
a surface of the layer of bristles, which is turned towards the first ring, including a non-metal flexible element that stops a portion of flow of air that flows through the seal in a direction substantially parallel to the axis of rotation,
wherein a thickness of the flexible element is low enough to bend with the layer of bristles during operation of the turbomachine,
wherein the thickness of the flexible element is between 0.05 mm and 0.5 mm, and
wherein the flexible element leaves free an end portion of the layer of bristles having a length, measured in a direction of extension of the bristles of the layer, between 0.1 mm and 2 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,547

PARKING DEVICE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

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

1. A parking device comprising:a parking gear attached to a rotary shaft of a transmission;
a detent lever that turns about a supporting shaft;
a parking pawl that is engaged with and disengaged from the parking gear in accordance with a turn of the detent lever;
a hydraulic actuator that has a moving member that moves in a first direction and that locks and unlocks the rotary shaft by turning the detent lever in a first rotational direction about the supporting shaft to a first rotational position with the moving member moved to a first position in the first direction on one side in the first direction and at a zero stroke by an urging force of an urging member and turning the detent lever in a second rotational direction, which is opposite to the first rotational direction, about the supporting shaft to a second rotational position with the moving member moved to a second position in the first direction on the other side in the first direction and at a full stroke by a hydraulic pressure; and
a movement restriction unit that has a movement restriction member that moves in a second direction, which is orthogonal to the first direction, and that restricts movement of the moving member when the moving member and the movement restriction member abut against each other by restricting movement of the movement restriction member, wherein
the detent lever is provided with a recessed portion that opens in an outer periphery of the detent lever,
an engagement portion that engages with the recessed portion of the detent lever is provided at one end portion of the moving member, and
when the recessed portion and the engagement portion are engaged with each other, the engagement portion turns the detent lever from the second rotational position to the first rotational position when the moving member is moved from the second position to the first position, and the engagement portion turns the detent lever from the first rotational position to the second rotational position when the moving member is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,545

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A continuously variable transmission, comprising:a primary pulley hydraulic chamber;
a secondary pulley hydraulic chamber;
a first oil passage connected to the secondary pulley hydraulic chamber;
a second oil passage that is connected to the primary pulley hydraulic chamber, and that branches from the first oil passage;
an electric oil pump provided on the second oil passage so as to allow oil to flow into and flow out from the primary pulley hydraulic chamber; and
an oil discharge mechanism configured to discharge oil outside the second oil passage,
wherein electric oil pump is configured to supply the oil to the primary pulley hydraulic chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,542

BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERFACE PIN ASSEMBLY

ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A shifter system assembly for a steering column, the shifter system assembly comprising:a shifter mechanism that receives a shift lever, the shifter mechanism selectively movable between a “Park” position and an out of “Park” position;
a brake transmission shift interface (BTSI) assembly comprising:
a BTSI pin assembly comprising:
a blocking pin;
a solenoid pin that is separate and distinct from the blocking pin; and
a coupler that couples the blocking pin and the solenoid pin wherein the coupler includes a coupler body having an outer diameter greater than corresponding diameters of the blocking pin and the solenoid pin; and
a solenoid coil, wherein the BTSI pin assembly moves between an extended position and a retracted position, wherein (i) in the extended position, the blocking pin inhibits movement of the shifter mechanism out of the “Park” position and (ii) in the retracted position, the blocking pin allows movement of the shifter mechanism to the out of “Park” position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,539

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control device equipped with a shift sensor, which is to send a plurality of signals according to a shift position of a number of shift positions being a manipulated position of a vehicle shift lever, the vehicle control device comprising:a drive control unit including a plurality of control circuits relevant to a control of a driving force of a vehicle and to determine the shift position according to an output signal of the shift sensor, wherein
the drive control unit includes:
a retracting traveling control unit to perform a retracting traveling control, when a malfunction occurs in one control circuit among the plurality of control circuits, to control the driving force of the vehicle with an other control circuit other than the control circuit in which the malfunction occurs; and
a determination control unit
to perform a reduction determination during the retracting traveling control to determine the shift position according to the output signal of the shift sensor with the other control circuit and
to reduce the number of shift positions, which is to be determined, compared with a normal state,
the drive control unit includes three control circuits as the plurality of control circuits and is connected with the shift sensor,
one control circuit among the three control circuits is a control circuit for malfunction-state determination,
the drive control unit is
to cause two control circuits, which are other than the control circuit for malfunction-state determination, among the three control circuits to receive all signal corresponding to each shift position of the shift sensor and
to cause the control circuit for malfunction-state determination to receive a signal, and
a number of the signal received with the control circuit for malfunction-state determination is less than a number of the all signal received with the two control circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,458,538

CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A control apparatus for an automatic transmission including a torque converter with a lock-up clutch capable of connecting an output shaft of an engine and an input shaft of the automatic transmission, comprising:a vehicle speed detection unit configured to detect a vehicle speed of a vehicle;
a brake detection unit configured to detect presence/absence of a brake operation;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a deceleration of the vehicle based on a change in the vehicle speed in a set time in a case in which the brake operation is detected;
a state determination unit configured to determine, based on an operation signal from an ABS device, whether the ABS device of the vehicle is in a normally operating state or in a fail state in which the ABS device does not normally operate;
a setting unit configured to set a reference deceleration according to the state of the ABS device;
a release determination unit configured to determine based on the deceleration and the reference deceleration whether to change an engaging state of an engaging mechanism that constitutes a set gear range of the automatic transmission to a release state when the brake operation is detected; and
a control unit configured to control the engaging mechanism based on determination of the release determination unit,
wherein if the deceleration is larger than the reference deceleration according to the fail state of the ABS device, the release determination unit determines to change the engaging state of the engaging mechanism to the release state, and
if the deceleration is not more than the reference deceleration according to the fail state, or if a reference deceleration according to the normal state of the ABS device is set, the release determination unit determines to hold the engaging state of the engaging mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,458,533

COOLING SYSTEM FOR POWER TRANSMISSION UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cooling system for a power transmission unit, comprising:an oil pump that pumps up oil in an oil pan and that discharges the oil therefrom;
an oil cooler that cools the oil delivered from the oil pump;
a first oil pipe for delivering the oil from the oil pump to the oil cooler;
a second oil pipe for delivering the oil cooled by the oil cooler to a heat generating element; and
a housing chamber including a high-temperature section where the heat generating element is arranged, and a low-temperature section where a temperature is lower than that in the high-temperature section;
wherein the second oil pipe is arranged in the housing chamber while passing through the low-temperature section,
wherein an opening is formed on the second oil pipe in such a manner as to open toward the heat generating element, and
wherein the first oil pipe is arranged in the housing chamber while passing through the high-temperature section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,525

SEALED BELT TENSIONING DEVICE

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A belt tensioner comprising:a spring case;
an arm pivotally coupled to the spring case, the arm having an engagement surface and being configured to pivot relative to the spring case about a pivot axis;
a biasing mechanism operatively coupled to the arm to bias the arm relative to the spring case;
a bushing positioned between the arm and the spring case;
a cap enclosing the biasing mechanism within the spring case or a deflected arm plate seated on the arm; and
a seal assembly comprising a primary seal positioned between the spring case and the arm and a secondary seal positioned between the cap or the deflected arm plate and the arm;
wherein the seal assembly is coaxial with the pivot axis and configured to accommodate relative axial movement between the base and the arm and relative radial movement between the base and the arm while still maintaining a seal at both the primary seal and the secondary seal, thereby blocking contaminants from reaching the bushing;
wherein the primary seal and the secondary seal operate in tandem such that as one of the primary seal or the secondary seal expands, the other is compressed, the primary seal and the secondary seal both expand or compress in the same manner.

US Pat. No. 10,458,524

DRIVE TRAIN AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN

8. A method for operating a drive train with a drive shaft, a drive machine, and a differential gear unit with three drives and outputs, one output being connected to the drive shaft, a first drive being connected to the drive machine, and a second drive being connected to an electrical differential drive, the electrical differential drive being configured to be connected to an electrical system via a frequency converter, the method comprising:operating the drive machine at a burst-proof operating point with a base speed when the second drive of the differential gear unit is at rest; and
when the frequency converter fails and the drive machine is being operated below the base speed, braking the second drive by a deceleration apparatus that acts on the second drive.

US Pat. No. 10,458,518

PLANETARY GEAR ASSEMBLY

GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEM...

1. An actuator for use in an aircraft and comprising a planetary gear assembly, the planetary gear assembly comprising:a first planetary gear stage comprising a first sun gear, a plurality of first planet gears and a first stage output ring gear; and
a second planetary gear stage comprising a second sun gear, a plurality of second planet gears and one or more second stage output ring gears;
wherein said first stage output ring gear and said second sun gear are the same component, and said first planetary gear stage is located within said second planetary gear stage;
wherein said first planetary gear stage has a first axial length and said second planetary gear stage has a second axial length, and said first axial length is shorter than said second axial length;
wherein said first planetary gear stage is located radially and axially within said second planetary gear stage;
wherein a volume is defined radially within said second planetary gear stage, and said first planetary gear stage is located within said volume; and
wherein one or more sensors or other electronic equipment are located within said volume.

US Pat. No. 10,458,517

INTERNAL LUBE TANK LUBE LEVEL CONTROL SYSTEM

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A mechanical device lubrication level control system, comprising:a differential axle housing, with a sump cavity having an axle gear set disposed therein, capable of containing a lubricant therein;
a lubricant director comprising a lube tank capable of containing the lubricant therein, wherein the lubricant director is disposed at the bottom of the differential axle housing, wherein the lube tank is disposed within the differential axle housing and wherein the lube tank is separate from the sump cavity; and
a reversible pump disposed within the lube tank that is in hydraulic communication with the sump cavity, by way of a pump tube that is connected to the reversible pump, which in turn is in hydraulic communication with a pick-up/return tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,516

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR A CABLE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A subsea clamping device of a clamping unit for at least one cable, comprising:a clamping member embodied as a cylindrical tube or as a clamp sleeve and comprising at least one receptacle for the at least one cable, wherein the cylindrical tube or the clamp sleeve defines a longitudinal axis and comprises at least one monolithic section that extends a full length of the cylindrical tube or the clamp sleeve, and wherein a cross section of the at least one receptacle is adjustable,
at least one adjustment element that takes effect on the clamping member so that the cross section of the at least one receptacle is adjusted,
wherein the at least one adjustment element is embodied as a preloadable element,
plural preload arrangements disposed one after another along the at least one monolithic section and configured to transfer a spring force from the at least one adjustment element to the cylindrical tube or the clamp sleeve,
wherein the at least one monolithic section comprises at least three monolithic sections arranged in circumferential direction of the clamping member one after the other, and/or
wherein each section of the at least one monolithic section spans about 120° of a circumference of the clamping member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,513

DAMPER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damper device comprising:a rotating member that is rotatable about a rotational center, the rotating member comprising
a base portion that is plate-like, and
a support portion that is attached to the base portion and extends in an axial direction of the rotational center; and
a plurality of weight members disposed partially overlapping each other in the axial direction, the weight members being provided with tracks in respective overlapped parts of the weight members, the tracks guiding the support portion to be swingable with respect to the rotating member, wherein
the support portion is shared in the tracks provided in the weight members.

US Pat. No. 10,458,511

ANTI-VIBRATION DEVICE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. An anti-vibration device comprising:a tubular first attachment member configured to be connected to one of a vibration generating portion and a vibration receiving portion;
a second attachment member configured to be connected to another one of the vibration generating portion and the vibration receiving portion;
an elastic body connecting the first attachment member and the second attachment member to each other; and
a separating member separating a liquid-filled liquid chamber inside the first attachment member into a main liquid chamber on one side in an axial direction and a secondary liquid chamber on another side in the axial direction, at least a portion of the main liquid chamber being enclosed by the elastic body, and at least a portion of the secondary liquid chamber being enclosed by a diaphragm, wherein:
a tapered surface decreasing in diameter towards the another side in the axial direction is formed on an end on the another side in the axial direction of an outermost circumferential surface of the separating member,
a bend portion bent to follow the tapered surface is formed on an end on the another side in the axial direction of the first attachment member, and
an end on an outer circumferential side of the diaphragm is sandwiched between the tapered surface and the bend portion,
wherein:
the separating member includes an engaged portion formed on the tapered surface of the separating member, and
the diaphragm includes an engaging portion, which engages with the engaged portion, formed on the end on the outer circumferential side of the diaphragm, and
wherein the engaged portion is located between an outer circumferential end of the tapered surface and an inner circumferential end of the tapered surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,510

PNEUMATICALLY TUNED VEHICLE POWERTRAIN MOUNTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for securing a powertrain component to a body structure of a vehicle, comprising:first and second mounts each having a base and a first elastomeric barrier secured to and extending from the base defining an air filled chamber, each base having a first channel extending therethrough and coupling the air filled chamber to a connector port; and
a connector configured to be secured to the connector port of each base coupling the air filled chambers, the connector also configured to, in cooperation with the first channel extending through each base, provide an associated air volume that reduces stiffness of the first elastomeric barrier at an excitation frequency corresponding to a specified engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,458,508

FRONT FORK SHOCK-ABSORBING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Liow Ko Co., Ltd., Chang...

1. A front fork shock-absorbing device comprising:a front fork having a crown portion and two legs extending from the crown portion, an inner tube unit and an outer tube unit located in each of the two legs, the inner tube unit partially and retractably located in the outer tube unit, a resilient member located between the inner tube unit and the outer tube unit, a first space defined in one of the two legs of the front fork, and a second space defined in the other one of the two legs of the front fork;
a shock-absorbing unit located in the first space and including a driving unit and a spring rate adjustment device, the driving unit connected to an operation end of the spring rate adjustment device, the driving unit including a single receiving end to receive command signals to contact the operation end;
a DC power unit located in the second space and electrically connected to the driving unit, and
a remote-control device having a signal output end which outputs the command signals to the single receiving end of the driving unit to adjust the spring rate adjustment device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,506

SOLENOID VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A solenoid valve comprising:a valve seat provided in a main flow passage;
a main valve body seated on or unseated from the valve seat to open or close the main flow passage, the main valve body being biased to an opening direction by virtue of a pressure from the main flow passage upstream of the valve seat;
a pilot passage that branches from the main flow passage;
an orifice provided in the pilot passage;
a communication passage that branches off from the pilot passage at a position downstream from the orifice;
a back-pressure chamber connected to the pilot passage via the communication passage, the back-pressure chamber being configured to bias the main valve body to a closing direction by virtue of an internal pressure;
a pilot valve disposed in the pilot passage downstream from the communication passage, the pilot valve being configured to control an internal pressure of the back-pressure chamber;
a solenoid configured to control a valve opening pressure of the pilot valve; and
a second orifice provided in the pilot passage and between the communication passage and the pilot valve, the second orifice being so configured as to prevent an instantaneous pressure rise in the pilot passage, generated due to a delay in an opening response of the pilot valve, from inducing an instantaneous pressure rise in the back-pressure chamber, wherein
the internal pressure of the back-pressure chamber is controlled according to a valve opening pressure of the pilot valve
the pilot passage is formed to be branched from the main flow passage on an upstream side of the valve seat,
the communication passage is provided upstream of the second orifice, and
the pilot valve includes a pilot valve seat that has an opening formed thereon, a diameter of the opening being larger than that of the second orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,458,498

LOCKING DEVICE OF AN ELECTROMAGNETICALLY-OPERATED BRAKE CALIPER, BRAKE CALIPER COMPRISING SAID CALIPER, METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID CALIPER

Freni Brembo S.p.A, Curn...

1. A locking device of an electromechanically-operated brake caliper for a disc brake, comprising:a ratchet comprising a rotating element having at least one first cam and one first follower pushed elastically against said rotating element, said one first follower configured to act in conjunction with said at least one first cam to allow the rotation of the rotating element in a first direction of rotation and to prevent the rotation of the rotating element in a second direction of rotation opposite to said first direction of rotation;
a selector element sliding between a first selector element position and a second selector element position, said selector element being adapted to operate said first follower so that, in said first selector element position, said selector element keeps said first follower in a disengaged position away from the rotating element to prevent the application of a parking braking action, and so that, in said second selector element position, the selector element keeps said first follower in an engaged position in contact with said rotating element to allow the application of a parking braking action,
said selector element having a second cam and said first follower having a first follower opening and second follower, said second cam being configured to act in conjunction with said second follower to operate said first follower between said engaged position and said disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,496

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR VEHICLE BRAKE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A braking apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a wheel suspension attached to the vehicle, a wheel hub attached to the wheel suspension, and a brake disk rotatably attached to the wheel suspension;
an air flow gap between a radial end side of the brake disk and an inner side of a wheel rim of a vehicle wheel;
a protective cover partially covering the brake disk and fastened to the wheel suspension, the protective cover has an air flow opening feeding cooling air to the brake disk, the air flow opening spaced from the air flow gap; and
an airflow control mechanism opening and closing the air flow opening and, reducing and increasing a size of the air flow gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,489

SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A selectable one-way clutch comprising:a pocket plate having multiple accommodating recessed portions in one surface of an annular plate portion of the pocket plate;
an annular notch plate configured to be relatively rotatable with respect to the pocket plate, the notch plate being provided with multiple engagement recessed portions on a surface thereof opposite to the surface of the pocket plate in which the accommodating recessed portions are provided;
plate-like engagement pieces accommodated in the accommodating recessed portions; and
an annular cover plate being fixed to the pocket plate in a state in which the cover plate faces the surface of the pocket plate provided with the accommodating recessed portions of the pocket plate, the cover plate having multiple through-holes through which one end portions of the engagement pieces project toward an engagement recessed portion side,
the one end portions of the engagement pieces including engagement surfaces configured to be engaged with the engagement recessed portions, and projecting portions configured to project in a length direction of the engagement pieces from the engagement surfaces so as to come into contact with one surface of the cover plate,
the engagement pieces being configured such that in a state in which the projecting portions are in contact with the one surface of the cover plate, the engagement surfaces come into an erect state in which the engagement surfaces project toward the notch plate side from the other surface of the cover plate,
at least one of the pocket plate and the notch plate being configured to move in a rotation axis direction of the notch plate,
and
by changing a distance in the axial direction between the pocket plate and the notch plate, the selectable one-way clutch being configured to carry out switching between an out-of-engagement state in which the engagement pieces in the erect state are out of engagement with the engagement recessed portions and a one-way clutch state in which the engagement pieces in the erect state come into engagement with the engagement recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,458,483

CLUTCH PLATE ASSEMBLY WITH FRICTION MATERIAL FLAP

1. A clutch plate assembly comprising:a central axis;
a clutch plate comprising a first friction surface and a radially outer depressed portion;
a friction material ring bonded to the first friction surface and extending radially outside of the first friction surface such that an outer portion of the friction material ring is axially aligned with the clutch plate radially outer depressed portion, wherein a gap is defined between the radially outer depressed portion and the friction material ring; and
a resilient element disposed in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,479

HIGH-SPEED SNAP RING AND SNAP RING RETENTION METHOD

1. A method of assembling a shaft assembly, the shaft assembly including a shaft defining a longitudinal axis and including a groove in an outer circumferential surface, the method comprising:positioning a hub relative to the shaft;
positioning a retaining ring in the groove of the shaft and adjacent to the hub; and
securing a retaining member to the retaining ring,
wherein securing the retaining member to the retaining ring includes advancing a portion of the retaining member towards the hub and deforming the portion relative to the retaining ring as a result of contact with the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,458,476

ROLLING ELEMENT BEARING

1. A rolling element bearing comprising:a first ring element and a second ring element;
a plurality of rolling elements arranged in a space disposed between the first ring element and the second ring element such that the first ring element and the second ring element can rotate relative to each other around a rotational axle;
a sealing ring for sealing off a circumferential opening of the space between the first ring element and the second ring element, wherein the sealing ring is connected to the first ring element and further arranged to rotate relative to the second ring element of the rolling element bearing; and
a power generating mean assembly that provides element integral with the sealing ring, wherein the power generating element includes at least one electro-magnetic pick-up element arranged to generate electrical power when the rolling element bearing rotates,
wherein the power generating assembly being located completely within the circumferential opening of the space and oriented facing an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,473

CAGE SEGMENT OF A ROLLING BEARING

1. A cage segment of a rolling bearing, the cage segment comprising:two side plates and two connecting pieces that are connected rigidly to each other,
the connecting pieces being adapted to extend parallel to an axis of rotation of a rolling body of the rolling bearing,
the side plates and the connecting pieces form a pocket that is adapted to hold a rolling body,
the two side plates extend on both sides of the pocket in a direction that is adapted to be a circumferential direction of the rolling bearing with a free protruding length RL>½ WKD so far that the side plates form, together with one of the two connecting pieces, a half pocket on each end for holding a directly adjacent rolling body, and WKD is adapted to correspond to a diameter of the rolling body inserted into the half pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,458,466

NON SYMMETRICAL BI-DIRECTIONAL THRUST BEARING WITH TWO ACTIVE FACES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A bearing device for supporting a shaft of a gas turbine engine, the bearing device comprisinga bearing housing element,
a first support disk which is mounted to the bearing housing element,
first tilting pads, which are tiltably arranged one after another along a circumferential direction and secured to the first support disk in a manner that prevents movement of the first tilting pads in an axial direction,
a second support disk which is mounted to the bearing housing element spaced apart from the first support disk along the axial direction,
second tilting pads, which are tiltably arranged one after another along the circumferential direction and secured to the second support disk in a manner that prevents movement of the second tilting pads in the axial direction,
wherein the first tilting pads are arranged with respect to a first thrust collar mounted to the shaft such that a first axial thrust is transferrable from the first thrust collar to the first tilting pads, and
wherein the second tilting pads are arranged with respect to a second thrust collar mounted to the shaft such that a second axial thrust which is orientated in opposite direction with respect to the first axial thrust is transferrable from the second thrust collar to the second tilting pads,
wherein a first number of the first tilting pads is greater than the half of a second number of the second tilting pads but smaller than the second number of the second tilting pads,
wherein the first tilting pads define a first axial thrust capacity and the second tilting pads define a second axial thrust capacity that is different than the first axial thrust capacity,
wherein the first tilting pads are unequally distributed onto a first support surface of the first support disk along the circumferential direction, and
wherein the second tilting pads are equally distributed onto a second support surface of the second support disk along the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,460

SPRING-LOADED SAFETY LATCH RELEASE FOR POWER LINE HOOK

1. A spring-loaded safety latch release for a power line hook comprising,a hook body including a hook shaft extending from a hook base, a hook shank extending in an opposite direction from the hook base, the hook shank extending in a curvilinear manner and terminating in a hook end, the curvilinear hook shank defining a hook opening and the hook end and hook base together defining between them a hook throat that is configured in a manner such that through which a support rigging structure may pass into and out from the hook opening;
a safety latch pivotally connected to the hook base and movable toward and away from the hook end for opening and closing access to the hook throat, wherein the safety latch is spring-biased toward the hook end in a manner closing access to the hook throat;
a release pin attached at a first end to the safety latch and at a second end to an engagement ring, wherein the hook body has an aperture formed therein, extending within the hook body in a linear manner from a first opening formed in an outside surface of the hook shank to a second opening formed in an inside surface of the hook base adjacent the hook throat, and wherein the release pin is slidably as well as rotatably received within the aperture, the first end extending outside the opening in the surface of the hook base and the second end extending outside the opening in the surface of the hook shank, and wherein the outside surface of the hook shank adjacent the opening formed for receipt of the release pin forms an attachment surface, and wherein the attachment surface is planar and of a certain width, both configured for receipt of the attachment surface within a groove formed at an end of a standard hotstick; and
wherein in its assembled operable condition the safety latch and the release pin jointly and cooperatively move upon an application of force to either of them.

US Pat. No. 10,458,458

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT WITH AN AXIALLY AFFIXED COMPOUND-SQUEEZING DISK

Hilti Aktienbesellschaft,...

1. A fastening arrangement comprising:a screw having a shank with a front end to be inserted into a hole drilled into a substrate, and having at least one thread arranged on the shank; and
a squeezing unit having a compound reservoir containing a compound for filling a gap existing between the shank and the wall of the drilled hole, a squeezing disk, the front end of the shank movable toward the squeezing disk in order to squeeze the compound out of the reservoir, and a holding element for fastening the squeezing disk in the drilled hole, the squeezing disk being arranged on one side of the holding element and a stop element adapted to come to rest against the opening of the drilled hole being arranged on another side of the holding element wherein at least certain sections of the holding element are configured with a helical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,458,457

FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT, A COMPONENT ASSEMBLY CONSISTING OF A FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT AND A SHEET METAL PART AND ALSO A METHOD FOR THE ATTACHMENT OF THE FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT TO A SHEET METAL PART

1. A component assembly comprising a sheet metal part (14) having an opening (54) in combination with a functional element (10?; 10?) having a functional portion (16; 17; 17?), a generally tubular rivet portion and a ring-like sheet metal contact surface (22; 22?; 22?; 22?, 22??, 22??), wherein ribs which extend axially at the rivet portion extend at least from a region adjacent the contact surface up to at least shortly before the free end of the rivet portion; wherein each rib is rounded in cross section and spaced apart by cylindrical regions of the rivet section, are provided at the rivet portion (20), for co-movement of the sheet metal part (14) and the functional element during formation of a rivet joint between the functional element and the sheet metal part by beading over at least an end region of the rivet portion to form a rivet bead, wherein any pieces of sheet metal protruding beyond the rivet joint are avoided and wherein the ring-like sheet metal contact surface (22; 22?; 22?; 22?, 22??, 22??) contacts the sheet metal part (14) on one side thereof, the rivet portion (20) extends through the opening (54) in the sheet metal part, a marginal region of the opening of the sheet metal part (14) at a side of the sheet metal part opposite the said one side is folded back on itself to form a U-shaped rim, and a portion (58?) of the marginal region of the opening of the sheet metal part, which is folded back, is completely covered by a beaded over region of the rivet portion (20) which forms a U-shaped recess enclosing the U-shaped rim.

US Pat. No. 10,458,452

TENSION ROD AND PIVOTABLE END CAPS FOR USE THEREWITH

24. A tension rod comprising:a first rod having one end defining a first end of the tension rod;
a second rod having one end defining a second end of the tension rod, wherein the second rod has a diameter greater than the first rod to allow the second rod to at least partially receive the first rod;
a first plug that is coupled to the first end of tension rod;
a second plug that is coupled to the second end of the tension rod;
a first end cap rotatably coupled to the first plug and a second end cap rotatably coupled to the second plug, each of the first end cap and the second end cap comprising:
a main mount that is configured to be rotatably coupled to one of the first plug and the second plug; and
a cam mechanism including a knuckle that is pivotally coupled to the main mount so as to pivot between a first position and a second position, the knuckle having an outer surface that is configured to selectively contact a support surface against which the tension rod is mounted and the cam mechanism is configured such that when a downward force is applied to the tension rod, the cam mechanism is engaged and the knuckle pivots to the second position, whereby the end cap applies a force to the tension rod resulting in the tension rod being placed under tension.

US Pat. No. 10,458,439

METERING FLUID TO FLUID ACTUATORS

Schlumberger Technology C...

4. A method comprising:directing a fluid from a fluid source into a first portion of a chamber until a piston moves from a first end of the chamber to a second end of the chamber to:
introduce a volume of fluid into the first portion of the chamber; and
discharge the fluid from the second portion of the chamber; and
directing the fluid from the fluid source into the second portion of the chamber until the piston moves from the second end of the chamber to the first end of the chamber to:
introduce the fluid into the second portion of the chamber; and
discharge the volume of fluid out of the first portion of the chamber into a hydraulic actuator to actuate the hydraulic actuator by an incremental distance, wherein the hydraulic actuator is a first hydraulic cylinder connected to a second hydraulic cylinder, wherein a third hydraulic cylinder is connected to the second hydraulic cylinder, and wherein the method further comprises:
alternatingly directing the fluid from the fluid source into one of the first and second portions of the chamber to repeatedly actuate the first and third hydraulic cylinders until the second hydraulic cylinder is aligned with a mast or a substructure of a drill rig utilized in oilfield operations to permit connection between the second hydraulic cylinder and the mast or the substructure;
connecting the second hydraulic cylinder with the mast or the substructure; and
operating the second hydraulic cylinder to raise the mast or the substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,435

VIBRATION DAMPER STRUCTURE AND FAN THEREOF

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. A vibration damper structure applied to a fan having at least one bearing, the vibration damper structure comprising:a support body having an upper end supporting the bearing and a lower end formed with a stepped section and a restriction section formed on an outer circumference of the stepped section;
a fixing seat having a tubular section and a fixing section disposed on an outer circumference of the tubular section, the tubular section having a protrusion end corresponding to the outer circumference of the stepped section and defining an axial cushion gap with the restriction section and a receiving space having a bottom section, where the stepped section is fitted in the protrusion end; and
an elastic member disposed in the receiving space of the tubular section and positioned between the support body and the fixing seat, the elastic member having a first support end in contact with the lower end of the support body and a second support end in contact with the bottom section of the receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,458,434

ROTOR STAGE FOR A TURBOMACHINE, ROTOR DRUM, AND ROTOR

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A rotor stage for a turbomachine comprising:a plurality of rotor blades;
a rotor main body having an upstream rotor arm and a downstream rotor arm and a balancing assembly for balancing the rotor stage, and having a rotor disk between the upstream rotor arm and the downstream rotor arm;
wherein the downstream rotor arm has the balancing assembly, the balancing assembly being configured between an axial end region of the downstream rotor arm and the rotor disk, wherein the upstream rotor arm includes a spin-off hole.

US Pat. No. 10,458,418

CEILING FAN

PANASONIC ECOLOGY SYSTEMS...

1. A ceiling fan comprising:a body having a plurality of blades which are rotatable about a center of rotation, and an upper mounting pipe portion which extends upward along the center of rotation as a center axis thereof;
a suspender configured to be fixed to a ceiling;
a first pipe which is suspended from the suspender along the center of rotation of the plurality of blades as a center axis thereof, and suspends the body by the upper mounting pipe portion; and
a second pipe which is accommodated in an inside of a lower portion of the first pipe and into which an upper portion of the upper mounting pipe portion is inserted, wherein
the first pipe, the second pipe and the upper mounting pipe portion are connected to each other by a connecting bolt and a nut, the connecting bolt penetrating an overlapping part where the first pipe, the second pipe and the upper mounting pipe portion overlap with each other in the direction intersecting with the center axis, the nut being threadedly engaged with the connecting bolt,
the second pipe has a hollow projecting portion having a cylindrical shape or a partial cylindrical shape which projects from an outer peripheral surface of the second pipe in the direction intersecting with the center axis,
a recessed portion which is brought into contact with or is arranged close to an outer peripheral surface of the hollow projecting portion of the second pipe is provided on an edge of a lower opening of the first pipe,
a protruding portion which is brought into contact with or is arranged close to an inner peripheral surface of the hollow projecting portion of the second pipe is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the upper mounting pipe portion, and
at least the relative movement among the first pipe, the second pipe, and the upper mounting pipe portion in the rotating direction of the plurality of blades is restricted by the hollow projecting portion of the second pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,404

COMPRESSOR SENSOR MODULE

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A sensor module for a compressor having an electric motor connected to a power supply, the sensor module comprising:a first input connected to a first voltage sensor that generates a voltage signal corresponding to a voltage of said power supply;
a second input connected to a first current sensor that generates a current signal corresponding to a current of said power supply; and
a processor connected to said first and second inputs that monitors said first and second inputs and that, based on voltage measurements from said first input and current measurements from said second input, detects an unexpected variation of electric power from said power supply;
wherein said processor is disposed within an electrical enclosure of said compressor, said electrical enclosure being configured to house electrical terminals for connecting said power supply to said electric motor,
wherein said power supply includes first, second, and third phases, wherein said voltage signal generated by said first voltage sensor corresponds to said first phase, and wherein said current signal generated by said first current sensor corresponds to said first phase, said sensor module further comprising:
a third input connected to a second voltage sensor that generates a voltage signal corresponding to a voltage of said second phase; and
a fourth input connected to a third voltage sensor that generates a voltage signal corresponding to a voltage of said third phase;
wherein said processor is connected to said third and fourth inputs and detects said unexpected variation of electric power from said power supply based on voltage measurements received from said third and fourth inputs,
wherein said unexpected variation of electric power includes a phase-loss condition, and
wherein said processor compares voltage measurements received from said first, third, and fourth inputs and determines that said phase-loss condition exists when voltage measurements from said first input are less than a predetermined percentage of an average of voltage measurements from said third and fourth inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,458,401

HOUSING FOR A MOTOR OR COMPRESSOR

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A housing for a motor or compressor, comprising:an elongate crank chamber, which has two end surfaces, for accommodating a crankshaft; and
at least one cylinder chamber for accommodating a piston, wherein
the crank chamber has, in a first end surface, an opening through which the crankshaft is insertable into said crank chamber,
an inner diameter of the crank chamber narrows monotonously from the first end surface to the second end surface,
the housing is cast in one piece, and
the crank chamber tapers in the shape of a cone or frustum from the first end surface to the second end surface such that a shell of the cone or frustum is inclined with respect to its axis of symmetry by an angle of between 0.5 and 10 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,458,399

PRECISION FUEL ADDITIVE SYSTEM

1. A liquid additive dosing device comprising:a. a liquid additive tank comprising a fill tube, one or a plurality of baffle plates, an outlet port, and a relief tube, said relief tube further comprising an inlet end and an outlet end, said outlet end of said relief tube being located above said outlet port and inside said additive tank,
b. an electrically controlled cam driven dosing pump,
c. an electronic input device containing a timing circuit for starting and stopping said dosing pump,
d. and a liquid additive filter assembly upstream of said dosing pump, whereby said input device starts or stops said dosing pump based on an entering volume of liquid fuel to be diluted to said input device to deliver a corresponding volume of a liquid additive to a fuel tank of a vehicle, or liquid fueled generator.

US Pat. No. 10,458,398

METHOD OF SETTING ZERO POINT OF BI-DIRECTIONAL LINEAR PUMP FOR ACTIVE SUSPENSION APPARATUS

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A method of determining whether a bi-directional linear pump for an active suspension apparatus supplying fluid to an actuator connected to a coil spring coupled to a wheel of a vehicle is normal or abnormal, comprising steps of:controlling at least one of a first valve disposed between the actuator and the pump and a second valve disposed between the pump and a fluid reservoir by means of an electronic control unit (ECU);
moving a piston disposed inside the pump to a first side of the piston to move the piston up to a MAX Stroke position of the first side;
wherein the step of moving the piston to the first side includes steps of:
periodically applying a preset electric power to a motor for a predetermined time period to gradationally move the piston in a direction of the first side;
detecting a position of the motor, which has been rotated for the predetermined time period; and
determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MAX Stroke position of the first side based on the position of the motor,
wherein the step of determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MAX Stroke position includes:
detecting a first position of the motor, which rotated for a current time period, and a second position thereof, which rotated for a previous time period, to compare a difference between the first position and the second position with a preset value A; and
determining that a rotation of the motor stops when the difference between the first position and the second position is less than the preset value A;
moving the piston to a second side of the piston to move the piston up to a MIN Stroke position;
wherein the step of moving the piston to the second side includes steps of:
periodically applying a preset electric power to a motor for a predetermined time period to gradationally move the piston in a direction of the second side;
detecting a position of the motor, which has been rotated for the predetermined time period; and
determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MIN Stroke position of the second side based on the position of the motor,
wherein the step of determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MIN Stroke position includes:
detecting a third position of the motor, which rotated for a current time period, and a fourth position thereof, which rotated for a previous time period, to compare a difference between the third position and the fourth position with a preset value C; and
determining that a rotation of the motor stops when the difference between the third position and the fourth position is less than the preset value C;
comparing an approximate MIN Stroke position of the second side, which is calculated based on a length of a chamber accommodating the piston with reference to the MAX Stroke position, with the MIN Stroke position thereof; and
determining whether or not the pump is normal based on the comparison result.

US Pat. No. 10,458,396

DE-ICING SYSTEM FOR A WIND TURBINE BLADE

1. A wind turbine blade (10) having a blade de-icing system, the wind turbine blade comprising a root end (16) and a tip end (14), a leading edge (18) and a trailing edge (20), the blade having an outboard portion provided towards said tip (14) end and an inboard portion provided towards said root end (16), the wind turbine blade (10) further comprising a blade shell structure forming an outer surface of the wind turbine blade (10), the blade de-icing system arranged to convey a heated fluid to provide heat to portions of the wind turbine blade, wherein the blade de-icing system comprises:an insulated outflow channel (70) flowing from said root (16) end to a location adjacent said tip (14) end;
a heating channel (72) in the outboard portion of the blade, the heating channel flowing from said location adjacent said tip end (14) along the leading edge (18) of the blade in the outboard portion of blade, wherein said heating channel (72) comprises:
an insulated wall arranged to define a leading edge cavity between said insulated wall and an internal surface of said blade shell structure at the leading edge of the wind turbine blade in said outboard portion; and
flexible seal members arranged between respective upper and lower sides of said insulated wall and respective adjacent portions of the internal surface of said blade shell structure,
wherein said insulated wall is supported by an internal shear web of said wind turbine blade, and
wherein said flexible seal members are non-load carrying members and act to isolate forces associated with said insulated wall from the internal surface of said blade shell structure at said heating channel; and
an insulated return channel (78) in the inboard portion of the blade, the insulated return channel (78) extending from the root end side of the heating channel to the root end of the blade,
wherein said de-icing system is arranged to convey heated fluid from said root end (16) through said outflow channel (70) to said tip end (14), from said tip end (14) through said heating channel (72) to said insulated return channel (78), and from said insulated return channel (78) to said root end (16), said de-icing system configured to heat the leading edge (18) of the blade in said outboard portion of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,458,393

WIND-POWERED RECHARGING FOR A WEIGHT-SHIFTING COAXIAL HELICOPTER

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. An unmanned helicopter comprising:a propulsion system comprising:
a first rotor assembly comprising a first motor coupled to a first rotor, the first rotor comprising a plurality of first fixed-pitch blades; and
a second rotor assembly comprising a second motor coupled to a second rotor, the second rotor comprising a plurality of second fixed-pitch blades, wherein:
the second rotor is coaxial to the first rotor; and
the second motor is in stacked assembly with the first motor;
a fuselage comprising:
a power source; and
a controller; and
a gimbal assembly coupling the fuselage to the propulsion system, the gimbal assembly comprising:
a first gimbal motor configured to control pitch of the unmanned helicopter; and
a second gimbal motor being in stacked assembly with the first gimbal motor, the second gimbal motor being configured to control roll of the unmanned helicopter;
wherein the controller is communicably coupled to the first and second gimbal motors and is configured to provide instructions to at least one of the first or second gimbal motors in order to orient the plurality of first fixed-pitch blades and second fixed-pitch blades into a position that permits wind to rotate the first fixed-pitch blades and second fixed-pitch blades and thereby charge the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,458,387

HYDROSTATIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic axial piston machine, comprising: a circular distributor plate with a high-pressure kidney-shaped aperture and a low-pressure kidney-shaped aperture; and a cylinder drum tensioned against the distributor plate, wherein a diametrical transverse axis extends through a circumferential midpoint of the low-pressure kidney-shaped aperture and bisects the low-pressure kidney-shaped aperture, wherein a diametrical center axis extends perpendicular to the transverse axis, wherein the high-pressure kidney-shaped aperture is located entirely in a quarter-circle-shaped first quadrant and a quarter-circle-shaped second quadrant of the distributor plate, the first and second quadrants each defined by the transverse axis and the center axis, wherein a hydrostatic main relief field that extends into both quadrants is arranged on the distributor plate adjacent to the high-pressure kidney-shaped aperture, wherein the distributor plate has a relief surface on an outer circumference of the main relief field, the relief surface having a center point arranged in the first quadrant, and wherein the relief surface extends to a radial outside edge of the distributor plate, and wherein the relief surface is radially spaced apart from the main relief field.

US Pat. No. 10,458,385

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TIDAL ENERGY CONVERSION AND ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION USING A ROTATABLE DRAG PANEL

Big Moon Power, Inc., Sa...

1. A tidal energy conversion assembly comprising:a displacement vessel for lateral travel in the direction of tidal flow;
a drag panel mounted to the displacement vessel for capturing drag forces caused by tidal action occurring in a generally lateral direction, wherein the drag panel is pivotable about a horizontal axis from an active configuration for maximizing the capture of drag forces acting on the drag panel, to a retracted configuration for minimizing the capture of drag forces acting on the drag panel;
a control mechanism operatively coupled to the drag panel to pivot the drag panel;
a directional converter coupled to a generator, wherein said directional converter and said generator are positioned at a stationary location; and
an anchor cable having a first end, a second end, and a length in between the first end and the second end, wherein the first end of the anchor cable is connected to the directional converter and the second end of the anchor cable is connected to the displacement vessel;
wherein, as a result of its connection to said anchor cable, said directional converter activates said generator to generate electricity when the displacement vessel travels laterally relative to said stationary location as a result of drag forces captured by said drag panel from the tidal flow.

US Pat. No. 10,458,384

PUMPED-STORAGE POWER GENERATION CONTROL DEVICE AND PUMPED-STORAGE POWER GENERATION CONTROL METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A pumped-storage power generation control device comprising:a first measuring unit that measures a pumping input or an electrical quantity corresponding to the pumping input of a pumped-storage power generation facility in a pumping operation;
a second measuring unit that measures a power output or an electrical quantity corresponding to the power output of a pumped-storage power generation facility in a power generating operation;
a control section that controls at least one of the pumping input of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the pumping operation and the power output of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the power generating operation such that a value, which is obtained by a predetermined calculation using the measurement value measured by the first measuring unit and the measurement value measured by the second measuring unit, becomes a set target value; and
wherein the control section controls at least one of the pumping input of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the pumping operation and the power output of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the power generating operation such that an addition, a difference, or a ratio between the power output of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the power generating operation and the pumping input of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the pumping operation becomes a set target value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,374

FUEL VAPORIZING SYSTEM

1. A fuel heater and vaporizing system comprising:a source of fuel;
a thermal source; and
a heat exchanger configured to thermally couple to the thermal source, said heat exchanger having a saddle shape and being configured to fit over said thermal source;wherein said heat exchanger has an inlet for receiving fuel from said fuel source, an outlet for discharging fuel, and a hollow passageway extending between the inlet and the outlet; wherein said heat exchanger has an open bottom to allow said heat exchanger to be placed over said thermal source.

US Pat. No. 10,458,367

EVAPORATED FUEL TREATING DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An evaporated fuel treating device comprising:a fuel tank that stores fuel, in a liquid state, to be supplied to an internal combustion engine;
a canister containing a fuel adsorbent, the fuel adsorbent being configured to capture evaporated fuel that is generated due to vaporization of the fuel stored in the fuel tank;
a vent pipe in which the evaporated fuel in the fuel tank flows into the canister;
a purge pipe in which the fuel captured in the canister flows into an intake passage of the internal combustion engine;
a purge valve interposed in the purge pipe and the purge valve being configured to open when the captured fuel is introduced into the intake passage; and
a reforming catalyst disposed in a space in which the reforming catalyst comes into contact with the evaporated fuel that is generated in the fuel tank and that has not reached the canister, the reforming catalyst being configured to promote a chemical change from unsaturated hydrocarbon contained in the evaporated fuel to alcohol.

US Pat. No. 10,458,357

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING AND CONTROLLING TWO-STEP EXHAUST VARIABLE VALVE LIFT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

5. A vehicle provided with a two-step exhaust variable valve lift (VVL) system, the vehicle including:an accelerator pedal sensor measuring an operation angle of an accelerator pedal and outputting a corresponding signal;
a vehicle speed sensor measuring speed of the vehicle and outputting a corresponding signal; and
an air mass sensor measuring an air mass entering an engine,
wherein the two-step exhaust VVL system includes:
a controller receiving vehicle state signals including the corresponding signal of the accelerator pedal sensor and the vehicle speed sensor to determine whether or not the two-step exhaust VVL system enters a diagnosis mode and outputting a mode conversion signal of the two-step exhaust VVL system;
a timer measuring a conversion delay time between an output time of the mode conversion signal and an operation completion time of the two-step exhaust VVL system;
a memory storing the conversion delay time; and
an engine management system operated over the stored conversion delay time by a control of the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,458,354

KNOCK DETECTING DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A knock detecting device, comprising:a processor configured to:
calculate frequency components by subjecting signals output from a knock sensor, which detects vibrations of an internal combustion engine, to frequency analysis; and
calculate a background level expressing an average of the frequency components; and
a memory storing the number of fuel injections expressing the number of times of injecting fuel in a predetermined period in one combustion cycle and a learning value expressing a correction amount of the frequency components while associating both the number of fuel injections and the learning value;
wherein the processor detects that a knock occurs in the internal combustion engine responsive to a knock index being greater than a predetermined threshold, wherein the knock index indicates a ratio of a difference between each frequency component and the learning value for the number of fuel injections to the background level expressing the average of the frequency components.

US Pat. No. 10,458,351

ENGINE TORQUE RESERVE TECHNIQUES FOR OPTIMIZING DRAG RACING TRANSIENT RESPONSE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for controlling launch of a vehicle, the control system comprising:an input device configured to receive a request to enable a launch control feature of a traction control system of the vehicle, the launch control feature being configured to improve torque transfer from an engine of the vehicle to a driveline of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
in response to receiving the enable request for the launch control feature, generate a torque reserve at the engine by:
(i) increasing airflow into the engine to a level greater than a level for achieving a torque request for the engine, and
(ii) deactivating a predetermined set of cylinders of the engine by disabling their respective fuel injectors;
detect an intent of the driver to launch the vehicle; and
in response to detecting the intent of the driver to launch the vehicle, release the torque reserve to increase a torque output of the engine based on the engine torque request.

US Pat. No. 10,458,349

METHOD OF START/STOP ENGINE CONTROL BASED ON LOCATION INFORMATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of start/stop engine control based on vehicle location and driving situation comprising:identifying the location of a host vehicle relative to an object in a path of the host vehicle using an on-board camera;
identifying the driving situation of the host vehicle using a traffic flow determination module configured to access traffic information from a V2V or V2I communication system;
classifying the location and the driving situation of the host vehicle; and
modifying the start/stop engine control based on the location classification and the driving situation classification by initiating an auto-start event when the distance between the host vehicle and the object in the path of the host vehicle increases;
wherein the modifying includes at least one of extending a period before engine shutdown, temporarily disabling engine shutdown, or avoiding engine restart.

US Pat. No. 10,458,348

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine includes a turbocharger having a turbine arranged in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine and a compressor arranged in an intake passage of the internal combustion engine; an exhaust gas purification catalyst arranged in the exhaust passage at a location downstream of the turbine of the turbocharger; a bypass passage for flowing exhaust gas from a first portion of the exhaust passage upstream of the turbine of the turbocharger to a second portion of the exhaust passage downstream of the turbine and upstream of the exhaust gas purification catalyst; and a waste gate valve having a valve body for opening and closing an outlet of the bypass passage by its rotary motion on a predetermined pivot axis, and an actuator for rotating the valve body, whereinthe exhaust gas purification catalyst, the bypass passage and the waste gate valve are arranged in such a manner that when a degree of opening of the waste gate valve, which is an angle of rotation of the valve body of the waste gate valve from its fully closed state, is equal to or more than a predetermined degree of opening, an extension line of a closure surface of the valve body of the waste gate valve, which is a surface of the valve body acting to close the outlet of the bypass passage, intersects an upstream side end face of the exhaust gas purification catalyst, whereas when the degree of opening of the waste gate valve is less than the predetermined degree of opening of the waste gate valve, the extension line of the closure surface of the valve body of the waste gate valve does not intersect the upstream side end face of the exhaust gas purification catalyst, but intersects a wall surface of the exhaust passage located at the upstream side of the upstream side end face of the exhaust gas purification catalyst,
the control apparatus comprising a controller configure to:
obtain a temperature of the exhaust gas purification catalyst; and
control the degree of opening of the valve body of the waste gate valve, wherein,
the controller is programmed to, at a time of execution of fuel cut off processing, which is processing to stop supply of fuel to the internal combustion engine in a course of operation of the internal combustion engine, obtain the temperature of the exhaust gas purification catalyst; and control the waste gate valve in such a manner that when the temperature of the exhaust gas purification catalyst is less than a predetermined temperature, the valve body of the waste gate valve is made to be fully closed, whereas when the temperature of the exhaust gas purification catalyst is equal to or more than the predetermined temperature, the degree of opening of the valve body of the waste gate valve is made to be a deterioration suppression opening degree which is larger than when the valve body is fully closed and smaller than the predetermined degree of opening of the waste gate valve to suppress the deterioration of the exhaust gas purification catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,458,345

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING GASOLINE-DIESEL COMPLEX COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GASOLINE-DIESEL COMPLEX COMBUSTION ENGINE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling a gasoline-diesel complex combustion engine, comprising:an engine generating driving torque by burning gasoline fuel and diesel fuel;
a driving information detector for detecting driving information of the engine; and
a controller for controlling a diesel injector such that diesel fuel is selectively injected as a single injection and a split injection based on a driving region and a knock intensity included within the driving information after gasoline fuel is injected,
wherein the split injection includes a first main injection and a second main injection,
wherein the first main injection is injected at a predetermined first Before Top Dead Center Crank Angle (BTDC CA), and the second main injection is injected at a predetermined second BTDC CA, and
wherein the first BTDC CA increases as the driving region of the engine moves from a low-load region to a middle-load region.

US Pat. No. 10,458,333

REDUCED STRESS BOSS GEOMETRY FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A case for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a machined case wall;
a first perimeter step that extends from the machined case wall via a radius machined around a periphery of the first perimeter step; and
a second perimeter step that extends from the first perimeter step via a radius machined around a periphery of the second perimeter step, the first perimeter step and the second perimeter step form a boss with a boss thickness greater than the machined case wall thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,458,332

COOLED GAS TURBINE ENGINE COOLING AIR WITH COLD AIR DUMP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section including a low pressure compressor and a high pressure compressor, with a downstream most end defined in said high pressure compressor;
a core engine housing surrounding said compressor section and a turbine section, and there being a high pressure turbine and a low pressure turbine, and said low pressure turbine having a downstream most end;
a first tap for tapping high pressure cooling air from a location downstream of said downstream most end in said high pressure compressor and passing said high pressure cooling air through a heat exchanger, and there being a second tap for tapping compressed air from a location upstream of said downstream most end in said high pressure compressor, and said second tap air connected to pass over said heat exchanger, cooling said high pressure cooling air, with a chamber defined between said core engine housing and a nacelle airflow wall, and said second tap air flowing through said chamber;
said second tap air connected to move from said chamber into a core engine flow at a location downstream of said downstream most end of said low pressure turbine;
wherein a high pressure valve is positioned on said first tap for said high pressure cooling air to control the flow of high pressure cooling air to said heat exchanger; and
wherein the high pressure valve selectively bypassing the high pressure cooling air around said heat exchanger and into said core engine housing to provide cooling air.

US Pat. No. 10,458,329

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR RECOVERING POWER AND STEAM FROM REGENERATOR FLUE GAS

UOP LLC, Arlington Heigh...

1. A power generation process for use in a processing unit, the process comprising:using a regenerator to produce a flue gas stream, wherein the flue gas
stream exits from an upper portion of the regenerator; routing the flue gas stream to a filtering unit;
removing catalyst particles from the flue gas stream;
routing the flue gas stream to a combustor/expander unit after performing the step of removing catalyst particles, wherein the combustor/expander unit comprises a combustion chamber and a power recovery turbine housed within a single casing, the flue gas stream is routed between the regenerator and the combustor/expander unit without passing through a compressor, and the combustion chamber of the combustor/expander unit heats the flue gas stream to between approximately 1600° F. and approximately 2500° F.; and
using rotation of the turbine of the combustor/expander unit as a source of rotary power.

US Pat. No. 10,458,321

CHARGER DEVICE WITH VARIABLE TURBINE GEOMETRY

1. A charger device comprising:a variable turbine geometry having guide vanes mounted rotatably in a vane bearing ring, each guide vane having a top side that runs continuously in convex fashion from a profile nose to a profile end,
wherein a concave recess is arranged on a bottom side of each guide vane, and
wherein for each guide vane, a radius of curvature of the recess is between ¼ and ? of a length of the guide vane.

US Pat. No. 10,458,317

BOOSTED ENGINE SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:responsive to a demanded torque being above a threshold while providing boosted air at a first pressure to an engine via a turbocharger compressor, operating an electric compressor via an electronic controller, wherein the electric compressor is arranged in parallel with the turbocharger compressor and wherein the electric compressor is fluidly disconnected from the engine, to increase a second pressure in a recirculation circuit around the electric compressor;
wherein the recirculation circuit comprises an electrically controlled first valve arranged to connect at a position between a shut-off valve and an outlet of the electric compressor; and
responsive to the second pressure reaching the first pressure, fluidly connecting the electric compressor to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,312

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ENRICHED PRECHAMBER STOICHIOMETRY

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. An ignition control system for an internal combustion engine comprising:a sensor structured to measure at least one of CO2 or O2 in a combustion prechamber of a prechamber ignition device; and
an electronic control unit structured to:
receive data indicative of a residual amount of the at least one of CO2 or O2 produced by combustion of fuel and air in the combustion prechamber;
determine an air-fuel ratio in the combustion prechamber associated with production of the amount of the at least one of CO2 or O2; and
output a fuel delivery signal to adjust air-fuel ratio in the combustion prechamber towards a target air-fuel ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,458,310

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:wall temperature parameter acquisition unit for acquiring a cylinder wall temperature of an internal combustion engine or a parameter corresponding to the cylinder wall temperature as a wall temperature parameter;
cylinder wall temperature varying unit that is capable of changing the cylinder wall temperature;
pre-ignition temperature region storage unit in which a pre-ignition suppression temperature region in which a pre-ignition occurrence frequency decreases more than in a peripheral temperature region is previously stored, the pre-ignition suppression temperature region being a temperature region that is set based on a relation between a pre-ignition occurrence frequency and the cylinder wall temperature; and
cylinder wall temperature control unit for, in response to an actual operating region that is a region in which the internal combustion engine is actually operating being within a predetermined pre-ignition susceptibility operating region, performing control using the cylinder wall temperature varying unit so that the wall temperature parameter falls within the pre-ignition suppression temperature region;
wherein the cylinder wall temperature control unit is configured to raise the wall temperature parameter in response to the wall temperature parameter being lower than the pre-ignition suppression temperature region, and configured to decrease the wall temperature parameter in response to the wall temperature parameter being higher than the pre-ignition suppression temperature region.

US Pat. No. 10,458,309

WORK VEHICLE

Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A work vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body that includes a heat exchange room in which an opening portion facing a rear side is formed;
a cooling unit that is provided in the heat exchange room and includes a rear surface facing the rear side; and
a blower unit that includes:
a structure member rotatably supported to the vehicle body at one end of the vehicle body in a width direction of the vehicle body around a rotation axis extending in a vertical direction,
a fan supported to the structure member and rotationally driven around an axis, and
a movable shroud covering the fan from an outer peripheral side,
wherein the blower unit is rotatable between a closed position and an open position, the closed position being a position at which the blower unit faces the rear surface of the cooling unit and the axis is positioned in a forward-backward direction of the vehicle body, the open position being the position at which the blower unit exposes the rear surface of the cooling unit,
wherein the movable shroud includes
a shroud body that is supported so as to face the structure member and surrounds the fan,
a ring shroud that is formed in an annular shape and is provided between the shroud body and an outer peripheral end of the fan, and
a fixing portion that fixes the ring shroud to the shroud body from a side opposite to a side on which the shroud body is supported to the structure member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,308

APPARATUS FOR MODIFYING AN ENGINE OIL COOLING SYSTEM

Neal Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A kit of parts for modifying an original equipment oil cooling system for a vehicle having a diesel engine (5), the diesel engine (5) having an engine block (B) with a water cooling system (4) and a lubricating system (7) containing oil, the engine (5) having an original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8) in which heat from the oil is transferred to the water cooling system (4), the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8) being imbedded within the engine (5) and having a predetermined mounting configuration, the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8) further comprising an oil inlet (8A), an oil outlet (8B), a water inlet (8C), and a water outlet (8D) each in a predetermined location, the kit comprising:(a) an adaptor (11) configured to be installed in the engine in place of the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (5), the adaptor (11) having an oil inlet port (25) and an oil outlet port (12), the adaptor (11) being arranged such that when the adaptor (11) is mounted to the engine (5), the oil inlet port (25) of the adaptor (11) is positioned at the former location of the oil inlet (8A) of the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8) and the oil outlet port (12) of the adaptor (11) is positioned at the former location of the oil outlet (8B) of the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger, the adaptor (11), in an installed position, providing a flow of oil to an external oil cooling heat exchanger (15) mounted in a location different from the location of the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8), the adaptor (11) further comprising a bypass water passage having a single water inlet port (55) and a single water outlet port (56), the adaptor (11) being arranged such that when the adaptor (11) is in the installed position the water inlet port (55) of the adaptor (11) is positioned at the former location of the water inlet (8C) of the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8) to receive a flow of water coolant, and the water outlet port (56) of the adaptor (11) discharges the flow of water coolant to the water cooling system; and
(b) the external oil cooling heat exchanger (15) configured to be mounted in a location different from the location of the original equipment liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger (8), the oil cooling heat exchanger (15) having an inlet (27) to receive the flow of oil from the adaptor (11) and an outlet (29) to return the flow of oil to the engine (5).

US Pat. No. 10,458,307

TWO-CYCLE DIESEL ENGINE CONFIGURED FOR OPERATION WITH HIGH TEMPERATURE COMBUSTION CHAMBER SURFACES

DeltaHawk Engines, Inc., ...

1. A two-cycle diesel engine for operating with high combustion chamber surface temperatures, the engine comprising:an aluminum engine block including at least one cylinder including a first intake port and a first exhaust port, the engine block including a first fluid flow channel for cooling the engine block and a second fluid flow channel located at the exhaust port to cool the portion of the cylinder proximate the exhaust port;
a cylinder sleeve having a top end and a bottom end, and fabricated from a metal composite to include a second intake port and a second exhaust port proximate the bottom end, the sleeve being fastened to the interior of the cylinder with the intake ports being in fluid communication and the exhaust ports being in fluid communication;
a head assembly engaged with the engine block, the head assembly including a third cooling fluid flow channel;
a fuel injector assembly including an injector tip, the assembly supported by the head assembly, the injector assembly including a fuel flow channel between a fuel source and the injector tip, a return fuel channel between the injector tip and the fuel source and a cooling fuel channel between the injector tip and the fuel source ;
a stainless steel fire plate resiliently supported between the top end of the cylinder sleeve and the head assembly to cooperate with the fuel injector assembly to close the top end of the cylinder sleeve;
a crank shaft coupled to a connecting rod;
an aluminum piston having a titanium alloy crown, the piston being located within the sleeve and connected to the connecting rod to move the crown between the top of the cylinder sleeve, and below the second intake and exhaust ports;
a turbocharger including a turbine coupled to the exhaust ports and a compressor including an input coupled to an air filter and an output; and
a supercharger including a compressor coupled to the compressor output and the intake ports.

US Pat. No. 10,458,305

METAL SUBSTRATE FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER AND CATALYST CARRIER

1. A metal substrate for catalytic converter for purifying exhaust gas, the metal substrate comprising a honeycomb core including a flat metal foil and a corrugated metal foil, the flat metal foil and the corrugated metal foil being layered, whereinthe corrugated foil has an offset part having different wave phases between front and rear in an axial direction of the honeycomb core,
the offset part has an oxide film formed on an exposed end surface that is exposed toward at least a gas inlet side,
the oxide film contains 30% by mass or more and 99.9% by mass or less of a first alumina with the balance comprising at least one of a second alumina, a Fe oxide, and a Cr oxide,
the first alumina comprises ?-alumina, and
the second alumina comprises at least one or more of ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, and ? aluminas.

US Pat. No. 10,458,300

ENGINE EXHAUST CATALYST HEATING SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine system comprising:an engine including a plurality of combustion chambers generating a driving torque by combustion of a fuel;
an intake line for supplying air to the combustion chambers;
a cylinder deactivation (CDA) device mounted at a portion of combustion chambers among the plurality of combustion chambers and selectively deactivating the portion of combustion chambers;
a first exhaust manifold connected to a first plurality of combustion chambers mounted with the CDA device;
a second exhaust manifold connected to a second plurality of combustion chambers without the CDA device;
a first exhaust line flowing an exhaust gas exhausted from the first exhaust manifold;
a second exhaust line flowing an exhaust gas exhausted from the second exhaust manifold;
a third exhaust line connected with the first exhaust line and the second exhaust line through an exhaust gas processing device;
a turbocharger including a turbine mounted at the first exhaust line and rotated by the exhaust gas and a compressor rotated in connection with the turbine for compressing external air;
an electric supercharger including a motor mounted at the intake line to supply supercharged air to the combustion chambers and an electric compressor operated by the motor; and
an air injection device supplying the air to both the second exhaust manifold and the second exhaust line in a catalyst heating mode of the exhaust gas processing device,
wherein the exhaust gas having been discharged from the first exhaust manifold is directly discharged to the turbine and the exhaust gas having been discharged from the second exhaust manifold is directly discharged to the exhaust gas processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,297

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR MACHINE FLUID OPERATIONS

RPM INDUSTRIES, LLC, Was...

1. A valve assembly, comprising:a housing;
an inlet/outlet port defined by the housing;
a machine fluid reservoir port defined by the housing;
a filter port defined by the housing; and
an actuating mechanism comprising a ball and a spring positioned within the housing, wherein the actuating mechanism is structured to establish:
a first fluid communication path from the machine fluid reservoir port to the inlet/outlet port upon application of negative pressure at the inlet/outlet port by a fluid component during a fluid evacuation operation; and
a second fluid communication path from the inlet/outlet port to the filter port upon application of positive pressure at the inlet/outlet port by a fluid component during a fluid refill operation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,292

GAS EXCHANGE VALVE ACTUATOR FOR AXIAL DISPLACEMENT OF A GAS EXCHANGE VALVE OF A COMBUSTION ENGINE

FREEVALVE AB, Angelholm ...

1. A gas exchange valve actuator for axial displacement of a gas exchange valve of a combustion engine, the actuator being configured to be connected to a pressure fluid source and a pressure fluid sink, respectively, and being configured to be driven by a gaseous pressure fluid, the actuator comprising:an actuator piston comprising an actuator piston disc and an actuator piston rod projecting from the actuator piston disc in an axial direction;
a cylinder volume, the actuator piston disc separating said cylinder volume in a first part and a second part and being displaceable back and forth in the axial direction in said cylinder volume between an inactive position and an active position, the first part of the cylinder volume being configured for controllable fluid communication with said pressure fluid source and said pressure fluid sink, respectively, the actuator piston being biased in a direction from the second part of the cylinder volume towards the first part of the cylinder volume; and
a hydraulic circuit comprising a chamber, a free end of the actuator piston rod being disposed in said chamber,
wherein the actuator piston rod is displaceable back and forth in the axial direction in a channel in connection with axial displacement of the actuator piston disc in the cylinder volume, said channel extending between the first part of the cylinder volume and the chamber of the hydraulic circuit, and
wherein said channel comprises at least one circumferential ventilation groove that is configured to be constantly connected to said pressure fluid sink.

US Pat. No. 10,458,282

GAS TURBINE ENGINE MODULE ADAPTER TO A CARRIER

1. A method of assembling a gas turbine engine having a plurality of engine modules to be assembled to one another, the method comprising: rotatably mounting a first one of the engine modules to a carrier of an overhead assembly line, horizontally assembling at least one additional engine module to said first one of the engine modules by mounting said at least one additional engine module in a cantilevered fashion to said first one of the engine modules such that the assembled modules are positioned along a horizontal axis, selectively rotating the assembled modules about the horizontal axis, and displacing the assembled modules along the overhead assembly line with the carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,458,278

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING FLUID TO A BEARING DAMPER

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A lubricant supply system for a plurality of bearing dampers in a plurality of engine bearing compartments of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a lubricant supply conduit;
a first lubricant delivery conduit fluidly coupled to the supply conduit;
the first delivery conduit including one or more lubricant delivery flow paths, and delivering lubrication to engine components;
a second lubricant delivery conduit fluidly coupled to the supply conduit;
the second delivery conduit delivering lubricant to one or more of the plurality of bearing dampers;
an active oil flow management valve, wherein actuation of the active oil flow management valve restricts lubricant flow in the first delivery conduit and increases pressure in the second delivery conduit;
wherein actuation of the active oil flow management valve is dependent upon a rotational speed of an engine spool, and
wherein the active flow management valve is a solenoid valve that is normally open and, when closed, restricts lubricant flow in the first delivery conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,458,273

BLADE VIBRATION MONITOR WITH SELF ADJUSTING SENSOR GAP MECHANISM

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A blade vibration monitor including a self-adjusting sensor gap mechanism, comprising:a probe configured to be disposed in a mounting hole within a turbine casing of a steam turbine;
a proximity sensor disposed within a tip of the probe producing a signal in response to a turbine blade passing the sensor;
a positioning means to position a depth of the probe with respect to the mounting hole; and
a processor for processing the signal to determine a gap distance between the probe and the turbine blade, and
wherein based on the determined gap distance the processor controls the positioning means to adjust the probe depth relative to the mounting hole in order to set the gap distance in real time to a minimal gap distance.

US Pat. No. 10,458,270

ROLLER BEARINGS FOR HIGH RATIO GEARED TURBOFAN ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gear system for a geared turbofan engine, the gear system comprising:a sun gear driven by a low spool shaft, the sun gear defining a sun gear diameter;
a rotating carrier that drives a fan, the carrier defining an outer carrier diameter and an inner carrier diameter;
a non-rotating ring gear, the ring gear defining a ring gear diameter, the ring gear diameter is smaller than the outer carrier diameter; and
a set of planet gears mounted on corresponding rolling element bearing assemblies, each rolling element bearing assembly is supported within the rotating carrier within a space defined between the carrier outer diameter and the carrier inner diameter such that at least a portion of each rolling element bearing assembly is disposed radially outward of a pitch diameter of the non-rotating ring gear, wherein each of the sun gear, ring gear and planet gears are substantially centered along a gearbox centerline transverse to an engine longitudinal axis and the gear system provides a speed reduction ratio between an input to the sun gear and an output from the carrier between 3:1 and 5:1.

US Pat. No. 10,458,261

INTERMEDIATE CASING GUIDE VANE WHEEL

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An outlet guide vane wheel comprising guide vanes made of polymer matrix composite material reinforced by fibers, each having an airfoil, a vane root, and a vane tip, said vane roots being fastened to a hub of said wheel by first connection means and said vane tips being fastened to an outer shroud of said wheel by second connection means, wherein said first connection means include a bearing plane secured to said hub and a first backing plate for securing to said hub, said vane roots being sandwiched between said bearing plane and said first backing plate without a bolt extending through said vane roots, and said second connection means include a second backing plate for securing to said shroud, said vane tips being sandwiched between said shroud and said second backing plate without a bolt extending through said vane tips.

US Pat. No. 10,458,260

NOZZLE AIRFOIL DECOUPLED FROM AND ATTACHED OUTSIDE OF FLOW PATH BOUNDARY

General Electric Company,...

1. A flow path assembly for a gas turbine engine, the flow path assembly defining a flow path through the gas turbine engine, the flow path assembly defining an axial direction and a radial direction that are orthogonal to one another, the flow path assembly further defining a circumferential direction extending about the axial direction, the flow path assembly comprising:a nozzle airfoil having a first end opposite a second end;
a wall defining a flow path boundary, the wall having an opening therein through which the second end of the nozzle airfoil protrudes such that the second end of the nozzle airfoil extends outside of the flow path;
a cap extending over the second end of the nozzle airfoil; and
an attachment member extending through the second end of the nozzle airfoil and the cap to attach the second end of the nozzle airfoil to the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,258

DOUBLE SNAPPED COVER PLATE FOR ROTOR DISK

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section;
a combustor in fluid communication with the compressor section;
a turbine section in fluid communication with the combustor section;
a plurality of rotor disks in at least one of said compressor section and said turbine sections;
at least one cover plate corresponding to at least one rotor disk of said plurality of rotor disks, wherein each of said at least one cover plates comprises:
at least two snaps connected via a webbing portion, each snap of said at least two snaps comprises a contacting surface contacting said at least one rotor disk, and each of said contacting surfaces includes at least one scalloping, the at least one scalloping on the contacting surface of a first snap of said at least two snaps has a first arc length and a first radial depth and the at least one scalloping on the contacting surface of a second snap of said at least two snaps has a second arc length, larger than the first arc length, and a second radial depth, larger than the first radial depth; and
a bore region radially inward of said at least two snaps and connected to at least one of said at least two snaps via said webbing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,251

AIRFOIL COOLING USING NON-LINE OF SIGHT HOLES

General Electric Company,...

1. An airfoil for a gas turbine engine, the airfoil comprising:a first portion defining an inner surface of the airfoil, the first portion formed from a first plurality of plies of a ceramic matrix composite material; and
a second portion defining an outer surface of the airfoil, the second portion formed from a second plurality of plies of a ceramic matrix composite material,
wherein the first portion and the second portion define a non-line of sight cooling aperture extending from the inner surface to the outer surface of the airfoil,
wherein the first portion defines a first aperture and the second portion defines a second aperture, the first aperture and the second aperture forming the cooling aperture, and
wherein the first aperture has a first minimum cross-sectional area and the second aperture has a second minimum cross-sectional area, the first minimum cross-sectional area being smaller than the second minimum cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 10,458,248

BLADE CHANNEL, BLADE CASCADE AND TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A blade channel of a turbomachine comprising:in a circumferential direction of the turbomachine, a pressure side of an airfoil and an opposite suction side of an adjacent airfoil,
two opposing side walls,
the blade channel having an extent in the axial direction of the turbomachine delimited by leading edges and by trailing edges of the airfoil and the adjacent airfoil,
at least one of the side walls being provided with localized contours, at least two of the localized contours being formed as elevations and at least two further of the localized contours as depressions;
a saddle surface being formed between the localized contours so that, in one revolution, the saddle surface alternately merges into one of the elevations and one of the depressions; wherein the elevations are configured relative to each other in the circumferential direction, and the depressions are configured relative to each other in the axial direction and wherein a leading depression of the depressions is configured close to the suction side, and a trailing depression of the depressions is configured on the pressure side, the saddle surface being in an intersecting region of the localized contours.

US Pat. No. 10,458,245

OPTIMIZED AERODYNAMIC PROFILE FOR A TURBINE BLADE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A ROTARY WHEEL OF THE THIRD STAGE OF A TURBINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An aerodynamic profile for a turbine blade mounted to a hub in a casing of a turbine, the aerodynamic profile defining the turbine blade when cold and in a non-coated state, the aerodynamic profile being substantially identical to a nominal profile determined by Cartesian coordinates X,Y,Zadim given in Table 1, in which the coordinate Zadim is a quotient D/H, where D is a distance of a point under consideration from a first reference X,Y plane situated at a base of a nominal profile, and H is a height of said nominal profile measured from said first reference plane that is an intersection of a stacking axis of the turbine blade and an axisymmetric surface of the hub, out to a second reference plane that is an intersection of said stacking axis with an axisymmetric surface of the casing, the measurements D and H being taken radially relative to an axial direction of the turbine, while the coordinate X is measured in the axial direction of the turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,244

TUNED RETENTION RING FOR ROTOR DISK

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A rotor disk assembly comprising:a rotor disk; and
a retention ring coupled to the rotor disk, wherein dimensions of the retention ring vary circumferentially such that the retention ring is tuned to adjust a predicted modal frequency response of the rotor disk.

US Pat. No. 10,458,243

ROTOR DISK BOSS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for designing a rotor disk assembly, the method comprising:determining a probable point of contact on a first rotor disk in response to an inter-disk device failure, wherein:
the first rotor disk comprises a web that is disposed between a rim and a bore;
the bore abuts the web at a web foot that is a radially inwardmost portion of the web;
the rotor disk assembly further comprises a second rotor disk operatively coupled to the first rotor disk;
the inter-disk device is disposed on the second rotor disk and extends axially toward the first rotor disk; and
the inter-disk device comprises a spacer arm that is a portion of the inter-disk device that extends farthest axially from the second rotor disk; and
redesigning the first rotor disk to include a boss at the probable point of contact.

US Pat. No. 10,458,242

ROTOR DISC WITH PASSAGES

1. A rotor disc for a gas turbine engine, the rotor disc comprising an annular disc body configured to support a circumferential array of blades, the disc body having a plurality of passages defined therethrough forming coils within the disc body, the passages coiled around a central axis of the disc body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,234

MINERAL WINNING PICK, HOLDER, AND COMBINATION

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A pick comprising:a head including a tip for engaging the ground and a body having a mounting end including a bearing surface to set against a corresponding surface on a holder;
a shank extending from the mounting end of the head in a first direction for receipt in an opening of the holder, the shank and the body being one piece; and
a plurality of recessed removal features spaced from each other in the first direction, each said removal feature including a removal surface with a notch beneath each removal surface that can be engaged by a tool to apply a force to remove the pick from the holder, wherein at least one of the removal surfaces is in the head between the bearing surface and the tip and at least one of the removal features is positioned on the pick as to be received in the opening of the holder when the shank is received in the opening and each notch extends to a depth less than half a thickness of the shank.

US Pat. No. 10,458,233

SENSORS FOR IN-SITU FORMATION FLUID ANALYSIS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A downhole tool, comprising:a tube comprising an inner bore that receives a gas phase of a sample of fluid from a subterranean formation;
a vibration source at least partially coupled to the tube;
a vibration receiver at least partially coupled to the tube;
a controller coupled to the vibration source and the vibration receiver;
a second tube comprising an inner bore that receives a liquid phase of the sample of fluid from the subterranean formation; and
a liquid-gas separator in fluid communication with the inner bore of the tube and the inner bore of the second tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,231

ESTIMATING IN SITU STRESS FROM ACOUSTIC EMISSION SOURCE PARAMETERS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of determining at least one in situ stress parameter for an earth formation, the method comprising:receiving acoustic emission data for acoustic emissions originating in the formation;
performing a moment tensor analysis of the data, thereby yielding acoustic emission source parameters;
determining at least one acoustic emission source parameter angle having a highest number of associated acoustic emission events; and
calculating the in situ stress parameter, based on the acoustic emission source parameter angle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,230

FORMATION RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for operating a downhole device, comprising:measuring, by an array resistivity tool disposed downhole, resistivity in a geological formation to generate radial resistivity data;
correcting the radial resistivity data for borehole effects to provide borehole-corrected apparent resistivity data for a non-invaded formation;
inverting the radial resistivity data or the borehole-corrected apparent resistivity data to provide non-invaded true resistivity values for the non-invaded formation;
inverting the radial resistivity data to provide invaded true resistivity values for an invaded formation; and
determining true resistivity values for the geological formation associated with the radial resistivity data as a weighted combination of the non-invaded true resistivity values and the invaded true resistivity values.

US Pat. No. 10,458,227

WELL COMPLETION WITH SINGLE WIRE GUIDANCE SYSTEM

APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES ASSO...

1. A system comprising:a current source;
a ground terminal, the ground terminal electrically connected to the current source, the ground terminal grounded at the surface of the Earth;
a reference wellbore comprising an intermediate casing, the intermediate casing extending from the surface of the Earth to a horizontal section of the reference wellbore, the intermediate casing further including an intermediate casing electrical discontinuity, the intermediate casing being electrically conductive between the intermediate casing electrical discontinuity and a bottom hole end of the intermediate casing;
a reference conductor, the reference conductor electrically connected to the current source, the reference conductor inserted into the reference wellbore;
a tubular, the tubular including a tubular string electrical discontinuity, the tubular inserted into the reference wellbore through the intermediate casing, the tubular having a tubular bottom hole end, and the tubular being electrically conductive between the tubular string electrical discontinuity and the tubular bottom hole end;
a first electrical connection between the tubular and the reference conductor between the tubular string electrical discontinuity and the tubular bottom hole end;
a second electrical connection between the tubular and the reference wellbore between the tubular string electrical discontinuity and the tubular bottom hole end, whereby current flowing through the reference conductor, the tubular, and the reference wellbore produces a reference magnetic field; and
magnetic sensors positioned to sense the reference magnetic field; and
at least one guided wellbore that is steered in response to the sensed reference magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,458,225

MITIGATING FLUID POUND EFFECTS UNDER INCOMPLETE PUMP FILLAGE CONDITIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving position data characterizing a position of a plunger over time, the plunger forming part of a rod lift pump system, the position measured by a first sensor, the plunger being configured to travel between a first position and a second position within a barrel within a well, and a distance between the first position and the second position defining a stroke length;
receiving load data characterizing a load on a rod over time, the load measured by a second sensor, the rod coupled to the plunger;
receiving velocity data characterizing a velocity of the plunger while the rod lift pump system is operating under a condition of complete pump fillage, wherein a portion of the barrel between the first position and the second position is filled with liquid prior to a downstroke of the plunger;
correlating, using at least the received load data and position data, the load on the rod and the position of the plunger; and
displaying, on a graphical interface display space, a visualization of the velocity data simultaneously with a visualization of the correlated load and position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,222

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MULTIPHASE HYDROCARBON PUMP HAVING AN AUGER COUPLING

BCRT TECHNOLOGY, Houston...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first rotary machine operable for transformation of energy between rotary mechanical energy and fluid kinetic energy, the rotary machine comprising:
a drive shaft;
a tubular housing defining a fluid input and a fluid output and a rotor operating region;
a rotor mounted within the rotor operating region for rotation about a rotor axis of rotation through the drive shaft, the rotor comprising a first rotor end and a second rotor end, the axis of rotation extending between the first rotor end and the second rotor end, the rotor operating region being positioned between the fluid input and the fluid output; and a plurality of rotor elements for the rotor, the plurality of rotor elements being axially spaced from each other along the rotor, the plurality of rotor elements comprising a plurality of surfaces oriented on the rotor so as to be concentric to the rotor axis of rotation, the plurality of rotor elements axially spaced a distance RD between the rotor elements, defining therebetween a plurality of radial flow paths each having a path width PW defined by the distance RD between the rotor elements, the plurality of rotor elements defining a plurality of centrally positioned apertures that collectively define an unrestricted interior opening that surrounds the drive shaft and connects to the plurality of radial flow paths to permit radially outwardly fluid flow through the plurality of radial flow paths, the unrestricted interior opening receiving fluid flow from the fluid input to provide the radially outwardly fluid flow through the plurality of radial flow paths;
a solids port through which the solids are removed from the fluid;
wherein the drive shaft further comprises a variable distance element, a computer program further comprising:
instructions to adjust the variable distance element from a first distance value RD1 for the space between the rotor elements to a distance value RD2 for the space between the rotor elements based on a density FD of the fluid wherein the space is inversely proportional to the FD.

US Pat. No. 10,458,220

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING SUBTERRANEAN HYDROCARBON EXTRACTION UTILIZING ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTIONS WITH METALS

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. A method to facilitate extraction of subterranean hydrocarbons from a geologic structure, the method comprising:injecting a first fluid composition comprising a base metal and proppant particles into a first wellbore that extends into the geologic structure, the base metal particles having a first density and the proppant particles having a second density, wherein a ratio of the second density to the first density is equal to or less than 5;
wherein corrosion of the base metal in the wellbore results in electrochemical oxidation of the base metal and electrochemical reduction of a reducible species that generates a gaseous product in sufficient quantities to increase the subterranean pressure in at least a portion of the wellbore and thereby induce fractures within the geologic structure; and
at least some of the induced fractures are kept open by the proppant particles thereby facilitating egress of hydrocarbons from the geologic structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,214

OIL PUMPING APPARATUS WITHOUT A SPEED REDUCER

1. An oil pumping apparatus comprising:a connector connected to a device;
a top platform supported on a frame for operation and maintenance of the oil pumping apparatus;
a roller disposed on the top platform and having a first axle, the roller being rotatable about the first axle and being connected to a first wheel coaxially, wherein the first wheel has a first diameter;
a motor disposed on the top platform and having a second axle, the motor being rotatable about the second axle and having a second wheel, wherein the second wheel has a second diameter, and the first diameter of the first wheel is at least five times of the second diameter of the second wheel;
a driven belt covering the first wheel and the second wheel and being a heavy-duty timing belt to enable synchronous drives to operate the roller, wherein the roller is driven by the motor through the driven belt and the first wheel;
a load belt moveable over the roller, one end of the load belt having one end connected to the connector, and the other end of the load belting being connected to a balance box to balance the weight of the device; and
a control system for the apparatus,
wherein when the motor rotates in a clockwise direction, the motor drives the roller rotate in the clockwise direction through the driven belt and the device moves down vertically; and
wherein when the motor rotates in an anticlockwise direction, the motor drives the roller rotate in the anticlockwise direction and the device moves up vertically.

US Pat. No. 10,458,210

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RIB SUPPORT FOR SCREEN/FILTER CARTRIDGE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A screen assembly comprising:a first sleeve including a radially inwardly facing surface and a radially outwardly facing surface;
a second sleeve including a radially inwardly facing surface and and a radially outwardly facing surface;
a plurality of ribs extending between the first and second sleeves, each of the plurality of ribs being joined to one of the radially inwardly facing and radially outwardly facing surfaces of the first sleeve and one of the radially inwardly facing and radially outwardly facing surfaces of the second sleeve; and
a screen cartridge extending between and coupled to the first and second sleeves, the screen cartridge being formed from multiple diffusion bonded layers and including a substantially continuous outer surface and a substantially continuous inner surface that abuts and is decoupled from the plurality of ribs, wherein the screen cartridge includes a first screen layer defined by a first perforated tube that abuts the plurality of ribs and a second screen layer defined by a second perforated tube that extends about and is bonded to the first screen layer, the first perforated tube including a first plurality of openings having a first dimension and the second perforated tube including a second plurality of openings having a second dimension that is greater than the first dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,458,209

METHOD TO GRAVEL PACK USING A FLUID THAT CONVERTS TO IN-SITU PROPPANT

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for completing a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation, comprising:installing a sandface completion assembly comprising a mechanism through which fluid flows in the wellbore, the mechanism having a shearing device selected from a choke, nozzle, or a static mixer;
pumping a solids-free fluid comprising chemical precursors into an annulus formed between the subterranean formation and the sandface completion assembly;
flowing the solids-free fluid through the mechanism;
initiating, with the shearing device of the mechanism, a chemical reaction between the chemical precursors to form a plurality of solid particles in the annulus;
controlling particle size of the plurality of formed solid particles with the shearing device of the mechanism; and
forming a pack in the annulus with the plurality of formed solid particles that filters sand and allows formation fluid to flow therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,458,207

REDUCED-PHYSICS, DATA-DRIVEN SECONDARY RECOVERY OPTIMIZATION

QRI GROUP, LLC, Houston,...

1. A method, implemented at a computer system that includes at least one processor, for modeling and controlling physical material flow relationships between injector wells and producer wells in a reservoir to improve performance of the reservoir, the method comprising:receiving, from one or more hardware-based sensors distributed in one or more locations within the reservoir, sensor data indicating a material flow rate currently present at each sensor location;
calculating pressure distribution within the reservoir using a stationary pressure algorithm to identify variations of pressure at the one or more locations within the reservoir using the received sensor data;
applying the calculated pressure distribution as an input to a tracer algorithm for at least one injector well and for at least one producer well to identify tracer flow values for materials flowing from a seed point in the injector well to the producer well, the tracer flow values providing an indication of material flow volume attributable to the seed point;
combining the identified tracer flow values to generate one or more well allocation factors representing relationships in material flow through inter-well connections between the injector well and the producer well, the well allocation factors providing a material flow strength measurement;
determining a current material flow efficiency level of each inter-well connection using a fractional flow model that incorporates as input the determined material flow strength measurement, the fractional flow model specifying the fraction of material flow in the producer well that originated from the injector well and traveled through a specified inter-well connection;
providing the determined current material flow efficiency levels of the inter-well connections to an injection and/or production controller, which regulates material flow through the injector well and/or the producer well according to the determined current material flow efficiency levels; and
controlling material flow through the injector well based on the determined current material flow efficiency levels of the inter-well connections to thereby improve performance of the reservoir,
wherein if the determined current efficiency is above a determined efficiency measurement, controlling material flow through the injector well comprises increasing an amount of flow material injected through the injector well, and
wherein if the determined current efficiency is below the determined efficiency measurement, controlling material flow through the injector well comprises decreasing the amount of flow material injected through the injector well.

US Pat. No. 10,458,205

REMOVABLE HAND GUARD FOR DRILLING RIG HAND TONGS

KATCH KAN HOLDINGS LTD., ...

1. A hand guard for attaching to a drilling rig hand tong handle, the tong handle comprising top and bottom supports each having front and rear portions and a tong grip therebetween, the hand guard comprising:a) a body capable of attaching to the tong handle, the body having a connecting portion configured to connect to the tong handle and a protecting portion configured to provide a barrier to guard against objects impacting the tong grip;
b) the body comprising an L-shaped portion connected at one end to the protecting portion and having top and bottom tabs extending from the L-shaped portion and spaced from the protecting portion, the L-shaped portion capable of being inserted between the top support and the bottom support to position the protecting portion on the front side of the top and bottom supports and the top and bottom tabs on the rear side of the top and bottom support;
c) the top tab extending from the L-shaped portion of the body in a first direction towards the top support and the bottom tab extending from the L-shaped portion of the body in a second direction towards the bottom support; and
d) means for securing the body to the tong handle, thereby guarding the tong handle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,203

PRESSURE CYCLE ACTUATED INJECTION VALVE

1. An injection valve for use in completing an oil and or gas well comprising;a) a housing,
b) an axially movable piston located in a chamber provided in the housing,
c) an upper indexing sleeve having a plurality of groove segments on an outer surface of the indexing sleeve,
d) an upper flow tube axially movable within the housing,
e) a power spring compressed by downhole movement of the upper flow tube,
f) a lower indexing sleeve having a plurality of groove segments on an outer surface of the lower indexing sleeve,
g) a first valve including a flapper element and a valve seat at a downhole portion of the housing, and
h) a variable orifice insert positioned within the housing and including a second valve having a second valve body and second valve seat, the second valve being biased to a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,191

CARBON FIBER BASED TUBING ENCAPSULATED CABLE

Trican Well Service, Ltd....

1. A fiber encapsulated cable for pipeline use comprising:a pipeline having a central passageway,
an optical conductor,
a carbon fiber sheath wrapped around the optical conductor;
wherein, the carbon fiber sheath is resin impregnated;
further wherein the carbon fiber sheath and the optical conductor are installed in the pipeline central passageway; and
a remote monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,186

SACRIFICIAL SPACER FOR WELL TOOL INNER SEAL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A drill bit, comprising:an outer seal interposed radially between a cone and a journal of the drill bit and sealingly engaged with the journal and cone, to not permit communication of well fluid across the outer seal;
an inner seal positioned in a groove formed on either the cone or the journal not sealingly in contact with the journal and cone, and not exposed to well fluid: and
a circumferential spacer positioned radially between the inner seal and a surface of either the cone or the journal radially opposite the groove, the circumferential spacer including a material that radially spaces apart the inner seal from the surface, wherein there is a greater coefficient of friction between the circumferential spacer and the inner seal than between the circumferential spacer and the surface, such that there is relative sliding motion between the circumferential spacer and the surface, but not relative sliding motion between the inner seal and the groove or between the inner seal and the circumferential spacer, such that the inner seal and outer seal perform their sealing functions in series time-wise, at substantially different time intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,458,184

GROUND PROCESSING TOOL AND A METHOD FOR CREATING A BOREHOLE IN THE GROUND

BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Sc...

1. A ground processing tool having a central shaft including a conducting channel built therein, the ground processing tool having at least one mixing blade attached to the central shaft and extending radially outward,wherein
the at least one mixing blade comprises an inner cavity,
the inner cavity communicates with the conducting channel in the central shaft,
an outside of the mixing blade comprises at least one opening to the inner cavity,
a removal apparatus is arranged on a lower side of the ground processing tool and is configured for removing ground material,
a ring shaped circumferential wall is mounted on the central shaft and encircles a mixing area in which the at least one mixing blade is arranged, and
a conveyor configured to convey the removed ground material is arranged between the removal apparatus and the at least one mixing blade.

US Pat. No. 10,458,177

METAL DOOR

OUTDOOR SPACES, INC., Om...

1. A metal door, comprising:a vertically disposed hinge stile having an upper end, a lower end, an inner side, an outer end, a front side and a rear side;
a vertically disposed lock stile having an upper end, a lower end, an inner end, an outer end, a front side and a rear side;
a top rail extending between said upper ends of said hinge stile and said lock stile with said top rail having a first end, a second end, an upper end, a lower end, a front side and a rear side;
a bottom rail extending between said lower ends of said hinge stile and said lock stile with said bottom rail having a first end, a second end, an upper end, a lower end, a front side and a rear side;
each of said hinge and lock stiles comprising:
(a) a vertically disposed first aluminum extrusion having:
(1) a front wall with first and second ends;
(2) a first end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely rearwardly from said first end of said front wall;
(3) a second end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely rearwardly from said second end of said front wall;
(4) a rear wall, having first and second ends, extending between said second end of said first end wall and said second end of said second end wall;
(5) said front wall, said first end wall, said second end wall and said rear wall defining a generally triangular-shaped second cavity;
(6) said first cavity having foam insulation therein;
(7) an elongated first channel at said second end of said first end wall;
(8) an elongated second channel adjacent said second end of said rear wall;
(b) a vertically disposed second aluminum extrusion having:
(1) a rear wall with first and second ends;
(2) a first end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely forwardly from said first end of said rear wall thereof;
(3) a second end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely forwardly from said second end of said rear wall;
(4) a front wall, having first and second ends, extending between said second end of said first end wall and said second end of said second end wall thereof;
(5) said rear wall, said first end wall, said second end wall and said front wall defining a generally triangular-shaped second cavity;
(6) said first cavity having foam insulation therein;
(7) an elongated first channel at said second end of said first end wall;
(8) an elongated second channel adjacent said second end of said front wall;
said second aluminum extrusion being positioned with respect to said first aluminum extrusion so as to be spaced rearwardly therefrom with said second channel of said second aluminum extrusion being aligned with said first channel of said first aluminum extrusion and so that said first channel of said second aluminum extrusion is aligned with said second channel of said first aluminum extrusion and so that said front wall of said second aluminum extrusion is spaced from said rear wall of said first aluminum extrusion and is parallel thereto;
an elongated first connector having first and second ends;
said first end of said first connector being received in said first channel of said first aluminum extrusion with said second end of said first connector being received in said second channel of said second aluminum extrusion;
an elongated second connector having first and second ends;
said first end of said second connector being received in said second channel of said first aluminum extrusion with said second end of said second connector being received in said first channel of said second aluminum extrusion;
said first and second connectors being comprised of a non-metallic and non-thermally conductive material whereby a thermal break is provided between said first and second aluminum extrusions;
an elongated first steel skin secured to said first aluminum extrusion so as to embrace said first end wall, said front wall and said second end wall thereof;
an elongated second steel skin secured to said second aluminum extrusion so as to embrace said first end wall, said rear wall and said second end wall thereof;
said first and second steel skins being spaced apart so as to create a thermal break therebetween;
said bottom rail being of identical construction to said hinge stile and said lock stile except for the length thereof which is less than the length of said hinge stile and said lock stile; and
said top rail having a thermal break created therein between said front side and said rear side thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,458,175

DEVICE FOR CLOSING AN OPENING IN A BUILDING

1. A device for closing a building opening, comprising:a frame which can be fastened to an inner surface of the building opening, the frame having a construction profile which has a U-shaped cross-section so as to define a profile cavity in its longitudinal direction that has an open hinge side limited by two inner side surfaces of the construction profile, wherein the frame includes a profile wall that projects into the profile cavity from each of the two inner side surfaces;
(i) a fitting part via which a flat closure element for closing the building opening is pivotally fastened to the frame, and (ii) a clamping part are fastened to the profile walls by sandwiching the profile walls between the fitting part and the clamping part, and
the fitting part and the clamping part are detachably fastened so as to be movable in the longitudinal direction along the profile cavity after detaching,
characterized in that,
the clamping part fits, at each of the profile walls, into a groove, the groove extending in the longitudinal direction of the construction profile and an opening of the groove extending parallel to an opening of the open hinge side, wherein, at a contact region between the clamping part and the groove, a width of the groove decreases from the opening of the groove toward a groove base thereof,
each of the profile walls defines a corner portion in which the fitting part is held so as to bear against the respective profile wall in each of the corner portions and be prevented from being displaced in a lateral direction, and
the clamping part fits into the groove at each of the profile walls so as to bear against two flanks of the respective groove such that, when sandwiching the profile walls between the fitting part and the clamping part, a relative movement of the profile walls with respect to one another in both an approaching and opposite direction is blocked by a play-free form lock.

US Pat. No. 10,458,173

REAR DOOR OPEN/CLOSE SWITCH

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A rear door open/close switch for being installed in a rear door of a vehicle to open or close the rear door, comprising:an arm that comprises an operating portion to be pressed when opening or closing the door and rotationally moves about a rotational axis from an initial position to a switching position when the operating portion is pressed;
a switching portion that outputs a signal to open or lock the rear door when the arm is rotationally moved to the switching position;
a spring member for pressing the arm in a rotational movement direction from the switching position toward the initial position; and
a housing that houses the arm, the switching portion and the spring member and comprises an operating-portion cover allowing the operating portion to be pressed from the outside,
wherein the arm is arranged such that the rotational axis thereof is located nearer to a vehicle front side than the operating portion,
wherein the spring member comprises a rod-shaped or plate-shaped elastic member and is arranged such that one end portion thereof is locked to the housing, and
wherein when the arm is rotationally moved from the initial position to the switching position, another end portion of the spring member receives a force from a portion of the arm located nearer to the vehicle front side than the rotational axis and the spring member is elastically deformed by the force and thereby presses the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,172

TELESCOPING DOOR OPENER

1. A door opener operable to move a door between an open and closed position, said door opener comprising:a. two or more cables configured to be connected to the door;
b. an opener unit comprising:
i. a receptacle having fluid therein;
ii. a telescoping section comprising two or more telescoping portions positioned at least partially within the receptacle;
iii. a fluid pump having an inlet/outlet port being connected to the telescoping section via a connection port; and
iv. a plurality of unit pulleys attached to either side of an uppermost telescoping portion of the telescoping section and to either side of the receptacle having the cables each wrapped around and between said unit pulleys on opposite sides; and
c. a positioning system whereby the cables are configured to be positioned along a path between the door and the opener; and
whereby the door is moved towards an open position when the fluid pump pumps the fluid from the receptacle to the telescoping section and the telescoping portions extend; and
whereby the door is moved towards a closed position when the fluid pump is not in operation and fluid flows from the telescoping section to the receptacle and the telescoping portions collapse.

US Pat. No. 10,458,170

ANTI-FALL SAFETY SYSTEM FOR WINGS, DOORS, MAIN DOORS, UP-AND-OVER DOORS, WINDOWS, VASISTAS WINDOWS

SERRAMETAL S.R.L., Morte...

1. An anti-fall safety system comprising:a first component of an opening and closing system;
a second component of the opening and closing system, the anti-fall safety system adapted to prevent detachment of said first component with respect to said second component, said first component being joined to said second component by a reciprocal retainer such that said first component is movable with respect to said second component, said first component being movable between a first position in which said first component closes an access or space and a second position in which said first component at least partially opens the access or space;
at least one partially flexible elongated member having at least one engagement element positioned at one end of said at least one partially flexible elongated member, said at least one engagement element engageable at at least one engagement point with one of said first component or said second component, wherein the engagement of said at least one engagement element of said at least one partially flexible elongated member prevents a displacement or detachment beyond a predetermined maximum limit of said first component with respect to said second component in an event of a failure, a breaking or a detachment of said reciprocal retainer, said at least one engagement element having an elastic member that is adapted to dampen energy resulting from a detachment between said first component and said second component;
a first fixing element engaging said at least one engagement element, said first fixing element adapted to be applied to the at least one engagement point, said elastic member being housed within a housing of said first fixing element, said at least one partially flexible elongated member being a cable that extends into said housing through a first hole, said cable crossing said housing and passing through said elastic member and exits said housing through a second hole, said second hole formed on a closing element of said housing, said at least one engagement element engaging said closing element so as to prevent extraction of said cable with respect to said housing, said at least one engagement element adapted to engage said closing element of said housing, said closing element being slidable within said housing, said closing element being slidable in a first direction so as to cause a compression of said elastic member and in a second direction opposite to the first direction so as to release compression of said elastic element.

US Pat. No. 10,458,166

PLUG DOOR DEVICE

NABTESCO CORPORATION, To...

1. A plug door device, comprising:a drive source;
a plug operation portion configured to move, based on a drive force of the drive source, a door installed at a doorway of a vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle;
a front-back operation portion configured to move, based on the drive force of the drive source, the door in a front-back direction of the vehicle;
a movement suppressing portion configured to suppress movement of the door in the front-back direction, wherein the movement suppressing portion includes:
a guide rail mounted to the vehicle; and
a shaft member mounted to the door and configured to move along the guide rail, wherein the guide rail includes a first portion extending in the width direction and configured to suppress movement of the shaft member in the front-back direction;
a planetary gear mechanism configured to:
distribute the drive force of the drive source to the plug operation portion in a case where movement of the door in the front-back direction is suppressed by the movement suppressing portion, and
distribute the drive force of the drive source to the front-back operation portion in a case where movement of the door in the front-back direction is not suppressed by the movement suppressing portion;
a fixed base fixed to the vehicle and including the guide rail; and
a slide base movable in the width direction with respect to the fixed base by the plug operation portion, the slide base having the drive source, the front-back operation portion, and the planetary gear mechanism mounted thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,458,164

DOOR HINGE ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction each mutually perpendicular to one another, the appliance comprising:a housing;
a door rotatable through a swing arc;
a hinge assembly rotatably coupling the door with the housing, the hinge assembly comprising:
a hinge bracket coupled with the housing, the hinge bracket comprising:
an attachment plate coupling the hinge bracket with the housing;
a pin plate extending in a plane perpendicular to the vertical direction;
a pivot pin extending from the pin plate along the vertical direction, the pivot pin defining a hinge axis; and
an extension portion extending between the attachment plate and the pin plate, the extension portion having a ramped surface;
wherein the ramped surface slopes downward along the vertical direction from the attachment plate to the pin plate; and
a cam plate coupled or integral with the door, the cam plate having a cam projection projecting therefrom, wherein the cam projection engages the ramped surface as the door is rotated through at least a portion of the swing arc of the door such that the door is moved along the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,159

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:a bumper beam provided in a front portion of a vehicle body;
a hood lock member provided on a rear side and an upper side of the bumper beam; and
a hood lock provided on an upper side of the hood lock member and configured to engage with a hood so that the hood can be opened/closed;
wherein the hood lock member is made of a resin,
a hood lock bracket made of a metal is attached to the hood lock member,
the hood lock is attached to the hood lock bracket, and
the hood lock bracket and the bumper beam are connected by a connecting member,
wherein the hood lock bracket comprises a lock attachment portion to which the hood lock is attached, a joint portion located on a front side of the lock attachment portion, and a front extending portion extending frontward from the lock attachment portion and connected to the joint portion, and
the connecting member is connected to the joint portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,153

PADLOCK

RYNAN TECHNOLOGIES PTE. L...

1. A padlock comprising:a shackle comprising a heel end pivotally attached to a padlock body for rotation about a first axis perpendicular to a plane and a toe end opposite said heel end and moveable in said plane between a first position wherein said toe end is away from said body, and a second position wherein said toe end is received within a detent in said body;
a detent mechanism comprising a stop defining a hollow for receiving said toe end and an actuator for moving said hollow in a direction parallel to said axis between a locked position wherein said toe end is received within said hollow securing said toe end within said detent and an unlocked position wherein said toe end is no longer received within said hollow;
an electronic circuit comprising at least one user input for controlling said actuator such that said hollow is moved between said locked position and said unlocked position; and
a battery for powering said electronic circuit and said actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,458,152

GATE ASSEMBLY EMPLOYING A DUAL ACTUATOR LATCHING MECHANISM

PROOFED, INC., Lafayette...

1. A safety gate assembly, comprising:a pivoting gate element including a secured end and an open end, pivoting at the secured end between an open and a closed position;
a pivoting lever disposed at the open end of the gate including a first end and second end;
two or more pawls disposed adjacent the pivoting lever, the pawls include a pivot end and a free end and pivot away from and toward each other capturing the pivoting lever between the pawls at the free end to latch the pivoting gate in the closed position;
a piston driven locking block disposed adjacent the pawls at the pivot end;
a driving mechanism in mechanical communication with the block driving the block back and forth and into a locking position when the block is driven between the pawls at the pivot end;
a remote actuator in wireless communication with the driving mechanism, signaling the driving mechanism to shift the block away from the pivot ends of the pawls allowing the pawls to pivot away from each other at the pawl free ends releasing the pivoting lever from between the pawls to unlatch the gate to the open position;
a manual actuator leg disposed adjacent the second end of the lever; and
a manual release handle coupled to the actuator leg, an upward force of the handle elevates the second end of the lever releasing the first end of the lever from between the pawls to unlatch the gate to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,147

SNAP LOCKING COUPLING SYSTEM FOR PIECES OR COUPLING MEMBERS

1. A snap coupling system between a tubular male coupling member and a tubular female coupling member, the tubular male coupling member and the tubular female coupling member each having a quadrangular shaped cross-section, comprising:the tubular male coupling member having:
a first end, a second end, an inferior wall, a superior wall and opposed lateral walls;
a quadrangular opening cut in a middle portion of the inferior wall;
a first groove and a second groove parallel to each other cut in each lateral wall respectively along two opposite sides of the quadrangular opening, each of the first groove and the second groove extending from an edge of the inferior wall toward the superior wall; and
a retention tab transversely cut in each lateral wall locating between the first groove and the second groove and extending from the superior wall toward the inferior wall, wherein each retention tab is outwardly lifted in an angle with respect to a surface of a lateral wall and has a retention edge;
the tubular female coupling member having:
a first end, a second end, an inferior wall, a superior wall and opposed lateral walls;
a quadrangular opening cut in a middle portion of the superior wall; and
a first groove and a second groove parallel to each other transversely cut in each lateral wall along two opposite sides of the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member respectively, each of the first groove and the second groove extending from an edge of the superior wall toward the inferior wall;
wherein the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member corresponds to the quadrangular opening of the tubular male coupling member so that each lateral wall at the quadrangular opening of the tubular male coupling member enters the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member; and
wherein the first groove and the second groove of the tubular female coupling member corresponds to the first groove and the second groove of the tubular male coupling member respectively, allowing each retention tab of the tubular male coupling member to momentarily flex inwardly with respect to a surface of the surrounding wall of the male coupling member in order to tightly pass through the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member such that when the retention tab recovers its position inside the cross-section of the tubular female coupling member, its retention edge is locked at an inner surface of the superior wall of the tubular female coupling member thus coupling the tubular male coupling member and the tubular female coupling member in a cross-shaped fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,144

SOLAR GRAVESTONE DISPLAY

1. A gravesite marker comprising:a memorial structure and an epitaph device;
wherein the memorial structure contains the epitaph device;
wherein the memorial structure houses a reliquary;
wherein the epitaph device is an electric circuit;
wherein the gravesite marker is a funerary structure;
wherein the gravesite marker contains the reliquary;
wherein the reliquary stores one or more relics;
wherein the reliquary displays the one or more relics;
wherein the epitaph device detects a person's presence at the gravesite marker;
wherein the epitaph device illuminates the one or more relics contained within the reliquary;
wherein the epitaph device initiates an audible presentation;
wherein the epitaph device extinguishes the illumination of the reliquary after a predetermined period;
wherein the epitaph device terminates the audible presentation after the predetermined period;
wherein the audible presentation is selected from the group consisting of an encomium and music;
wherein the memorial structure comprises a pedestal and a headstone;
wherein the pedestal is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the headstone is a hollow prism-shaped structure;
wherein the headstone rests on the pedestal such that the pedestal and the headstone forms a composite prism;
wherein the pedestal forms a platform that raises the headstone above a ground;
wherein the headstone is the structure of the memorial structure that contains the epitaph device;
wherein the headstone further comprises the reliquary, a transparent barrier, and a door;
wherein the headstone contains the reliquary;
wherein the transparent barrier and the door attach to the reliquary;
wherein the reliquary is a chamber formed within the headstone;
wherein the reliquary contains the one or more relics for display;
wherein the reliquary further comprises a reliquary cavity;
wherein the reliquary cavity is a negative space formed within the headstone;
wherein the reliquary cavity is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the interior of the reliquary is visible from the exterior of the headstone;
wherein the transparent barrier is a window formed through the headstone such that the reliquary is viewable from an exterior of the headstone;
wherein the transparent barrier forms a gas impermeable barrier between the exterior of the headstone and the reliquary;
wherein the door is a barrier that encloses the reliquary cavity;
wherein the door controls access into the reliquary cavity;
wherein the door further comprises a lock;
wherein the lock is a mechanical device used to secure the door in a closed position;
wherein the epitaph device comprises a power circuit, a master switch, a timing device, and a reliquary circuit;
wherein the power circuit, the master switch, the timing device, and the reliquary circuit are electrically interconnected;
wherein the power circuit is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the master switch is a maintained switch;
wherein the master switch is further defined with a first lead and a second lead;
wherein the timing device is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the reliquary circuit is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the power circuit provides the electrical power required to operate the epitaph device;
wherein the master switch controls the flow of electricity from the power circuit into the balance of the epitaph device;
wherein the functions of the timing device are to: a) detect the presence of a visitor to the site; b) initiate the operation of the reliquary circuit; and, c) to discontinue the operation of the reliquary circuit after the predetermined period;
wherein the functions of the reliquary circuit are to: a) illuminate the one or more relics contained within the reliquary; b) initiate an audible presentation;
wherein the power circuit comprises a rechargeable battery, a photovoltaic cell, and a diode;
wherein the rechargeable battery, the photovoltaic cell, and the diode are electrically interconnected;
wherein the rechargeable battery is further defined with a first positive terminal and a first negative terminal;
wherein the photovoltaic cell is further defined with a second positive terminal and a second negative terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,143

POST SLEEVE ASSEMBLY

1. A post sleeve assembly, comprising:a body having a central longitudinal axis, a first end portion at a first end of the body along the longitudinal axis, a second end portion at a second end of the body opposite the first end along the longitudinal axis, a first aperture at the first end portion, and a second aperture at the second end portion;
a cavity extending through the body along the longitudinal axis from the first aperture to the second aperture such that the cavity is exposed to an external environment of the body through the first aperture and through the second aperture, the cavity bounded by an interior wall of the body, the interior wall including a plurality of standoff elements, each standoff element having a respective innermost surface; and
a plurality of stops, each of the stops adjacent to a respective one of the standoff elements, each of the stops extending from the interior wall toward the longitudinal axis without extending toward the longitudinal axis beyond the innermost surface of the respective adjacent standoff element, each of the stops having a bearing surface that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,458,142

ANTI-LOOSENING ENDCAP FOR UTILITY CROSSARM

Wedax Corporation, Suzho...

1. An anti-loosening endcap for a utility crossarm comprising:an endcap body inserted into the crossarm;wherein a channel perpendicular to an inner wall of the crossarm is disposed inside the endcap body, one end of the channel is open, a pointed head pin is slidably disposed in the channel, the pointed head pin, operable to pierce the inner wall of the crossarm, faces the inner wall of the crossarm, the endcap is further provided with an axial through passage, the passage and the channel intersect at a tail portion of the pointed head pin, and a corresponding pin is provided for the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,140

MODULAR PROCESSING FACILITY

Fluor Technologies Corpor...

1. A processing facility comprising:a first process block configured to carry out a first process;
a second process block configured to carry out a second process;
wherein the first process block comprises a first module fluidly coupled to a second module, the first module being abutted against the second module at a side-to-side edge interface;
wherein the second process block comprises a third module fluidly coupled to a fourth module, the third module being abutted against the second module at an end-to-end edge interface; and
wherein the second module is fluidly coupled to the third module via a first fluid line disposed entirely within an envelope of the second module and the third module and that is not run through an interconnecting piperack.

US Pat. No. 10,458,134

STRUCTURAL REPAIR AND REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

EMECOLE METRO, LLC, Rome...

1. A system for being affixed to a portion of a construction structure that has sustained a fracture comprising:a repair strap having opposing first and second ends, the repair strap being securable to the structure to span at least a portion of the fracture with the first end of the repair strap being securable to a first portion of the structure adjacent one side of the fracture and the second end of the repair strap being securable to a second portion of the structure adjacent a second side of the fracture opposite the first side;
a sensor carried on the repair strap, the sensor configured to detect physical deformation in at least one of the repair strap or the structure, the deformation being occasioned by at least one of tension across the repair strap, strain across the repair strap, enlargement of the fracture, separation of the first and second sides of the fracture, strain of a conductor of the sensor brought on by vibration of the repair strap or vibration of the structure, stretching of the repair strap in a direction between the opposing first and second ends and displacement of the repair strap relative the structure, an electrical signal being generated in response to said detection;
a plurality of deformable leads coupled to the sensor, the plurality of leads including a first lead extendable along the first end of the repair strap adjacent the first portion of the structure and a second lead extendable along the second portion of the repair strap adjacent the second portion of the structure, the plurality of leads being deformable by physical deformation of at least one of the repair strap or the structure, the electrical signal being generated in response to deformation of one of the plurality of leads;
a communication interface electrically coupled to the sensor, the electrical signal generated by the sensor being receivable by the communication interface, the communication interface configured to transmit signals to a remote electronic device via a public or private communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,458,133

PERIMETER WARNING SYSTEM

1. A perimeter warning system for use to warn persons, in construction and repair situations, of the proximity of an edge of a surface on which the person is present and from which he could fall, comprising:a flag line;
a plurality of stanchions;
a plurality of stand bases at least equal in number to the plurality of stanchions, each stand base having a stanchion insertion point, comprising a sleeve into which the stanchion is berthed, to hold at least one stanchion in a generally upright position when assembled together, and each stand base having means to be secured, including a generally solid flat surface having at least one dedicated opening therein on each stand base, to a base which has means, including at least one pillar, sized to fit within the at least one dedicated opening of each stand base, to secure the stand bases thereto when the stand bases are not in use and stacked thereon and on each other;
each stand base being capable of placement near the edge of a surface across which edge there is danger;
wherein the plurality of stand bases and plurality of stanchions are assembled together to form a means to hold the flag line so as to create a visible line of flags to warn of the proximity of the edge of the surface, when warning is needed;
wherein each stand bases comprises a surface which defines an opening into which the stanchion insertion point of another of the plurality of stand bases can be inserted when the stand base and the another stand base are stacked together and at least one other opening;
wherein the plurality of stand bases are stored together, and when so stored securely transportable generally and between a ground position and an elevated position, by stacking them on the base by the stanchion insertion point and the means to be secured of the stand bases, when not in use or when being transported; and,
wherein the base of the perimeter warning system comprises a storage and transportation element, the storage and transportation element comprising a surface onto which the plurality of stand bases can be stacked, one atop another, for storage and transportation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,126

FLOOR COVERING

TOLI CORPORATION, Itami-...

1. A floor covering comprising:a floor covering main body and a surface layer provided on the floor covering main body,
wherein the surface layer comprises a thermoplastic resin and a plasticizer component in an amount of from 20 to 50 parts by mass based on 100 parts by mass of the thermoplastic resin,
wherein the plasticizer component comprises a mixture of diethylene glycol dibenzoate and dipropylene glycol dibenzoate in an amount of from 30 to 40% by mass, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate in an amount of from 50 to 60% by mass, and dioctyl adipate in an amount of 10 to 20% by mass, and each of said recited amounts is relative to the total mass of the plasticizer component.

US Pat. No. 10,458,125

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR FLOOR PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A method for making a mechanical locking system between an edge of a first panel and an edge of a second panel, the first panel and the second panel each containing a wood based core, the locking system being formed at least partly in the wood based core and comprising protrusions formed in the wood based core, the wood based core of the first panel including a strip extending outwardly from the edge of the first panel, and a locking element extending from the strip in a vertical direction, wherein a vertically uppermost surface of the locking element is located vertically higher than a vertically uppermost surface of the strip, the method comprising:forming the protrusions at least partly by embossing within the vertically uppermost surface of the strip of the first panel, wherein the embossing comprises pressing a tool directly against the vertically uppermost surface of the strip.

US Pat. No. 10,458,123

SIDING PANEL AND ASSEMBLY

Progressive Foam Technolo...

1. A composite siding panel, comprising:a backing member having a front face, a rear face opposite the front face thereof, and longitudinally extending first and second side edges;
a siding member having a front face, a rear face opposite the front face thereof, and longitudinally-extending first and second side edges, and a cutout on the second side edge proximate a top end of the siding member; and
an adhesive coating that joins the rear face of the siding member to the front face of the backing member, wherein the adhesive coating runs substantially from the first side edge of the backing member to the second side edge of the backing member; and
wherein the first side edge of the siding member extends outwardly beyond the first side edge of the backing member to create an overhang, and the second side edge of the siding member is aligned with the second side edge of the backing member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,120

METAL ROOFING SYSTEM WITH HOOK-ENDED ROOFING SHEETS AND MATING HOLD-DOWNS

Xiuming Zhang, Winnipeg ...

1. A roofing system comprising:a plurality of roofing sheets each having an outer perimeter composed of four perimeter edges, including a fastening edge and a hooking edge that lie opposite one another, and two side edges that lie opposite one another and span between to the hooking and fastening edges, wherein the sheet is bent under itself at the hooking edge to form a hooking portion reaching back toward the fastening edge; and
a plurality of hold-downs defined separately of the roofing sheets and configured for later securement thereto only during fastening of said hold-downs onto a roof, each hold-down having a fastening end, an opposing hooking end, a hold-down dimension measured therebetween, and a plurality fastening apertures penetrating through the hold-down at locations distributed along an outer edge of the hold-down that denotes the fastening end thereof, said plurality of fastening apertures including some fastening apertures situated nearer to said outer edge of the hold down than others of said fastening apertures, said hold-down dimension being lesser than a sheet dimension measured between the fastening and hooking edges of each roofing sheet;
wherein:
with a sole exception of the hooking edge at which the sheet is bent under itself, each roofing sheet is of entirely flat planar form, thus being flat and planar at both of the two side edges and at the fastening edge; and
each hold-down is of entirely flat and planar form.

US Pat. No. 10,458,119

ROOFING SHINGLES

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A shingle comprising:a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a polymer foam applied to the substrate;
an asphalt layer covering at least a portion of the top surface; and
a layer of granules adhered to the asphalt layer;
wherein the polymer foam covers at least a portion of the bottom surface;
wherein the polymer foam is at least one of a polyolefin foam, a polyurethane foam, a polystyrene foam, a polyisocyanurate foam, or an acrylic foam; and
wherein the polymer foam covers at least a portion of the top surface and at least partially impregnates the top surface, and wherein the asphalt layer covers the polymer foam on the top surface and at least partially impregnates the top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,118

FIBER RING REINFORCEMENT STRUCTURES

Hattar Tanin, LLC, Novat...

1. A reinforced building structure, comprising:a lattice comprising a first inter-locking assembly and a second inter-locking assembly,
wherein the first inter-locking assembly comprises a first plurality of ring shaped fibers,
wherein the second inter-locking assembly comprises a second plurality of ring shaped fibers, and
wherein a first ring of the first plurality of ring shaped fibers is folded over a second ring of the second plurality of ring shaped fibers; and
a building agent encasing the lattice.

US Pat. No. 10,458,116

BUILDING ELEMENT MADE OF A FIBROUS MATERIAL AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION UTILIZING SAME

1. A building element comprising:a block made of a fibrous material; and
forming elements disposed on the surfaces of the block including:
a pair of frames interconnected by at least one transverse brace to form a single structure,
a forming mesh disposed between the fibrous material block and the frames on top of the at least one transverse brace,
outer and inner walls which are fastened from an outer side of the frames, and
membranes disposed between the walls and the frames;
wherein an outer contour of the frames comprises curvilinear interlockable elements.

US Pat. No. 10,458,115

DISPLAY SYSTEM

Atomic Design, Inc., Lit...

1. A display system, comprising:a display support structure supported and extending upward from a floor;
a plurality of modular display panels positioned adjacent to each other and extending from the display support structure, each modular panel having:
a panel body with a front surface displayed outward from the display support structure; and
a plurality of fastener receiving passageways extending through the panel body; and
a plurality of modular display panel connectors unsupported by and not in contact with the display support structure and connecting the plurality of modular display panels from a rear planar surface side of the plurality of modular display panels, each modular panel connector having:
a connector plate with a front planar surface positioned along the rear planar surface side of the plurality of modular display panels; and
a plurality of fastener receiving through holes extending through the connector plate and corresponding to the plurality of fastener receiving passageways of the adjacently positioned modular display panels.

US Pat. No. 10,458,112

BACKWATER VALVE WITH CONTROL LINKAGE

1. A backwater valve, comprising:a hollow valve body having an inlet and an outlet that define a flow path;
a valve member pivotally movable about a pivot axis between an open position in which the valve member is away from the inlet and a closed position in which the valve member directly engages and covers the inlet to prevent fluid flow through the inlet, the pivot axis being disposed above the inlet;
a movable pressure member positioned in the hollow valve body that moves along a track adjacent to the valve member, the track extending below the pivot axis and in a linear, vertical direction that is perpendicular to the flow path, the movable pressure member moving linearly along the track between a release position above the valve member to permit pivotal movement of the valve member, and a locking position in which the pressure member intersects the flow path of the hollow valve body and is immediately adjacent to the valve member to secure the valve member in the closed position; and
a manual external locking activator accessible from outside of the hollow valve body that moves the pressure member between the release position and the locking position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,111

SHOWER PAN DRAINAGE STABILITY APPARATUS

1. A shower drain connector support system comprising:vertical guide terminating at an upper end by a radial installation flange and forming a concave lower end, said radial installation flange adapted to be rigidly affixed between a shower drain pan and a floor;
a collar sleeve depending from said concave lower end adapted to receive a drainage pipe in a contained manner; and
said collar sleeve extending upward within the concave lower end and having a first inner diameter larger than a second outer diameter of a drain pipe being contained; and
said concave lower end adapted such as to allow motor to be filled between a space formed between a concave lower end inner wall and said collar sleeve outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,108

DUAL-BOWL TOILET

7. A method of conserving water use in a toilet, comprising:joining a second bowl rotatable and operable by a user-operable mechanism, to a first bowl having an upper rim, and a connected passage exiting the first bowl, allowing water to stand in the first bowl to the height of the entry of the sewer line, the first bowl connected via one or more internal passages to a water tank having a user-operable valve enabled to provide, when opened, water in the tank into the first bowl, flushing contents in the first bowl into the passage, and one or more remotely-operable spray openings on and through an inner surface of the first bowl, directed generally upward;
operating the user-operable mechanism, rotating the second bowl from a resting, upright position, to an inverted position facing downward into the first bowl, causing contents in the second bowl to drop into the first bowl;
operating the spray openings with the second bowl inverted, cleaning the second bowl;
returning the second bowl to the resting, upright position by operating the user-operable mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,458,106

WATERLESS TRAP

ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC, Mi...

1. A waterless trap comprising:a housing having an outer peripheral wall, the outer peripheral wall having a radially inward facing wall, the housing further having a central post and a plurality of blades extending from the outer peripheral wall to the central post in which the plurality of blades are integrally formed with the central post and the outer peripheral wall;
a seal member having a stem received on the central post of the housing and a skirt extending radially outward and downwardly from the stem in which the skirt contacts the radially inward facing wall of the housing to form a seal therebetween; and
a cap configured to receive a portion of the central post, the cap being a separate component from the housing;
wherein the central post has a central air passage defined by an aperture extending through the central post from a top surface of the central post to a lower extent of the central post and wherein the cap is positioned to inhibit liquid flow from a volume of the housing above the seal member to a volume of the housing below the seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,104

HIGH FLOW DRAIN CONTROL

1. A lockable plug device for sanitary ware, the lockable plug device comprises:a closure member operable to sealingly engage with an outlet or drain of a sanitary ware product; and
a closure mechanism, wherein the closure mechanism is linked to the closure member and is operable to displace the closure member relative to the outlet to open and close the outlet; and wherein the closure mechanism comprises a lock feature, which is operable to lock the closure member in an open position;
wherein the closure mechanism comprises a primary lever and a secondary lever, each comprising an upper end and a lower end;
wherein the upper end of the primary lever engages with the upper end of the secondary lever to control movement of the closure member via the lower end of the secondary lever,
wherein the lower end of the primary lever provides a load point, which is operable to rotate the primary lever about a pivot point thereby creating displacement of the upper end of the primary lever and consequential displacement of the upper end of the secondary lever wherein the primary and secondary levers are operable to move to a locked open position, wherein the upper ends of the primary and secondary levers are configured to resist rotational displacement caused by a closing force generated by water flowing through the outlet or the drain
wherein the upper end of the secondary lever comprises a slot and the upper end of the primary lever comprises a pin, wherein the pin engages with the slot such that upon rotation of the primary lever relative to the secondary lever the pin is displaced translationally along the slot to an extremity of the slot, wherein rotation of the secondary lever relative to the primary lever displaces the closure member to a locked open position when the pin reaches an extremity of the slot; and
the upper end of the secondary lever comprise a recess adjacent to the slot, wherein the recess is shallower than the slot, such that a step is defined to one side of the slot, wherein the step acts as a guide for the upper end of the primary lever to adopt a position associated with the closure member being fully open and an edge of the recess acts as a guide for the upper end of the primary lever in the event that a load, which is greater than the load generated by water flowing through the outlet or the drain, is applied to the closure member whilst in the locked open position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,103

FAUCET ASSEMBLY

Guangzhou Seagull Kitchen...

1. A faucet assembly, comprising:a water supply pipeline, which comprises a water outlet pipeline section and a water inlet pipeline section connected to each other, wherein the water inlet pipeline section contains a throat section with a cross sectional diameter smaller than that of the rest of the water inlet pipeline section;
a shell, which is made of hard materials and wrapped around the throat section, so as to define a space that contains air around the throat section, while the throat section has an opening to the space;
a flexible membrane wrapping layer, which is made of elastic materials and is hermetically sealed on an inner side of the shell, so that the space that contains air has an elastic, retractable and sealed boundary;
a heater, which is connected in series to the water inlet pipeline section and is positioned upstream of the shell along the water outlet direction, to heat the water that is about to flow into the throat section;
another water inlet pipeline section, which is also connected to the water outlet pipeline section, such that water coming from the water inlet pipeline section and water coming from the another water inlet pipeline section both flow into the water outlet pipeline section, wherein the another water inlet pipeline section also contains an another throat section with a cross sectional diameter smaller than that of the rest of the another water inlet pipeline section;
another shell, which is made of hard materials and wrapped around the another throat section, so as to define an another space that contains air around the another throat section, while the another throat section has an opening to the another space; and
another flexible membrane wrapping layer, which is made of elastic materials and is hermetically sealed on the inner side of the another shell, so that the another space that contains air has an elastic, retractable and sealed boundary,
wherein the another water inlet pipeline section does not have a heater.

US Pat. No. 10,458,102

MULTI-FUNCTION DEVICE CAPABLE OF TEMPORARILY STOPPING WATER OUTPUT

RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP., J...

1. A multi-function device capable of temporarily stopping water output, comprising:a water output device, having a water input end and a water output end, the water output device is provided with a plurality of water channels inside, to connect to the water input end and the water output end; and
a switching mechanism, disposed in the water output device, to drive water flow to flow or stop, to realize water switching, the switching mechanism is located in the water channels nearing the water input end,
wherein the water output device comprises a shell, that includes:
a motor sleeve piece, fixed in the shell;
a motor main body, disposed at one side of the motor sleeve piece;
a tight seal cover, disposed at one other side of the motor sleeve piece; and
a driving rod, used to drive a press key to realize pressing;
a water separation plate and a tight seal pad are each disposed between the motor sleeve piece and the tight seal cover, a spring is disposed between the water separation plate and the tight seal cover, one end of the press key is disposed in the motor main body, while the other end is disposed protruding out of the motor main body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,097

HYBRID WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hybrid work machine, including:an engine;
an electric motor connected to the engine in such a manner that a torque can be transmitted to the engine;
an electric storage device configured to supply electric power to the electric motor;
a monitoring device configured to monitor a state of the electric storage device and to acquire electric storage device information;
a hydraulic pump driven by power of the engine and power of the electric motor; and
a pump regulator configured to regulate a delivery flow rate of the hydraulic pump, wherein the hybrid work machine comprises:
an increasing rate computing section configured to compute an allowable increasing rate in response to the electric storage device information for pump absorption power that is absorption power of the hydraulic pump;
a limited power computing section configured to compute limited pump power that is a limited value of the pump absorption power on the basis of the allowable increasing rate; and
a pump control section configured to output a command signal to the pump regulator in response to the limited pump power and to control the delivery flow rate of the hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,458,096

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING A FRONT LOADER IMPLEMENT

1. A system comprising:a carrier vehicle including two front loader arms;
an implement mount coupled to the carrier vehicle comprising a first mark, wherein the first mark is positioned on the implement mount between the two front loader arms; and
an implement detachably coupled to the implement mount comprising a second mark,
wherein the first mark and the second mark are both visually recognizable from the carrier vehicle between the two front loader arms when the implement is coupled to the implement mount,
wherein the second mark is positioned on the implement at a location that aligns with the first mark in a forward direction relative to the carrier vehicle when the implement is in position for coupling with the implement mount, and
wherein the first mark is positioned on the implement mount at a location that is aimed at the second mark from the perspective of the carrier vehicle when the carrier vehicle is aligned with the implement in the forward direction while the carrier vehicle moves towards the implement in the forward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,095

CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN EXCAVATOR AND EXCAVATOR COMPRISING A CONTROL UNIT IMPLEMENTING SUCH A CONTROL METHOD

VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPM...

1. A control method, for controlling an excavator, the control method including a step of:providing an excavator including at least:
several movable members, each movable member being configured to move at least a part of the excavator,
at least one actuating set comprising at least two actuators, the at least two actuators including at least one electric actuator, each actuator being configured to actuate at least one of the movable members,
at least one static brake movable between: i) a locking position where the at least one static brake locks the at least one electric actuator, and ii) an unlocking position where the at least one static brake unlocks the at least one electric actuator,
a command device configured to receive commands from an operator and to generate command signals based on the commands,
a control unit configured to receive the command signals and to control the actuators and the at least one static brake based on the command signals,
the control method further including at least:
a reception step wherein the control unit receives a command signal,
an actuation check step wherein the control unit checks whether the command signal requires the control unit to actuate at least one actuator belonging to the at least one actuating set, and
an unlocking step, after the command signal requires the control unit to actuate an actuator belonging to the at least one actuating set, wherein the control unit controls the at least one static brake so that the at least one static brake moves towards its unlocking position.