US Pat. No. 10,480,967

SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing device, comprising:an input interface configured to receive an output signal Va(T) from a sensor; and
a prediction unit configured to generate, in accordance with a value Va_T1 of an output signal obtained at a time T1, in a transition response period before a response time period Tr or Td elapses, a predicted value Vb_T2 corresponding to a value of an output signal to be obtained at a time T2 after the time T1, where Tr denotes a response time period during which the value of the output signal Va(T) changes from a first converged value Vc1 corresponding to a first value P1 of a parameter representing a certain property of an object to be measured to a second converged value Vc2 corresponding to a second value P2 different from the first value P1 of a parameter representing the certain property of the object to be measured, and Td denotes a response time period during which the value of the output signal Va(T) changes from the second converged value Vc2 to the first converged value Vc1, wherein
the prediction unit generates the predicted value so that TrE|1?TdE/TrE| are satisfied, where TrE denotes a response time period during which the predicted value becomes a value corresponding to the second converged value Vc2, and TdE denotes a response time period during which the predicted value becomes a value corresponding to the first converged value Vc1.

US Pat. No. 10,480,964

OPTICAL NAVIGATION DEVICE

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An optical navigation device, comprising:a light-emitting unit, emitting a light to a surface of a displacement generating unit;
an optical navigation chip, comprising:
a sensing array, excluding any optical lens for focusing a reflected light, disposed opposite to the surface of the displacement generating unit, receiving a reflected light which the light is reflected from the surface of the displacement generating unit; and
a cover, having an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein a geometric structure is formed by the cover, the optical navigation chip, and the light-emitting unit, wherein the inner surface of the cover is polygonal-curved and has at least two different slopes to direct another reflected light reflected by the inner surface of the cover away from entering the sensing array of the optical navigation chip.

US Pat. No. 10,480,951

GENERATING ROUTES USING INFORMATION FROM TRUSTED SOURCES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system for generating routes based on information received from trusted sources, comprising:at least one computing device; and
a map engine adapted to:
receive a user drawn annotated boundary of an area of interest from a trusted source, wherein the user drawn annotated boundary of the area of interest includes one or more descriptions, each description including a time constraint and a transportation mode constraint;
receive a request for directions, wherein the request includes a time and a transportation mode;
determine that the time constraint and the transportation mode constraint of the area of interest apply to the time and transportation mode included in the request;
in response to the determination, generate a route in response to the request using the area of interest; and
display the user drawn annotated boundary of an area of interest with the route.

US Pat. No. 10,480,949

APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING POSITION OF OWN VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING POSITION OF OWN VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A position identifying apparatus comprising:a position detecting unit that detects a position of an own vehicle on a map by using a map matching process;
an information acquiring unit that acquires, from the map, road information surrounding the own vehicle based on the position of the own vehicle detected by the position detecting unit;
a feature extracting unit that extracts features of ground object existing around the own vehicle, based on an output of a feature detecting unit mounted on the own vehicle;
an index value calculating unit that calculates an index value representing a likelihood of a stationary object for the features extracted by the feature extracting unit;
a feature selecting unit that selects feature candidates from among the features having an index value larger than or equal to a predetermined likelihood of the stationary object;
a correlating unit that correlates the feature candidates with the road information acquired by the information acquiring unit;
a weight setting unit that sets weights for feature candidates correlated with the road information, the weight being used for correcting the position of the own vehicle; and
wherein the index value calculating unit is configured to calculate a positional change of the feature, which changes with time, and configured to set a smaller index value to a feature having a large positional change relative to an index value calculated for a feature having a small positional change.

US Pat. No. 10,480,947

BOOLEAN SATISFIABILITY (SAT) REDUCTION FOR GEOMETRY AND KINEMATICS AGNOSTIC MULTI-AGENT PLANNING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a roadmap representing a plurality of paths through an environment;
discretizing the roadmap, by the computing device, to obtain a discrete planning graph, wherein the discrete planning graph comprises a plurality of states corresponding to discretized path segments of the plurality of paths of the roadmap such that states corresponding to adjacent discretized path segments are connected in the discrete planning graph;
determining, by the computing device, a Boolean equation representing at least a portion of the discrete planning graph, wherein the Boolean equation comprises a plurality of Boolean clauses, wherein the plurality of Boolean clauses comprise a plurality of Boolean variables, wherein each Boolean variable of the plurality of Boolean variables represents a possible state of a robotic device in the discrete planning graph at one of a plurality of times;
determining, by the computing device, a set of values comprising a value of true or false for each Boolean variable of the plurality of Boolean variables, wherein the set of values satisfies the Boolean equation, wherein the set of values indicates a sequence of states for the robotic device to occupy from the plurality of states of the discrete planning graph, and wherein the sequence of states for the robotic device to occupy is represented by Boolean variables having a determined value of true; and
providing, by the computing device, a route through the environment for the robotic device to cause the robotic device to occupy each state in the sequence of states over the plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 10,480,943

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NOISE AND DRIFT CALIBRATION USING DITHERED CALIBRATION

Honeywell International I...

1. A system for providing low-noise and low-bias measurements, the system comprising:a processing unit; and
two or more dithered calibrated sensors that provide directional measurements to the processing unit, wherein a dithered calibrated sensor in the two or more dithered calibrated sensors has an input axis that rotates about an axis such that bias error can be removed by the processing unit;
wherein the dithered calibrated sensor provides a zero bias measurement along a first axis and a low noise measurement along a second axis, the second axis being orthogonal to the first axis;
wherein the two or more dithered calibrated sensors are arranged with respect to each other such that the first axis of a first dithered calibrated sensor in the two or more dithered calibrated sensors is aligned with the zero-bias measurement of a second dithered calibrated sensor in the two or more dithered calibrated sensors; and
wherein the processing unit executes an algorithm to combine measurements produced by the two or more dithered calibrated sensors that are along the same axis to produce a measurement for each measured axis that has both low-noise and zero-bias, wherein the measurement is produced by combining the low-noise measurement from the first dithered calibrated sensor with the zero-bias measurement from the second dithered calibrated sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,937

SYSTEM FOR SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENT OF WHEEL ALIGNMENT ANGLES AND WHEEL RUNOUT OF MULTI-AXLE VEHICLES

MANATEC ELECTRONICS PVT. ...

1. A system (100) for simultaneous measurement of wheel alignment angles and wheel runout of multi-axle vehicles (105) having a plurality of at least five or more axle wheels (110), said system (100) comprising:a plurality of at least ten or more wheel targets (115), wherein each of said plurality of at least ten or more wheel targets (115) is respectively mounted on said axle wheels (110);
a first vertical column (120a) on a first side of a multi-axle vehicle (105),
wherein the first vertical column (120a) comprises a first camera module (125a) and a second camera module (125b), which cover the first side of the multi-axle vehicle (105),
the first camera module (125a) is positioned at a height lower than the second camera module (125b) in such a way that the first camera module (125a) is set to focus on at least two or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first axle and one axle wheel (110) of a second front axle, and the second camera module (125b) is set to focus on at least three or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first rear axle, one axle wheel (110) of a second rear axle, and one axle wheel (110) of a third rear axle,
each of the first camera module (125a) and the second camera module (125b) includes a camera (127), and
a second vertical column (120b) on a second side of a multi-axle vehicle (105),
wherein the second vertical column (120b) comprises a first camera module (125a) and a second camera module (125b), which cover the second side of the multi-axle vehicle (105),
the first camera module (125a) is positioned at a height lower than the second camera module (125b) in such a way that the first camera module (125a) is set to focus on at least two or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first axle and one axle wheel (110) of a second front axle, and the second camera module (125b) is set to focus on at least three or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first rear axle, one axle wheel (110) of a second rear axle, and one axle wheel (110) of a third rear axle,
each of the first camera module (125a) and the second camera module (125b) includes a camera (127),
wherein the distance between the first vertical column (120a) and the second vertical column (120b) is the width of the multi-axle vehicle (105),
wherein simultaneously, the cameras (127) included in each of the first camera module (125a) and the second camera module (125b) mounted on both the first vertical column (120a) and the second vertical column (120b) are configured to capture images of said plurality of at least ten or more wheel targets (115); and
an alignment control module (130) having a processor (140) co-operating with each of the first camera modules (125a) and the second camera modules (125b) and configured to analyze said captured images to simultaneously compute wheel alignment angles for each of said axle wheels (110) and also to simultaneously compute wheel runout for each of said axle wheels (110), said processor (140) further configured to compare said computed wheel alignment angles with a predetermined range of acceptable wheel alignment angles.

US Pat. No. 10,480,936

OPTICAL SHAPE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSING A POSITION AND/OR SHAPE OF A MEDICAL DEVICE USING BACKSCATTER REFLECTOMETRY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An optical shape sensing system for sensing a position and/or shape of a medical device using backscatter reflectometry, comprising:a broadband light source for generating input light of multiple wavelengths of a broadband spectrum,
an interferometer arrangement comprising a plurality of interferometers including a multi-core optical fiber, the multi-core optical fiber comprising at least two fiber cores, wherein each of the interferometers is configured to perform backscatter reflectometry separately with a corresponding one of a plurality of input light beams divided from the input light and comprises:
a fiber splitter for dividing the corresponding input light beam into a reference beam and a device beam,
an additional optical fiber for guiding the reference beam,
a corresponding fiber core of the multi-core optical fiber for guiding the device beam to be reflected within the medical device and for guiding the reflected device beam, and
a fiber coupler for coupling the reflected device beam with the reference beam to form an output light beam,the optical shape sensing system further comprisinga spectrometer for receiving and dispersing the output light beam from each interferometer, the spectrometer comprising a detector unit for detecting the output light beam from each interferometer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,930

OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT MEASURING INSTRUMENT, ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND MEASURING METHOD OF OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT MEASURING INSTRUMENT

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. An optical displacement meter comprising:a light-emitting element for irradiating a measurement subject with a measurement light;
a light-receiving element for receiving a reflected light reflected by the measurement subject; and
a control device for controlling the light-emitting element and the light-receiving element and for processing an output signal of the light-receiving element to measure a displacement of the measurement subject,
wherein the control device sets a maximum value of the output signal of the light-receiving element with respect to a maximum value of a region in which a light-receiving amount needs to be measured.

US Pat. No. 10,480,922

CENTER ERROR VALUE OF BEARINGS MEASURING METHOD

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A method of measuring a center error between bearings, the method comprising:disposing both sides of a rotation shaft on inner circumferential surfaces of a magnetic bearing and a backup bearing;
applying current to the magnetic bearing to produce movement of the rotation shaft;
determining a contact point between the rotation shaft and the backup bearing according to movement of the rotation shaft;
determining a final target value using the contact point and predetermined position information of the magnetic bearing;
determining a magnetic center of the magnetic bearing through the final target value;
comparing the magnetic center of the magnetic bearing and a mechanical center of the backup bearing to determine a center error; and
aligning the magnetic center of the magnetic bearing and the mechanical center of the backup bearing based on the determined center error.

US Pat. No. 10,480,918

PROJECTILE WITH ENHANCED BALLISTIC EFFICIENCY

Brown Dog Intellectual Pr...

1. A projectile for use with a firearm having a rifled barrel including helical grooves extending longitudinally along an inner surface thereof, the projectile comprising:a substantially cylindrical projectile body having at a front end an ogival nose section and at a rear end a tail section;
a driving band section formed on the projectile body between the nose section and the tail section;
a bore rider section formed on the projectile body between the nose section and the tail section; and
a driving band lead-on section formed on the projectile body adjacent to the driving band section on a forward side thereof and having an angled surface, with respect to a horizontal axis of the projectile body, that forms a transition from the driving band section to a portion of the projectile body adjacent to the driving band lead-on section on a forward side thereof,
wherein the driving band lead-on section is formed having an LD-Haack profile.

US Pat. No. 10,480,910

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INITIATOR DEVICE

1. An integrated circuit initiator device comprising:a circuit substrate upon which an electrical insulating layer is formed;
an electrical conducting bridge circuit formed on the electrical insulating layer, wherein said electrical conducting bridge circuit is patterned as:
a set of contact areas, and
a bridge structure connecting together individual ones of the set of contact areas;
a flyer comprising a polymer layer spin-coated on the bridge structure;
wherein said bridge structure is configured to form a plasma when the bridge structure is fused by activating an initiator circuit when electrically coupled to at least one of the set of contact areas to provide an electrical current to the bridge structure through the at least one of the set of contact areas,
wherein the flyer is propelled away from the substrate by said plasma formed after activating the initiator circuit,
wherein the bridge circuit is patterned in a doped silicon layer epitaxially deposited on the electrical insulating layer,
wherein the doped silicon layer comprises a dopant from a group III element, and
wherein the bridge circuit pattern has an ohmic resistance less than 2*10 ?5 Ohm·m.

US Pat. No. 10,480,906

ELECTRONIC LOCK FOR MOUNTED FIREARM ACCESSORIES

1. A firearm accessory assembly including an electronic lock that remotely engages and disengages said firearm accessory assembly to a firearm; said firearm accessory assembly includes at least one sensor that detects round fire frequency, date of round fire, time of round fire, location of round fire, or whether said firearm was moved; said firearm accessory assembly further includes a housing having an inner surface and a lock shaft carriage therein that receives a lock shaft and said lock shaft carriage mounts said lock shaft to said inner surface; said lock shaft carriage includes a stopper extending therefrom, said lock shaft is inserted under said stopper and into said lock shaft carriage; said electronic lock includes a locking member, said stopper is adapted to limit downward movement of said locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,904

GBIAS FOR RATE BASED AUTOPILOT

BAE Systems Information a...

10. A system for shaping a trajectory of a projectile comprising:a guidance and control autopilot;
at least one processor of the guidance and control autopilot executing a program performing as follows:
processing a roll orientation with respect to gravity and an estimate of a velocity of the projectile;
determining an Inherent Gbias amount produced by null guidance and control lateral rate control loops of the guidance and control autopilot;
determining a Desired Gbias amount;
determining an Additional Gbias amount;
applying the Additional Gbias to the Inherent Gbias;
determining a total rate command by the at least one processor of the guidance and control autopilot system, wherein the total rate command is determined by dividing the Desired Gbias by the estimate of the velocity of the projectile; and
guiding the projectile to a target using the total rate command from the guidance and control autopilot.

US Pat. No. 10,480,901

RIFLESCOPE WITH FEEDBACK DISPLAY AND RELATED METHODS

GUNWERKS, LLC, Cody, WY ...

1. A riflescope comprising:a main tube;
an objective system coupled to a first end of the main tube;
an ocular system coupled to a second end of the main tube, wherein the objective system and the ocular system are cooperatively configured to define at least one focal plane; and
a display system comprising a display and a mirror, wherein the display and the mirror are positioned between the at least one focal plane and the ocular system, and wherein the mirror occludes only a portion of a view presented from the objective system to the ocular system;
wherein the at least one focal plane is positioned a first distance from a plane extending through a distal surface of the ocular system, the display is positioned a second distance from the mirror, and the mirror is positioned a third distance from the plane extending through the distal surface of the ocular system, the first distance being different from the second distance, and wherein the sum of the second distance and the third distance equals the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,480,888

SILENCER FOR FIREARM

1. A quick-coupling silencer assembly for a firearm, the assembly comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a muzzle device configured for attachment to a muzzle end of a firearm barrel, the muzzle device including a first rotational stop;
a support tube having a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of baffles arranged in a longitudinal stack and supported by the support tube, the baffles defining a plurality of gas expansion chambers;
a coupling member attached to the proximal end of the support tube and having a second rotational stop engageable with the first rotational stop of the muzzle device, the coupling member rotatably securing the support tube to the muzzle device;
a ratcheting mechanism comprising a freely rotatable first array of radial teeth disposed on the coupling member and a second array of radial teeth disposed on the coupling member in a fixed rotational position;
a biasing member biasing the second array of radial teeth into engagement with the first array of radial teeth;
wherein the first array of radial teeth is infinitely rotatable in opposing directions when the coupling member is not secured to the muzzle device, and wherein the first array of radial teeth is locked in rotational position when the coupling member is secured to the muzzle device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,886

SUPPRESSOR DESIGN

Gladius Suppressor Compan...

1. An insulated suppressor for a rifle comprising:a blast baffle;
a monocore baffle stack; and
an insulating sleeve comprising;
a continuous cylindrical wall;
a distal end cap, comprising a first recess, wherein the first recess contains a distal end cap insulation disk;
a proximal end cap, comprising a second recess, wherein the second recess contains a proximal end cap insulation disc;
the insulating sleeve substantially covering the entirety of a suppressor a second continuous cylindrical wall of the suppressor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,881

TRIGGER GROUP FOR SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS

FRANKLIN ARMORY HOLDINGS,...

1. A trigger assembly for a firearm comprising:a frame;
a hammer connected to the frame and movable between a cocked position and a striking position;
the hammer being biased toward the striking position;
a trigger element connected to the frame and movable by a user between a forward position and a rearward position;
a selector connected to the frame and movable between at least a first position and a second position; and
a plurality of retention facilities each operable to selectively restrain the hammer in the cocked position, and when the selector is in the first position to enable discharge of the firearm in response to movement of the trigger to the rearward position and to maintain the firearm without discharging upon release of the trigger to the forward position, and when the selector is in the second position to enable discharge of the firearm in response to movement of the trigger to the rearward position and to enable an additional discharge of the firearm upon release of the trigger to the forward position; and
the frame including a cam surface, and at least one of the plurality of retention facilities has a cam contact element adapted to follow the cam surface and generate a movement of at least one of the plurality of retention facilities to cease restraint of the hammer by at least one of the plurality of retention facilities.

US Pat. No. 10,480,874

PRO-BOXER FLEXIBLE LANCE POSITIONER APPARATUS

STONEAGE, INC., Durango,...

1. A flexible lance drive positioning apparatus adapted to be fastened directly to a heat exchanger tube sheet adjacent a selected number of tubes to be cleaned, the apparatus comprising:a flat base plate having a first portion and a second portion extending at an angle from the first portion, the first and second portions forming an inner center corner therebetween, the flat base plate having an outer center corner between the first portion and the second portion spaced from the inner center corner, a first outer end corner and a second outer end corner;
a support post adjacent each of the outer end corner, the outer center corner and the inner center corner each fastened at one end to the base plate;
a top plate fastened to an opposite end of each support post; and
an extensible scissor arm assembly between the base plate and the too plate having a first arm and a second arm each pivotally fastened via one of a first and second shoulder sleeve to the inner center corner support post, wherein the extensible scissor arm assembly is operable to position a lance drive mechanism carried by wrist joint members at a distal end of the scissor arm assembly at precise X and Y coordinates adjacent the heat exchanger tube sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,872

TURBULATORS IN ENHANCED TUBES

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A heat exchange tube comprising:inner surface features on an inner surface of the heat exchange tube including a rib structure that is rifled and includes two or more helices that cross over each other; and
a turbulator that extends in a longitudinal direction inside the heat exchange tube,
at least a portion of the turbulator is positioned on the inner surface features,
the inner surface features and the turbulator have a relative structure and arrangement to synergistically improve a heat transfer coefficient relative to a heat exchange tube without both the inner surface features and the turbulator, and in an operation condition where the working fluid flow is in an intermediate regime, and
the intermediate regime is defined as including Reynolds numbers including lower than a transition point before a turbulent flow regime, including the transition point, and including a relatively smaller portion of the turbulent flow regime,
wherein a ratio of turbulator pitch P1 to a tube inner diameter Dt, P1/Dt, is from 1 to 2.5, and
a ratio of a turbulator diameter Dw to the tube inner diameter Dt, Dw/Dt, is from 0.04 to 0.1.

US Pat. No. 10,480,871

HEAT EXCHANGER FLANGE PLATE WITH SUPERCOOLING FUNCTION

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchanger core configured as a stack of plates, alternating ducts for a flow of refrigerant and a flow of a liquid coolant defined between adjacent ones of the plates;
a flange plate joined to a lowermost plate of the stack of plates, the flange plate comprising an upper plate facing the heat exchanger core to which the lowermost plate of the stack of plates is joined, and a lower plate facing away from the heat exchanger core, wherein a connection region is defined as that portion of the upper plate where the lowermost plate of the stack of plates is joined to the upper plate; and
a supercooling passage for the flow of refrigerant arranged within the flange plate and bounded by at least one of the upper and lower plates of the flange plate, the supercooling passage extending directly below the heat exchanger core to allow for the transfer of heat between refrigerant passing through the supercooling passage and liquid coolant passing through that duct of the heat exchanger core bounded by said lowermost plate of the stack of plates, wherein the flange plate further comprises: a first refrigerant inlet, arranged in the upper plate within the connection region; a first refrigerant outlet arranged outside of the connection region; a fluid transfer line extending between the first refrigerant inlet and the first refrigerant outlet; a second refrigerant inlet arranged outside of the connection region and fluidly connected to the supercooling passage; and a second refrigerant outlet arranged outside of the connection region and fluidly connected to the supercooling passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,868

TUBE ASSEMBLY

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of operating a fuel system of a gas turbine engine comprising the steps of:flowing a first fluid through a first flowpath defined by a first tube;
exposing a second tube surrounding and spaced radially outward from the first tube to a first thermal gradient; and
breaking a first sacrificial support structure located between the first and second tubes via thermal stress induced by the first thermal gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,480,865

INTERMITTENT THERMOSYPHON

J R Thermal LLC, Austin,...

1. A thermosyphon, comprising:a condenser having a first condenser orifice through which vapor enters the condenser;
the condenser further having a second condenser orifice through which liquid leaves the condenser;
an evaporator having a first evaporator orifice through which vapor exits the evaporator;
the evaporator further having a second evaporator orifice located below the second condenser orifice through which liquid enters the evaporator, wherein the first evaporator orifice and the second evaporator orifice pass through a planar top interior surface of the evaporator, and the first condenser orifice and the second condenser orifice pass through a planar bottom interior surface of the condenser,
a plurality of evaporator fins positioned within the evaporator so that each of the evaporator fins extends from the planar bottom interior surface of the evaporator to the planar top interior surface of the evaporator, wherein the plurality of evaporator fins create flow channels to direct movement of fluid within the evaporator from the second evaporator orifice towards the first evaporator orifice, and wherein a notch removing only an upper portion of one or more of the plurality of evaporator fins positioned proximal to the second evaporator orifice allows liquid entering the evaporator unobstructed access to the flow channels,
and further having a plurality of condenser fins positioned within the condenser so that each of the condenser fins extends from the planar bottom interior surface of the condenser to a planar top interior surface of the condenser, wherein the plurality of condenser fins create flow channels to direct movement of fluid within the condenser from the first condenser orifice towards the second condenser orifice;
a vapor tube fluidly coupling the first evaporator orifice to the first condenser orifice; and
a liquid tube fluidly coupling the second condenser orifice to the second evaporator orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,480,864

RECOVERY AND RE-USE OF WASTE ENERGY IN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising:a hydrocracking plant of a crude oil refining facility, the hydrocracking plant comprising feed furnaces, a first stage reaction section comprising a fixed-bed reactor vessel, a second reaction stage comprising another fixed-bed reactor vessel, and a fractionator column, wherein the hydrocracking plant is configured to perform at least one crude oil refining process and to flow a hydrocracking plant stream comprising at least one of a first stage reaction section feed stream to a first stage cold high pressure separator, a diesel product stream, a kerosene product stream, a second reaction stage feed stream to a second cold high pressure separator, a product stripper overheads stream, a kerosene pumparound stream;
an oil refining plant of the crude oil refining facility, the oil refining plant being different from the hydrocracking plant, the oil refining plant comprising at least one of a sulfur recovery plant comprising an amine regenerator distillation column, a sour water stripper plant comprising a sour-water stripper distillation column, a gas separation plant comprising a de-ethanizer distillation column and a propane-butane splitter distillation column and through which a gas separation plant stream comprising at least one of C2 to C4 flows in the gas separation plant, a naphtha hydro-treating plant comprising a naphtha splitter distillation column, an amine regeneration plant separation section comprising an acid gas absorber vessel and an acid gas regenerator vessel, wherein an acid gas regenerator bottoms stream comprising a weak amine salt flows through the amine regeneration plant;
a flow control system connected to the hydrocracking plant and the oil refining plant, the flow control system comprising one or more flow pumps, one or more flow pipes, and one or more valves, wherein the flow control system is configured to:
flow the hydrocracking plant stream from the hydrocracking plant to a heat exchanger, and
flow a stream from the oil refining plant to the heat exchanger; and
the heat exchanger configured to transfer a portion of heat flowed through the hydrocracking plant stream to the stream from the oil refining plant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,860

CONVEYOR FURNACE

1. A conveyor furnace comprising:a muffle having an inlet opening and an outlet opening;
a first heating device for heating a volume delimited by the muffle;
a closed conveyor belt manufactured at least partially from metal, the conveyor belt including a first section extending through the muffle such that, during the operation of the conveyor furnace, a workpiece to be annealed is arranged to be conveyed in through the inlet opening and out through the outlet opening of the muffle, and a second section extending outside of the muffle, wherein, during the operation of the conveyor furnace, the first section of the conveyor belt is arranged to be moved in a first direction, while, at the same time, the second section of the conveyor belt is arranged to be moved in a second direction opposite from the first direction;
a second heating device arranged so that during the operation of the conveyor furnace, the second heating device heats the second section of the conveyor belt under an atmosphere in which oxidation occurs outside of the muffle, wherein the first heating device and the second heating device are mutually separate and mutually independent heating devices; and
a first lock chamber before the inlet opening and a second lock chamber after the outlet opening, relative to the first direction in which the first section of the conveyor belt is moved, wherein the first lock chamber and the second lock chamber are each flushed with gaseous hydrogen,wherein the first heating device heats the first section of the conveyor belt while the first section of the conveyor belt travels in the first direction and the second heating device heats the second section of the conveyor belt while the second section of the conveyor belt travels in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,859

CARRIER-TYPE HEAT-TREATMENT APPARATUS

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC SINTERE...

1. A carrier heat-treatment apparatus including a furnace main body that includes heaters and a mesh belt that transports an object to be heat-treated into the furnace main body, comprising:a gas pipe arranged inside the furnace main body, the gas pipe being configured to inject a gas into the furnace main body,
wherein a low-temperature zone and a high-temperature zone are provided inside the furnace main body with the gas, the low-temperature zone being provided on an entrance side of the furnace main body, the high-temperature zone being provided on an exit side of the furnace main body and having a temperature higher than the low-temperature zone,
wherein the heaters are aligned in a transportation direction of the object to be heat-treated,
wherein a heat insulator is arranged in a gap that is selected from gaps between the heaters aligned in the transportation direction and that is located in the vicinity of the gas pipe, and
wherein the gas from the gas pipe does not provide heat insulation within any of the gaps between the heaters aligned in the transportation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,855

HEATED SHELF FOR A FREEZE-DRYING SYSTEM HAVING A LEADING FOLDED EDGE THAT DOES NOT CATCH ON FOOD BEING REMOVED FROM THE SYSTEM

1. A freeze-drying system comprising:a vented cart configured for operation in a pressure controlled chamber of the freeze-drying system; and
a plurality of heated shelves disposed in the vented cart, at least one heated shelf of the plurality of heated shelves including:
a planar sheet formed from a thermally conductive material, and folded so as to form a top portion configured to conduct heat to a tray when the tray is resting on the top portion of the planar sheet, and a bottom portion disposed opposite the top portion;
a heating element secured between the top portion and the bottom portion, the heating element having a surface disposed in thermally conductive contact with the top portion; and
wherein the plurality of heated shelves is configured for control by a temperature controller of the freeze-drying system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,854

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH GREENHOUSE GAS REMOVAL

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A liquefied natural gas production system using liquid nitrogen as a primary refrigerant, the system comprising:a natural gas stream from a supply of natural gas;
a liquefied nitrogen stream from a supply of liquefied nitrogen;
at least one heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the liquefied nitrogen stream and the natural gas stream to at least partially vaporize the liquefied nitrogen stream and at least partially condense the natural gas stream; and
a greenhouse gas removal unit comprising a distillation column having a heat pump condenser and reboiler system, the greenhouse gas removal unit configured to remove greenhouse gas from the at least partially vaporized nitrogen stream, wherein the heat pump condenser and reboiler system further comprises
a compressor that increases a pressure and condensing temperature of an overhead stream of the distillation column,
a heat pump heat exchanger to cross-exchange the overhead stream of the distillation column and a bottom stream of the distillation column to affect both an overhead condenser duty and a bottom reboiler duty of the distillation column,
a pressure reduction device, connected to an output of the heat pump heat exchanger, and configured to reduce a pressure of the distillation column overhead stream after the distillation column overhead stream has passed through the heat pump heat exchanger, and
a separator, connected to an output of the pressure reduction device, and configured to produce a first separator overhead stream, wherein the first separator overhead stream is gaseous nitrogen that exits the greenhouse gas removal unit having greenhouse gases removed therefrom;
at least one expander service that reduces the pressure of the at least partially vaporized nitrogen stream; and
a controller that adjusts an inlet temperature of a first of the at least one expander service to affect an overhead condenser duty and a bottom reboiler duty of the distillation column.

US Pat. No. 10,480,852

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIQUEFACTION OF NATURAL GAS

DRESSER-RAND COMPANY, Ol...

1. A method for producing liquefied natural gas, comprising:fluidly coupling a source of natural gas to an inlet of a heat exchanger;
feeding natural gas from the source of natural gas through the inlet of the heat exchanger;
compressing a first portion of a single mixed refrigerant in a first compressor;
compressing a second portion of the single mixed refrigerant in the first compressor;
combining the first portion of the single mixed refrigerant with the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant in the first compressor to produce the single mixed refrigerant;
cooling the single mixed refrigerant in a first cooler to produce a first liquid phase and a gaseous phase;
separating the first liquid phase from the gaseous phase in a first liquid separator;
compressing the gaseous phase in a second compressor;
cooling the compressed gaseous phase in a second cooler to produce a second liquid phase and the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant;
separating the second liquid phase from the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant in a second liquid separator;
pressurizing the first liquid phase in a pump fluidly coupled with the first liquid separator;
combining the first liquid phase from the pump with the second liquid phase from the second liquid separator to produce the first portion of the single mixed refrigerant;
feeding the first portion of the single mixed refrigerant and the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant to the heat exchanger to cool at least a portion of the natural gas fed to the heat exchanger from the source of natural gas to produce the liquefied natural gas;
fluidly coupling a storage tank to an outlet of the heat exchanger; and
feeding the liquefied natural gas into the storage tank through the outlet of the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,851

MIXED REFRIGERANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for cooling a feed fluid, comprising:separating, in a high pressure separation device at the same pressure, a high pressure mixed refrigerant stream, said stream comprising two or more C1-C5 hydrocarbons and optionally N2, to form a high pressure vapor stream and a mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream;
cooling the high pressure vapor stream in a heat exchanger to form a mixed phase stream;
separating the mixed phase stream with a cold vapor separator, to form a cold separator vapor stream and a cold separator liquid stream;
condensing the cold separator vapor stream in the heat exchanger and flashing, to form a cold temperature refrigerant stream;
subcooling at least a portion of the mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream in a first heat exchange passage in the heat exchanger to a subcooled state and temperature, where the first heat exchange passage has a first heat exchange passage length, to form a subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream;
subcooling the cold separator liquid stream in a second heat exchange passage in the heat exchanger to a subcooled state and temperature, where the second heat exchange passage has a second heat exchange passage length, prior to combination with the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream to form a subcooled cold separator liquid stream, wherein the first heat exchange passage is separate and distinct from the second heat exchange passage and the first heat exchange passage length is greater than the second heat exchange passage length;
combining the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream and the subcooled cold separator liquid stream while the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream is at, or colder via expansion than, the temperature of the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream in the subcooled state and the subcooled cold separator liquid stream is at, or colder via expansion than, the temperature of the subcooled cold separator liquid stream in the subcooled state to form a middle temperature refrigerant stream;
combining, in the heat exchanger, the middle temperature refrigerant stream with one of a cold temperature rejoined refrigerant stream and the cold temperature refrigerant stream, after the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream and the subcooled cold separator liquid stream are combined to form the middle temperature refrigerant stream, and warming, to form a vapor refrigerant return stream comprising the hydrocarbons and optional N2; and
thermally contacting the feed fluid in the heat exchanger, to form a cooled feed fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,480,848

ENCLOSURE ASSEMBLY WITH SLIDING LOCK

Leer, Inc., New Lisbon, ...

1. A joint for an outer cabinet of an enclosure, the joint comprising:a first panel having a first flange extending away from the first panel;
a second panel having a first flange extending away from the second panel; and
a slide channel including a first flange interconnected to a second flange and a third flange interconnected with the second flange, the second flange interconnected to a hem, wherein the first flange and the interconnected hem and second flange define a channel structured to receive the first flange of the first panel and the first flange of the second panel to couple the first panel to the second panel, and wherein the third flange extends away from the second flange of the slide channel in a substantially perpendicular manner.

US Pat. No. 10,480,846

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS FOR CONTAINER

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A container refrigeration apparatus including a refrigerant circuit, the apparatus comprising:a non-volatile memory; and
a failure determining processor configured to
perform a failure diagnosis to successively evaluate in a predetermined sequence a plurality of evaluation items, the plurality of evaluation items including a first type which evaluates functioning of individual components of the container refrigeration apparatus and a second type which evaluates functioning of a combination of the individual components, and
store, in said non-volatile memory, data associated with progress of the failure diagnosis, wherein
the first type of evaluation items are evaluated prior to the second type of evaluation items, and
if the failure diagnosis is interrupted due to a loss of power from a power supply of the container refrigeration apparatus, the failure determining processor is configured to restart the failure diagnosis from an intermediate point of the failure diagnosis based on the stored progress data.

US Pat. No. 10,480,844

DRAINING THE SUMP OF AN ICE MAKER TO PREVENT GROWTH OF HARMFUL BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL

4. A method of controlling an ice maker, the ice maker comprising (i) a refrigeration system comprising a compressor and an ice formation device, (ii) a water system for supplying water to the ice formation device, the water system comprising a water reservoir adapted to hold water to be formed into ice and a discharge valve in fluid communication with the water reservoir, (iii) an ice storage bin for storing the formed ice; and (iv) a control system comprising an ice level sensor adapted to sense whether the ice storage bin is full of ice, a water level sensor adapted to sense a water level in the water reservoir, and a controller adapted to control the operation of the refrigeration system and the water system, the method comprising:receiving, by the controller, an indication from the ice level sensor that the ice storage bin is full of ice;
causing, by the controller, the compressor to turn off;
causing, by the controller, the discharge valve to open to drain water from the water reservoir;
receiving, by the controller, an indication from the water level sensor that the water reservoir is empty; and
causing, by the controller, the discharge valve to close and based on the indication from the water level sensor that the water reservoir is empty;
wherein the water level sensor includes a pressure sensor and a fitting;
wherein the fitting comprises a base portion and a tapered portion that tapers as it extends upward from the base portion toward a top of the fitting; and
wherein the tapered portion includes a bottom tapered portion and a top tapered portion and the bottom tapered portion is more tapered than the top tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,841

REFRIGERATOR HAVING WATER FEED SYSTEM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A water feed system of arefrigerator having
a refrigerating area including a refrigerating compartment,
a freezing compartment below the refrigerating compartment,
a horizontal partition separating the refrigerating compartment and the freezing compartment,
a door to open or close the refrigerating compartment,
an icemaker, and
a dispenser installed at the door,
the water feed system to feed water to the icemaker and the dispenser, the water feed system comprising:
an assembly into which a filter is insertable, the assembly including:
a filter connector to be connected to the filter inserted into the assembly,
a water tank horizontally extending, the water tank to store water filtered by the filter for feeding to the icemaker and the dispenser, and
a valve;
a first water feed line to connect an external water source and the filter connector;
a second water feed line to connect the water tank and the icemaker; and
a third water feed line to connect the water tank and the dispenser, wherein
the valve is provided at a junction of the water tank, the second water feed line and the third water feed line,
the refrigerating area includes an assembly compartment to house the assembly,
the assembly is positioned below the dispenser and the icemaker, and,
when the filter connector is connected to the filter inserted into the assembly,
the water tank is positioned above the filter, and
the water tank and the filter are arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,839

REFRIGERANT COMPRESSOR

Bitzer Kuehlmaschinenbau ...

1. A method for monitoring a refrigerant compressor comprising a drive motor anda compressor unit which compresses a refrigerant entering through a suction inlet and allows it to exit through a pressure outlet, and a compressor monitoring system which is integrated into a compressor control system for the compressor, the compressor control system being part of the refrigerant compressor and determining a compressor condition by means of a first condition value that corresponds to a first saturation temperature in the suction inlet and a second condition value that corresponds to a second saturation temperature in the pressure outlet,
said method comprising the following steps:
presetting a deployment field of a deployment diagram, the deployment field incorporating the permissible compressor conditions in a compressor-specific manner, storing the preset deployment field in said compressor monitoring system of the compressor control system,
determining the compressor condition by detecting the first condition value which corresponds to the first saturation temperature in the suction inlet and the second condition value which corresponds to the second saturation temperature in the pressure outlet,
comparing the compressor condition with permissible compressor conditions lying in the stored deployment field of the deployment diagram,
initiating a process of switching-off the refrigerant compressor if the compressor condition departs from the deployment field, the compressor monitoring system cooperating directly with a motor control system of the compressor control system for the purposes of switching-off the drive motor,
determining the relative position of the determined compressor condition with reference to a deployment boundary enclosing the deployment field, and
making available the information about the relative position of the compressor condition at a control interface for a higher-level control system of a refrigerant circulation system;
wherein initiating the process of switching-off is a delayed switching-off process according to which the monitoring system determines a first time point at which the deployment boundary was overstepped, and if after a delay period the compressor condition is still outside the deployment field, the compressor monitoring system conveys a switch-off signal to the motor control system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,838

CONTROL DEVICE FOR REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator are connected by a refrigerant pipe, and
a controller configured to control an opening-degree of the expansion valve,
wherein the controller is configured to
detect a discharge temperature of refrigerant discharged from the compressor with a sensor,
output an opening-degree command for the expansion valve on a basis of a discharge-temperature deviation between the discharge temperature and a set discharge temperature, and at least two types of control parameters including a proportionality coefficient and an integral coefficient such that the discharge temperature becomes the set discharge temperature, and
calculate the proportionality coefficient and the integral coefficient corresponding to a refrigerant flow rate of refrigerant circulating through the refrigerant circuit by correcting preset reference values such that a variation range of the integral coefficient within a variation range of the refrigerant flow rate is larger than a variation range of the proportionality coefficient within the variation range of the refrigerant flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,837

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A refrigeration apparatus comprising:a compressor;
a heat-source-side heat exchanger operable as an evaporator or a radiator of a refrigerant;
a usage-side heat exchanger operable as an evaporator or a radiator of the refrigerant; and
a controller programmed to perform a defrost operation,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being disposed inside a heat source unit having
an exhaust port and an outdoor fan in an upper part, and
an intake port in a side part,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being configured so as to suction air into an interior from the intake port and to exhaust air out to an exterior from the exhaust port,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being disposed so as to face the intake port, and
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being divided so as to include a first heat-source-side heat exchanger and a second heat-source-side heat exchanger on a lower side of the first heat-source-side heat exchanger,
a first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve, an opening degree of which is adjustable, being connected to a liquid side of the first heat-source-side heat exchanger such that the first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve is located downstream of the first heat-source-side heat exchanger in a flow of the refrigerant in a case of operating as a radiator of the refrigerant,
a second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve, an opening degree of which is adjustable, being connected to a liquid side of the second heat-source-side heat exchanger such that the second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve is located downstream of the second heat-source-side heat exchanger in the flow of the refrigerant in a case of operating as a radiator of the refrigerant,
Cv values of the first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve and the second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve in a state of the opening degrees of the first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve and the second heat-source-side adjusting valve being fully open being determined so that the refrigerant flows readily to the first heat-source-side heat exchanger and the refrigerant does not flow readily to the second heat-source-side heat exchanger, in comparison with a heat transfer area ratio between the first heat-source-side heat exchanger and the second heat-source-side heat exchanger,
the defrost operation being performed in order
to defrost the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers by stopping the outdoor fan and causing the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers to operate as radiators of the refrigerant, and
to cause the usage-side heat exchanger to operate as an evaporator of the refrigerant when frost forms on the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers operating as evaporators of the refrigerant, and
the opening degrees of the first and second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valves being controlled in the defrost operation so as to achieve a defrost flow rate ratio at which more of the refrigerant flows to the second heat-source-side heat exchanger than during an air-cooling operation in which the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers operate as radiators of the refrigerant and the usage-side heat exchanger operates as an evaporator of the refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,836

DEVICE FOR FILLING VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS WITH REFRIGERANT R744

1. An apparatus for filling an automobile air conditioning system with R744 refrigerant in a liquid state via a service port of the air conditioning system, the apparatus comprising:a storage tank containing the R744 refrigerant in a liquid state;
a pump fluidly connected to the storage tank at a low pressure side of the pump and fluidly connected to a first end of a refrigerant supply line at a high pressure side of the pump, wherein the refrigerant supply line carries the R744 refrigerant in the liquid state at a pressure;
a refrigerant filling station comprising:
an inlet fluidly connected to a second end of the refrigerant supply line;
a first outlet fluidly connected to a first end of a first refrigerant return line, wherein the refrigerant return line includes a second end fluidly connected to the storage tank;
a second outlet fluidly connected to an adapter;
a valve fluidly connected to the inlet and the first outlet; and
a temperature sensor operable to measure a temperature of the R744 refrigerant at the inlet;
wherein when a temperature of the R744 refrigerant measured by the temperature sensor is greater than a threshold temperature, the valve is in a first position wherein the valve opens the first outlet and fluidly connects the inlet to the first outlet such that the refrigerant supply line is fluidly connected to the first refrigerant return line; and
wherein when a temperature measured by the temperature sensor is less than a threshold temperature, the valve is in a second position wherein the valve closes the first outlet; and
wherein, in an operating position, the adapter is configured to be fluidly connected to the service port of the air conditioning system and direct the R744 refrigerant to the air conditioning system;
an adapter support comprising a connection port; and
wherein, in a storage position, the adapter is fluidly connected and sealed to the connection port of the adapter support and directs the R744 refrigerant to the adapter support.

US Pat. No. 10,480,832

THERMOACOUSTIC ENERGY CONVERTING ELEMENT PART AND THERMOACOUSTIC ENERGY CONVERTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A thermoacoustic energy converting element part that converts acoustic energy into thermal energy or thermal energy into acoustic energy between a fluid, through which acoustic waves travel, and a wall in contact with the fluid, the thermoacoustic energy converting element part comprising:a wall extendingly surrounding each of a plurality of through holes and configured to exchange heat with the fluid, the plurality of through holes penetrating the thermoacoustic energy converting element part to extend in a direction and serving as travelling routes of acoustic waves, wherein
the plurality of through holes includes a through hole having a hydraulic diameter of 0.4 mm or smaller,
an open area ratio of the plurality of through holes in the thermoacoustic energy converting element part is 60% or higher,
wherein the thermoacoustic energy converting element part satisfies all of the following conditions:
a thermal conductivity of the thermoacoustic energy converting element part in fluid atmosphere is 0.4 W/m/K or lower,
a heat capacity of the thermoacoustic energy converting element part at 400° C. in the fluid atmosphere is higher than 0.5 J/cc/K and equal to or lower than 3 J/cc/K, and
a thermal expansion along an extending direction of the plurality of through holes in the thermoacoustic energy converting element part under temperature from 20 to 800° C. is 6 ppm/K or lower, and
wherein the thermoacoustic energy converting element part is made of a material containing 80% or higher by mass of a component selected from cordierite, mullite, aluminum titanate, alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride, and silicon carbide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,830

SUPPORT FOR SOLAR PANELS

HS RENEWABLE ENERGY LTD.,...

1. A support for carrying a solar panel, comprising:a first bracket, having a first frame for supporting the solar panel; and
a second bracket, arranged perpendicular to the first bracket and having a second frame connected to the first bracket;
wherein the first frame comprises a first clamping portion and a loading portion, the first bracket is clipped into the first clamping portion, an end of the first clamping portion is an O-shaped tablet, the O-shaped tablet is formed in an integral style or in a clip style, the first bracket is clipped into the O-shaped tablet, another end of the first clamping portion is extended to form two first tablets, the loading portion is clipped between the two first tablets, and the loading portion is T-shaped for supporting the solar panel;
wherein the second frame comprises a second clamping portion and a third clamping portion, the second clamping portion is formed with a first fixing member and a second fixing member, the first fixing member is a U-shaped tablet and has two second tablets extended from two sides thereof, the second fixing member is formed with a first assembly, a second assembly, and a third assembly, the first assembly is a U-shaped tablet and has two third tablets extended from two sides thereof, the second assembly is a column, the third assembly is a U-shaped tablet and has two fourth tablets extended from two sides thereof, the third tablets are extended in a direction perpendicular to another direction in which the fourth tablets are extended, the third assembly is connected to the first assembly by means of the second assembly, the first fixing member is connected to the second fixing member by means of a screw the first bracket is clipped into the second clamping portion, the third clamping portion has a third fixing member, the third fixing member is detachably connected to the second fixing member by means of a screw, and the second bracket is clipped into the third clamping portion by means of the second fixing member and the third fixing member,
wherein the third fixing member is a U-shaped tablet and has two fifth tablets extended from two sides thereof, the fourth tablets are detachably connected to the fifth tablets by means of screws, and a U-shaped section of the third assembly is connected to a U-shaped section of the third fixing member mouth to mouth to from a hollow O-shaped structure so as to form the third clamping portion into which the second bracket is clipped,
wherein the third fixing member further comprises a locking portion, the locking portion has an inverted trapezoidal structure with an opening and comprises a ladder top and two ladder feet, an end of the locking portion at which the ladder top is positioned is closed and has a threaded hole, another end of the locking portion at which the ladder feet are positioned is open and wider than that at which the ladder top is positioned, the ladder feet are extended to faun two sixth tablets, and the sixth tablets are detachably connected to the fourth tablets and the fifth tablets by means of screws.

US Pat. No. 10,480,829

SOLAR PANEL SUPPORT UNIT AND SOLAR POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A solar panel support unit comprising:a first support member comprising a first support section and a first attachment section, the first support section being configured to support a first solar panel, the first attachment section being disposed at a position spaced by a first distance from the first support section in a panel thickness direction of the first solar panel, and the first attachment section having a first hole;
a second support member comprising a second support section and a second attachment section, the second support section being configured to support a second solar panel, the second attachment section being disposed at a position spaced by a second distance from the second support section in the panel thickness direction, the second distance being smaller than the first distance, the second attachment section having a second hole to be in communication with the first hole, the second attachment section being to overlap with the first attachment section; and
a third support member comprising a third support section and a third attachment section, the third support being configured to support a third solar panel, the third attachment section having a third hole to be in communication with the first hole and the second hole, and the third attachment section being to overlap the second attachment section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MIXING VALVE OF A HEATING SYSTEM

LOCHINVAR, LLC, Lebanon,...

1. A fluid heating system comprising:a fluid supply subsystem including a fluid heating device,
a fluid output subsystem;
an intermediary fluid device coupled to the fluid supply subsystem and the fluid output subsystem, the intermediary fluid device including:
a heat exchanger,
a first input configured to receive fluid from the fluid supply subsystem,
a first output configured to output fluid to the fluid supply subsystem,
a second input configured to receive fluid from the fluid output subsystem,
a second output configured to output fluid to the fluid output subsystem;
a control device including:
a mixing valve including a first valve inlet configured to receive fluid from the first output of heat exchanger, a second valve inlet configured to receive fluid from the fluid supply subsystem, and a valve outlet, wherein the mixing valve is movable between a first position in which the valve outlet is in fluid communication with the first valve inlet, and a second position in which the valve outlet is in fluid communication with the second valve inlet, and
an electronic processor for the fluid supply subsystem, the electronic processor configured to control at least one selected from the group consisting of the fluid heating device and an amount of water input to the intermediary fluid device;
a first temperature sensor configured to output a first temperature signal corresponding to an input temperature of water at the second input of the intermediary fluid device;
a second temperature sensor configured to output a second temperature signal corresponding to an output temperature of water at the second output of the intermediary fluid device; and
a control circuit coupled to the electronic processor, the first temperature sensor, and the second temperature sensor, the control circuit configured to:
determine a multiplier based on the second temperature signal,
generate a first control signal based on the multiplier and the first temperature signal,
generate a second control signal, separate from the first control signal, based on the second temperature signal, and
send a main control signal to the electronic processor based on the first control signal and the second control signal;
wherein the electronic processor is configured to receive the main control signal, and change operation of the control device according to the main control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,825

AUTOMATED WATER HEATER FLUSHING AND MONITORING SYSTEM

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A computer-implemented method of flushing a water heater having a flush outlet in flow communication with the water heater, the method implemented using at least one processor, at least one memory, and at least one associated transceiver, the at least one processor in communication with an electronically operated valve mounted to the flush outlet and at least one sensor, the method comprising:determining, via the at least one processor, that an abnormal condition exists within the water heater, based upon a signal received from the at least one sensor;
based upon the determination that an abnormal condition exists, transmitting an open signal, via the at least one processor and the at least one associated transceiver, to the electronically operated valve to allow flushing of the water heater for a predetermined amount of time or until the abnormal condition clears based upon the received signal from the at least one sensor;
monitoring, via the at least one processor and the at least one sensor, to detect when the abnormal condition has cleared; and
based upon detecting that the abnormal condition has cleared, transmitting a close signal, via the at least one processor and the at least one associated transceiver, to the electronically operated valve to complete the flushing of the water heater.

US Pat. No. 10,480,821

WATER HEATER

Rinnai Corporation, Nago...

1. A water heater, comprising:a vessel provided with a burner having a downward combustion surface;
a fan casing accommodating a fan for supplying a mixture gas of primary combustion air and fuel gas to the burner, the fan casing being in communication with the vessel;
an annular packing connecting a first connection end surface at a downstream end of a first passage forming a downstream-side passage of the fan casing with a second connection end surface at an upstream end of a second passage forming an upstream-side passage of the vessel in an airtight state; and
a check valve disposed near the upstream end in the second passage, wherein
the check valve includes a flange portion extending outward around an entire circumference of an upstream open end thereof,
at least one of the first connection end surface and the second connection end surface includes a first step portion configured to allow the annular packing to be fitted thereinto,
the second connection end surface includes a second step portion configured to allow the flange portion of the check valve to be fitted thereinto, and
the annular packing has an outer circumferential edge larger than a periphery of the flange portion of the check valve and an inner circumferential edge smaller than the periphery of the flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,818

IMMERSIBLE BATH UNIT AND SYSTEM

1. An immersible bath unit, comprising:a housing having a sealed interior space, which remains dry when the immersible bath unit is submerged, and a duct through the housing having intake opening and an output opening with an impeller disposed in the duct configured to drive water through the duct, and a heating element further disposed in the duct that is configured to heat water driven through the duct;
a battery disposed inside the sealed interior space which can provide power to the impeller and heating element;
an interface circuit in the sealed interior space that is configured to receive input from a user; and
a controller in the sealed interior space that is configured to control operation of the impeller and heating element in response to user input received by the interface circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,814

APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR FORMING AN OVAL SHAPED HVAC DUCT

1. A process of forming an oval shaped HVAC duct in a single pass through a roller machine, the oval shaped HVAC duct having two flat sides and two rounded sides, the process comprising the steps of:forming a first section of a first flat side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a first rounded side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a second flat side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a second rounded side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a second section of the first flat side of the oval shaped duct; and,
securing the first and the second sections of the first flat side of the oval shaped duct together in a sealed connection;
wherein the HVAC duct is a straight duct with a constant cross section flow area from an inlet to an outlet, and the HVAC duct is without any radial flange.

US Pat. No. 10,480,808

ENERGY MANAGEMENT COMPUTER SYSTEM

EnerAllies, Inc., Los Al...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, by an energy management service unit that is configured to be coupled to a plurality of energy management devices of a plurality of sites, energy usage data of a particular site of the plurality of sites;
wherein the energy usage data includes information indicating one or more temperature setpoints of a particular energy management device of the particular site and, for each of the one or more temperature setpoints, one or more first values indicating one or more of: an amount of time elapsed for the particular site to reach each of the one or more temperature setpoints, an amount of time the particular energy management device is activated to reach each of the one or more temperature setpoints, and an amount of energy consumed by the particular energy management device to reach each of the one or more temperature setpoints;
generating, based on the energy usage data, one or more second values indicating one or more of: an average amount of time elapsed to change the temperature of the particular site by one or more degrees, an average amount of time the particular energy management device is activated to change the temperature of the particular site by one or more degrees, and an average amount of energy consumed by the particular energy management device to change the temperature of the particular site by one or more degrees;
determining that one or more of the one or more second values exceeds a specified threshold value;
in response to determining that one or more of the one or more second values exceeds the specified threshold value, generating and sending a notification to a device to control an operation of at least one of the plurality of energy management devices.

US Pat. No. 10,480,807

HVAC SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH REFRIGERANT LEAK DETECTION

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. An HVAC system for providing conditioned air to a first closed space, wherein at least a portion of the system is disposed within a second closed space, the system comprising:an HVAC unit comprising:
a return air duct,
a blower fluidly coupled to the return air duct for pulling air through the return air duct,
a conditioning compartment comprising a plurality of walls, wherein the conditioning compartment is fluidly coupled to the blower for receiving air therefrom to be treated,
a cooling unit fluidly coupled to the conditioning compartment for selectively cooling air therein, wherein the cooling unit comprises a flammable refrigerant, and
a delivery duct fluidly coupled to the conditioning compartment for discharging treated air from the conditioning compartment into the first closed space;
a flammable-component detector comprising at least one sensor, wherein the flammable-component detector is operable to produce a detection signal indicative of the level of a flammable component detected by the flammable-component detector;
a first probe fluidly coupled to the flammable-component detector and to the conditioning compartment;
a second probe fluidly coupled to the flammable-component detector and to the second closed space;
a selector, wherein each of the first probe and the second probe is selectively fluidly coupled, one at a time, by the selector to the flammable-component detector; and
a processing unit comprising at least one processor and at least one memory, the processing unit communicatively coupled to the flammable-component detector for receiving a detection signal therefrom, and wherein the at least one processor and at least one memory is operable to perform the following steps:
monitor the detection signal, and
send an alert when the detection signal is indicative of the concentration of a flammable component being at least equal to an alert threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,806

ENERGY REDUCING RETROFIT APPARATUS FOR A CONSTANT VOLUME HVAC SYSTEM

Transformative Wave Techn...

1. An efficiency enhancing controller (EEC) for enhancing energy efficiency in an indoor space of a building having an occupancy that is served by a single zone constant volume HVAC system, the EEC comprising:(a) a programmable logic controller adaptable for the single zone constant volume HVAC system configured to receive input signals from sensors and a thermostatic device and send control heating, cooling, and ventilation instructions or an occupancy command to:
(1) a fan assembly, including a fan motor configured to operate in a range of fan motor speeds, of the single zone constant volume HVAC system to ventilate an indoor space in a building;
(2) a heating assembly that can send heat to the indoor space; and
(3) a cooling assembly that can send cooling to the indoor space; and
(b) a variable frequency drive (VFD) that is configured to receive signals from the programmable logic controller and is configured to control a speed of the fan motor of the fan assembly;
wherein the programmable logic controller is configured to reduce the fan motor speed via the VFD when the sensors indicate that the indoor space is less than fully occupied; and
wherein the programmable logic controller further comprises fault detection for detection of a fan fault, heat/cool (temperature-based) fault, and energy consumption fault.

US Pat. No. 10,480,805

THERMOSTAT ASSEMBLY

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A thermostat assembly comprising:a back cover;
a display;
a printed circuit board; and
a front cover comprising:
one or more first alignment features for aligning the display with the front cover;
one or more second alignment features for aligning the printed circuit board with the front cover;
a first clip feature for engaging the printed circuit board and holding the printed circuit board in place;
one or more second clip features for engaging the back cover; and
wherein the front cover, the back cover, the display and the printed circuit board are secured to form the thermostat assembly using only interference connections formed between features of the front cover, the back cover, the display and/or the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,480,801

VARIABLE DESICCANT CONTROL ENERGY EXCHANGE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Nortek Air Solutions Cana...

1. A system for providing conditioned air to a plurality of separate and distinct zones, the system comprising:a plurality of conditioning modules, wherein each of the plurality of conditioning modules comprises:
a conditioning energy exchanger;
a desiccant mixing chamber;
a warm tap line connected to the desiccant mixing chamber; and
a cool tap line connected to the desiccant mixing chamber,
wherein the desiccant mixing chamber is configured to receive one or both of concentrated desiccant from the warm tap line and diluted desiccant from the cool tap line, and
wherein each of the plurality of conditioning modules is configured to:
circulate desiccant through a desiccant circuit to condition air,
receive one or both of the concentrated desiccant and the diluted desiccant in order to vary one or both of temperature and concentration of the desiccant circulating through the desiccant circuit, and
provide conditioned air to a respective one of the plurality of separate and distinct zones.

US Pat. No. 10,480,799

OUTDOOR UNIT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An outdoor unit connected to an indoor unit through a refrigerant pipe, comprising:a casing;
a compressor accommodated inside the casing;
a four-way valve accommodated inside the casing and connected to an inlet and an outlet of the compressor via two pipes;
a valve mounting plate positioned in an upper part inside the casing and above the compressor;
an electrical component box provided below the valve mounting plate, the electrical component box includes a controller configured to control a rotation speed of the compressor and control the four-way valve to change a connection of the four-way valve with the compressor;
a valve mounted on the valve mounting plate, to which the refrigerant pipe is connected; and
a terminal block to which a first wiring connected on a side of the indoor unit and a second wiring connected on a side of the controller,
the valve mounting plate including
a mounting portion on which the terminal block is provided, the mounting portion bringing an upper side on which the valve is arranged and a lower side on which the controller is arranged into communication with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,480,794

COOKTOP APPLIANCE WITH A GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance, comprising:a top panel;
a gas burner assembly positioned at the top panel, the gas burner assembly comprising one or more burner bodies defining a first plurality of flame ports, a first fuel chamber, a second plurality of flame ports, and a second fuel chamber, the first fuel chamber being in fluid communication with the first plurality of flame ports such that gaseous fuel within the first fuel chamber is flowable through the first plurality of flame ports, the second fuel chamber being in fluid communication with the second plurality of flame ports such that gaseous fuel within the second fuel chamber is flowable through the second plurality of flame ports, the first fuel chamber being separate from the second fuel chamber within the one or more burner bodies;
a dual-outlet control valve comprising a first outlet in fluid communication with the first fuel chamber for providing a first flow of the gaseous fuel and a second outlet in fluid communication with the second fuel chamber for providing a second flow of the gaseous fuel, wherein the dual-outlet control valve is movable to a boost position where the first flow of gaseous fuel is provided to the first fuel chamber at a low flow rate and the second flow of gaseous fuel is provided to the second fuel chamber;
a forced air supply source fluidly coupled to the second fuel chamber such that the forced air supply source is operable to urge a flow of air into the second fuel chamber only when the dual-outlet control valve is in the boost position;
a fuel supply circuit comprising a supply line coupled to an inlet of the dual-outlet control valve, a first branch extending from the first outlet to a first orifice positioned for directing the first flow of gaseous fuel into the first chamber, and a second branch extending from the second outlet to a second orifice positioned for directing the second flow of gaseous fuel into the second chamber, the dual-outlet control valve being configured for regulating gaseous fuel flow to the first and second branches; and
a solenoid valve coupled to the second branch between the second outlet and the second orifice, wherein the solenoid valve is operably coupled to the forced air supply source and is configured to stop the second flow of gaseous fuel in the event of a failure of the forced air supply source.

US Pat. No. 10,480,788

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMBUSTOR PANEL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A combustor panel of a combustor, comprising:a combustion facing surface comprising a metallic coating and a ceramic coating;
a cooling surface opposite the combustion facing surface; and
heat transfer pins extending from the cooling surface, wherein a grouping of the heat transfer pins comprises the metallic coating without the ceramic coating wherein the grouping of the heat transfer pins is an aft grouping, wherein the aft grouping comprises at least one row of the heat transfer pins adjacent an aft edge of the combustor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,786

HEATER AND GLOW PLUG INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A heater, comprising:an electrically insulating base made of at least one of a ceramic material;
a resistor buried in the electrically insulating base; and
a lead connected to the resistor;
wherein the resistor contains a first set of electrically insulating ceramic particles, and the lead contains a second set of electrically insulating ceramic particles,
wherein an average particle diameter of the first set of electrically insulating ceramic particles is smaller than an average particle diameter of the second set of electrically insulating ceramic particles, and
the first set of electrically insulating ceramic particles and the second set of electrically insulating ceramic particles are both made of the same material as at least one of the ceramic material forming the electrically insulating base.

US Pat. No. 10,480,785

TORCH HAVING A ROTATABLE SAFETY CAP

WORTHINGTON TORCH, LLC, ...

1. A torch including an ignition button having an ignition spring release member, the ignition button movable axially between an upper neutral position and a depressed ignition position, and a cap assembly, the cap assembly including:a) a torsion spring including:
i) a spring coil configured to be retained on a pivot stem of the cap assembly,
ii) an upper spring leg extending from the spring coil, including a down-turned tip, and
iii) a lower spring leg extending from the spring coil, including an up-turned tip,
b) an upper safety cap including:
i) an upper surface wall having a portal through which a torch flame can be emitted, wherein the pivot stem extends from an underside of the upper surface wall, and
ii) a post body extending from the underside of the upper surface wall and having a retaining slot extending axially within the post body, the retaining slot configured to receive and capture at least an upper portion of the up-turned tip of the lower spring leg of the torsion spring, in both a first position where the lower spring leg is adjacent the base, and a second position where the lower spring leg is moved axially away from the base and into the retaining slot, and
c) a lower base cap, wherein the upper safety cap is configured to be rotatably fixed to the lower base cap, including
i) a base having a base surface,
ii) a pair of angularly-spaced walls, including a sweep wall and a neutral wall, extending upwardly from the base and configured to retain the lower spring leg and the upper spring leg of the torsion spring, respectively,
iii) a ramp disposed angularly from the sweep wall, including an inclined surface that slopes from the base to a top surface, and that faces toward the sweep wall, and a rear blocking surface, disposed opposite the ramp surface, that extends downwardly from the top surface of ramp, and that faces away from the sweep wall,
wherein the base of the lower base cap has a through opening adjacent and radially outboard from the rear blocking surface of the ramp,
wherein the lower spring leg of the torsion spring is configured, upon manual rotation of the upper safety cap relative to the lower base cap, to sweep along the base surface, upwardly along the inclined surface of the ramp, and downwardly from the top surface to behind rear blocking surface of the ramp, and thereby compressing the torsion spring, and
wherein the ignition spring release member is disposed axially below the base of the lower base cap when the ignition button is in its depressed ignition position, and is movable upwardly through the through opening when the ignition button moves to the upper neutral position, to engage and raise the lower spring up and over the rear blocking surface to the top surface of the ramp, where the release of the manual rotation biases the lower spring leg to the sweep wall.

US Pat. No. 10,480,784

INLET SCREEN ASSEMBLY FOR ULTRA LOW NOX GAS-AIR MIXING SYSTEM

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A premix assembly for use with a furnace in an HVAC system comprising:a mixing chamber operable to mix a supply of air and a supply of gas and to provide a gas-air mix to another component in the HVAC system;
a screen assembly coupled to the mixing chamber, operable to receive the supply of air from outside of the mixing chamber, and comprising:
a screen on one end of the screen assembly operable to receive the supply of air therethrough and operable to deflect at least one type of foreign matter;
a housing operable to couple with the screen and hold it in place, and configured to receive the supply of air and direct it into the mixing chamber;
a pressure tap coupled to the housing and configured to be pneumatically coupled to another location in the HVAC system; and
a gas valve configured to direct the supply of gas into the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,480,779

STEAM DUMP DEVICE FOR A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

General Electric Technolo...

1. A steam dump device for a nuclear power plant, configured to be installed within a bypass line leading from a boiler to a condenser comprising:an elongated header vessel comprising a means for receiving steam, the elongated header vessel extending horizontally and comprising at least a top perforated diaphragm and at least a bottom perforated diaphragm opposed thereto, said top and bottom perforated diaphragms arranged on respective top and bottom portions of the elongated header vessel, the top perforated diaphragm having a greater area than the bottom perforated diaphragm area; and
an external baffle plate assembly partially enclosing the elongated header vessel the external baffle plate assembly comprising a top plate and a bottom plate, wherein each of the top and bottom plates comprises lateral steam openings along the length of the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,778

INDUCTIVE HEATING ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An energy recovery system of an inductive heating system, comprising:a vacuum vessel;
an inductive heating coil wound around the vessel and configured to have a cooling fluid flow through the inductive heating coil;
a boiler including a heat exchanger fluidly coupled to the inductive heating coil and configured to produce a steam source;
a vacuum pump driven by the steam source and configured to draw a vacuum in the vacuum vessel; and
an oil pump driven by the steam source and fluidly coupled to an inlet of the inductive heating coil and in fluid communication with the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,776

FLASHLIGHT AND CAMERA ASSEMBLY FOR USE UNDER WATER

1. A flashlight and camera assembly for use under water comprising:an outer housing assembly having a front end and an opposing rear end, the outer housing assembly configured for housing a battery power source, a first light emitting device, a second light emitting device, a content capturing device and electrical circuitry for controlling said battery power source and said devices, wherein unwanted light is prevented from negatively affecting the content capturing device;
a forward-end surface at the front end of the outer housing assembly;
a circumference defined by the forward-end surface;
the first light emitting device housed by a first inner housing assembly and positioned within the circumference and configured such that light is emitted from the first light emitting device in front of the outer housing assembly;
a first transparent covering positioned in front of the first inner housing assembly;
the second light emitting device housed by a second inner housing assembly and positioned within the circumference and configured such that light is emitted from the second light emitting device in front of the outer housing assembly;
a second transparent covering positioned in front of the second inner housing assembly;
the content capturing device housed by a third inner housing assembly and positioned within the circumference and configured such that content is captured by the content capturing device;
a third transparent covering positioned in front of the third inner housing assembly; and,
wherein unwanted light is prevented from negatively affecting the content capturing device by a separate arrangement within the circumference of the first transparent covering in front of the first inner housing assembly, second transparent covering in front of the second inner housing assembly and third transparent covering in front of the third inner housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,775

LIGHT EMITTING DECORATION, METHOD FOR LAYING LIGHT EMITTING DECORATION, LAYING OBJECT AND METHOD FOR FORMING LIGHT EMITTING DESIGN

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A light emitting decoration comprising:a woven fabric having a side emission optical fiber woven in a line from one end side to the other end side, and the woven fabric is visually recognized in a state where the other end side is located on the front side and the one end side is located on the back side; and
a light source that introduces light to advance in a light advancing direction from the one end side toward the other end side in the optical fiber,
wherein when a luminance of the optical fiber observed at a position substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction is L0, a luminance of the side emission optical fiber observed from a position at an angle of 30 degrees from a line substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction toward the other end side is L30, a luminance of the side emission optical fiber observed from a position at an angle of 60 degrees from the line substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction toward the other end side is L60, a luminance of the side emission optical fiber observed from a position at an angle of 60 degrees from the line substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction toward the one end side is L?60, the optical fiber satisfies L?60

US Pat. No. 10,480,771

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITE FOR HEAT DISSIPATION AND LED LIGHT THEREWITH

INSUNG ENPLA CO., LTD., ...

1. An LED lighting device comprising second LED substrates and a heat-dissipating frame, wherein the heat-dissipating frame comprises:a frame body formed in a polygonal column shape being open at its upper and lower ends, in which substrate contact surfaces, with which the second LED substrates respectively come into contact, are formed on outer sides of the frame body; and
auxiliary heat sinks made of a carbon nanotube-based heat-dissipating material and attachably and detachably provided on inner sides corresponding to the substrate contact surfaces of the frame body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,770

LAMP

H4X e.U., Graz (AT)

1. A lamp, comprising:a lamp housing, having an end wall and a side wall, wherein the end wall and the side wall form a housing interior;
a lighting means device arranged in the housing interior having a lighting means carrier and at least one lighting means arranged thereon;
an insulation component formed from an electrically insulating material having a main portion and an edging portion,
the main portion being arranged between the end wall and the lighting means device and the edging portion extending from the main portion, transversely thereto, in such a way that the edging portion is arranged between the lighting means device and the side wall of the lamp housing; and
a heat conduction component, which is formed from an electrically insulating material and is arranged between the lighting means device and the insulation component or between the insulation component and the end wall of the lamp housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,769

LED LAMP, OVEN, AND MICROWAVE OVEN

1. An LED lamp, comprising:a heat sink;
a light-emitting module positioned on the heat sink, the light-emitting module comprising an LED unit positioned on the heat sink, a reflection cup, and a first diffuser covering the reflection cup, the reflection cup encircling the LED unit and defining at least one first ventilation hole;
a heat-conducting support positioned on the heat sink and encircling the reflection cup, the heat-conducting support defining at least one second ventilation hole; and
a second diffuser secured to and clamped by the heat-conducting support;
the first ventilation hole and the second ventilation hole connected, such that heat in a chamber formed by the reflection cup and the first diffuser is dissipated to air outside the LED lamp via the first ventilation hole and the second ventilation hole;
wherein the heat-conducting support protrudes outwards to form at least two ear parts, and the at least two ear parts are connected to the heat sink;
the LED lamp comprises a thermal insulation element positioned on the heat sink, and the heat-conducting support is connected to the thermal insulation element, threaded fasteners run through the ear parts and the thermal insulation element sequentially to fix the heat-conducting support on the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,480,767

AIR COOLED ARRAY AND SYSTEM FOR COOLING LIGHT EMITTING DIODE SYSTEMS

Air Motion Systems, Inc.,...

1. An air-cooled LED light system, comprising:a manifold, comprising a plurality of longitudinally-disposed separated segments defining a longitudinal length of the manifold;
a blower; and
an inlet conduit connected to the manifold and to the blower, wherein the blower is configured to move air through the inlet conduit to create at least one of a vacuum condition within the manifold and a pressurized condition within the manifold,
wherein the manifold includes a plurality of conduit branches disposed inside of the manifold, each branch being in communication with the inlet conduit, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of conduit branches terminates within each of the plurality of segments.

US Pat. No. 10,480,766

EXPLOSION-PROOF ENCLOSURES INCLUDING LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE PORTIONS

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A structure for housing an electrical component, the structure comprising:an explosion-proof enclosure rated for use in a hazardous location, the explosion-proof enclosure including at least one flame path, the explosion-proof enclosure also including at least a portion having a plastic construction that is light transmissive;
wherein the portion of the explosion-proof enclosure including the plastic construction that is light transmissive is provided as at least part of a sealing fitting having first and second pipe hubs and a sealant injection port.

US Pat. No. 10,480,764

CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR LIGHTING ASSEMBLY

1. A linear LED lamp having a body with a length between spaced first and second ends and configured to be installed in an operative state on a support, the linear LED lamp comprising:a source of illumination comprising LED emitters on or within the body;
an elongate heat sink in thermal communication with the LED emitters;
a first end cap assembly at the first end of the body comprising a housing having a sidewall extending in a direction generally parallel to the length of the body and having first and second conductive power pins and a conductive grounding pin disposed within the housing, at least one of the conductive power pins adapted to provide power to the lamp and the conductive grounding pin electrically isolated from the conductive power pins and being connectable to a ground circuit, the pins each having an elongated engagement portion extending in a direction transverse to the length of the body and towards an opening defined in the sidewall without extending through the opening;
the opening sized to receive a leading end portion of a first support connector mounted on the light fixture, the leading end portion having first and second power electrical terminals and a grounding electrical terminal disposed within corresponding first, second and third elongated receptacles in communication with first, second and third openings in a leading end face thereof;
the first and second conductive power pins configured to engage a respective one of the first and second power electrical terminals via the respective first and second openings, and the conductive grounding pin configured to engage the grounding electrical terminal via the third opening, as the first end cap assembly is moved relative to the first support connector from a position fully separated from the first support connector in a path that is transverse to the length of the body into an engaged position;
wherein the first end cap assembly is configured to be coupled to the first support connector as an incident of the first end cap assembly moving into the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,761

POT LIGHT ASSEMBLY

John-Paul Belmonte, Cald...

6. A ceiling section comprising:(a) a first ceiling joist and a second ceiling joist adjacent and parallel to the first ceiling joist; and
(b) a pot light assembly secured to the first and second ceiling joists, the pot light assembly comprising:
(i) a pot light housing for housing a pot light, the pot light housing having a top portion defining a top end and having a top wall at the top end, an opposing bottom portion defining a bottom end and having a bottom wall at the bottom end and an opening through which the pot light is receivable, and a side wall extending vertically between the top end and the bottom end, wherein the top wall, bottom wall, and side wall define an enclosed interior space accessible via the opening;
(ii) a first rail portion, a second rail portion, a third rail portion, and a fourth rail portion, the rail portions secured to the side wall and resting on upwardly facing surfaces of the first and second ceiling joists, respectively, and supporting the housing between the first and second ceiling joists with the opening of the housing facing downwardly; and
(iii) first and third fastening brackets securing the first rail portion and the third rail portion to the first ceiling joist, and second and fourth fastening brackets securing the second rail portion and the fourth rail portion to the second ceiling joist, each fastening bracket having a respective fastening plate positioned below the rail portions and having respective fastening holes through which a fastener fastens the fastening plates to the ceiling joists.

US Pat. No. 10,480,758

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Contemporary Visions, LLC...

1. A casing configured to be selectively coupled to a light engine in a beam for generating light, the casing comprising:a first portion configured to be selectively electrically and structurally coupled to the light engine;
a second portion including a light source configured to generate light; and
an intermediate member connecting the first and second portions to each other,
wherein the second portion is pivotally coupled to the intermediate member such that the second portion is rotatable with respect to the first portion about a first axis, and
wherein the second portion is rotatably coupled to the first portion such that the second portion is rotatable with respect to the first portion about a second axis different from the first axis,
wherein the first portion of the casing includes a first part configured to be selectively coupled to the light engine, and a second part connected to the intermediate member,
wherein the first and second parts of the first portion of the casing are rotatably coupled to each other such that the second part of the first portion of the casing is rotatable about the second axis with respect to the first part of the first portion of the casing, therefore enabling the intermediate member, together with the second portion of the casing, to be rotatable about the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,757

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Contemporary Visions, LLC...

1. A lighting system, comprising:a first beam including a first set of light sources and a second set of light sources configured to generate light;
a second beam configured to generate light;
a plurality of suspenders configured to suspend the first and second beams from a supporting structure; and
a plurality of connectors connecting the first beam and the second beam with the plurality of suspenders for suspending the first beam and the second beam from the supporting structure with a first connector of the plurality of connectors structurally and electrically connecting the first beam and the second beam to each other,
wherein the first beam further includes a first driving circuit electrically connected to the first set of light sources and configured to drive the first set of light sources, a first power cable electrically connected to the first driving circuit that is configured to provide electrical power to the first driving circuit, a second driving circuit electrically connected to the second set of light sources and configured to drive the second set of light sources and a second power cable electrically connected to the second driving circuit that is configured to provide electrical power to the second driving circuit with the first power cable and the second power cable being electrically connected to one or more external power sources to transmit electrical power to the first driving circuit and the second driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,755

BACK PLATE ASSEMBLY WITH VARIABLE CURVATURES AND BACKLIGHT UNIT THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A back plate assembly with variable curvatures, comprising a flexible back plate, a connecting component, and an adjustment mechanism, wherein the adjustment mechanism comprises a connecting shaft disposed on the flexible back plate, and the connecting component is coupled to the connecting shaft and abuts the flexible back plate, and the adjustment mechanism adjusts the connecting component on the connecting shaft to modulate a clamping force of the flexible back plate received from the connecting component;wherein a middle portion of the connecting component is coupled to the connecting shaft and two ends of the connecting component abuts to abut a back side of the flexible back plate, and the adjustment mechanism adjusts a position where the middle portion of the connecting component is located on the connecting shaft;
wherein the connecting component comprises two connecting arms and a moving block, wherein the moving block is set on the connecting shaft and is movable along an axis of the connecting shaft; and each of the two connecting arms has a first end that is coupled to the moving block such that the two connecting arms define an included angle; and
wherein the connecting shaft has a proximal end that is rotatably and directly mounted to the back side of the flexible back plate and an opposite, distal end that is in threading engagement with the moving block, and the adjustment mechanism comprises a driven module connecting to the connecting shaft and powering the connecting shaft to rotate so as to cause a movement of the moving block along the axis of the connecting shaft through the threading engagement between the distal end of the connecting shaft and the moving block, wherein the driven module is arranged between the back side of the flexible back plate and the moving block, such that the flexible back plate, the driven module, and the moving block are arranged in such an order in a direction defined by the axis of the connecting shaft and the driven module and the moving block are both arranged backward of the back side of the flexible back plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,754

ILLUMINATION DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. An illumination device comprising:a laser light source;
a cylindrical body disposed such that light emitted from the laser light source enters the cylindrical body at a first end portion side of the cylindrical body and passes through the cylindrical body;
a reflector disposed so as to reflect light passing through the cylindrical body; and
a ring assembly comprising a ring-shaped inner circumferential surface configured to reflect and propagate light from the reflector,
wherein the reflector comprises:
a first reflecting surface configured to reflect a first portion of light emitted from the laser light source such that the first portion of light is propagated from a first side of the inner circumferential surface in a circumferential direction to a second side of the inner circumferential surface in the circumferential direction, and
a second reflecting surface configured to reflect a second portion of light emitted from the laser light source such that the second portion of light is propagated from the second side of the inner circumferential surface in the circumferential direction to the first side of the inner circumferential surface in the circumferential direction, and
wherein the ring assembly further comprises a fluorescent surface adapted to emit fluorescence by light reflected and propagated at the inner circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,749

POLYAMIDE COMPOSITION FOR REFLECTOR, REFLECTOR, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE REFLECTOR, AND LIGHTING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE EACH INCLUDING THE LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. A polyamide composition for a reflector, comprising:30 mass % or more of a polyamide (A) having a melting point of 280° C. or higher;
30 mass % or more of titanium oxide (B);
a light stabilizer (D);
magnesium oxide; and
a mold release agent;
wherein the polyamide composition does not comprise a reinforcing material (C),
wherein dicarboxylic acid units of the polyamide (A) comprise 70 mol. % or more terephthalic acid units,
wherein a total content of the polyamide (A) and the titanium oxide (B) is 80 mass % or more, and
wherein the polyamide (A) contains units derived from an end-capping agent and the content of the units derived from the end-capping agent is from 3.5 to 8.5 mol. % with respect to the diamine units.

US Pat. No. 10,480,748

LENS AND OPTOELECTRONIC LIGHTING DEVICE

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. A lens comprising:a base body,
wherein the base body has a light incidence face through which light can enter the base body,
the base body has a light exit face through which light which has entered the base body can emerge,
the light exit face comprises a microlens structure having a plurality of microlenses,
the light incidence face has at least two collimator segments that collimate light,
the light incidence face has a light entry region formed differently from the collimator segments,
the base body has at least two back-reflection regions respectively assigned to one of the two collimator segments to reflect back light collimated by a corresponding collimator segment in a direction of the corresponding collimator segment,
the base body is a reflection region to reflect light that has entered through the light incidence region in the direction of the microlens structure so that the reflected light can emerge from the base body through the microlens structure, and
the back-reflection regions respectively comprise one or more prism rings, concentric relative to the optical axis of the collimator segment assigned to the corresponding back-reflection region, comprising a plurality of prisms for total reflection of the collimated light.

US Pat. No. 10,480,746

MULTI-COLORED VEHICLE REAR LAMP

Grote Industries, Inc., ...

1. A method of using a lamp for the rear of a vehicle, comprising:emitting light from a first light emitter of said lamp, said first light emitter emitting light from a first illuminated surface area of a light transmissive cover of said lamp, said first illuminated surface area being red in color;
emitting light from a second light emitter of said lamp, said second light emitter separate from said first light emitter, said second light emitting white light from a second illuminated surface area of said light transmissive cover, said second illuminated surface area being clear in color;
emitting light from a third light emitter of said lamp, said third light emitter separate from said first and said second light emitters, said third light emitter emitting red light through said clear second area;
wherein said first light emitter includes a plurality of LEDs positioned around said second light emitter and said third light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,742

OPTICAL MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. An optical module for a motor vehicle, said module having a longitudinal optical axis and comprising:a matrix array including two rows of elementary light sources each of which is configured to emit a primary elementary beam from a common emission plane that is orthogonal to the optical axis;
a projecting lens that is arranged longitudinally at a distance in front of the matrix array of elementary light sources and that is configured to project the image of the elementary light sources, the projecting lens including an object focal surface having a curvature defect; and
a field-correcting optical element interposed between the emission plane and the projecting lens, the field-correcting optical element compensating for the curvature defect in the object focal surface of the projecting lens,
wherein the optical module includes a primary optical element including a plurality of light guides of longitudinal principal axes, each light guide of the plurality of light guides corresponding to a different one of the elementary light sources of the matrix array, each light guide including an entrance face through which light rays emitted by an associated primary light source of the matrix array enter and an exit front end face through which light rays exit, which face is arranged in the emission plane, each exit face forming a secondary elementary light source of said matrix array of elementary light sources,
all of the light guides are produced in a primary optical element produced in a common block including a common exit front face for the light rays, and
the entrance face of the field-correcting optical element is arranged longitudinally a distance away from the exit face of the primary optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,741

LIGHTING APPARATUS AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A lighting device including a light source unit, an aiming mechanism capable of making an aiming adjustment on the light source unit, a front frame disposed on a front side of the light source unit, and a rear frame covering the light source unit and the aiming mechanism by being fitted with the front frame,wherein a stay for arranging the light source unit and the aiming mechanism on the front frame is provided between the light source unit and the front frame.

US Pat. No. 10,480,736

DAYLIGHTING SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A daylighting system to be installed to a window pane, the daylighting system comprising:a light-transmitting device to be disposed over an upper part of an interior face of the window pane, and
a shading device joined to the light-transmitting device in such a manner as to be disposed over a lower part of the interior face,
wherein a first height of the light-transmitting device is smaller than a second height of the shading device, wherein
the light-transmitting device is made of a plurality of light-transmitting slats which are made of transparent material,
each of the plurality of light-transmitting slats has a first lengthwise direction,
each of the plurality of light-transmitting slats has a V-like shape when viewed in the first lengthwise direction,
a plurality of first protrusion portions having light-transmitting properties are arranged on one face of each of the plurality of light-transmitting slats, and
each of the plurality of first protrusion portions has a second lengthwise direction,
wherein the shading device is made of a plurality of shading slats which are made of opaque material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,735

MAGNETIC LEVITATION IMITATION FLAME DEVICE AND IMITATION FLAME LAMP

1. A magnetic levitation imitation flame device, comprising a mounting base, a flame member, a positioning bracket, a first magnet, and a second magnet, wherein the positioning bracket is fixed in the mounting base, the first magnet is disposed on the flame member, the flame member is disposed on the positioning bracket and protrudes outwards from the mounting base, the second magnet is fixed at a lower end of the positioning bracket, the first magnet and the second magnet are arranged up and down, and magnetic poles thereof facing each other have the same polarity so that the flame member is levitated relative to the positioning bracket under a repulsive force of the first magnet and the second magnet, the positioning bracket comprises a supporting rod, a positioning shaft, and a connection frame, the positioning shaft is formed at an upper end of the supporting rod, one end of the connection frame is connected to the supporting rod, and the other end of the connection frame is connected to an inner sidewall of the mounting base, the first magnet is provided with a positioning hole, the positioning shaft is sleeved in the positioning hole of the first magnet, an elongated hole is defined on the flame member, the positioning shaft is passed through the positioning hole to insert into the elongated hole, and the second magnet is arranged on the supporting rod.

US Pat. No. 10,480,734

LIGHT ENGINE AND METHOD OF SIMULATING A FLAME

Idea Tech LLC, Topeka, K...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a translucent outer shroud;
at least one carrier inside the translucent outer shroud; the at least one carrier having upper and lower ends and a single longitudinal axis; a lower region of the at least one carrier being relatively near the lower end; an upper region of the at least one carrier being relatively distant the lower end; a mid region of the at least one carrier being between the lower region and the upper region;
a plurality of LEDs coupled to the at least one carrier such that lower LEDs are in the lower region, mid LEDs are in the mid region, and upper LEDs are in the upper region; the lower LEDs, the mid LEDs, and the upper LEDs collectively defining the plurality of LEDs; at least two of the lower LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at distances different from one another; at least two of the mid LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at distances different from one another; at least two of the upper LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at distances different from one another; at least one of the lower LEDs and at least one of the mid LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at the same distance as one another; at least one of the lower LEDs and at least one of the upper LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at the same distance as one another; at least one of the mid LEDs and at least one of the upper LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at the same distance as one another; and
a controller in communication with the plurality of LEDs; wherein, to simulate a flame, the controller:
actuates at least some of the lower LEDs to simulate combustion at a bottom of a flame;
actuates at least some of the mid LEDs to simulate a rise in flame height; and
actuates at least some of the upper LEDs to simulate a flickering flame tip.

US Pat. No. 10,480,732

GOBO AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A GOBO

Avid Labs, LLC, Fort Way...

1. A gobo, comprising:a substrate having:
at least one peripheral edge;
a body extending from the edge, the body having two faces and a structural ridge network on at least one of the two faces, the structural ridge network generally extending to the peripheral edge; and
an optical pattern disposed on or through the body, the structural ridge network extending on the body only to an edge of the optical pattern, the structural ridge network being integral with the substrate, the structural ridge network having a plurality of ridges that are at least one of adjacent and intersecting each other, the plurality of ridges include some ridges that intersect other ridges, wherein the structural ridge network includes surface area of the faces that are perpendicular to the face.

US Pat. No. 10,480,729

SELF-POWERED SQUEEZED-LIGHT TEMPERATURE REGULATION DEVICE

1. A self-powered squeezed-light temperature regulation device comprising:an elastic anchor sheet;
a thermostat regulator that is connected to the elastic anchor sheet;
a motion power transducer that is in electrical communication with the thermostat regulator, the motion power transducer comprising:
a flexible ionic diode that is located between a first borophene sheet and a second borophene sheet, the first borophene sheet being in electrical communication with the thermostat regulator,
a capacitor charge system that is in electrical communication with a collection wire that directs an electric charge generated by the flexible ionic diode to the capacitor charge system; and
a squeezed-light cooling unit that is located at the elastic anchor sheet and that is powered by the motion power transducer, the squeezed-light cooling unit comprising:
a microwave photon circuit that creates squeezed-light microwave photons, and
a squeezed-light cooling drum that is in photonic communication with the microwave photon circuit, wherein the squeezed-light cooling drum comprises a drum cavity and a plurality of drum holes through which the squeezed-light microwave photons leak from the drum cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,726

MODULAR LED LAMP SYSTEM

1. A modular LED lamp system comprising:a cover;
a driver mounted to either a first driver mount or a second driver mount, wherein the driver has a mechanical and electrical connection to either the first driver mount in a first mode or the second driver mount in a second mode;
a circuit board, wherein the circuit board has with an LED array mounted to the circuit board, wherein the circuit board includes a first driver mount;
a left electrical connector body connecting to a left end of the cover;
a right electrical connector body connecting to a right end of the cover; and
a second driver mount formed on either the left electrical connector body, or the right electrical connector body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,721

LIGHT FLUX CONTROLLING MEMBER, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATING DEVICE

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member configured to control a distribution of light emitted from a light-emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence region configured to face the light-emitting element;
a first total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the incidence region;
an emission surface disposed in one direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the light-emitting element;
a second total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the emission surface in the one direction;
a third total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the second total reflection surface in a direction along the optical axis; and
a connection surface connecting the first total reflection surface and the third total reflection surface, wherein
a part of the light emitted from the light-emitting element enters the light flux controlling member from the incidence region so as to be reflected by the first total reflection surface before being emitted from the emission surface, and
another part of the light emitted from the light-emitting element enters the light flux controlling member from the incidence region so as to be reflected by the second total reflection surface and the third total reflection surface in this order, and thereafter emitted from the connection surface so as to re-enter the light flux controlling member from the first total reflection surface before being emitted from the emission surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,720

ACTIVE ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND PCB COMPONENTS HAVING MOUNTINGS FOR REDUCED Z-HEIGHT AND IMPROVED THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A printed circuit board assembly comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB);
a light emitting element mounted to a top surface of a mounting substrate;
a lens mounted to the top surface of the mounting substrate and covering at least a portion of the light emitting element;
at least one electrical coupling exposed at or attached to the top surface of the mounting substrate physically connecting the top surface of the mounting substrate to a bottom surface of the PCB; wherein the at least one electrical coupling electrically connects the light emitting element to circuitry mounted to a top surface of the PCB; and
a thermal interface in direct contact with a bottom surface of the mounting substrate and one or more sides of the mounting substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,717

SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING CONTENTS OF GAS CYLINDERS OR COMPRESSED LIQUIFIED GAS CYLINDERS

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A cylinder content indicator device for monitoring contents of a containment vessel configured to hold a fluid in a gas/liquid state, the cylinder content indicator device comprises:a housing body configured to be affixed to a valve that is operatively coupled to the containment vessel;
a pressure gauge disposed in the housing body and capable of detecting the pressure of the contents of the containment vessel when the device is attached to a valve that is operatively coupled to the containment vessel;
a display configured for displaying the pressure of the contents of the containment vessel in analog or digital form and whether the contents of the containment vessel are a liquefied gas in a two phase state, including a liquid phase and a gaseous phase or whether the contents of the containment vessel are in a gaseous only phase; and
an electronics assembly attached to the housing body and operatively connected to the pressure gauge and the display;
wherein the electronics assembly is configured for determining whether the contents of the containment vessel are the liquefied gas in the two phase state or whether the contents of the containment vessel are in a gaseous only phase based on the pressure and temperature of the contents of the containment vessel;
wherein the electronics assembly is further configured to produce an electronic alarm to signify audibly, visibly, or both audibly and visibly when the contents of the containment vessel are in the gaseous only phase based on the pressure and temperature of the contents of the containment vessel; and
wherein the electronics assembly is still further configured to produce an electronic alarm to signify audibly, visibly, or both audibly and visibly when the contents of the containment vessel are in the gaseous only phase and the pressure of the contents of the containment vessel, as detected by the pressure gauge, falls below one or more predetermined threshold pressure values indicative of a near empty or depleted condition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,712

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING AIR IN LUBRICANT SUPPLY LINES

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A lubrication system for a hydraulically operated tool, the system comprising:a common lubricant supply manifold configured to receive a lubricant from one or more lubricant reservoirs, the common lubricant supply manifold including at least one inlet port through which the lubricant is received and at least one exit port fluidly coupled with a lubricant supply line;
a primer pump connected in fluid communication with the common lubricant supply manifold;
a main lubricant supply pump;
a spring check valve downstream of the main lubricant supply pump;
the lubricant supply line being configured to receive lubricant from the at least one exit port and supply the lubricant to the main lubricant supply pump;
the main lubricant supply pump being configured to increase the pressure of the lubricant and pump the lubricant through the spring check valve and into a fluid passageway leading to the hydraulically operated tool; and
a detune valve in fluid communication with a hydraulic pump providing pressurized hydraulic fluid for the tool and the main lubricant supply pump, the detune valve configured to be actuated by pressure in the lubricant supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,711

MAGNET MOUNT APPARATUS FOR A PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A mounting apparatus for an electronic communication device comprising:a holster to secure a device;a rigid magnetic frame having a front surface and a back surface, wherein the rigid magnetic frame is adjustably coupled to the holster at the front surface and further has an integrated clip system at the back surface, the integrated clip system being configured to engage with a front surface of a wearable garment, the integrated clip system comprising a top tether cutout and a bottom tether cutout with space therebetween for accommodating a lanyard strap; anda center buckle between the top tether cutout and the bottom tether cutout to further secure the lanyard strap to the mounting apparatus; anda flexible magnetic frame configured to be positioned behind a back surface of an article of clothing while magnetically being engaged with the rigid magnetic frame, and the center buckle being recessed to prevent an engagement of the lanyard strap from hindering a magnetic engagement between the rigid magnetic frame and the flexible magnetic frame.

US Pat. No. 10,480,707

ORIENTABLE SUPPORT FOR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUSES

VITEC IMAGING SOLUTIONS S...

1. Orientable support (1) for video-photographic apparatus, comprising an articulation device (4) with a first (5) and a second articulation member (6) provided with respective attachment means for being attached respectively to a supporting member (2, 20) of said support (1) and to a video-photographic apparatus, or vice versa, and reciprocally movable in order to orient said video-photographic apparatus with respect to said supporting member (20), said first articulation member comprising an internally hollow shell-shaped body (5) defining a housing cavity (10) for said second articulation member (6), said second articulation member comprising a spherical ball (6) capable of sliding in said housing cavity (10), said ball (6) and said housing cavity (10) being shaped in such a way that a gap (11) is formed therebetween, said gap (11) containing a viscous fluid (V) suitable for regulating the rotations of said ball (6) in said housing cavity (10), wherein said gap (11) has a thickness comprised between 0.05 and 0.5 mm, wherein said shell-shaped body (5) further comprises a cup-shaped body (8) with a base portion (8a) facing in use towards the ground, shaped in such a way as to form a cavity (8c) that is open on the opposite side with respect to said base portion (8a) and has an internal wall (S1) that is more or less spherical and intended to house inside it said spherical ball (6), and wherein said shell-shaped body (5) further comprises a ring-shaped element (12) fixable to said cup-shaped body (8) and provided with a through opening (14) whose free edge (14a), facing in the opposite direction with respect to said cup-shaped body (8), limits by interference the ability for said video-photographic apparatus to be oriented with respect to said supporting member, and wherein said shell-shaped body (5) comprises a positioning ring (17) interposed between said cup-shaped body (8) and said ring-shaped element (12) and intended to be coupled with play to said spherical ball (6).

US Pat. No. 10,480,703

SLIDING CABLE SAFETY DEVICE FOR CONDUITS OR SIMILAR EQUIPMENTS SUBJECT TO PRESSURE AND CORRESPONDING INSTALLATION INCLUDING SUCH SAFETY DEVICE

DAVIDE GAMBA, Biella (IT...

1. An installation securing a conduit, pipeline, piping, organ, system, machine or a similar equipment subject in the operation to high pressures due to a fluid under pressure, such as air, water, oil, steam, which circulates or in general operates in said conduit or similar equipment, comprising:a first part and a second part, connected between them, of the conduit or similar equipment, under pressure, secured by the installation; and
a sliding cable safety device arranged between said first and said second part, connected between them, of the conduit or similar equipment under pressure,
wherein said safety device in turn comprises:
a flexible cable which has at least a first attachment eyelet and a second attachment eyelet formed respectively by two end portions of the flexible cable;
at least a first sleeve and a second sleeve which close the two end portions of the flexible cable so as to form, at the two ends of the safety device, said first and second attachment eyelets; and
two terminals provided at the opposite ends of the flexible cable included in the sliding cable safety device,
wherein said first attachment eyelet and second attachment eyelet are attached respectively to such two parts, connected between them, of said conduits and similar equipment subject to high pressures, so as to retain by means of the safety device said two parts, in case of rupture, burst or in general of a fault in the connection zone of said first part and said second part of the conduit or similar equipment under pressure and secured by the installation;
wherein the safety device is configured so that, when a rupture, a burst or in general a fault occurs in said connection zone, the flexible cable of the safety device is subject to slide in the two sleeves;
wherein the two terminals, provided at the two opposite ends of the flexible cable, are spaced at a certain distance from the corresponding sleeves which form the two attachment eyelets at the two ends of the safety device,
whereby, when a rupture, a breakage, a burst or in general a fault occurs in said connection zone of said two parts of the conduit or similar equipment under pressure secured by said installation, the flexible cable of the safety device slides in said first and second sleeve so as to recover and reduce said distance and consequently to push and move said terminals to stop against and cooperate into contact with said sleeves, thereby tightening the two eyelets, formed at the two ends of the safety device around said two parts, to which the same safety device is attached, of the conduit or similar equipment subject in the operation to high pressures;
and wherein at least one of said sleeves is calibrated, that is it is designed to tighten the flexible cable of the safety device with a determined calibrated tightening force,
whereby, in case of intervention of the safety device following a rupture, a breakage, a burst or in general a fault in the connection zone of said two parts under pressure, the flexible cable of the safety device is subject to a sliding, in said at least one of said sleeves, which is controlled by said determined calibrated tightening force, and consequently also the damping and the dissipation by friction, by means of the safety device of the energy and the stresses that develop and are released in such events of rupture, breakage, burst or fault, are controlled by said determined calibrated tightening force.

US Pat. No. 10,480,702

PLASTIC UNION WITH INTEGRAL LOCKING STRUCTURE

Magic Plastics, Inc., Va...

1. A plastic pipe union for attaching a male nipple extending from a device to a piping system, the male nipple comprising external threads and an outwardly facing sealing face, the plastic pipe union comprising:a tail piece comprising a cylindrical conduit having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end comprising a proximal end sealing face which mates against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple, the distal end configured to attach to the piping system;
a biasing means disposed between the proximal end sealing face and the outwardly facing sealing face wherein the biasing means compresses as the proximal end sealing face seats against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple;
the tail piece comprising a first outer diameter beginning at the proximal end and extending a first length toward the distal end, the tail piece further comprising a second outer diameter extending a second length to the distal end, wherein the first outer diameter is larger than the second outer diameter, and an outer circumferential shoulder is defined by a transition from the first outer diameter to the second outer diameter;
the outer circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented first engagement surface facing the distal end, the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface comprising a first raised section and a first lowered section; and
a cylindrical nut member having a device end and a piping system end, the cylindrical nut member comprising internal threads configured to engage the external threads of the male nipple, wherein the cylindrical nut member comprises an opening adapted to receive the tail piece with the distal end of the tail piece extending outside of the cylindrical nut member through the piping system end, the piping system end comprising an internal circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented second engagement surface in facing relation with the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface, the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface comprising a second raised section and a second lowered section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,699

PERMANENT QUICK CONNECTOR AND ASSEMBLY THEREWITH

MINIATURE PRECISION COMPO...

1. A quick connector for permanently locked, non-disconnectable receipt of a tubular male insertion member, having a radially outwardly extending annular collar located between opposite ends, therein to facilitate establishing a connection between conduits, comprising:a housing having a tubular housing wall with an inner surface and an outer surface extending along a central longitudinal axis between open opposite ends with at least one locking opening extending through said housing wall, said inner surface bounding a through bore and having a shoulder extending radially inwardly from at least a portion thereof; and
a retaining member having an annular retainer wall with inner and outer surfaces extending axially along said central longitudinal axis between open proximal and distal ends, said inner surface of said retaining member being sized for receipt about at least a portion of said outer surface of said housing wall, said retainer wall having at least one locking member cantilevered by an elongate arm fixed to said retainer wall, said elongate arm biasing said at least one locking member radially inwardly through said at least one opening to deploy said at least one locking member radially inwardly from said inner surface of said tubular wall in axially spaced relation from said shoulder by a gap sized for captured receipt of the annular collar of the tubular male insertion member, said at least one locking member being restrained against substantial axial and rotational movement within said at least one opening to prevent removal of said at least one locking member from said at least one opening; and
a sleeve overlying said at least one locking member and preventing said at least one locking member from moving radially outwardly from said at least one opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,697

QUICK CONNECTOR DETECTION TOOL AND METHOD

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A tool for confirming a connection status of a fluid line to a quick-connect fluid coupling assembly, the fluid line having a shoulder portion and the fluid coupling assembly comprising a retaining clip and a body, the retaining clip having a plurality of protrusions and the body defining a plurality of slots for receiving the protrusions such that the protrusions extend through the slots to engage the shoulder portion and secure the fluid line to the fluid coupling assembly when the fluid line is properly connected to the fluid coupling assembly, the tool comprising:a hub portion defining a locating surface configured to interface with an outer portion of the fluid line;
at least one axially extending finger having a first portion that is fixedly coupled to the hub portion, the finger having a distal end situated away from the first portion of the finger;
a handle portion;
a spring portion coupled to the hub portion and to the handle portion, the spring portion configured to allow relative rotational movement between the hub portion and the handle portion; and
an indicating means;
such that, when the tool is placed with the locating surface in contact with the outer portion of the fluid line, when a sufficient biasing force is applied to the tool in an axial direction to force the distal end of the finger to contact either the shoulder portion of the fluid line or the retaining clip, and when a sufficient forcing torque is applied to the handle portion to rotate the tool by a predetermined amount about a longitudinal axis of the fluid line, the finger cooperates with the retaining clip to produce a reaction torque sufficient to deflect the spring portion and activate the indicating means when the fluid line is properly connected to the fluid coupling assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,694

CLAMP

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A clamp for joining two connecting elements having abutting faces oriented transverse to a centre axis of the connecting elements, the clamp comprising:first and second clamp elements which are connected to each other by a pivot arrangement and are configured to be positioned around an area where the two connecting elements are joined;
a locking device for securing the connecting elements together; and
an actuating device which is configured to actuate the locking device between a locking position and a release position;
wherein in the locking position the locking device is in contact with the first clamp element and the second clamp element, and in the release position the locking device is in contact with only one of the first clamp element and the second clamp element; and
wherein in the release position the actuating device and the locking device are connected with the first and second clamp elements in a continuously linked arrangement around the connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,480,692

SANITARY FITTING FOR FLUID HANDLING EQUIPMENT

1. A threaded sanitary fitting for an equipment housing, comprising:a non-threaded tubular insert, which is insertable axially into a housing socket of an equipment housing, said insert having a main tubular body, which extends axially, is cylindrical and terminates at an end portion, said end portion including an annular flange which projects radially outwardly from said main tubular body so as to seat at a bottom of said housing socket when installed, said flange including a top flange face and a bottom flange face, which face axially away from each other in opposite upward and downward directions, a gasket groove provided in said bottom flange face, and a first gasket received in said groove provided in said bottom flange face, which said first gasket is positioned in said groove for axial contact with an opposing surface of said housing socket when installed, said gasket groove opening axially downwardly on an axially downward side of said bottom flange face to generate said axial contact between the bottom flange face and the opposing surface and radially inwardly on a radially inward side to allow any deformed portion of said first gasket to be squeezed radially inwardly through said radially inward side; and
an externally-threaded nut which has an annular bore surface so that said nut is slidable downwardly over said insert along said main tubular body to abut axially against said top flange face of said flange, an exterior of said nut including a threaded nut surface engageable with an opposing threaded surface of a housing socket to drive said inert axially into the housing socket and retain said insert tightly therein to axially compress said first gasket, an inner face of said nut between a driving section and a threaded nose, which defines said threaded nut surface, including a second gasket, wherein said second gasket acts against said equipment housing to prevent entry of debris into said threaded nut surface; and
a third gasket being provided between an interior surface of said nut and an outer tube surface of said main tubular body of said insert.

US Pat. No. 10,480,691

WATER PIPE

X.J. ELECTRICS (HUBEI) CO...

1. A water pipe, comprising:a pipe body;
a woven layer including bamboo charcoal fibers and polypropylene filaments, said woven layer being sleeved around the pipe body, wherein the polypropylene filaments are hollow;
a first joint assembly arranged at one end of the pipe body and secured to the pipe body; and
a second joint assembly arranged at another end of the pipe body and secured to the pipe body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,690

FIBER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC HOSES AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A hose, comprising:an inner tube that forms a flow path;
an inner fiber layer formed around an outer surface of the inner tube;
an intermediate fiber layer formed around the inner fiber layer; and
an outer fiber layer formed around the intermediate fiber layer;
wherein the inner fiber layer, the intermediate fiber layer, and the outer fiber layer are formed of support thread;
wherein each of the inner fiber layer, the intermediate fiber layer, and the outer fiber layer comprises support thread under tension greater than about 10 pounds (lbs);
wherein the support thread of the inner fiber layer, the support thread of the intermediate fiber layer, and the support thread of the outer fiber layer comprises aramid fibers; and
wherein the support thread of the inner fiber layer, the support thread of the intermediate fiber layer, and the support thread of the outer fiber layer has a nominal modulus, measured according to ASTM D7269, of greater than about 400 gpd.

US Pat. No. 10,480,689

FEED THROUGH SEALS AND FITTINGS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A vessel comprising:at least one wall separating a first volume and a second volume to be sealed therefrom;
an elongated structure providing communication through the wall between the first and second volumes;
a fitting assembly including a fitting secured to the at least one wall, the at least one fitting comprising:
a solid outer body;
a pass-through bore, defined by at least one pass-through bore wall, extending longitudinally through a length of the outer body from a first end to a second end;
at least one undercut region formed into the at least one pass-through bore wall, the at least one undercut region including at least one expansion bearing surface disposed radially outward of at least one contraction bearing surface; and
a flexible filler material substantially occupying a volume of the pass-through bore and the undercut region, the flexible filler material retaining the elongated structure in the bore while sealing the first volume from the second volume.

US Pat. No. 10,480,688

HIGH STRENGTH SINGLE PIECE CABLE TIE LOCKING MECHANISM

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A cable tie comprising:a flexible elongate strap; and
a head attached to a first end of said strap, said head having a front wall, side walls and a rear wall defining an aperture, said front wall having at least one fixed tooth thereon and said rear wall having a flexural element thereon opposite said at least one fixed tooth, wherein said at least one fixed tooth and said flexural element are configured to permit a second end of said strap opposite said head to be inserted through said head aperture in a first direction and being further configured to prevent movement of said second end of said strap from said head aperture in a second direction opposite said first direction, wherein said head further comprises at least one stop projecting into said aperture that engages said flexural element to prevent said strap from disengaging from said at least one tooth on said head.

US Pat. No. 10,480,679

SECURITY COVER FOR A VALVE BOX WITH A POSITIVELY OPERATED AUTOMATICALLY LUBRICATED LOCKING MECHANISM

1. A lockable cover for covering an open topped valve box so as to prevent access to a utility shut off valve located below said cover, said shut off valve accessible through an open top of said valve box only after said cover is removed therefrom;a locking mechanism mounted to an underside of said cover acting to prevent moving said cover off said open top of said valve box when said locking mechanism is in a locking condition, and allowing said cover to be moved off said open top of said valve box when said locking mechanism is in an unlocked condition;
said locking mechanism including a pair of locking plates extending radially away from each other and toward an inner surface of said valve box, said locking plates mounted to the underside of said cover by a locking plate support arrangement so as to allow a limited radial back and forth movement of said locking plates to be able to engage or disengage an outer end of each of said locking plates with said inner surface of said valve box to prevent removal of said cover;
said locking mechanism further including a cam mechanism operated by a security bolt having a head located atop said cover and further having a threaded shank extending down through an opening in said cover and extending further down to be threaded into a threaded bore in a cam piece forming a part of said cam mechanism, said cam piece engageable with both of said locking plates so as to move both of said locking plates radially out upon rotation of said security bolt in a first direction to raise said cam piece, and to move both of said locking plates radially inward upon rotation of said security bolt in an opposite second direction to lower said cam piece, thereby alternatively allowing locking or unlocking of said cover to prevent or allow removal of said cover from said open top of said valve box by rotation of said security bolt in said first or second directions respectively;
a jam nut installed on said security bolt below said cover preventing an upward movement of said security bolt upon rotation of said security bolt in said second direction by said cover stopping upward movement of said jam nut so that when said security bolt is rotated in said second direction said cam piece is lowered;
and, wherein a porous compressible washer is received on said security bolt, the washer is positioned above a top surface of said cam piece and below said jam nut, the washer has a lubricant absorbed therein, a portion of said is lubricant squeezed out of said porous compressible washer when said washer is squeezed between said jam nut and said cam piece, when said cam piece is raised by continued rotation of said security bolt in said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,678

ERGONOMETRIC FAUCET HANDLE WITH CHANGEABLE SHAPE BODY

Newco Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A handle for a beverage dispensing faucet, comprising:a base having a first surface comprising at least one cam extending in a first direction therefrom and having an aperture therethrough, and a second surface opposite the first surface and having at least one mounting element extending in a second direction opposite the first direction and having a predetermined first shape;
a generally disk shape adapter having a first surface replicating the predetermined first shape, matingly engaged with the at least one mounting element of the base to mount the adapter to the base, the adapter having a second surface having at least one mounting element extending in the second direction and defining a predetermined second shape different from the predetermined first shape; and
an annular body having an edge replicating the predetermined second shape, matingly engaged with the at least one mounting element of the second surface of the adapter to mount the annular body to the adapter extending in the second direction therefrom, and a fastener extending through and securing the annular body and the adapter to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,480,676

VALVE

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A valve comprising:a body having a passage through which a pressurized fluid flows;
a bonnet configured to cover an opening of the body; and
a valve mechanism provided inside the body and the bonnet, and configured to switch a communication state of the passage,
the valve mechanism comprising:
a valve plug;
a diaphragm in a form of a flexible sheet, a central portion of the diaphragm being held against the valve plug, and an outer marginal portion of the diaphragm being held between the body and the bonnet;
a holder configured to hold the central portion of the diaphragm between the valve plug and the holder;
a pilot hole configured to allow the passage and a pilot chamber of the bonnet to communicate with each other the pilot hole being formed adjacent the central portion of the diaphragm; and
a fastener fixing together central portions of the valve plug, the diaphragm, and the holder which are stacked together.

US Pat. No. 10,480,675

NO-BOLT SECURITY LATCHING SYSTEM

1. A system for securing a valve actuator to body of a valve assembly, the system comprising:an actuator housing having an axis, a valve end, a sealed pressure chamber, and a plurality of housing lugs spaced apart around a circumference of the actuator housing, the housing lugs defining a plurality of housing slots therebetween;
a valve stem, a portion of the valve stem being positioned within the actuator housing, and another portion of the valve stem extending from the valve end of the actuator housing and operable to be connected to a valve, the valve stem moving axially between an extended position and a retracted position;
a bonnet operable to be connected to the valve, the valve stem passing through the bonnet and limited in an axial direction by the bonnet, the bonnet having a plurality of bonnet lugs spaced apart around a circumference of the bonnet, the bonnet lugs defining a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween, wherein each of the housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the bonnet slots and the sealed pressure chamber is maintained when the actuator housing is in a released position and, after passing through the bonnet slots, the actuator housing being rotatable to a locked position where at least a portion of one or more of the housing lugs is axially aligned with a portion of a respective bonnet lug such that the bonnet lugs prevent axial movement of the actuator housing in at least one direction; and
a securing mechanism selectively preventing relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet, wherein the securing mechanism includes an electric locking mechanism comprising a solenoid, the solenoid having a cylinder that extends outwardly from a solenoid body, the solenoid positioned to prevent relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet when the cylinder is extended from the solenoid body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,674

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR STRUCTURE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A core structure for an electromagnetic actuator, comprising:an electrically conductive magnetic core component having a magnetic axis, an outer surface between axially opposite ends and at least one slit arranged between said axially opposite ends through the outer surface, wherein said at least one slit is arranged helically to said magnetic axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,673

SOLENOID VALVE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A solenoid valve for a brake system comprising:a filter member accommodated in a bore of a modulator block including an inlet path and a discharge path;
a magnet core coupled to the filter member and including a through hole longitudinally passing through the magnet core;
a sleeve coupled to an outer surface of the magnet core;
an armature installed in the sleeve;
a valve seat fixed to the through hole and including an orifice;
a plunger disposed at the through hole to open and close the orifice while vertically being moved by movement of the armature; and
a returning spring configured to press the plunger against the armature,
wherein a boss inserted into the valve seat through an opening of a lower end of the filter member and including a connecting path configured to cause the orifice to communicate with the discharge path is formed to pass through a center of the filter member, a plunger valve vertically, moved due to a pressure of supplied oil and including a vertical hole formed to pass through a center of the plunger valve is disposed below the connecting path, and a plunger valve seat having a diameter greater than that of a diameter of the connecting path is provided at a lower end of the connecting path to selectively come into contact with an outer surface of the plunger valve when the plunger valve vertically moves.

US Pat. No. 10,480,666

BACK PRESSURE FLAP VALVE ARRANGEMENT AND THE USE THEREOF

Nederman Holding AB, Hel...

1. A back pressure flap valve arrangement comprising:a housing having an inlet opening and an outlet opening adapted for connection of the housing to a ducting;
a flap which is pivotably mounted about a shaft extending transverse a flow direction through the housing from the inlet opening to the outlet opening;
a lever connectable to the shaft and forming an angle thereto, the lever having a stop face arranged at a distance from the connection between the lever and the shaft such that the stop face is arranged to move along an arc shaped path when the flap pivots about said shaft;
a stopper having a slot having an open end and a longitudinal extension along the slot, and a first deformation zone along a first side of the slot and a second deformation zone along a second side of the slot, opposite the first side of the slot, and the slot being arranged to receive the stop face and allow the stop face to move in the slot in the longitudinal extension thereof while engaging said first and second deformation zones; and
wherein the slot, as seen along opposite sides thereof, has a symmetrical wedge shaped profile with a width which gradually narrows as seen from the opening of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,480,665

VALVE STRUCTURE, NONLUBRICATED LINEAR COMPRESSOR, AND CRYOCOOLER

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A valved nonlubricated linear compressor, comprisinga compressor container,
a cylinder housed in the compressor container,
a movable piston accommodated in the cylinder, the movable piston partitioning the compressor container into a high-pressure chamber and a low-pressure chamber, wherein
the cylinder partitions the high-pressure chamber into a pressurization chamber formed between the movable piston and the cylinder, and a discharge chamber formed inside the cylinder,
a discharge pipe is connected to the discharge chamber, and a suction pipe is connected to the low-pressure chamber,
the movable piston comprises an intake valve for supplying gas from the low-pressure chamber to the pressurization chamber,
the cylinder comprises a discharge valve for discharging the gas from the pressurization chamber to the discharge chamber, and
at least one of the intake valve and the discharge valve is constituted by a valve structure comprising:
a fixing member;
a valve seat part including a valve hole portion positioned on a side of the valve seat part with respect to the fixing member, the valve hole portion having a valve hole either connecting the high-pressure chamber to the low-pressure chamber, or connecting the discharge chamber to the pressurization chamber, and a valve-body supporting wall part positioned on an opposite side of the valve seat part with respect to the fixing member, the valve-body supporting wall part extending laterally from the valve hole portion, wherein no valve hole is present in the valve-body supporting wall part;
an elastic valve-body member furnished with
a valve-body fulcrum portion fixed to the valve seat part with the fixing member,
a first elastic platelike section separated from the valve-body fulcrum portion by a slit and disposed paralleling the valve hole portion so as to cover the valve hole, and
a second elastic platelike section extending from the valve-body fulcrum portion opposite-ward with respect to the slit and paralleling the valve-body supporting wall part, wherein
the first and second elastic platelike sections are continuous to each other,
the first elastic platelike section is elastically deformable relative to the second elastic platelike section under pressure differential either between the high-pressure chamber and the low-pressure chamber, or between the discharge chamber and the pressurization chamber, so as to uncover the valve hole; and
a fan-shaped elastic pressing member furnished with
a pressing-member fulcrum portion fixed to the valve seat part with the fixing member, and
a pressing-member elastic platelike section extending from the pressing-member fulcrum portion opposite-ward with respect to the slit and paralleling the second elastic platelike section so as to elastically deform together with the elastic valve-body member, the fan-shaped elastic pressing member being of planar form configured so as to expose the first elastic platelike section; wherein
the pressing-member elastic platelike section and the second elastic platelike section of the elastic valve-body member are fan-shaped to match each other in plan view form.

US Pat. No. 10,480,662

STEAM VALVE AND STEAM TURBINE SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A steam valve comprising:a valve casing including: a valve chamber; an inlet flow passage opening to the valve chamber; an outlet flow passage opening to the valve chamber; and a valve seat surrounding an opening of the outlet flow passage;
a first valve body accommodated in the valve chamber, the first valve body including: a first cylindrical part having a first end vertically abuttable on the valve seat; and a first end wall part formed integrally with a second end side of the first cylindrical part;
a second valve body accommodated in the valve chamber, the second valve body including: a second cylindrical part coaxially disposed with respect to the first cylindrical part and having a first end vertically abuttable on the valve seat at an outer position than the first cylindrical part; and a second end wall part formed integrally with a second end side of the second cylindrical part;
a first valve stem capable of vertically biasing the first valve body;
a second valve stem capable of vertically biasing the second valve body;
a flow guide disposed inside the first cylindrical part, the flow guide having a projection configured to project downwardly from the first cylindrical part and the second cylindrical part when the first cylindrical part and the second cylindrical part are apart from the valve seat; and
a support which supports the flow guide,
the support extending from the valve casing or the second valve body to the flow guide through a through hole formed in the first valve body to support the flow guide such that the flow guide is tiltable with respect to the valve casing or the second valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,659

COUPLING DEVICE FOR THE ROTARY COUPLING OF A PIVOT SHAFT OF A FLAP DIAPHRAGM OF AN EXHAUST GAS FLAP WITH A DRIVE ELEMENT

1. A coupling device for a rotary coupling of a pivot shaft of a flap diaphragm of an exhaust gas flap with a drive element, the coupling device comprising at least one coupling element comprised of one piece of sheet material and comprising:a first coupling area configured for coupling to the pivot shaft, the first coupling area comprising a first coupling first end area and a first coupling second end area and a first positive-locking coupling formation between the first coupling first end area and the first coupling second end area;
a second coupling area configured for coupling to the drive element, the second coupling area comprising a second coupling first end area and a second coupling second end area and a second positive-locking coupling formation between the second coupling first end area and the second coupling second end area; and
connection areas connecting the first coupling area to the second coupling area, the connection areas comprising a first connection area provided adjacent to the first coupling first end area and adjacent to the second coupling first end area and the connection areas comprising a second connection area provided adjacent to the first coupling second end area and adjacent to the second coupling second end area, wherein one of the first coupling area and the second coupling area comprises end areas of the one piece of sheet material arranged overlapping one another and commonly providing the positive locking coupling formation of the one of the first coupling area and the second coupling area, and wherein, in a coupled state, the first coupling area and the second coupling area are prestressed in a direction towards one another or are prestressed in a direction away from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,480,657

MECHANICAL PUMP SEAL

S. E. Yandle, II, New Or...

1. A pump seal apparatus for sealing leakage around a pump shaft of a pump having a pump housing and a driver that rotates the pump shaft relative to the housing, said seal apparatus comprising:a) a seal flange that is attachable to the pump housing, the seal flange having a central flange opening for receiving the pump shaft and an annular socket surrounding the central flange opening;
b) a sleeve attachable to the pump shaft and rotating therewith;
c) an annular non-rotating seal element that seats upon the seal flange annular socket and connects to the seal flange, the non-rotating seal element providing a carbon containing sealing face;
d) an annular rotating seal assembly, the annular rotating seal assembly including an upper seal member and a lower drive member, the upper seal member being made of a first material and the lower drive member being made of a second material that is not said first material, the upper seal member and the lower drive member being removably interlocked such that movement of the lower drive member causes movement of the upper seal member, the upper seal member being in face-to-face sealing contact with the carbon containing sealing face, said rotating seal assembly having an open center and being mounted upon the sleeve at the open center, the contact defining a gas seal that prevents leakage of gas molecules, the sealing face and the upper seal member of the rotating seal assembly each having a flatness of not more than two light bands;
e) a cage below the drive member;
f) the cage having a spring assembly that biases the seal elements together;
g) one or more O-rings that are carried by the seal assembly; and
h) wherein the lower drive member is removably interlocked with the cage for rotation therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,480,654

JOINT SEAL SYSTEM HAVING INTERNAL BARRIER AND EXTERNAL WINGS

Schul International Co., ...

1. A joint seal, comprising,a first body of compressible foam, the first body of compressible foam having a first body bottom and a first body width;
a second body of compressible foam, the second body of compressible foam having a second body top and a second body width;
a barrier,
the barrier being flexible,
the barrier having a barrier width from a first distant end to a second distant end,
the barrier width greater than each of the first body width and the second body width,
the barrier contacting a first body first side and not contacting a second body first side,
the barrier including a first wing extending beyond an edge of the first body of the compressible foam,
the first wing turned up to adhere to the first body first side,
the first wing having at a first distant end a first wing upper elongate appendage and a first wing lower elongate appendage,
the first wing upper elongate appendage not contacting the first body first side
the first wing lower elongate appendage not contacting the first body first side,
the barrier contacting a first body second side and not contacting a second body second side,
the barrier including a second wing extending beyond an edge of the second body of the compressible foam,
the second wing turned up to adhere to the first body second side,
the second wing having at a second distant end a second wing upper elongate appendage and a second wing lower elongate appendage,
the second wing upper elongate appendage not contacting the first body second side,
the second wing lower elongate appendage not contacting the first body second side,
the barrier adhered to the first body of compressible foam at the first body bottom,
the barrier adhered to the second body of compressible foam at the second body top,
the barrier including a layer from at least one of a heat barrier, an infrared barrier, a water barrier, air barrier and a vapor barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,480,652

SEALING DEVICE

HAMMELMANN GMBH, Oelde (...

1. A sealing device, comprising an intermediate bushing arranged concentrically between an outer sleeve and an inner body and movable relative thereto, the intermediate bushing and the inner body defining a single annular gap therebetween, the bushing cooperating with the outer sleeve the inner body, and a plurality of seals disposed between the outer sleeve and the intermediate bushing to define a plurality of chambers which can be filled with a pressurized liquid, the annular gap simultaneously in fluid communication with all of the plurality of chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,650

CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A control method for a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which controls a pulley by using hydraulic pressure so as to perform shifting, the control method comprising:determining, by a controller, whether a shift by controlling the pulley is required;
determining, by the controller, whether the control of the pulley for the shift generates a pressure fluctuation which is greater than or equal to a predetermined level;
calculating, by the controller, a required hydraulic pressure varying amount for varying a hydraulic pressure to a target hydraulic pressure;
adding, by the controller, an additional hydraulic pressure to the required hydraulic pressure varying amount so as to increase the hydraulic pressure; and
decreasing, by the controller, the increased hydraulic pressure to the target hydraulic pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,480,649

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FILLING TORQUE CONVERTER WITH FLUID

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of refilling a torque converter of a vehicle comprising:via a controller: responsive to an engine-off time exceeding a threshold and a parameter indicative of departure being present, filling the torque converter with fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,480,648

LOCK-UP CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE, AND LOCK-UP CLUTCH CONTROL METHOD

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A vehicular lockup clutch control device for a vehicle where a torque converter is mounted between an engine and a transmission, wherein the torque converter includes a lockup clutch, the vehicular lockup clutch control device comprising:a lockup control part configured to control engagement of the lockup clutch; and
a meeting point learning control part configured to perform a learning control of obtaining a learning value based on information about a meeting point at which the lockup clutch starts torque transmission, wherein the meeting point learning control part is further configured to:
obtain a present learning detected value when the lockup clutch experiences a transition into engaged state while the vehicle is running, and calculate a present detection error based on a difference between a last learning value memorized and the present learning detected value;
calculate a present basic correction quantity based on the present detection error;
when the present detection error has the same sign as a last detection error, set a correction coefficient such that the correction coefficient increases as an absolute value of the last detection error increases;
calculate a present learning value correction quantity by multiplying the present basic correction quantity by the correction coefficient; and
calculate a present learning value by adding the present learning value correction quantity to the last learning value.

US Pat. No. 10,480,646

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A control apparatus of an automatic transmission including a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms and engaging mechanisms configured to establish a gear range by switching inputs/outputs of the plurality of planetary gear mechanisms, comprising:an oil pressure supply device configured to supply an oil pressure to operate the engaging mechanisms between an engaging state and a release state in which the engaging state is canceled; and
a gear change controller configured to control an operation state of each of the engaging mechanisms of the planetary gear mechanisms to establish one gear range of a plurality of gear ranges,
wherein the gear change controller calculates a temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after a gear change,
calculates a cooling rate of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change based on the temperature and the operation state of each of the engaging mechanisms,
calculates an allowable temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change based on the cooling rate of each of the engaging mechanisms, and
executes gear change control of restricting the gear change to the gear range in a case in which the temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change is predicted to be not less than the allowable temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,644

TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

Powertrain Control Soluti...

1. An electronic automatic four-speed transmission for a vehicle, the transmission comprising:an electronic automatic four-speed transmission;
a plurality of electronic solenoids that control a flow of hydraulic fluid in the transmission, wherein the hydraulic fluid in turn actuates an operation of the transmission in both forward and reverse gears;
an electronic control panel operatively connected to at least one of the electronic solenoids;
the electronic control panel comprising a manual switch that actuates the flow of incremental, preset amounts of the hydraulic fluid;
wherein the electronic control panel is adapted to be operable and remote from a driver seat of the vehicle that has the transmission operatively mounted therein; and
wherein the incremental, preset amounts of hydraulic fluid correspond to predetermined distances of movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,639

VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle drive apparatus, comprising:a rotating shaft extending along an axial line in a first direction;
a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear provided around the rotating shaft, a ring gear provided around the sun gear, a planetary gear between the sun gear and the ring gear to engage with the sun gear and the ring gear, a planetary shaft extending parallel to the axial line to rotatably support the planetary gear, and a carrier configured to support the planetary shaft;
a rotor including a plate portion formed in a substantial ring shape adjacent the planetary gear and a cylindrical portion connected to an outer periphery of the plate portion to transmit a torque through the planetary gear mechanism from the rotor to the rotating shaft or from the rotating shaft to the rotor; and
an oil passage forming part configured to form an oil passage so as to lead a lubricating oil supplied from a hydraulic power source through the plate portion to the planetary gear,
wherein the oil passage forming part includes plate through holes and a shaft through hole,
the plate through holes are formed axially in the plate portion so as to penetrate the plate portion and arranged in a circumferential direction along a circle with a radius defined as a distance from the axial line to the planetary shaft, and
the shaft through hole is formed inside the planetary shaft so as to penetrate the planetary shaft from an end surface to an outer peripheral surface of the planetary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,638

DRIVE TRANSMITTER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE DRIVE TRANSMITTER

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units, each integrally including at least one of an image bearer, a developing roller, a charger, and a cleaning device;
an intermediate transfer body;
a drive source including an output gear and configured to apply a driving force;
a drive rotary body including
a cylindrical body with one end open and an opposite end closed,
an internal tooth part mounted on an inner circumferential surface of the drive rotary body and directly meshed with the output gear of the drive source, and
an external tooth part mounted on an outer circumferential surface of the drive rotary body;
a drive transmitting member including an external tooth part and a pulley, the external tooth part of the drive transmitting member being meshed with the external tooth part of the drive rotary body;
a first belt;
a first drive output member including a first pulley to stretch the first belt between the first pulley and the pulley of the drive transmitting member, the first drive output member being configured to be drivingly connected to a first developing roller;
a second drive output member including an external tooth part meshed with the external tooth part of the drive rotary body, and a second pulley, the second drive output member being configured to be drivingly connected to a second developing roller;
a second belt; and
a third drive output member including a third pulley to stretch the second belt between the third pulley and the second pulley of the second drive output member, the third drive output member being configured to be drivingly connected to a third developing roller,
the first belt and the second belt being disposed near the drive rotary body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,637

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR A DRIVE DEVICE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a drive assembly that is operatively connected to an input shaft of a gearbox, wherein a gear set of the gearbox is supplied with lubricant by a primary lubricant pump, wherein the gearbox has only one output shaft, and the primary lubricant pump is coupled to and driven by the only one output shaft of the gearbox,
wherein a pressure side is connected via an overpressure valve at an intake side of the primary lubricant pump and the intake side of the primary lubricant pump is connected via a filter to a lubricant sump of the gearbox,
wherein a lubricant container at a geodetically lowest point, has an outlet, through which a direct flow connection to the lubricant sump exists, and
wherein the lubricant container has at least two overflows, which lie geodetically higher than the outlet and produces a direct flow connection to the lubricant sump.

US Pat. No. 10,480,636

ANTI-CLOG LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A fluid distribution assembly for distributing a fluid, the assembly comprising:a first inlet housing;
an outlet housing fluidly coupled to the first inlet housing; and
a second inlet housing fluidly coupled to the outlet housing, the outlet housing being fluidically connected between the first inlet housing and the second inlet housing;
the second inlet housing having a first end and a second end, the second end coupled to the outlet housing at a stagnation dam, the stagnation dam controlling direction of fluid flow through the second inlet housing in response to a change in velocity of fluid flow in the outlet housing from the first inlet housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,634

COUNTERBALANCE GEAR FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine system comprising:a crankshaft gear coupled to an engine crankshaft for rotation therewith; and
a balance gear coupled to a balance shaft for rotation therewith, the balance and crankshaft gears in meshed engagement, the balance gear is formed from a plurality of layers of a first material and a plurality of layers of a second material, the first and second material layers alternating with one another to form a laminate structure;
wherein each layer of the plurality of first material layers comprises metal;
wherein each layer of the plurality of second material layers comprises plastic;
wherein two layers of the plurality of second material layers are provided as outermost layers for the balance gear; and
wherein each layer of the plurality of first material layers and the plurality of second material layers has a common outer perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,624

MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A multi-stage transmission for a vehicle, the multi-stage transmission comprising:a first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set each including a first rotating element, a second rotating element, and a third rotating element;
a compound planetary gear set including a first rotating element, a second rotating element, a third rotating element, and a fourth rotating element; and
eight rotation shafts connected to the rotating elements of the planetary gear sets,
wherein a first rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the first rotating element of the first planetary gear set,
a second rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is an input shaft connected directly to the second rotating element of the first planetary gear set,
a third rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to both the third rotating element of the first planetary gear set and the first rotating element of the second planetary gear set,
a fourth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the first rotating element of the compound planetary gear set,
a fifth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is an output shaft connected directly to both the third rotating element of the compound planetary gear set and the third rotating element of the second planetary gear set,
a sixth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the fourth rotating element of the compound planetary gear set,
a seventh rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the second rotating element of the compound planetary gear set, and
an eighth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the second rotating element of the second planetary gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,480,623

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR A VEHICLE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A multi-speed automatic transmission comprising:a housing;
a transmission input shaft; and
a plurality of clutches, wherein different combinations of a predetermined number of clutches of the plurality of clutches generate respective different gear ratios corresponding to respective forward or rearward speeds of the automatic transmission, the plurality of clutches including:
a first clutch comprising a multi-plate clutch portion and a selectable one way clutch portion, wherein the selectable one way clutch is engaged for selectively generating one forward speed and one rearward speed of the automatic transmission,
wherein the selectable one way clutch portion is movable between a forward torque holding mode configured to transfer torque in a first rotational direction but not in an opposite second rotational direction, and a rearward torque holding mode configured to transfer torque in the second rotational direction but not in the first rotational direction, and
wherein the selectable one way clutch portion is operated in the forward torque holding mode in nine forward speeds of the automatic transmission, the selectable one way clutch portion is operated in the rearward torque holding mode in the one rearward speed of the automatic transmission, and the multi-plate clutch portion is selectively engaged to transfer torque in three of the nine forward speeds, wherein the nine forward speeds includes the one forward speed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,622

TWO-SPEED TRANSMISSION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

NEOOTO CO., LTD., Seoul ...

1. A two-speed transmission comprising:a first sun gear;
a second sun gear;
a plurality of first planetary gears which are engaged with the first sun gear to rotate or revolve along a circumferential direction of the first sun gear;
a ring gear which includes an inner circumferential gear and an outer circumferential gear, the outer circumferential gear rotating by being engaged with an input gear which rotates by a driving device;
a plurality of second planetary gears which are engaged with the inner circumferential gear and the second sun gear to rotate or revolve along a circumferential direction of the second sun gear;
a carrier to which the first planetary gears and the second planetary gears are rotatably connected; and
a brake part which selectively fixes the first sun gear and the second sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,480,620

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A power transmission apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a first input shaft fixedly connected with a power source;
a second input shaft in a form of hollow shaft coaxially disposed with the first input shaft, and configured to surround the first input shaft, the second input shaft configured to be selectively connected with the first input shaft via a first clutch;
a third input shaft in a form of a hollow shaft coaxially disposed with the second input shaft and configured to surround the second input shaft, the third input shaft configured to be selectively connected with the first input shaft via a second clutch;
a first output shaft disposed in parallel with the first input shaft;
a second output shaft arranged in series to and on a same axis with the first output shaft, and selectively connected with the first output shaft;
a first shift-stage shifting section configured to receive a torque of the third input shaft and to shift the received torque to two shifted torques, the shifted two torques being outputted to the first output shaft;
a second shift-stage shifting section configured to receive a torque of the second input shaft and to shift the received torque to one shifted torque and one reverse torque, the one shifted torque and one reverse torque being outputted to the first output shaft;
a compound shifting section configured to selectively receive an output torque from the first input shaft and the first output shaft and to shift the received output torque to a shifted output torque, the shifted output torque being outputted to a final reduction device through the second output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,619

RING GEAR, GEAR DEVICE AND MOLD FOR MANUFACTURING THE RING GEAR

Johnson Electric Internat...

1. A gear device comprising:a first planetary gear train including a first sun gear, a first planetary gear set surrounding the first sun gear, and a first carrier that is driven by revolution of the first planetary gear set about the first sun gear;
a second planetary gear train including a second sun gear, a second planetary gear set surrounding the second sun gear, and a second carrier that is driven by revolution of the second planetary gear set about the second sun gear;
a ring gear comprising a first ring gear part that comprises a first annular body and a plurality of first teeth formed on a surface of the first annular body; and a second ring gear part that comprises a second annular body and a plurality of second teeth formed on a surface of the second annular body; wherein the first ring gear part and the second ring gear part are integrally formed from powder metal, the ring gear has a density that is less than 92% of its theoretical density and in a range of 6.0 to 8.0 grams per cubic centimeter; and
a flange mounted to an end of the ring gear, wherein the flange comprises a flange body abutting the end of the ring gear, and a connecting portion extending from the flange body and being inserted into inside of the ring gear, and the connecting portion has a round circumferential surface configured to contact with tips of the teeth of the ring gear;
the first planetary gear train and the second planetary gear train disposed within the ring gear, each planetary gear of the first planetary gear set meshing with both of the first sun gear and the first teeth of the ring gear, and each planetary gear of the second planetary gear set meshing with both of the second sun gear and the second teeth of the ring gear.

US Pat. No. 10,480,618

SHACKLE GUARD WITH TETHER

Daystar Products Internat...

1. An apparatus comprising:a guard defining
an inner seat comprising an open channel shaped to receive a shackle and extend partially around the shackle; and
an outer seat positioned opposite the open channel and shaped to support a strap passing through the shackle; and
a tether fastened to the guard and defining a fastener for securing to a closure pin passing through the shackle;
wherein the fastener comprises a barb secured to a distal end of the tether and deformable sufficient to insert through an aperture in the closure pin and resist removal following insertion through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,480,616

CRANKSHAFT DAMPER FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine assembly comprising:a crankshaft; and
a damper rotationally coupled to the crankshaft and having first and second spokes connecting a hub to an inertial weight, the inertial weight circumferentially surrounding and spaced apart from the hub, each of the spokes having an airfoil section, the first spoke oriented with a positive angle of attack and the second spoke oriented with one of a negative angle of attack and a zero angle of attack.

US Pat. No. 10,480,608

MACHINE VIBRATION ISOLATION

GLEASON METROLOGY SYSTEMS...

1. A gear inspection and measurement machine having two main columns as an operational portion and a machine base with said machine base being configured to reduce or eliminate floor vibration into said operational portion of the machine, said machine base comprising:an upper base portion and a lower base portion, there being no direct contact between said upper base portion and said lower base portion;
said lower base portion including a top end and a bottom end,
said upper base portion comprising a projecting portion extending downward in a direction toward said lower base portion and further comprising a horizontally extending portion supporting the main columns and located above and attached to said projecting portion;
a vibration and/or shock isolating system;
said vibration and/or shock isolating system including an upper vibration and/or shock isolating sub-system located between said upper base portion and said lower base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,602

DISC BRAKE, BRAKE ACTUATION MECHANISM FOR SUCH A DISC BRAKE AND METHOD FOR BRAKE ADJUSTMENT

Haldex Brake Products AB,...

1. A disc brake comprising a brake caliper, which straddles at least one brake disc, and a brake actuation mechanism comprising:an amplification mechanism for introducing a clamping force,
a thrust element for transmitting the clamping force via a brake pad onto the brake disc, in which, at the release state of the disc brake, a clearance is set between said brake pad and the brake disc,
an adjustment mechanism for compensation of wear of said brake pad and/or said brake disc during brake actuation, the adjustment mechanism being configured to act on said thrust element and comprising a first automatic brake adjuster being configured to reduce said clearance between the brake disc and the brake pad during brake actuation motion,
characterized by
a second automatic brake adjuster being configured to, during brake release motion, increase said clearance with a value, which may be smaller, equal or larger than the clearance reduction,
in which the first automatic brake adjuster and/or the second automatic brake adjuster are formed as a torque limiting clutch, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,599

DISC BRAKE AND SET OF BRAKE PADS

Bendix Spicer Foundation ...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle, comprising:a brake disc having a brake disc rotational axis;
a brake carrier configured to straddle the brake disc;
an application-side brake pad and a back-side brake pad with respective back plates configured to be supported directly on the brake carrier in respective brake carrier pad slots;
a brake caliper configured to straddle the brake disc while being supported on the brake carrier in a manner that enables sliding of the brake caliper relative to the brake carrier along a direction parallel to the brake disc rotational axis;
at least one pad-retaining spring coupled to the application side brake pad,
wherein
the brake carrier and at least the application side brake pad have form-fitting complementary contours configured such that the form-fitting complementary contours directly abut one another when at least the application side brake pad is in an installed position in the brake carrier to constrain the application-side brake pad against radial movement away from the brake disc rotational axis, and
the at least one pad-retaining spring is configured to be supported at opposite ends directly on brake carrier horns adjacent to the application-side brake carrier pad slot and to exert a tensile force in a radially outward direction on the application-side brake pad,
the form-fitting complementary contours include opposing brake carrier projections into the application-side brake carrier pad slot and complementary recesses in opposite lateral sides of the application-side brake pad,
undercut surfaces of the contours of the brake carrier horns are configured to engage in a play-free manner undercut surfaces of projections of the pad back plate located radially inward of the brake pad recesses,
the at least one pad-retaining spring includes a spring element at each of opposite lateral sides of the upper side of the application-side brake pad back plate,
the spring elements at the opposite lateral sides are located on the application-side brake pad back plate and extend over their respective adjacent brake horns,
the spring elements are located on the application-side brake pad back plate on respective spring holders of the back plate above the upper side of the back plate, and
the spring elements are held on their respective spring holders by respective retaining elements.

US Pat. No. 10,480,595

CONICAL SURFACE FRICTION TYPE OVERRUNNING CLUTCH

CHONGQING DYNRUN MACHINER...

1. A conical surface friction type overrunning clutch, comprising: an inner ring, an outer ring, a first intermediate ring, a second intermediate ring, and an elastic pre-tightening member; wherein,the inner ring, the outer ring, the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring have a common rotation axis;
the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring are both located between the inner ring and the outer ring; a boss is provided on a middle portion of the inner ring, and the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring are respectively arranged at two sides of the boss of the inner ring; the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring each cooperates with the outer ring via conical surfaces, to respectively form at least one first working friction pair and at least one second working friction pair which are both axially engageable and disengageable; and a first force amplifying transmission mechanism and a second force amplifying transmission mechanism are respectively formed between the first intermediate ring and the inner ring and between the second intermediate ring and the inner ring, and the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring are respectively connected to the inner ring via the first force amplifying transmission mechanism and the second force amplifying transmission mechanism; and
each of the force amplifying transmission mechanisms is constituted by a structural shape directly formed on the respective intermediate ring directly engaging with a structural shape directly formed on the boss of the inner ring, and each of the structural shapes is an axial inclined wedge surface;
the elastic pre-tightening member has one end arranged on the first intermediate ring or the second intermediate ring, to allow all the working friction pairs to maintain an elastic pressing force which meets a working requirement when the working friction pairs are not working;
the first working friction pair and the second working friction pair have a common rotation axis, and two conical surfaces of each working friction pair that cooperate with each other have equal cone apex angles; for the cone apex angle of any one of the working friction pairs, the cone apex angle referred to as ? and a friction coefficient of the friction pair referred to as ?0 must satisfy a condition of 2 arctan(?0) at least one of the force amplifying transmission mechanisms is configured to convert a relative rotation arc length between the respective intermediate ring and the inner ring or the outer ring which is connected to the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism to an axial relative displacement, and in a case that the relative rotation arc length is ?, and the generated axial relative displacement is ?, and the friction coefficient of the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism is ?1, a condition of arctan(d?/d?)>arctan(?1) must be satisfied, wherein arctan( ) in the formula represents arctangent function, and d represents differential, and the condition is to ensure that self lock of the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism will not occur; and
in a case that the first working friction pair and the second working friction pair are converted to a theoretically equivalent working friction pair, a tangential external component force in a direction of self lock occurred between the inner ring and the outer ring is F1, and a normal force generated on the equivalent working friction pair by an action of the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism is F2, an equivalent friction coefficient of the equivalent working friction pair is ?, and a design condition for the overrunning clutch to realize a maximum bearing capacity is dF1/dF2??; and a design condition for the overrunning clutch to achieve overload slipping protection is dF1/dF2>?, wherein d in the formula represents differential.

US Pat. No. 10,480,592

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CLUTCH ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

Sonnax Transmission Compa...

1. A kit for modifying an OEM clutch assembly disposed in an OEM housing, wherein the OEM clutch assembly is formed around a shaft axis and comprises an annular clutch retainer with an inner annular piston sealing surface, an outer annular piston sealing surface, the sealing surfaces aligned with the shaft axis, and a first annular clutch piston having an effective piston reaction area defined between an inner seal mating with the inner annular piston sealing surface and an outer seal mating with the outer annular piston sealing surface, the kit comprising:a sleeve with a first annular thickness, an inner annular diameter, and an outer annular diameter, wherein the inner annular diameter is configured and dimensioned to be positioned against the outer annular piston sealing surface and the outer annular diameter comprises a new outer annular piston sealing surface; and
a replacement annular clutch piston having an enlarged effective piston reaction area defined between the inner seal and an outer seal configured to mate with the new outer annular piston sealing surface on the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,480,588

MULTI-PLATE CLUTCH

GKN Driveline Japan Ltd, ...

1. A multi-plate clutch usable in combination with a driver mechanism capable of applying pressure force in a direction along an axis, comprising:one or more core plates respectively coupled with a first rotary body rotatable about the axis;
one or more reaction plates arranged alternately in the direction along the axis with the core plates and respectively coupled with a second rotary body rotatable about the axis, the reaction plates arranged to receive the pressure force from the driver mechanism to move in the direction along the axis and come into frictional contact with the core plates to brake the first rotary body relative to the second rotary body;
one or more friction members respectively fixed to faces on the respective core plates, the faces on the respective core plates being opposed to the reaction plates, the one or more friction members including a bundle of warp yarns and a bundle of weft yarns woven perpendicularly to each other, the yarns being formed of carbon fibers; and
a plurality of bottomed grooves formed on faces on the respective reaction plates, the faces on the respective reaction plates arranged to come into contact with the one or more friction members,
wherein the bottomed grooves form straight lines parallel with each other over the entirety of the faces on the respective reaction plates to coincide with the one or more friction members.

US Pat. No. 10,480,586

CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A constant velocity joint comprising an outer member including a cup part and a shaft, an inner member inserted into the outer member, and a torque transmitting member configured to carry out transmission of torque and interposed between the outer member and the inner member; whereinthe shaft is made of steel,
the cup part is made of a light alloy in which a bottomed hole is formed,
the cup part has an inner wall on which a groove is formed, the groove receives the torque from the torque transmitting member, and the cup part further comprises a high hardness layer made up from a multilayer structure made of ceramic or cermet as a principal component thereof on an inner surface of the cup part including at least an inner surface of the groove and an inner bottom surface of the bottomed hole, and the high hardness layer is a thermally sprayed layer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,582

ROLLER BEARING LUBRICATION SYSTEMS

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A rolling element bearing system, comprising:a ball bearing comprising an inner race coupled to an inner shaft (journal) at an outer surface of the inner shaft, an outer race coupled to an outer shaft at an inner surface of the outer shaft, and a roller element disposed between the inner race and the outer race,
wherein the inner race and the outer surface of the inner shaft form a pocket between a portion of the inner race and the outer surface, and the inner race comprises an orifice through the inner race to fluidly connect the pocket and the rolling element, and wherein the inner race comprises an insert protruding from a first end of the inner race to partially close the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,480,581

ELECTRO-CHEMICAL HARDENING OF BEARING RACEWAYS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of making bearings comprising a bearing raceway rotatably housing a plurality of ceramic rolling elements, the method comprising:treating a metallic surface of the bearing raceway with a pulsed electrochemical processing nozzle to transform amorphous oxide into a crystalline structure on the metallic surface electro-chemically and convert the metallic surface into a ceramic like hardness crystalline structure surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,580

BEARING COMPRISING AN ANGULAR MOVEMENT SENSOR

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

1. Bearing comprising a bearing ring and an inductive angular displacement sensor of said bearing ring, said inductive sensor comprising:a transducer including at least one primary winding suitable for producing a magnetic excitation, and at least one secondary winding including at least one turn, suitable for supplying an electromotive force at the terminals thereof in the presence of said excitation;
a target suitable for moving parallel with the transducer; and
said target being formed from a single conductive metal part and comprising a face with a base wall and one or a plurality of metal studs projecting from this base wall, said target being oriented towards the transducer of the inductive sensor, said studs thereby forming conductive patterns;
wherein said target is fastened firmly to the bearing ring, for which the angular displacement is measured by the transducer, or the target is machined directly in the bearing ring for which the angular displacement is measured by the transducer; and
wherein the conductive patterns are distributed along a zone having a dimension Dtot in a circular direction, said patterns being defined by the overlay of at least a first set of elementary periodic patterns having a period approximately equal to Dtot/N, including N first elementary conductive patterns of a dimension approximately equal to Dtot/2N in said direction, regularly distributed along said zone, and of a second set of elementary periodic patterns having a period approximately equal to Dtot/(N+r), including N+r second elementary patterns of a dimension approximately equal to Dtot/2(N+r) in said direction, regularly distributed along said zone, where N is an integer greater than or equal to 2 and r is a positive integer, different to zero and less than or equal to N?1, wherein the first and second elementary conductive patterns overlap at least partially.

US Pat. No. 10,480,577

ASYMMETRICAL RADIAL BEARING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A drilling apparatus for use in drilling a borehole, wherein the drilling apparatus has a primary axis, the drilling apparatus comprising:a housing;
a shaft within the housing, wherein the shaft is rotatable relative to the housing, wherein the shaft has a shaft axis, and wherein the shaft axis is oblique to the primary axis so that the drilling apparatus has a bend;
a bearing assembly for rotatably supporting the shaft within the housing, wherein the bearing assembly comprises one or more thrust bearings and radial bearings, and wherein at least one radial bearing comprises:
a first radial bearing component defining a first radial bearing surface, wherein at least a portion of the first radial bearing surface is provided by a first radial bearing material; and
a second radial bearing component fixedly connected with the housing and defining a second radial bearing surface, wherein a portion of the second radial bearing surface is provided by a second radial bearing material, wherein the second radial bearing material is a wear resistant material, wherein the first radial bearing component and the second radial bearing component interact to transmit the radial load between the first radial bearing component and the second radial bearing component at a radial load location on the second radial bearing component, wherein the second radial bearing material is provided as the portion of the second radial bearing surface such that the second radial bearing material is concentrated at the radial load location, and wherein the radial load location is defined by the bend in the drilling apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,480,568

FOIL BEARING

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A foil bearing comprising:a plurality of foils, each of the foils including:
a top foil portion having a bearing surface which forms a bearing gap with a shaft to be supported; and
an under-foil portion arranged on a back side of the top foil portion,
wherein the foil bearing is configured to support relative rotation of the shaft in a non-contact state with fluid pressure generated in the bearing gap,
wherein particles are supplied to the bearing gap,
wherein the top foil portion of each of the foils comprises a fluid control portion which is configured to generate a fluid flow from both end portions of the top foil portion in a direction along a surface of the top foil portion and orthogonal to a direction of the relative rotation toward a region between both the end portions,
wherein the foils are arranged at a plurality of positions in the relative rotation direction,
wherein the under-foil portion of each of the foils is configured to elastically support the top foil portion of an adjacent one of the foils from a back side, and
wherein a cutout portion, which is recessed in the relative rotation direction, is formed at a rear end of each of the under-foil portions.

US Pat. No. 10,480,566

DAMAGE TOLERANT AND FAIL-SAFE (DTFS) HIGH STRENGTH PRELOADED PIN ASSEMBLY

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fracture-resistant double shear joint, comprising:a clevis comprising a first end defining a first bore and a second end defining a second bore;
a first bearing positioned within the first bore;
a second bearing positioned within the second bore;
a reaction load member defining a third bore, wherein the first bore, the second bore, and the third bore are colinear;
a first spacer positioned within the first bore and a second spacer positioned within the second bore;
a shear pin positioned within the first bore, the second bore, and the third bore, wherein the first spacer and the second spacer are configured to space the shear pin from the reaction load member defining the third bore;
a shear bolt comprising a threaded first end and a threaded second end;
an outer cylinder, wherein the shear bolt extends through an opening in the outer cylinder;
a first nut threaded onto the threaded first end of the shear bolt; and
a second nut threaded onto the threaded second end of the shear bolt, wherein an opposing force between the first nut and the second nut applies a compressive stress to the outer cylinder,
wherein the opposing force between the first nut and the second nut applies a tensile force to the shear bolt during application of the compressive stress to the outer cylinder,
wherein the first spacer is positioned between the first bearing and the outer cylinder and the second spacer is positioned between the second bearing and the outer cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,480,560

WOOD SCREW WITH INTERMEDIATE THREAD SECTIONS TAPERING TO THE FRONT

1. A wood screw for inserting into a massive wood base without predrilling, wherein the wood screw comprises:a shaft with a thread which is self-cutting in wood;
a screw head which is connected to the shaft directly or indirectly at a back side; and
a screw tip which is connected to the shaft directly or indirectly at a front side for penetrating into the wood base without predrilling,
wherein the screw tip is formed as a point-shaped end;
wherein intermediate portions located between more than a half of neighboring thread turns along the shaft are tapered towards the screw tip;
wherein the intermediate portions form a saw tooth structure; and
wherein the tapered portions are pivoted with respect to a screw axis such that the respective tapered portion intersects a mass equivalent circular cylinder core in the center between a respective back thread turn and a respective front thread turn.

US Pat. No. 10,480,557

CONSTRUCTION KIT AND INSTALLATION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

1. A construction kit for a for a collapsible frame structure,is hereby characterized
in that the construction kit comprises flat components of type A and components of at least one type B, which are each formed as rectangles, each of which has two long sides and two edge sides, wherein the components of type A and of type B each have a thickness (D) and each have an identical length (L) and an identical width (W), the components of type A and of type B are each subdivided into n equally large sections of length L/n, which are bounded by n+1 sectional boundaries,
wherein the edge sides of the components of types A and B form respective outer sectional boundaries, and a central vertical line between the long sides of the respective components forms a central sectional boundary,
wherein the central vertical line is an axis of symmetry (S),
and wherein, in the components of type A, on a long side of the respective component, n?2 slots are arranged along a partial length of the respective sectional boundaries and are located between the edge sides and the axis of symmetry (S),
and wherein, in the components of type B, n?4 slots are arranged along selected sectional boundaries and are located between the edge sides and the axis of symmetry (S),
wherein, starting from a long side, a first portion of the n?4 slots are arranged along a partial length of the respective sectional boundaries, and, starting from the other long side, a second portion of the n?4 slots are arranged on the respective other sectional boundaries,
and wherein, starting from a long side, at least 2 of the n?4 slots of the components of type B are each arranged along the sectional boundaries and are directly adjacent to the axis of symmetry,
and, furthermore, starting from the other long side of the component, at least 2 of the n?4 slots of the component of type B are arranged along the sectional boundaries and are adjacent to the respective edge sides,
and n is one of 8, 10, and 12.

US Pat. No. 10,480,548

HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR TO WHICH LIMIT-ADJUSTABLE MECHANICAL LOCK DEVICE IS APPLIED

1. A hydraulic actuator employing a limit adjustable mechanical lock, the hydraulic actuator comprising an assembly ofa housing having a first hole to receive a piston, which is formed at one side thereof with a rack gear to be engaged with a pinion gear fixing a valve shaft, such that the piston is movable by a predetermined distance, wherein both opposite portions of the piston are recessed by a predetermined depth, and ball insertion grooves are formed in inner circumferential surfaces of recess parts,
side covers coupled to opposite sides of the housing and having holder insertion holes to be open toward a first hole of the housing, wherein opposite end faces about the housing are screwed with plugs to block the holder insertion holes from an outside,
a first holder having one side of an outer circumferential surface, which is inserted into the holder insertion hole in the side cover positioned at a side of the plug through screwing with an inner circumferential surface of the side cover, and a second hole hollowed to be open toward the first hole, wherein hydraulic pressure is introduced or discharged through the second hole,
a second holder having one end screwed with the second hole in the first holder while the second holder is fitted-coupled to the inner circumferential surface of the side cover, having a third hole open toward the first hole, and having an end face which is positioned at a side of the second hole and bored with an inner diameter smaller than a diameter of the second hole,
a locking unit having a rod inserted into the second hole and the third hole of the first holder and the second holder, respectively, while passing through a fourth hole of the second holder such that the rod is axially movable by a predetermined distance, wherein the rod allows a ball to be inserted into a ball insertion hole of the piston or to deviate from the ball insertion hole by hydraulic pressure, which is applied to the first holder and equal to or greater than predetermined pressure, or spring elastic force, to lock or unlock the piston, and
a fluid passage extending from the housing to each of the side covers provided at the opposite sides of the housing such that the hydraulic pressure is selectively applied to first holes and second holes formed in both sides of the side covers and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,541

INTELLIGENT BOOM CONTROL WITH RAPID SYSTEM CYCLING

8. A method of controlling fluid flow in a work machine, the method comprising:moving a hoist valve into a first position in which the hoist valve is configured to permit flow of hydraulic fluid between a reservoir and a hoist actuator;
moving the hoist valve into a second position in which the hoist valve is configured to inhibit flow of hydraulic fluid between the reservoir and the hoist actuator;
moving a stick valve into a first position in which the stick valve is configured to permit flow of hydraulic fluid between the reservoir and a stick actuator;
moving the stick valve into a second position in which the stick valve is configured to inhibit flow of hydraulic fluid between the reservoir and the stick actuator;
moving a connecting valve into a first position in which the connecting valve is configured to permit flow of hydraulic fluid between the hoist actuator and the stick actuator;
moving the connecting valve into a second position in which the connecting valve is configured to inhibit flow of hydraulic fluid between the hoist actuator and the stick actuator;
sensing a position of the hoist boom with a hoist boom position sensor;
sensing a position of the stick boom with a stick boom position sensor;
receiving velocity input commands for a desired movement of a tool;
communicating the sensed positions to a controller;
receiving, with the controller, input from a user interface;
determining, based upon the velocity input commands and the sensed positions, a first target velocity of the hoist actuator and a second target velocity of the stick actuator;
communicating signals to the hoist actuator and the stick actuator, with the controller, based upon the sensed position of the hoist boom, the sensed position of the stick boom, and the input from the user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,531

AXIAL FLOW COMPRESSOR, GAS TURBINE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND STATOR BLADE OF AXIAL FLOW COMPRESSOR

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ...

1. An axial flow compressor comprising:multiple rotor blade rows configured to include multiple rotor blades and multiple stator blade rows configured to include multiple stator blades, the multiple rotor blades and the multiple stator blades being arranged inside an annular channel through which a working fluid flows,
wherein a first portion of at least one wall surface on an inner peripheral side and an outer peripheral side of the annular channel has a protruding portion such that downstream side part of the first portion is curved so as to further protrude to the annular channel than upstream side part of the first portion, where the first portion is disposed in a place where at least one of the rotor blade rows and the stator blade rows is located, and
wherein each of the multiple rotor and stator blades located at the protruding portion of the wall surface is configured such that a blade outlet angle in a blade height portion monotonously changes toward the wall surface having the protruding portion and an increase rate of a blade outlet angle at a blade end on a side of the wall surface having the protruding portion is greater than an increase rate of the blade outlet angle in the blade height portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,524

EDDY PUMP IMPELLER

EDDY PUMP CORPORATION, E...

1. An eddy pump impeller comprising: a hub having a planar rear surface, the hub tapering from the planar rear surface to a conical front end; and a plurality of blades extending from the hub; each of the plurality of blades having an outer surface essentially parallel to the rotational axis of the hub, inversely tapering from the hub, such that each of the plurality of blades has a width adjacent the hub that is less than a width adjacent the outer surface, and having a front surface tapering in height, such that the plurality of blades is configured to cause an eddy current and cause a fluid stream to be forced to an outside of the impeller wherein each of the plurality of blades inversely tapers at an angle of between 5 and 20 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,480,520

MOTOR-DRIVEN FAN WITH AN ASSEMBLY FOR MINIMIZING VIBRATION AND STRAIN

1. A motor-driven fan, comprising:an inboard bracket defining an outlet;
an outboard bracket;
a stator comprising a plurality of laminations;
a screw clamping the stator between the inboard bracket and the outboard bracket;
an armature comprising a shaft being elongate in an axial direction, a commutator supported by the shaft, and a set of windings being electrically coupled to the commutator;
a set of bearings mounted to at least one of the inboard bracket and the outboard bracket, the set of bearings providing the shaft with support in a radial direction that is perpendicular to the axial direction, the set of bearings further supporting the shaft in the axial direction so as to position the set of windings proximate the stator;
a fan housing connected to the inboard bracket, the fan housing defining an inlet that is in fluid communication with the outlet of the inboard bracket;
a plurality of fan wheels being in an axially stacked arrangement within the fan housing;
a nut fastening the plurality of fan wheels to the shaft; and
the inboard bracket comprising a first axial surface and a second axial surface both of which face toward and engage the stator, and
the outboard bracket comprising a third axial surface and a fourth axial surface both of which face toward and engage the stator, the first axial surface and the third axial surface being adjacent to the screw, the second axial surface extending farther away from the screw than does the first axial surface, the fourth axial surface extending farther away from the screw than does the third axial surface, the first axial surface being spaced apart a first axial distance from the third axial surface, the second axial surface being spaced apart a second axial distance from the fourth axial surface, the first axial distance being less than the second axial distance, and the first axial surface extending further towards the outboard bracket in the axial direction than the second axial surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,515

PERFORMANCE MAP CONTROL OF CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

1. A method for controlling a pump during pumping of working medium in an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system, comprising the following steps:fixing a setpoint value of a flow rate of the pump, the pump pumping the working medium to a heat exchanger of the ORC system, and the heat exchanger evaporating the working medium;
measuring a condensation pressure of the working medium upstream of the pump at a location between a condenser of the ORC system and the pump and a live steam pressure of the working medium downstream of the pump at a location between the heat exchanger and an expander of the ORC system;
determining a setpoint value of a rotational speed of the pump from an inverted performance map of the pump, the inverted performance map of the pump being a relation between a differential pressure across the pump and a rotational speed of the pump for a particular flow rate of the pump, wherein the setpoint value of the flow rate and a difference between the live steam pressure and the condensation pressure are incorporated into the inverted performance map as input values; and
setting the rotational speed of the pump to the setpoint value of the rotational speed,
wherein an influence of fluctuations of the difference between the live steam pressure and the condensation pressure on the flow rate is compensated by determining the setpoint value of the rotational speed of the pump and setting the rotational speed of the pump to the setpoint value, thereby stabilizing process parameters including at least one selected from the group consisting of (i) the live steam pressure, and (ii) a live steam temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,514

PUMP ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A CONTAINMENT SHELL FOR THE PUMP ARRANGEMENT

KSB Aktiengesellschaft, ...

1. A pump arrangement, comprising:a pump casing having an interior space;
a containment can having a central longitudinal axis and being arranged to hermetically seal a chamber in the interior space;
an impeller shaft;
an impeller arranged on an impeller end of the impeller shaft;
an inner rotor arranged within the containment can on an opposite end of the impeller shaft; and
an outer rotor arranged radially outside of the containment can and axially located to interact with the inner rotor,
wherein
the containment can has a base with at least one bead configured to project into the chamber,
a center region of the containment can base is unsupported along the central longitudinal axis on an impeller side of the containment can base,
the at least one bead is arranged away from the central longitudinal axis of the containment can with a spacing to the central longitudinal axis of the containment can such that a ratio of an inner radius of the containment can to a distance between a radially outer edge of the at least one bead to the central longitudinal axis of the containment can is between 1.3 to 1.6, and
the base of the containment can includes a substantially spherical-segment-shaped cap region and a rim region arranged as a transition region between a main body of the containment can and spherical-segment-shaped cap region, the substantially spherical-segment-shaped cap region being continuously curved between one side of the rim region to a diametrically-opposite side of the rim region in regions away from the at least one bead.

US Pat. No. 10,480,513

INTERMEDIATE DISCHARGE PORT FOR A COMPRESSOR

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A compressor, comprising:a compressor housing;
a non-orbiting scroll member and an orbiting scroll member forming a compression chamber;
a discharge port for receiving a compressed fluid; and
an intermediate discharge port fluidly connected between the compression chamber and the discharge port, the intermediate discharge port including:
a first portion having a first diameter, the first portion disposed adjacent the compression chamber,
a second portion having a second diameter different from the first diameter, the second portion disposed adjacent the first portion and adjacent the discharge port,
a sealing member disposed within the intermediate discharge port, wherein the sealing member includes a center portion having a diameter and a plurality of protrusions,
fluid flow being prevented between the compression chamber and the discharge port through the intermediate discharge port when in a flow-blocked state, and
fluid flow being enabled between the compression chamber and the discharge port through the intermediate discharge port when in a flow-permitted state.

US Pat. No. 10,480,509

SCROLL-TYPE COMPRESSOR WITH OIL GROOVES ON SCROLL SLIDING SURFACES

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A scroll compressor, comprisinga compression mechanism including
a fixed scroll having a fixed end plate, an outer peripheral wall standing on an outer edge of the fixed end plate, and a fixed wrap standing inside the outer peripheral wall, and
a movable scroll having a movable end plate in sliding contact with tip ends of the fixed wrap and the outer peripheral wall of the fixed scroll, and a movable wrap standing on the movable end plate,
the compression mechanism forming a fluid chamber between the fixed scroll and the movable scroll,
a fixed scroll oil groove being formed in a fixed sliding contact surface of the outer peripheral wall of the fixed scroll on which the movable end plate of the movable scroll slides, lubricating oil having a high pressure corresponding to a discharge pressure of the compression mechanism being fed into the fixed scroll oil groove,
a movable scroll oil groove being formed in a movable sliding contact surface of the movable scroll, which slides on the outer peripheral wall of the fixed scroll, and
the compression mechanism performing
a first operation in which the fixed scroll oil groove and the movable scroll oil groove communicate with each other without the fixed scroll oil groove and the movable scroll oil groove communicating with the fluid chamber, and
a second operation in which, after the first operation, the movable scroll oil groove simultaneously communicating with both of the fixed scroll oil groove and the fluid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,480,507

GEROTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING AN OIL GROOVE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A gerotor assembly comprising:a crankshaft;
an inner drive gear mounted on the crankshaft;
an outer driven gear defining a plurality of passageways and operatively configured to engage with the inner drive gear, the outer driven gear and the inner drive gear further defining at least one compressible cavity therebetween; and
a housing defining an oil groove between the housing and outer driven gear, the oil groove being in fluid communication with the at least one compressible cavity via the plurality of passageways, the oil groove having a depth of approximately 2.0 mm;
wherein the plurality of passageways begin at an inner side of the outer driven gear and terminate in a groove defined in an exterior side of the outer driven gear.

US Pat. No. 10,480,505

ARRANGEMENT FOR SPECIFYING A PRESSURE

1. Apparatus (100) for specifying pressure (64) generated by a pump (30) driven by an electric motor (31), said apparatus comprising:the electric motor (31) configured to drive the pump (30);
a source (46, 20, 16) of instantaneous fluid pressure values (64) and a pressure controller (12) coupled to an output of said source;
a first processor (112) configured to calculate an internal torque value (114) based on a motor current value (110) and a motor constant ke;
a second processor (116) configured to calculate a target pressure value (62) corresponding to a target pressure of the pump (30) based on a difference between said internal torque value (114) and a loss torque value (108); and
a third processor (109) configured to calculate said loss torque value (108) based on a temperature value (104) and a motor RPM value (106);
wherein a pressure difference is determined based on the difference between an instantaneous pressure of the pump and the target pressure value (62), and a motor control signal is generated that corresponds to the pressure difference to control the electric motor (31) to drive the pump (30) at the target pressure; and
wherein said pressure controller (12), based upon a difference between an instantaneous fluid pressure value (64) and a target pressure value (62), generates a setpoint value (118) which influences power supplied to said motor (31), to bring said instantaneous pressure value (64) toward said target pressure value (62).

US Pat. No. 10,480,490

LIGHTNING CURRENT TRANSFER UNIT FOR A WIND TURBINE

1. A lightning current transfer unit for a wind turbine, the wind turbine comprising a first part and a second part being rotatable relative to each other, wherein the lightning current transfer unit is arranged to provide electrical contact between the first and second parts, the lightning current transfer unit comprising:a first current transfer portion comprising a first slider and configured to be electrically coupled to a first electrically conducting slideway of the first part of the wind turbine, the first slider being rotatable relative to the first slideway;
a second current transfer portion configured to be electrically coupled to an electrically conducting portion of the second part of the wind turbine;
a first main spring biasing the first slider towards the first slideway;
wherein the first slider comprises:
a primary contact biased towards the first slideway by the first main spring;
a secondary contact arranged to move relative to the primary contact; and
a secondary spring arranged between the first main spring and the secondary contact such that the secondary spring biases the primary contact away from the first slideway and biases the secondary contact towards the first slideway.

US Pat. No. 10,480,485

CONTROL OF WIND TURBINES

1. A method of controlling a wind turbine, the method comprising:generating and outputting an overrating control signal to the wind turbine, the overrating control signal setting an amount by which the power output of the wind turbine is to be overrated;
measuring cable temperature values for at least one power collection cable connected to the wind turbine using at least one cable temperature sensor;
determining whether the measured cable temperature values exceed a temperature set point; and
modifying the overrating control signal to reduce the amount of overrating if the measured cable temperature values exceed the temperature set point.

US Pat. No. 10,480,470

HIGH PRESSURE FLUID CONNECTION

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. A fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine, the fuel injection system comprising:an injector having a first orifice;
a clamping plate; and
a pipe tightly connected to said first orifice of said injector, said pipe having a matching first orifice such that said first orifice of said injector is surrounded by a first peripheral smooth surface and said matching first orifice of said pipe is surrounded by a second peripheral smooth surface sealingly pressed against said first peripheral smooth surface by said clamping plate, and wherein said pipe is cylindrical, with said matching first orifice extending radially through said pipe such that said second peripheral smooth surface of said pipe is an outer cylindrical surface of said pipe and said first peripheral smooth surface of said injector is a matching surface of a groove arranged on said injector;
wherein said pipe is engaged between a lower surface of said clamping plate and an upper surface of said injector, and a screw is inserted through said clamping plate and threaded into said injector so that said clamping plate and said injector are pulled toward each other and so that said second peripheral smooth surface of said pipe and said first peripheral smooth surface of said injector are sealingly pressed against each other; and
wherein said injector and a first extremity of said clamping plate each have complementary hooks, such that said injector and said first extremity of said clamping plate are engaged via said complementary hooks, said screw being tightened at a second extremity of said clamping plate opposed to said hook of said clamping plate so that said pipe engaged between said lower surface of said clamping plate and said upper surface of said injector is fixed by a radial compression force.

US Pat. No. 10,480,458

DEVICE HAVING AN ACTIVATED CARBON CANISTER AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING SUCH A DEVICE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A device for temporary storage of gas containing hydrocarbons emitted by fuel in a fuel tank of a motor vehicle, wherein density of the gas containing hydrocarbons is greater than density of ambient air, the device comprising:a plurality of activated carbon canisters, each enclosing an activated carbon filter charged in a flow direction from bottom up to counter to the force of gravity; and
connecting lines connected to the plurality of activated carbon canisters such that the plurality of activated carbon canisters are arranged in a cascade progression, wherein an outlet opening of a first activated carbon canister is, in each case, connected to an inlet opening of a further activated carbon canister,
wherein, in each of the plurality of activated carbon canisters, the respective outlet opening is arranged higher than the inlet opening, and
wherein an increased pressure difference required for the gas containing hydrocarbons to overcome height differences resulting from positioning of the inlets and outlets in the cascaded arrangement prevents escape of the gas containing hydrocarbons as a result of the relative density of the gas containing hydrocarbons in comparison to ambient air such that the device collects the gas containing hydrocarbons in lowest regions of the plurality of activated carbon canisters by the force of gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,453

HIDDEN THRUST REVERSER BLOCKER DOOR LINK ARM FITTING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A linkage system for a nacelle comprising:a pivot configured to extend through a second aperture disposed in a link arm;
a retaining member having a first end and a second end and defining a first aperture and a cavity, wherein the pivot is configured to extend at least partially into the first aperture and the cavity is configured to accommodate a portion of the link arm, and
wherein the retaining member comprises an attachment aperture located at the first end and a lip extending from the retaining member at the second end, the attachment aperture configured to receive a fastener, the fastener configured to receive a nut to secure the retaining member to an inner fixed structure (IFS), and the lip configured to be placed under a distal layer of the inner fixed structure (IFS), wherein the nut is accessible from a bypass flow path;
a housing configured to encase a portion of the retaining member, the housing being coupled to the IFS and comprising a first portion radially inward of the retaining member and a second portion configured to cover the lip, the fastener extending from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,450

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH PARTIAL PISTON TWISTING

Deutz Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A reciprocating internal combustion engine comprising:a line of cylinders arranged in parallel which are joined via connecting rods and pistons by a crank drive jointly mounted in a crankshaft bearing, the crankshaft bearing being offset relative to a respective cylinder axis of each of the cylinders such that each of the cylinders is laterally offset from a center of a same crankshaft of the crank drive, the cylinders alternatingly having a positive offset and subsequently a negative offset from the center of the same crankshaft, as seen in a lengthwise direction of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,445

GAS ENGINE DRIVE SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A gas engine drive system comprising:a gas engine;
a turbocharger including a compressor and a turbine that are connected to the gas engine;
a fuel injection valve provided on the gas engine;
a fuel supply line that leads a fuel gas to the fuel injection valve, the fuel supply line being provided with a pressure regulating valve;
a first pressure meter that detects an intake air pressure that is a pressure of intake air fed from the compressor to the gas engine;
a second pressure meter that detects a fuel supply pressure that is a pressure at a downstream side of the pressure regulating valve; and
a controller that controls the pressure regulating valve such that a pressure difference between the fuel supply pressure detected by the second pressure meter and the intake air pressure detected by the first pressure meter is a target value, wherein
the controller changes the target value from a first setting value to a second setting value higher than the first setting value when a calorific value of the fuel gas is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,436

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM AND CATALYST REGENERATION METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. An exhaust purification system comprising:a NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst that is provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine, occludes NOx in exhaust when the exhaust is in a lean state, and reduces and purifies the occluded NOx when the exhaust is in a rich state;
an electronic control unit (ECU) for:
performing catalyst regeneration processing of setting the exhaust in the rich state and reducing and purifying the NOx occluded in the NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst; and
inhibiting performance of the catalyst regeneration processing by the ECU when the internal combustion engine becomes a motoring state in which fuel injection is stopped, and inhibiting, when the internal combustion engine has started fuel injection during the inhibition, performance of the catalyst regeneration processing from start of the fuel injection until a predetermined time period has elapsed,
wherein when an increase rate in a fuel injection amount of the internal combustion engine exceeds a predetermined upper limit threshold value, the ECU inhibits performance of the catalyst regeneration processing, and when the increase rate in the fuel injection amount of the internal combustion engine decreases to the upper limit threshold value or smaller during the inhibition, the ECU inhibits performance of the catalyst regeneration processing from when the increase rate in the fuel injection amount of the internal combustion engine has decreased to the upper limit threshold value or smaller until a predetermined time period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,430

EVAPORATED FUEL PROCESSING DEVICE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An evaporated fuel processing device configured to supply evaporated fuel evaporated in a fuel tank to an intake pipe, through which air is supplied to an internal combustion engine, the intake pipe including a supercharger and a throttle valve provided at a position downstream of the supercharger, the evaporated fuel processing device comprising:a canister configured to adsorb the fuel evaporated in the fuel tank;
a purge passage that connects the canister and the intake pipe, and through which a purge gas sent from the canister to the internal combustion engine passes;
a purge control valve provided on the purge passage; and
an ejector provided on the intake pipe in parallel to the supercharger,
wherein
the purge passage branches into a first branch passage and a second branch passage at a position downstream of the purge control valve,
the first branch passage is connected to the intake pipe at a position downstream of the throttle valve,
the second branch passage is connected to a suction port of the ejector,
an intake port of the ejector is connected to the intake pipe at a position between the supercharger and the throttle valve,
an exhaust port of the ejector is connected to the intake pipe at a position upstream of the supercharger,
the evaporated fuel processing device is configured to obtain a flow rate of the purge gas passing through the second branch passage based on a first pressure in the intake pipe downstream of the throttle valve, a second pressure in the intake pipe between the supercharger and the throttle valve, and a third pressure in the intake pipe upstream of the supercharger, and
the flow rate of the purge gas passing through the second branch passage is obtained by multiplying a flow rate and a correction coefficient, the flow rate being obtained based on a table related to the flow rate of the purge gas with the differential pressure between the second pressure and the third pressure as a variable, and the correction coefficient being obtained based on a table related to the correction coefficient of the purge gas with the differential pressure between the first pressure and the third pressure as a variable.

US Pat. No. 10,480,429

CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine, the controller controlling a flow rate of exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine which flows to a turbocharger, by operating an actuator to adjust an opening of a valve, andthe controller comprising at least one microprocessor comprising:
a target supercharging pressure computing unit configured to compute a target supercharging pressure, based on an operating state of the internal combustion engine;
a required target opening computing unit configured to compute a required target opening of the valve that allows the target supercharging pressure computed by the target supercharging pressure computing unit to match with an actual supercharging pressure detected by a supercharging pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure of intake air of the internal combustion engine, which has been supercharged by the turbocharger;
a reference position learning unit configured to set, as a fully closed position learning value, an actual position of the valve detected by a position sensor, when the valve is located in a fully closed position;
an actual opening computing unit configured to compute an actual opening of the valve, based on the actual position detected by the position sensor and the fully closed position learning value which has been set by the reference position learning unit;
a restricted target opening computing unit configured to compute a restricted target opening of the valve, based on the fully closed position learning value which has been set by the reference position learning unit and a restricted target position which has been set, in advance, to have a value between an opening side upper limit position of the actuator and an opening side stopper position of the actuator, wherein the opening side upper limit position corresponds to an upper limit value of the required target opening, and the opening side stopper position corresponds to a position at which an output shaft of the actuator contacts an opening side stopper of the valve;
a target opening restricting unit configured to set, as a target opening of the valve, the smaller of: the required target opening computed by the required target opening computing unit; and the restricted target opening computed by the restricted target opening computing unit;
an operation quantity computing unit configured to compute an operation quantity to operate the actuator, so that the actual opening computed by the actual opening computing unit follows the target opening which has been set by the target opening restricting unit; and
a driving unit configured to operate the actuator in accordance with the operation quantity computed by the operation quantity computing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,417

AIR TURBINE START SYSTEM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. An air turbine starter device comprising:a rotor arranged in a rotor cavity of a housing;
the housing comprising a first manifold having a first manifold cavity with a first manifold port operative to direct a first portion of compressed air to the rotor for rotation in a first direction;
the housing comprising a second manifold having a second manifold cavity with a second manifold port operative to direct a second portion of compressed air to the rotor for rotation in the first direction,
wherein the first manifold is larger than the second manifold,
wherein the air turbine starter is communicatively connected to a compressed air source providing the first portion of compressed air and the second portion of compressed air,
wherein the first manifold is connected in parallel with the second manifold between the rotor and the compressed air source,
and wherein the rotor is mechanically linked through a gear assembly to a core of a gas turbine engine such that rotation of the rotor rotates a compressor and a turbine of the gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,416

COMPACT AERO-THERMO MODEL BASED CONTROL SYSTEM ESTIMATOR STARTING ALGORITHM

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A control system, comprising:an actuator for positioning a control surface of a control device;
a control law for directing the actuator as a function of a model output; and
a model processor for generating the model output, the model processor comprising:
an input object for processing a model input vector and setting a model operating mode, the model operating mode being a starting mode if the model input vector comprises a data range associated with a starting operation of the control device;
a set state module for setting dynamic states of the model processor, the dynamic states input to an open loop model based on the model operating mode;
wherein the open loop model generates current state derivatives, solver state errors, and synthesized parameters as a function of the dynamic states and the model input vector, wherein a constraint on the current state derivatives and solver state errors is based on a series of cycle synthesis modules, each member of the series of cycle synthesis modules modeling a component of a cycle of the control device and comprising a series of utilities, the utilities based on mathematical abstractions of physical laws that govern behavior of the component;
an estimate state module for determining an estimated state of the model based on at least one of a prior state, the current state derivatives, the solver state errors, and the synthesized parameters; and
an output object for processing at least the synthesized parameters of the model to determine the model output.

US Pat. No. 10,480,415

HIGH PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE NOZZLE

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A high pressure relief valve comprising:a valve housing defining an internal bore and having a valve inlet configured to be in fluid communication with a pump outlet;
a closure sleeve at least partially received within the internal bore, the closure sleeve comprising a sleeve body surrounding a center axis, wherein the sleeve body has an internal cavity that is enclosed at a downstream end and open at an upstream end;
a piston received within the internal cavity, wherein the internal cavity is defined in part by a piston contact surface that is defined by an inner diameter, wherein an outer surface of the piston slides against the piston contact surface;
a nozzle received within the internal bore of the valve housing, the nozzle comprising a nozzle body surrounding a center axis and defined by an overall length extending from an inlet end to an outlet end, wherein the nozzle body has a nozzle bore defined by an outlet bore inner diameter at the outlet end and an inlet bore inner diameter at the inlet end, the inlet bore inner diameter being greater than the outlet bore inner diameter, and wherein the nozzle body has a nozzle face defined at the outlet end, the nozzle face being defined between the outlet bore inner diameter and an outlet bore outer diameter spaced radially outwardly of the outlet bore inner diameter, and wherein the nozzle body includes a coupling feature held fixed relative to the nozzle body such that the coupling feature is not moveable relative to the nozzle body, and wherein the coupling feature is configured to couple the nozzle body to the closure sleeve that surrounds the outlet end;
at least one retaining feature that prevents the coupling feature from being uncoupled from the closure sleeve;
a spring assembly that biases the piston to close the outlet end, and wherein when a system pressure at the nozzle outlet exceeds a predetermined pressure level, a spring biasing load is overcome to open the outlet end to fluidly connect the nozzle to the internal cavity of the closure sleeve; and
wherein the nozzle includes one or more of the following nozzle characteristics
wherein a ratio of the outlet bore inner bore diameter to the outlet bore outer diameter at the nozzle face is between 0.95 and 0.98,
wherein a ratio of the outlet inner bore diameter at the nozzle face to the overall length is between 0.30 and 0.25,
wherein the nozzle bore includes at least a first bore section defined by a first bore length and a generally constant bore diameter that corresponds to the outlet bore inner diameter, and wherein the nozzle bore includes a second bore section defined by a second bore length and a variable bore diameter, and wherein a ratio of the outlet bore inner diameter at the nozzle face to the first bore length is between 0.8 and 1.1, or
wherein the second bore section increases in diameter along the second bore section length from an end of the first bore section to the inlet bore inner diameter such that the second bore section is defined by a conical surface angle, and wherein the conical surface angle of the nozzle is within a range between 0 degrees and 25 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,480,412

STRUCTURE ENSURING ATTENUATION OF ACOUSTIC WAVES AND THERMAL EXCHANGE

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. A structure for providing acoustic attenuation of a flow of a first fluid flowing along the structure, the structure comprising:a first wall, which is perforated by a plurality of holes;
a second wall;
a plurality of intermediate walls extending between the first wall and the second wall;
a plurality of corridors defined between adjacent intermediate walls, the corridors being bounded by the first and second walls; and
a pipe configured to receive a second fluid, wherein each pipe is oriented along a length of, and inscribed within, one of the plurality of intermediate walls, and wherein the pipe is located a distance from both the first wall and the second wall;
wherein the structure is configured for a portion of the first flow to penetrate, via the holes formed in the first wall, into the corridors for heat exchange between the portion of the first fluid in the corridors and the second fluid in a corresponding pipe in one of the intermediate walls defining the corridor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,411

WASTE HEAT RECOVERY DEVICE, GAS TURBINE PLANT PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND WASTE HEAT RECOVERY METHOD

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A waste heat recovery device comprising:a low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle in which a low-boiling-point medium circulates while the low-boiling-point medium is repeatedly condensed and evaporated;
a heated water line that guides heated water in liquid form to the low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle from a boiler configured to heat the water by high-temperature gas; and
a water recovery line that returns the water, which has been led from the heated water line to the low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle, and passed through the low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle, to the boiler; and
a water supply line that supplies the water to the boiler,
wherein the low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle includes a heater that heats the low-boiling-point medium by exchanging heat between the low-boiling-point medium, which is a liquid, and the water, which is the liquid having passed through the heated water line,
wherein the boiler includes at least one or more evaporators that generate steam by heating the water using the high-temperature gas, and economizers that are provided for respective the at least one or more evaporators to heat the water, which is sent to the at least one or more evaporators, by the high-temperature gas,
wherein the heated water line guides the water in liquid, which is heated by either of the economizers provided respectively for the at least one or more evaporators, to the low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle, and
wherein the water recovery line returns the water, which has passed through the low-boiling-point medium Rankine cycle, to the boiler through the water supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,403

COMBUSTOR WITH ADJUSTABLE SWIRLER AND A COMBUSTION SYSTEM

King Fahd University of P...

12. A process for combusting a fuel stream with a combustor comprising:a cylindrical vessel with an internal cavity;
an ion transport membrane that divides the internal cavity of said cylindrical vessel into a first and a second concentric cylindrical tone, wherein the first concentric cylindrical zone is a feed zone and the second concentric cylindrical zone is a combustion zone;
a first inlet and a first outlet located in the feed zone, and a second inlet and a second outlet located in the combustion zone;
a swirler that is connected to the second inlet, wherein the swirler has adjustable blades with adjustable angles;
a third concentric cylindrical zone which is sandwiched between the first and the second concentric cylindrical zones, defining a sweep zone; and
a third inlet and a third outlet located in the sweep zone, the process comprising:
combusting the fuel stream with molecular oxygen in the combustion zone to form an exhaust stream comprising water vapor and carbon dioxide;
delivering an oxygen-containing stream to the first inlet of the combustor, wherein molecular oxygen present in the oxygen-containing stream is transported to the sweep zone through the ion transport membrane;
flowing a portion of the exhaust stream into the third inlet of the combustor to sweep the molecular oxygen away from the sweep zone and to form an oxygen-enriched stream;
mixing the oxygen-enriched stream with the fuel stream in a mixer to form a combustion mixture; and
delivering the combustion mixture to the second inlet of the combustor, wherein the combustion mixture is expanded and/or agitated in the combustion zone via the swirler and is combusted to form the exhaust stream; and
repeating the flowing, the mixing, and the delivering.

US Pat. No. 10,480,401

IMPLOSION ENABLED ENGINE OF EXOTHERMIC TYPE IN EXPLOSIVE SYSTEM (IEEX-EX) EMPLOYING A SAFE PIPE SYSTEM (SPS) AND OTHER SAFETY DEVICES

1. An implosion enabled engine of exothermic type in explosive system (IEEX-EM) operating as serially operating internal combustion (SOIC) engine, the IEEX-EM comprising at least one cylinder filled with water;one or more piston assemblies connected to one or more crankshaft assemblies to produce torque;
at least one outlet for exhaust of water under pressure to rotate at least one turbine or throw at least one projectile using the power of explosion;
one or more engine heads filled with water;
at least one gas inlet and one gas outlet valve for said each engine head;
at least one hatch separator for separating said at least one cylinder—from said each engine head; and
at least one sparking assembly to ignite mixture of fuel and air in said each engine head.

US Pat. No. 10,480,400

AIR SUPERCHARGING DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A supercharging device for supercharging an internal combustion engine, the supercharging device comprising:an air inlet,
an electric compressor arranged to compress air coming from the air inlet;
a heat exchanger arranged to cool compressed air coming from the compressor, the cooled compressed air flowing toward an intake manifold of the internal combustion engine; and
a cooling circuit arranged to cool at least one of the electric compressor and a control device of the electric compressor, the cooling circuit comprising
an air-conveying pipe arranged to convey air to at least one of the electric compressor and the control device, the air-conveying pipe extending between an outlet of the heat exchanger and at least one of the electric compressor and the control device, so as to be able to pick up cooled compressed air, and
an air recirculation pipe extending between at least one of the electric compressor and the control device and adjacent an inlet of the intake manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,396

SPACER AND ELECTRIC SUPERCHARGER

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A spacer that is disposed, to fix a rotor of an electric supercharger, between the rotor and a bearing disposed in a direction of a rotational axis of the rotor relative to the rotor, the spacer comprising a tapered surface with a diameter decreasing toward the bearing in an outer circumferential surface of the spacer, whereinan area of an end surface of the spacer on a rotor side is larger than an area of an end surface of the spacer on a bearing side,
a balance correction part that corrects balance of the spacer is disposed inside a recess formed in the end surface of the spacer on the rotor side, and
a region of the end surface located on an outer side of the recess relative to a central axis of the spacer constitutes a surface coming in contact with the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,380

REDUCING HEATING OF A PARTICULATE FILTER DURING A REGENERATION EVENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
a battery;
an electric machine coupled to the engine and connected to the battery;
a particulate filter receiving engine exhaust gas; and
a controller configured to, in response to predicted particulate filter temperature during a subsequent regeneration exceeding a threshold, operate the electric machine to discharge the battery in preparation for operating the electric machine to charge the battery during the subsequent regeneration while fueling the engine to compensate for torque used by the electric machine to reduce oxygen in the exhaust gas flowing to the particulate filter.