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. 10,480,458

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. 10,480,436

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. 10,480,415

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.

US Pat. No. 10,480,378

ENGINE EXHAUST STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An engine exhaust structure comprising:a turbine of a turbocharger provided for an exhaust pipe of an engine, and rotated by energy of exhaust gas of the engine; and
an exhaust gas purifier connected directly downstream of the turbine, and configured to purify the exhaust gas,
wherein the exhaust gas purifier includes
a case having a flat transverse section including a pair of facing short sides and a pair of facing long sides, and configured to house a catalytic converter, and
an inlet cone including a conical portion, and configured to connect an outlet of the turbine to an inlet of the case, the conical portion including an inclined wall inclined from a mainstream of the exhaust gas to increase a transverse section of a path of the exhaust gas, and
wherein a recess recessed inward is formed in a portion corresponding to each of the facing long sides of the inclined wall of the conical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,373

TECHNIQUES FOR CONTROL OF AN SCR AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEM IN RESPONSE TO AN AMMONIA SLIP CONDITION

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A method, comprising:operating an internal combustion engine to produce an exhaust gas flow into an exhaust system including a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst disposed in the exhaust gas flow, the exhaust system including:
a reductant injector coupled to the exhaust system at a position upstream of the SCR catalyst;
a first NOx sensor upstream of the SCR catalyst;
a second NOx sensor downstream of the SCR catalyst;
determining a target deNOx efficiency for the SCR catalyst;
injecting a first amount of reductant into the exhaust gas flow in response to the target deNOx efficiency;
determining a current deNOx efficiency of the SCR catalyst in removing NOx from the exhaust gas flow as a function of a first output from the first NOx sensor and a second output from the second NOx sensor;
determining the current deNOx efficiency is less than the target deNOx efficiency;
detecting an NH3 slip condition;
in response to detecting the NH3 slip condition, determining a temporary target deNOx efficiency for the SCR catalyst; and
injecting a second amount of the reductant in response to the temporary target deNOx efficiency while increasing the temporary target deNOx efficiency toward the target deNOx efficiency until at least one deNOx efficiency adjustment condition is satisfied, wherein the second amount of reductant is less than the first amount of reductant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,364

VALVE SHIELD FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

17. A method comprising:providing pressurized lubricant to a lubrication gallery defined in a cylinder head, the lubrication gallery intersecting a valve guide bore wall of the cylinder head;
directing lubricant from the lubrication gallery into a passage extending through an intermediate region of a valve guide from an outer wall to an inner wall;
lubricating a moving valve stem positioned within the valve guide by flowing lubricant from the passage into an entrance of a channel intersecting the inner wall and to an exit of the channel at a valve end of the guide, the channel following a curved path along the inner wall of the guide; and
sealing an interface between the outer wall of the valve guide and the valve guide bore wall of the head by positioning a first sealing member between the intermediate region of the valve guide and a port end of the valve guide, the first sealing member contacting the bore wall of the head and the outer wall of the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,361

CAM PHASER HAVING A RETENTION FEATURE FOR AIDING ASSEMBLY

1. A cam phaser comprising:a stator;
a rotor positioned in the stator and including a locking pin;
a locking cover including a receiving element for receiving the locking pin;
a cover plate on an opposite side of the stator from the locking cover;
a check valve plate positioned between the stator and one of the locking cover or the cover plate, the check valve plate including a plurality of valve elements;
a plurality of first openings in each of the stator, the locking cover, and the check valve plate;
a plurality of second openings in the locking cover;
a third opening formed in the check valve plate; and
a retention feature for aligning components of the cam phaser during assembly, the retention feature including a tab on the check valve plate that extends into an indentation on at least one of the stator or the locking cover.

US Pat. No. 10,480,354

NATURAL GAS LIQUID FRACTIONATION PLANT WASTE HEAT CONVERSION TO SIMULTANEOUS POWER AND POTABLE WATER USING KALINA CYCLE AND MODIFIED MULTI-EFFECT-DISTILLATION SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising:a waste heat recovery heat exchanger network coupled to a plurality of heat sources of a Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) fractionation plant, the heat exchanger network configured to transfer at least a portion of heat generated at the plurality of heat sources to a first buffer fluid and a second buffer fluid flowed through the first heat exchanger network;
a first sub-system configured to generate power, the first sub-system thermally coupled to the waste heat recovery heat exchanger; and
a second sub-system configured to generate potable water from brackish water, the second sub-system thermally coupled to the waste heat recovery heat exchanger, and
a flow control system connected to the heat exchanger network and the first sub-system or the heat exchanger network and the second subsystem or the heat exchanger network, the first sub-system and the second sub-system, the control system configured to flow fluids between the NGL fractionation plant, the heat exchanger network one or both of the first sub-system or the second sub-system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,352

ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE BASED CONVERSION OF GAS PROCESSING PLANT WASTE HEAT INTO POWER AND COOLING

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method comprising:heating a heating fluid stream via a waste heat recovery exchanger by exchange with a heat source in a crude oil associated gas processing plant;
generating power and cooling capacity in an Organic Rankine cycle energy conversion system, comprising:
heating a first portion of a working fluid by exchange with the heated heating fluid stream via an energy conversion heat exchanger, the working fluid comprising iso-butane;
cooling one or more of a process stream from the crude oil associated gas processing plant and a cooling water stream for ambient air cooling by exchange with a second portion of the working fluid in a cooling subsystem;
in an ejector, combining the second portion of the working fluid from the cooling subsystem and a third portion of the working fluid, the third portion of the working fluid being a portion of the heated first portion of the working fluid;
adjusting with the ejector a ratio of an amount of working fluid in the third portion of the working fluid and an amount of working fluid in the fourth portion of the working fluid;
generating power by expansion of a fourth portion of the working fluid in a turbine coupled to a generator, the fourth portion of the working fluid being a portion of the heated first portion of the working fluid; and
cooling, in a cooling element, a stream of working fluid including an output stream of working fluid from the ejector and the expanded fourth portion of the working fluid from the turbine coupled to the generator.

US Pat. No. 10,480,350

GEARED GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH OIL DEAERATOR AND AIR REMOVAL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan drive turbine driving a gear reduction, said gear reduction driving a fan rotor; and
a lubrication system supplying oil to said gear reduction, the lubrication system including a lubricant pump supplying an air/oil mixture to an inlet of a deaerator, said deaerator including a separator for:
separating oil and air,
delivering separated air to an air outlet, and
delivering separated oil back into an oil tank,
wherein said separated oil is first delivered into a pipe outwardly of the oil tank, and then into a location beneath a minimum desired oil level in the oil tank,
wherein air within the oil tank moves outwardly through an air exit into the deaerator;
an exit velocity from the deaerator of the separated air is less than or equal to 14 feet/second;
wherein said pipe includes a pipe outlet at least 2 inches (5.08 centimeters) below the minimum oil level but above an inset to an oil supply pipe within the tank; and
wherein a dwell time of oil the oil tank as removed by said oil pump, on average, is five seconds or less.

US Pat. No. 10,480,349

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING AND CONTROLLING OIL FLOW

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. An exhaust gas turbocharger (10) comprising:a turbine section (14) including a turbine housing (18) having an exhaust gas inlet (20), an exhaust gas outlet (22), a turbine volute (24), and a turbine wheel (26) configured to be disposed in fluid communication with the exhaust gas inlet (20) and the turbine volute (24);
a compressor section (12) including a compressor cover (30) configured to define a compressor air inlet (32), a compressor air outlet (34), and a compressor volute (36); and a compressor wheel (38) configured to be disposed in fluid communication with the compressor air inlet (32) and the compressor volute (36);
a bearing housing (16) configured to be disposed between an fluidly connected to the turbine section (14) and the compressor section (12), the bearing housing (16) including an oil inlet (52) configured to be fluidly connected to an oil channel (54), and a bearing assembly (42) for rotatably supporting a shaft configured to be connected to the turbine wheel (26) and the compressor wheel (38); and
an oil flow means configured to be connected to the bearing housing (16) for controlling and metering oil flow to the bearing assembly (42), wherein the valve assembly comprises a stop (104) configured to be connected to a valve member (102), and a spring (106) configured to be positioned within the valve member (102), wherein the stop (104) further comprises a head (104a) having a stem (104b) configured to extend therefrom, the head (104a) is configured to be fixedly connected to the bearing housing (16) and the stem (104b) is configured to engage the valve member (102) such that oil flows to a single bearing component in addition to the bearing assembly (42).

US Pat. No. 10,480,335

COMPRESSOR TURBINE VANE AIRFOIL PROFILE

1. A compressor turbine vane for a gas turbine engine comprising an airfoil having a portion defined by a nominal profile in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of Sections 3 to 9 set forth in Table 2, wherein a point of origin of orthogonally related axes X, Y and Z is located at an intersection of a centerline of the gas turbine engine and a stacking line of the turbine vane, the Z values are radial distances measured along the stacking line, the X and Y values are coordinate values defining the profile at each distance Z.

US Pat. No. 10,480,334

AIRFOIL WITH GEOMETRICALLY SEGMENTED COATING SECTION

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil comprising:an airfoil body having a geometrically segmented coating section, the geometrically segmented coating section including
a wall having an outer side, the outer side including an array of cells that are closed-sided, and
a coating disposed in the array of cells, wherein the geometrically segmented coating section is on a portion of the airfoil section, and an adjacent portion of the airfoil section includes the coating but excludes the cells.

US Pat. No. 10,480,333

TURBINE BLADE INCLUDING BALANCED MATEFACE CONDITION

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A blade for a gas powered turbine comprising:a platform having a leading edge and a trailing edge, the leading edge being connected to the trailing edge by a suction side mateface and by a pressure side mateface;
a blade extending outward from said platform, the blade having an airfoil shaped cross section, wherein a suction side of the blade faces the suction side mateface, and a pressure side of the blade faces the pressure side mateface; and
a radial height of the suction side mateface is different from a radial height of the pressure side mateface at a first axial position, and wherein a difference between the radial height of the suction side mateface and the radial height of the pressure side mateface at the first axial position is an ideal disparity for a balanced manufacturing range at the first axial position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,331

AIRFOIL HAVING PANEL WITH GEOMETRICALLY SEGMENTED COATING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil comprising:an airfoil section defining an airfoil profile, the airfoil section including a core skeleton, a distinct panel attached with the core skeleton and forming a portion of the airfoil profile, the distinct panel having a geometrically segmented coating section, the geometrically segmented coating section including
a wall having an outer side, the outer side including an array of cells, and
a coating disposed in the array of cells.

US Pat. No. 10,480,315

AVERAGE/INITIAL RESERVOIR PRESSURE AND WELLBORE EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS FROM RATES AND DOWNHOLE PRESSURES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

7. The method of claim 4 wherein the reservoir characteristics depend on a formation volume factor, B, and the change corresponds to a change in the reservoir effective permeability.

US Pat. No. 10,480,311

DOWNHOLE INTERVENTION OPERATION OPTIMIZATION

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method performed by a system for generating an intervention program for a downhole formation, the system having a drill string operable within the downhole formation to drill a borehole through the formation, and a control unit arranged to control the drill string and configure to perform method steps, the method comprising:collecting mud-gas ratio data during a drilling operation, wherein the drilling operation forms a borehole through the formation;
generating zone characterization of one or more zones along the borehole based on the collected mud-gas ratio data;
defining targeted zones of the one or more zones along the borehole;
generating a treatment characterization for each targeted zone based on the collected mud-gas ratio data; and
generating an intervention treatment design based on the targeted zones and associated treatment characterizations.

US Pat. No. 10,480,309

METHODS AND SYSTEMS EMPLOYING FIBER OPTIC SENSORS FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC CROSS-WELL TELEMETRY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system that comprises:a drillstring with a bottom hole assembly;
an electromagnetic (EM) transmitter disposed on the bottom hole assembly in a first borehole and configured to emit an EM field and a data stream;
a plurality of fiber optic sensors deployed in a second borehole, wherein each of the plurality of fiber optic sensors are configured to measure the EM field and the data stream; and
a processor configured to demodulate the data stream emitted by the EM transmitter based on EM field measurements collected by the at least one fiber optic sensor and find a distance from the EM transmitter to each of the plurality of fiber optic sensors to determine a position of the bottom hole assembly in the first borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,480,306

CEMENT EVALUATION WITH NEUTRON-NEUTRON MEASUREMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:mixing neutron absorbing dopant material with cement flurry for an annular cement structure in a borehole;
performing a neutron-neutron measurement in the borehole, the borehole surrounded by a casing, the annular cement structure, and a formation;
generating a measured pattern from the neutron-neutron measurement, the measured pattern including measured near and far counts of neutrons and measured near count to far count ratio of neutrons;
comparing the measured pattern to a corresponding expected pattern, the corresponding expected pattern including expected near and far counts of neutrons representing cement without voids and an expected near count to far count ratio of neutrons representing cement without voids; and
evaluating quality of the cement from the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,480,302

FRACTURING AND IN-SITU PROPPANT INJECTION USING A FORMATION TESTING TOOL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for fracturing a wellbore, the method comprising:deploying a downhole tool into a wellbore, the downhole tool comprising:
a downhole tool housing;
a compartment positioned within the housing, the compartment comprising:
a proppant slurry housing containing a proppant slurry, the proppant slurry comprising proppant and fracture fluid;
a pressurized tank in fluid communication with the proppant slurry housing; and
a piston separating the proppant slurry housing and pressurized tank;
a pump positioned within the housing, the pump being in fluid communication with the proppant slurry housing and pressurized tank; and
a probe to isolate a zone of a wall of the wellbore, the probe being in fluid communication with the compartment;
forming one or more fractures along the wellbore using the pressurized tank or pump; and
injecting the proppant slurry into the fractures using the pressurized tank.

US Pat. No. 10,480,297

HYDROCARBON WELLS AND METHODS COOPERATIVELY UTILIZING A GAS LIFT ASSEMBLY AND AN ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMP

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A hydrocarbon well, comprising:a wellbore extending between a surface region and a subterranean formation that includes a reservoir fluid;
a downhole tubular defining a tubular conduit and extending within the wellbore;
an electric pumping assembly including an electric submersible pump (ESP) and an ESP tubular defining an ESP conduit, wherein:
(i) the ESP includes an ESP inlet configured to receive the reservoir fluid into the ESP, wherein the ESP is configured to pressurize the reservoir fluid to generate a pumped reservoir fluid stream, and further wherein the ESP includes an ESP outlet configured to discharge the pumped reservoir fluid stream from the ESP;
(ii) the ESP is operatively attached to the ESP tubular such that the ESP conduit receives the pumped reservoir fluid stream from the ESP outlet; and
(iii) the electric pumping assembly is positioned within the tubular conduit such that the ESP tubular and the downhole tubular define an annular space therebetween, wherein the ESP tubular fluidly isolates the ESP conduit from the annular space;
an electric power source in electrical communication with the ESP and configured to provide an electric current to the ESP to power the ESP; and
a gas lift assembly including:
(i) a lift gas source configured to generate a lift gas stream;
(ii) a lift gas injection point configured to inject the lift gas stream into the annular space to generate a gas lifted reservoir fluid stream, wherein the lift gas injection point is uphole from the ESP inlet; and
(iii) a lift gas supply conduit configured to convey the lift gas stream from the lift gas source to the lift gas injection point.

US Pat. No. 10,480,265

COMBINATION HYDRAULIC CATWALK AND POWER SWIVEL

1. A combination hydraulic pipe handler and power swivel comprising:a platform comprising a plurality of wheels, a plurality of outriggers, and a towing hitch;
a power swivel comprising a tilt mechanism, the tilt mechanism further comprising:
a tilt cylinder assembly comprising a hydraulically controlled extension;
a tilt cylinder rod configured for setting max of tilt; and
a tilt plate configured to support the tilt cylinder assembly, and setting the power swivel to a repetitive vertical position;
a pipe loader further comprising a plurality of pipe handling arms configured to allow tubulars to roll toward or away from a pipe handling mechanism centerline of the combination hydraulic pipe handler and power swivel;
a pipe handler comprising:
a catwalk or a pipe trough with a pipe handling centerline; and
a transport mechanism configured to longitudinally transfer tubulars from a pipe rack centerline to a rig floor;
a hose reel comprising a maximum of four hoses for pipe handling functions;
a hydraulic pump;
an operator station for controlling the pipe loader and the pipe handler; and
a second operator station for controlling the power swivel;
wherein the power swivel is in mechanical communication with the hydraulic pump and each of the four hoses on the hose reel, and wherein each of the set of hoses is configured to be in hydraulic communication with the power swivel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,263

METHOD OF PREPOSITIONING OF FRICTION DOGS FOR SKEWED ENGAGEMENT

REEL POWER LICENSING CORP...

1. Using two or more friction dogs for the gripping engagement of an umbilical, the method of pre-positioning said two or more friction dogs in a predetermined position before said engagement with said umbilical, comprising:providing a base plate and one or more bowl halves attached to said base plate wherein said bowl halves are adjacently located to form a complete bowl and the interior of said bowl being conically shaped,
providing one or more hydraulic cylinders and said one or more hydraulic cylinders attached to said base plate and each one or more hydraulic cylinders containing a cylinder rod,
providing one or more actuator plates attached to said cylinder rods,
providing two or more carriers and said two or more carriers in communication with said one or more actuator plates,
providing when said one or more hydraulic cylinders retract said cylinder rods then said one or more actuator plates exert a downward force on said two or more carriers which move down and radially inward towards said umbilical when said umbilical is to be engaged,
providing an exterior carrier surface on each of said two or more carriers each having a first carrier angle relative to the direction of movement towards said umbilical, said exterior carrier surface of each of said two or more carriers being at proximately mirror angles about the direction of movement of said two or more carriers,
providing said first carrier angle being complementary to the conical shape of said interior of said bowl,
providing a first friction dog surface on each of said two or more friction dogs for engaging an interior carrier surface on said two or more carriers,
providing a second friction dog surface on each of said two or more friction dogs proximately opposite from said first friction dog surface for contacting said umbilical wherein said second friction dog surface is a smooth surface,
providing said first carrier angle of each of said two or more carriers are wedging acute angles such that when a first load is placed on said two or more carriers to press said two or more friction dogs against said umbilical creating a second load, said second load against said umbilical is wedgingly amplified to be greater than the load against said two or more carriers,
providing a first groove in said interior carrier surface of each of said two or more carriers which is proximately parallel to the centerline of said umbilical,
providing a second groove in said first friction dog surfaces which is proximately parallel to the centerline of said umbilical,
providing when said two or more friction dogs are in said predetermined position said first groove and said second groove are aligned, and
placing a resilient member in both said first groove and said second groove, said resilient member having a preload when said first groove and said second groove are aligned, such that if said two or more friction dogs are displaced from said predetermined position they are urged back towards said predetermined position such that when said two or more friction dogs are pressed against said umbilical by said second load, sliding movement of said one or more carriers along said exterior carrier surface is capable to allow said wedging amplification.

US Pat. No. 10,480,260

ISOLATOR

LORD Corporation, Cary, ...

10. A hydrocarbon recovery system (HRS), comprising:an isolated mass;
an excitation source; and
an isolator disposed between the isolated mass and the excitation source, the isolator comprising:
an outer housing comprising an outer housing bore;
an inner member received coaxially within the outer housing;
a precompressed compression compliance component (CCC) disposed between the outer housing and the inner member, the precompressed CCC being configured to longitudinally bias the inner member in an axial direction; and
a precompressed rebound compliance component (RCC) disposed between the outer housing and the inner member, the precompressed RCC being configured to longitudinally bias the inner member in an opposite axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,252

CUTTING ELEMENTS, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND TOOLS INCORPORATING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A cutting element comprising:a substrate comprising a substrate interface surface, the substrate interface surface comprising a protrusion, the protrusion comprising a base, a top end, a height extending axially from the base to the top end, and a width transverse to the height; and
a polycrystalline diamond body formed by sintering at a cold cell pressure greater than 5.4 GPa, the polycrystalline diamond body comprising,
a diamond interface surface interfacing with the substrate interface surface,
a top surface opposite the diamond interface surface;
a cutting edge meeting the top surface; and
a material microstructure comprising a plurality of bonded-together diamond grains having an average grain size and interstitial regions between the diamond grains, the material microstructure comprising a first layer proximate the cutting edge and a second layer proximate the diamond interface surface,
wherein at least a region of the first layer has a diamond volume fraction, as measured by electron backscatter diffraction, greater than (0.9077) (the diamond average grain size 0.0221), with the diamond average grain size provided in microns,
wherein the first layer has a diamond average grain size less than 12 microns,
wherein the second layer has a diamond volume fraction that is lower than the diamond volume fraction of the first layer,
wherein a width of the protrusion proximate the base is greater than a width of the protrusion proximate the top end,
wherein the width of the protrusion decreases in a direction from the base to the top end, and wherein said protrusion has a height to width ratio of less than 0.5, and
wherein said height to width ratio is determined by dividing the height of the protrusion by the width of the protrusion as measured at a middle of said height.

US Pat. No. 10,480,243

TWO PIECE WINDOW EDGE CORNER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLATION

RCREW, INC., Wichita, KS...

1. A break-in resistant window assembly comprising:a window pane having at least one corner;
a window frame bordering the window pane that has at least one corner, the at least one corner including intersecting frame surfaces;
a sheet of polymeric film overlying the window pane that is adhesively bonded to the window pane;
a corner reinforcing assembly including a base portion and a cover portion, the base portion presenting two legs that extend at right angles with respect to each other such that each terminates at a distal end, each leg presenting flat surfaces for receiving adhesive pads that are suitable for bonding the base portion to both the surface of the polymeric film covering the window pane and the intersecting surfaces of window frame, the base portion also presenting an engaging feature, the cover portion being shaped and sized to cover the base portion, the cover portion also presenting a pair of legs, each leg having a distal end that presents a distal edge, the cover portion also presenting an engaging feature that is suitable for engaging the engaging feature of the base portion for fixing the cover portion to the base portion, the legs of the cover portion being arranged such that distal edges of the legs of the cover portion extend beyond the distal edges of the legs of the base portion when the base portion and the cover portion are assembled into a corner reinforcing assembly;
a pair of trim pieces having distal ends that present distal edges;
adhesive pads attaching the trim pieces to the window frame and adhesive pads further attaching the trim pieces to the sheet of polymeric film covering the window pane,
the trim pieces being of sufficient length so that when the trim pieces are installed adjacent to the base portion of the corner assembly and when the cover portion is mounted to the base portion, the distal edges of the legs of the cover portion extend over the distal edges of the trim pieces so that the distal edge of the trim piece is concealed under the cover portion of the corner reinforcing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,240

DOOR KITS AND RELATED METHODS

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

1. A door unit in kit form, comprising:a partially preassembled split doorjamb assembly comprising first and second side bases substantially parallel to one another, a header base substantially perpendicular to and interconnecting the first and second side bases, and extensions;
a door arranged within a space defined by the first and second side bases and the header base of the partially preassembled split doorjamb assembly so that the door, the first and second side bases, and the header base collectively establish a cavity; and
the extensions stowed within the cavity, the extensions comprising first and second side extensions and a header extension that are unassembled with respect to and connectable lengthwise to the first and second side bases and the header base, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,224

POWER DRIVEN VEHICLE LATCH WITH NON-UNIFORM GEARS

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A vehicle latch, comprising:a first gear having a first plurality of gear teeth with a first involute form gear profile that follows a scroll profile with a first gear pitch radius that reduces from a first gear tooth to an ending gear tooth of the first plurality of gear teeth, the first gear being rotatably mounted to the latch for movement about a first gear axis;
a second gear having a second plurality of gear teeth with a second involute form gear profile that follows a scroll profile with a second gear pitch radius that increases from a first gear tooth to an ending gear tooth of the second plurality of gear teeth, the second gear being rotatably mounted to the latch for movement about a second gear axis, wherein the second plurality of gear teeth meshingly engage the first plurality of gear teeth along a path defined between the first gear teeth of the first gear and the second gear and the ending gear teeth of the first gear and the second gear as first gear first gear rotates about the first axis and the second gear rotates about the second axis, wherein a torque applied to the first gear when the first gear tooth of the first gear engages the first gear tooth of the second gear in order to rotate the first gear about the first axis is lower than a torque applied to the first gear when the ending gear tooth of the first gear engages the ending gear tooth of the second gear in order to rotate the first gear about the first axis; and
wherein rotation of the second gear causes a claw of the latch to move from a first position to a second position, the second position corresponding to a closed state of the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,480,215

HYBRID LOCK CYLINDER

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A lock apparatus, comprising:a spindle including a channel, an aperture, and a chamber in communication with the channel and the aperture;
a locking bar movably positioned in the channel relative to the spindle; and
a plurality of rotatable elements rotatably mounted in the chamber relative to the spindle, the plurality of rotatable elements including a disk, a wafer housing, and a wafer slidably coupled to the wafer housing;
a catch mounted for movement relative to the spindle, the catch including a contact surface operable to engage the plurality of rotatable elements, wherein the contact surface includes an interference surface and a cam surface;
wherein each of the rotatable elements includes:
a pawl operable to engage the contact surface;
a receiving portion sized and shaped to receive a portion of the locking bar; and
a slot sized and shaped to receive a portion of a key;
wherein each of the rotatable elements has a first position in which the receiving portion is not aligned with the locking bar and the pawl is engaged with the contact surface, and a second position in which the receiving portion is generally aligned with the locking bar;
wherein when a first of the rotatable elements is in the first position, the pawl thereof is engaged with the interference surface, and the interference surface prevents rotation of the first rotatable element toward the second position;
wherein when a second of the rotatable elements is in the first position, the pawl thereof is in contact with the cam surface, and rotation of the second rotatable element toward the second position moves the interference surface out of engagement with the pawl of the first rotatable element, thereby enabling rotation of the first rotatable element toward the second position;
wherein the wafer includes a lock extension sized and shaped to be received in the aperture; and
wherein when the wafer is in the first position, the lock extension is generally aligned with the aperture and the wafer is movable between a first radial position in which the lock extension is received in the aperture and a second radial position in which the lock extension is not received in the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,480,198

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WALL PLANKS

1. A wall tile comprising: a planar top panel, wherein said planar top panel is comprised of urethane stain shield, a second planar panel wherein said second planar panel is comprised of a first Polyvinyl chloride composition, a third planar panel wherein said third planar panel is comprised of composite material having 3D printing on said composite material, a Fourth planar panel wherein said fourth planar panel is comprised of webbed fiberglass composition, a fifth planar panel wherein said fifth planar panel is comprised of a magnetic substrate, a sixth planar panel wherein said sixth planar panel is comprised of a second Polyvinyl chloride composition, a seventh panel wherein said seventh planar panel is comprised self-adhesive composition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,195

TUBULAR STRUCTURE CONNECTING ASSEMBLY

9220-6820 QUEBEC INC., M...

1. A connecting assembly for connecting two angled tubular structures together, comprising:a male section comprising a male curved tubular element extending along a male curved axis between a first end and a second end, a male connecting flange extending linearly and outwardly from the first end and a male connection lip extending radially and outwardly from the male connecting flange, the second end being rotatably connectable to a first one of the two angled tubular structures; and
a female section rotatably connectable to the male connecting flange of the male section and comprising a female curved tubular element extending along a female curved axis between a third end and a fourth end, the female curved tubular element comprising a lip receiving recess located on an internal face of the female curved tubular element adjacent the third end, the lip receiving recess for receiving the male connection lip when the male connecting flange of the male section is inserted into the female section, the fourth end of the female section being connectable to a second one of the two angled tubular structures.

US Pat. No. 10,480,186

CLEANROOM PANEL SYSTEM

CONCEPT BIO-SECURITE INC....

1. A cleanroom panel system including:a plurality of panels, each of the panels having opposite inboard and outboard major surfaces that are made of a thermoplastic material;
a plurality of first thermoplastic welded junctions, each of the first thermoplastic welded junctions providing a hermetically-sealed connection between adjacently-disposed lateral side edges of a corresponding pair formed by two juxtaposed ones of the panels;
a plurality of elongated snap-in panel anchoring units, at least one for each of the panels, each of the snap-in panel anchoring units including complementary first and second members to be latched together through an interfering engagement, at least the first member of each of the snap-in panel anchoring units being made of a thermoplastic material; and
a plurality of second thermoplastic welded junctions, each of the second thermoplastic welded junctions being provided between a corresponding one of the first members of the snap-in panel anchoring units and the outboard major surface of a corresponding one of the panels.

US Pat. No. 10,480,180

DIMENSIONAL LUMBER WRAP

1. A building unit encasement device, the device comprising:a rectangular sheet comprised of four walls;
a first lateral wall, a second lateral wall, a first end wall and a second end wall; wherein each wall has an inner surface and an outer surface, such that when the sheet is encasing a building unit, the outer surface of each wall is visible to a viewer;
a linear hinge edge at a border between each wall such that each wall is rectangular;
an elongated cylindrical protrusion extending along an inner surface of of the first end wall;
the cylindrical protrusion projecting along an axis perpendicular to a first terminal end of the sheet on the inner surface of the first end wall;
the cylindrical protrusion being configured to detachably mate with a receptacle on the inner surface the first lateral wall,
the receptacle projecting along an axis perpendicular to a second terminal end of the sheet on an inner side of the first lateral wall, wherein a first side of the receptacle is in a plane perpendicular to the outer edge of the first lateral wall;
the first side of the receptacle having an opening to receive the cylindrical protrusion; the receptacle being cubicle in shape and extending along a portion of the inner surface of the first lateral wall, thereby creating a space between the first lateral wall and the building unit the space extending along a majority of the first lateral wall when the building unit encasement device is attached to the building unit the space allows a flow of air into the cavity for air circulation and drying the building unit;
the cylindrical protrusion having a spacer and a head, wherein the spacer is rectangular and the head is cylindrical, wherein the head has a diameter greater than the width of the spacer in a lateral direction on the sheet, the cylindrical protrusion being fittable into the receptacle along a connecting direction;
a plurality of ribs completely covering an outer surface of the head of the cylindrical protrusion and being substantially parallel to the connecting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,179

PRE-FABRICATED DEFLECTION ABSORBENT MODULAR WALL SYSTEM

Mod Panel Technologies Lt...

1. A method of installing a wall system to a structure, comprising:mounting two or more wall panels, each comprising sheathing, a vapour barrier, and insulation, to the structure, the mounting comprising:
attaching one or more L-brackets fixed to each wall panel to a top surface of a floor, the one or more L-brackets fixed to each wall panel using one or more vertically oriented slots through which a fastener passes, allowing the L-bracket to move vertically relative to the rest of the wall panel, and
mounting the two or more panels such that at least two of the panels adjoin;
sealing a seam between a vapour barrier of a first wall panel of the two or more wall panels, and a vapour barrier of a second wall adjoining the first wall panel; and
installing a filler over the sealed seam between the first wall panel and the second wall panel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,176

MODULAR BUILDING

1 Space Pty Ltd, West Pe...

1. A modular building unit for construction of a building, said modular building unit comprising:a structural frame suitable for interconnection to another modular building unit construction of the building,
wherein the modular building unit is adapted to be transported as a shipping container; and a stud frame panel immovably fixed internal to the structural frame, wherein the stud frame panel comprises a frame, which is distinct from the structural frame, and a plurality of vertically extending studs when the modular building unit is assembled in the building; wherein the stud frame panel is structurally load bearing; wherein the structural frame and stud frame panel are directly and immovably fastened so as to be load bearing in combination, wherein the stud frame panel is inwardly spaced from a parallel adjacent external face of the structural frame,
wherein the building unit comprises a longitudinal extending stair well, wherein a longest dimension of the modular building unit extends in a vertical orientation when formed as part of the modular building.

US Pat. No. 10,480,172

BUILDING STRUCTURE, BUILDING, AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISYA SBL, Oy...

1. A building structure comprising:a horizontal member installed between two pillars erected in a longitudinal direction; and
a unit installed on the horizontal member,
wherein the horizontal member is made of light gauge steel, the unit includes:
1) a horizontal frame including a short side member and formed in a rectangular shape;
2) a beam connected to a center of the short side member in a lengthwise direction to be perpendicular to the horizontal frame and having a truss structure;
3) a first diagonal member installed between one end of the short side member and the beam and is connected directly to the horizontal member; and
4) a second diagonal member installed between another end of the short side member and the beam and is connected to the horizontal member, the horizontal frame is arranged at the upper part of the beam,
the short side member is an upper chord member of a girder connected directly to the two pillars and having a truss structure, wherein the truss structure is formed by the upper chord member which is connected to the two pillars, a lower chord member which is defined by the horizontal member and which is connected to the two pillars, a vertical member which is defined by a vertical member of the beam, and
diagonal members defined by the first diagonal member and the second diagonal member such that a first triangle is formed by the horizontal member, one of the two pillars and the first diagonal member and a second triangle is formed by the horizontal member, one of the two pillars and the second diagonal member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,171

CABLE FEED CONTROL MECHANISM FOR DRAIN CLEANER

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A drain cleaner comprising:a cable configured to be inserted into a drain;
a drum supporting the cable;
a motor configured to rotate the drum; and
a cable feed control mechanism configured to feed the cable in a linear direction, the cable feed control mechanism including
a plurality of feed wedges surrounding the cable, each feed wedge having an inclined surface,
a plurality of rollers supported by the feed wedges,
a collar positioned around at least a portion of the plurality of feed wedges and having a cam surface,
a sleeve coupled to the collar and operable to move the collar in an axial direction, wherein movement of the collar in the axial direction moves the plurality of feed wedges into a feed position whereby the cam surface of the collar engages the inclined surfaces of the plurality of feed wedges to move the plurality of feed wedges radially inward and into engagement with the cable, and
a retaining member configured to selectively hold the sleeve and the plurality of feed wedges in the feed position when the sleeve is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,480,165

INTEGRATED BATHROOM ELECTRONIC SYSTEM

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A faucet comprising:a spout;
a first water inlet;
a first manual valve positioned intermediate the first water inlet and the spout, the first manual valve configured to control the flow of water from the first water inlet to the spout during a manual mode of operation;
an electrically operable valve positioned intermediate the first water inlet and the spout, the electrically operable valve being configured to control the flow of water from the first water inlet to the spout during a hands-free mode of operation, the first manual valve being configured to control the flow of water to the spout independent of the electrically operable valve;
a controller in communication with the electrically operable valve;
a mode sensor in communication with the controller and configured to provide a mode signal to the controller;
a proximity sensor in communication with the controller and configured to provide a proximity signal to the controller; and
wherein the controller is configured to select between the manual mode of operation and the hands-free mode of operation in response to the mode signal, and is configured to control the electrically operable valve in response to the proximity signal during the hands-free mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,140

SCRAPER BLADE DEVICE WITH JUXTAPOSED BLADE SEGMENTS HAVING A SWIVEL INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN MATING EDGES

1. A scraper blade device for cleaning a roadway surface, the scraper blade device having a front plow surface and a lowermost edge, the scraper blade device including:an upper blade portion generally defining an upper area of the front plow surface of the scraper blade device; and
a bottom blade portion generally defining a bottom area of the front plow surface of the scraper blade device, the bottom blade portion including a plurality of widthwise-disposed and juxtaposed blade segments, each blade segment including a bottom surface-engaging edge and the bottom surface-engaging edges of the blade segments forming together the lowermost edge of the scraper blade device, each blade segment being slidingly movable in an up and down movement relative to the upper blade portion, the blade segments of the bottom blade portion forming one or more blade segment sets, each blade segment set having at least two of the blade segments that are pivotally jointed at a corresponding swivel interconnection located between corresponding lateral sides of the blade segments, whereby, in operation, the bottom surface-engaging edges of the blade segments in a same blade segment set can tilt with reference to one another when following profile variations of the roadway surface, the swivel interconnection including a pin coupling overlapping ends of two adjacent blade segments among the blade segments.

US Pat. No. 10,480,129

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING ROAD SURFACES

Cimline, Inc., Minneapol...

1. Method comprising:conveying aggregate to a chamber;
receiving a liquid in a tank;
pumping the liquid from the tank to the chamber;
mixing the aggregate and the liquid received in the chamber into a mixed material;
introducing heated first air in the conveyor to heat the aggregate conveying in the conveyor, with the heated first air flowing from the conveyor into the chamber to maintain temperature of the mixed material in the chamber;
introducing heated second air to heat the liquid in the tank and the chamber to maintain the temperature of the mixed material, with the heated first and second air being different; and
delivering the mixed material from the chamber to a road surface for repairing the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,127

LUBRICANT APPLICATOR AND METHOD FOR LUBRICATING A BACKING DRUM AND APPARATUS

VALMET TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

9. A method for lubricating, in a paper or board web coater, between a coating blade and a backing drum, comprising the steps of:coating a web on a cylindrical surface of the backing drum, while rotating the backing drum about an axis of the cylindrical surface;
engaging the web and the coating thereon with a coating blade such that at least one of spreading the coating on the web and removing excess coating on the web is performed;
wherein the coating blade has a backing drum engaging side, and wherein the web has two edges which extend circumferentially about a portion of the cylindrical surface, and wherein the coater blade also engaging a portion of the backing drum surface adjacent the two web edges that are not covered by the web;
supplying a first lubricant from a first plurality of openings formed in an applicator body mounted to the coating blade, so that the first lubricant is supplied between the cylindrical surface of the backing drum and the coating blade at a plurality of positions which extend along the coater blade at least parallel to the axis of the cylindrical surface, and adjacent to the two web edges.

US Pat. No. 10,480,116

DRYING APPLIANCE THAT PERFORMS AFTER-CARE CYCLE ON A LOAD OF LAUNDRY AFTER COMPLETION OF A PRIMARY DRYING CYCLE AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING THE AFTER-CARE CYCLE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for processing laundry after completion of a drying cycle, the method comprising steps of:maintaining residual fluid within an airflow path of an appliance, wherein the residual fluid results from a primary drying cycle;
activating a heat pump system and a blower to deliver the residual fluid to a drum;
maintaining a drum temperature within the drum at a predetermined temperature range during performance of an after-care cycle;
cooperatively operating the heat pump system and the drum in an active state of the after-care cycle until process air leaving the drum has a drum temperature that is approximately equal to an upper temperature limit of the predetermined temperature range; and
deactivating a compressor of the heat pump system in an idle state of the after-care cycle until the drum temperature of the process air leaving the drum is approximately equal to a lower temperature limit of the predetermined temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,480,112

METHOD FOR OPERATING A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE, AND DOMESTIC APPLIANCE

1. A method for operating a domestic appliance with a housing, a rotationally movable drum disposed in the housing for receiving laundry, a motor for driving the drum, a control device for controlling the motor, and an evaluation unit, the method, once a program of the domestic appliance has started, comprising the steps of:controlling the motor using the control device such that the drum is driven by the motor and the drum is moved by an angle of less than 90 degrees, and upon attaining the angle, the motor is de-energised;
detecting a rotational-speed signal of the drum from when the motor is de-energised over a predetermined first period, and evaluating the detected rotational-speed signal using the evaluation unit by forming a value; and
interrupting the program of the domestic appliance when the value is greater than a predetermined first threshold value,
wherein the controlling, the detecting, and the interrupting the program of the domestic appliance when the value is greater than the predetermined first threshold value are performed before the program of the domestic appliance causes any water to be added to the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,480,095

SYSTEM FOR RAPID BAKE OF SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE WITH UPPER LINEAR HEATING ELEMENTS PERPENDICULAR TO HORIZONTAL GAS FLOW

ASM America, Inc., Phoen...

1. A system for vapor deposition on a semiconductor substrate, comprising:a reaction chamber;
a reducing agent source connected to feed a gas containing reducing agent into the reaction chamber;
one or more reactant sources each connected to feed a reactant gas into the reaction chamber;
a substrate support housed within the reaction chamber, wherein the reaction chamber is configured to convey a generally horizontal flow of reactant gases above the substrate support along a gas flow path;
an upper bank of substantially linear heat lamps above the substrate support, each lamp of the upper bank being oriented substantially perpendicular to the gas flow path and substantially parallel to a plane in which a substrate resting upon the substrate support would reside;
a lower bank of heat lamps below the substrate support; and
a computer programmed to control the upper and lower banks of heat lamps, gas flow from the reducing agent source, and the one or more reactant sources to (1) provide power to the upper and lower banks of lamps to subject a substrate resting upon the substrate support to a bake in the presence of said gas containing the reducing agent for less than 45 seconds, (2) stabilize the substrate temperature after the bake, and (3) feed said one or more reactant gases into the reaction chamber to deposit a layer by vapor deposition directly onto the substrate after stabilizing the temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,093

SEALING PROCESS FOR AN ANODIZED ALUMINUM-ALLOY SURFACE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A sealing process, comprising:applying a first reactant to a substrate having a porous structure, the first reactant comprising at least one of a trivalent chromium precursor and a transition metal precursor; wherein the substrate is an anodized aluminum-alloy surface with a barrier oxide film; and
applying a second reactant to the first reactant in the porous structure, where the second reactant comprises a rare earth element precursor and an alkaline earth element precursor; and
reacting the first reactant with the second reactant to produce a physical barrier over the substrate; where the physical barrier seals the porous structure to form reservoirs that contain the trivalent chromium precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,082

HIGH-TEMPERATURE, LOW-TEMPERATURE—GRADIENT METHODS FOR (CO-)ELECTROLYSIS OF WATER (SOEC) OR FOR PRODUCING ELECTRICITY WITHIN A REACTOR OR FUEL-CELL STACK (SOFC) RESPECTIVELY

1. A method for high-temperature electrolysis of steam, or for co-electrolysis of steam and of carbon dioxide, implemented in a reactor comprising:a stack of individual electrolysis cells of a solid oxide type, each comprising a cathode, an anode and an electrolyte inserted between the cathode and the anode, and
a plurality of electrical and fluid interconnectors, each arranged between two adjacent individual electrolysis cells with one face thereof in electrical contact with the anode of one of the two adjacent individual electrolysis cells and the other face thereof in electrical contact with the cathode of the other of the two adjacent individual electrolysis cells, the method comprising:
supplying a first zone of each electrical and fluid interconnector of a first group with steam or with a mixture of steam and of carbon dioxide, and distributing it to a cathode of each individual electrolysis cell of the first group, then recovering hydrogen produced or a synthesis gas, which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and of hydrogen in a second zone of the each electrical and fluid interconnector of the first group, and
supplying a first zone of each electrical and fluid interconnector of a second group, at least one of which is adjacent to the electrical and fluid interconnector of the first group, with steam or with a mixture of steam and of carbon dioxide, and distributing it to a cathode of each individual electrolysis cell of the second group, at least one of which is adjacent to the electrolysis cell of the first group, then recovering hydrogen produced or a synthesis gas, which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and of hydrogen in a second zone of the each electrical and fluid interconnector of the second group, the first and second zones of the electrical and fluid interconnectors of the second group not being located vertically in line respectively with the first and second zones of the electrical and fluid interconnectors of the first, group,
wherein, within the stack, the supplying and a circulation respectively to the electrical and fluid interconnectors and to the electrolysis cells of the first group are carried out independently relative to the supplying and a circulation respectively to the electrical and fluid interconnectors and to the electrolysis cells of the second group.

US Pat. No. 10,480,072

SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING REACTOR AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A diffuser for distributing at least one process gas, said diffuser comprising:an inlet portion having a channel formed therethrough for receiving said at least one process gas; and
a distribution portion coupled to said inlet portion, said distribution portion comprising a mounting surface disposed on a mounting surface plane, wherein a first distribution surface, a second distribution surface, a third distribution surface, and deflecting surface of the distribution portion define at least one boundary of a diffuser volume,
wherein said first, second, and third distribution surfaces, and the deflecting surface extend between a first curved side surface, a second curved side surface, and a third curved side surface, wherein a plurality of lateral boundaries of the diffuser volume is defined by the first curved side surface, the second curved side surface, and the third curved side surface, wherein the third curved side surface extends between the first curved side surface and the second curved side surface, and wherein a centerline splits the third curved side surface and the first, second, and third distribution surfaces,
wherein the third distribution surface comprises a slope in a lateral direction from the centerline toward each of the first curved side surface and the second curved side surface, such that the third distribution surface proximate each of the first curved side surface and the second curved side surface is spaced further from the mounting surface plane than the third distribution surface proximate the centerline,
and wherein said first and second side surfaces extend between, on one side, said first, second, and third distribution surfaces and the deflecting surface, and on another side, said mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,071

CONTINUOUS DISTILLATION TRICHLOROSILANE VAPORIZATION SUPPLY APPARATUS

Techno Boundary Co., Mat...

1. A continuous distillation trichlorosilane vaporization supply apparatus comprising:an evaporator including an introduction port for hydrogen gas as a carrier gas and having a heater that vaporizes liquid trichlorosilane;
a carrier hydrogen gas supply pipe connected to the evaporator; and
a condenser that condenses liquid at a temperature corresponding to a saturated vapor pressure, which is lower than a vapor pressure of the vaporized trichlorosilane gas,
wherein a center line of the evaporator and a center line of the condenser are not on the same line,
a lower end of the condenser has a structure that directly communicates with a lower end of the evaporator through a pipe,
an upper end of the condenser is provided with a gas feeding pipe,
the liquid trichlorosilane passes through a trichlorosilane replenishing valve and replenishes the evaporator,
the carrier hydrogen gas supply pipe and the trichlorosilane supply valve are different structures,
the upper end of the condenser is provided with a distribution plate that distributes the trichlorosilane-hydrogen mixed gas that has passed through the condenser to a plurality of devices, and
an inside of a single condenser is divided in plural sections.

US Pat. No. 10,480,067

FILM DEPOSITION METHOD

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A film deposition method for filling a recessed pattern formed in a surface of a substrate with a SiN film, comprising steps of:causing NH2 groups to adsorb on a surface of a substrate containing a recessed pattern formed in a top surface of the substrate by supplying a first process gas containing NH3 converted to first plasma to the surface of the substrate containing the recessed pattern;
partially converting the NH2 groups to N groups by supplying a second process gas containing N2 converted to second plasma to the surface of the substrate containing the recessed pattern on which the NH2 groups is adsorbed; and
causing a silicon-containing gas to adsorb on the NH2 groups by supplying the silicon-containing gas to the surface of the substrate containing the recessed pattern on which the NH2 groups and the N groups are adsorbed; and
cyclically repeating the steps of causing the NH2 groups to adsorb on the surface of the substrate, partially converting the NH2 groups to the N groups and causing the silicon-containing gas to adsorb on the NH2 groups,
wherein the first plasma is generated at a first height higher and more distant from the top surface of the substrate than a second height at which the second plasma is generated, the first height being set at a height that causes the first plasma containing NH3 to reach a bottom of the recessed pattern, the second height being set at a height that causes the second plasma containing N2 to reach only an upper portion of the recessed pattern and the top surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,063

CAPACITIVE COUPLED PLASMA SOURCE FOR SPUTTERING AND RESPUTTERING

IonQuest Corp., Mansfiel...

1. A method of ionized physical vapor deposition (I-PVD) sputtering of a layer on a substrate, the method comprising:positioning a cathode, an anode, and a cathode magnet assembly in a vacuum chamber;
providing a gap inside the anode around the cathode, a cusp magnetic field being provided in the gap, at least a portion of magnetic field lines associated with the cusp magnetic field passing through the gap and terminating on the cathode magnet assembly;
positioning an electrode in the gap;
providing a noble gas selected to sputter target material;
applying radio frequency (RF) power to the cathode, thereby generating plasma discharge that ionizes sputtered target material;
applying voltage to the electrode; and
applying a negative bias voltage to the substrate, thereby attracting positively charged sputtered material ions to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,060

OXIDE SINTERED BODY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, SPUTTERING TARGET, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An oxide sintered body comprising indium, tungsten and zinc, whereinsaid oxide sintered body includes a bixbite type crystal phase and has an apparent density of higher than 6.5 g/cm3 and equal to or lower than 7.1 g/cm3,
a content rate of tungsten to a total of indium, tungsten and zinc in said oxide sintered body is higher than 1.2 atomic % and lower than 30 atomic %,
a content rate of zinc to the total of indium, tungsten and zinc in said oxide sintered body is higher than 1.2 atomic % and lower than 30 atomic %, and
wherein said oxide sintered body further comprises at least one type of element selected from the group consisting of aluminum, titanium, chromium, gallium, hafnium, zirconium, silicon, molybdenum, vanadium, niobium, tantalum, and bismuth,
wherein a content rate of said element to a total of indium, tungsten, zinc, and said element in said oxide sintered body is equal to or higher than 0.1 atomic % and equal to or lower than 10 atomic %.

US Pat. No. 10,480,058

COATED ARTICLE WITH LOW-E COATING HAVING PROTECTIVE DOPED SILVER LAYER FOR PROTECTING SILVER BASED IR REFLECTING LAYER(S), AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC., Au...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first dielectric layer on the glass substrate;
an metallic or substantially metallic infrared (IR) reflecting layer comprising silver on the glass substrate located over at least the first dielectric layer;
a protective layer comprising doped silver on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the IR reflecting layer comprising silver;
a second dielectric layer on the glass substrate located over at least the first dielectric layer, the IR reflecting layer comprising silver, and the protective layer comprising doped silver;
wherein metal content of the protective layer comprising doped silver comprises from 80-99.5% Ag and from 0.5 to 20% dopant, atomic %, where the dopant is one or more of: Zn, Ni, ZnAl, ZnSi, ZnSiCu, and combinations thereof; and
wherein the coating has a sheet resistance (Rs) of no greater than 11 ohms/square and a normal emissivity (En) of no greater than 0.2.

US Pat. No. 10,480,056

NOZZLE GEOMETRY FOR ORGANIC VAPOR JET PRINTING

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A first device, comprising:a print head, further comprising a first nozzle hermetically sealed to a first source of gas;
wherein the first nozzle has an aperture having a smallest dimension of 0.5 to 500 microns in a direction perpendicular to a flow direction of the first nozzle;
wherein, at a distance from the aperture into the first nozzle that is 5 times the smallest dimension of the aperture of the first nozzle, the smallest dimension perpendicular to the flow direction is at least twice the smallest dimension of the aperture of the first nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,041

HIGHLY ALLOYED STAINLESS STEEL FORGINGS MADE WITHOUT SOLUTION ANNEAL

SWAFELOK COMPANY, Solon,...

1. In a process for making a forging from a highly-alloyed metal in which (a) a billet made from the highly-alloyed metal is heated up to a forging temperature in a heating source, (b) the billet so heated is removed from its heating source and then forged, thereby forming a heated forging, (c) the heated forging so made is then cooled to below the critical temperature range of the highly-alloyed metal by contact of the heated forging with a cooling liquid, and (d) the cooled forging so made is then subjected to a post-forging solution anneal followed by rapid quench for reducing the amount of any deleterious phases that may have formed thereby insuring that the forging so made meets predetermined product specifications applicable to forgings made from said highly-alloyed metal, the improvement for simplifying the process comprising eliminating step (d) by carrying out steps (a), (b) and (c) in a manner which minimizes formation of deleterious phases sufficiently so that the forging obtained in step (c) already meets said predetermined product specifications including(1) selecting as the billet to be forged only those billets which are essentially free of deleterious intermetallic phases,
(2) heating the billet in heating step (a) by means of resistance or induction heating thereby avoiding the need to redissolve any deleterious intermetallic phases that may have formed during this step,
(3) carrying out forging step (b) and cooling step (c) so that the period of time which elapses between the time when the heated billet is removed from its heating source to the time when the heated billet is contacted with the cooling liquid is no greater than 3 minutes, and
(4) maintaining the temperature of the core of the billet during forging step (b) above the upper boundary of the critical temperature range of the highly-alloyed metal so that deleterious phases do not form in the core of the billet during this forging step, and
further wherein the highly-alloyed metal exhibits a CP value of 500 or more wherein the CP value of the alloy is given by the following formula:
CP=20×% Cr+0.3×% Ni+30×% Si+40×% Mo+5×% W+10×% Mn+50×% C-200×% N.

US Pat. No. 10,479,964

SHELF-ADHERING CLEANING BLOCKS AND CLEANING ARTICLES, AND METHODS OF MAKING SUCH BLOCKS AND ARTICLES

1. A cleaning article comprising:a self-adhering cleaning block, the cleaning block comprising:
a first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface; and
a handle integrally formed with and extending out from a part of the second surface;
the first surface, second surface, and handle forming a unitary structure having an uniform material composition, wherein the material composition of the block comprises:
a non-ionic surfactant; and
a liquid component.

US Pat. No. 10,479,959

SURFACTANTS FOR SPOT PREVENTION IN AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING COMPOSITIONS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A surfactant for use in an automatic dishwashing composition, wherein the surfactant is a glycidyl ether-capped ethoxylated alcohol of formula I:wherein R1 is a linear, saturated C8-24 alkyl group, R2 is a linear or branched saturated C6-20 alkyl group, m has an average value of 10 to 50, and n has an average value of >1 to 2.

US Pat. No. 10,479,926

POLYAMINO-FUNCTIONALIZED NANOPARTICLES AS HARDENERS FOR PARTICULATE CONSOLIDATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:providing a treatment fluid comprising a base liquid and polyamino-functionalized nanoparticles;
introducing the treatment fluid into a portion of a subterranean formation that comprises unconsolidated particulates;
contacting the portion of the subterranean formation with a hardenable resin composition; and
allowing the polyamino-functionalized nanoparticles to at least partially cure the hardenable resin composition, whereby the cured hardenable resin composition consolidates at least a portion of the unconsolidated particulates in the subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,479,925

USE OF HEXAMETHYLENETETRAMINE INTENSIFIER FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE EMULSIFIED ACID SYSTEM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of treating a subterranean formation comprising: contacting the subterranean formation with a corrosion inhibition composition consisting essentially of:(A) hexamethylenetetramine,
(B) a corrosion inhibitor,
(C) a combination of emulsifiers, the combination comprising a long chain polyamine and an alkoxylate amine,
(D) an acid in an aqueous acid solution, and
(E) optionally, a corrosion inhibiting intensifier,
wherein the corrosion inhibition composition does not comprise an acetylenic alcohol, and
wherein the corrosion inhibition composition is a stable acid-in-oil emulsion at temperatures above about 300° F.

US Pat. No. 10,479,919

METHOD FOR DRILLING A HYDROGEN SULFIDE-CONTAINING FORMATION

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method of drilling a wellbore into a hydrogen sulfide-containing subterranean geological formation, comprising:driving a drill bit to form the wellbore into the subterranean geological formation thereby producing a formation fluid that contains H2S; and
injecting a drilling fluid composition into the subterranean geological formation through the wellbore,
wherein the drilling fluid composition comprises
an aqueous base fluid,
a polymeric viscosifier, and
a H2S scavenger comprising copper nitrate, wherein the H2S scavenger is present in an amount of 0.5-5 lbs/bbl based on the volume of the drilling fluid composition, and
wherein copper nitrate present in the drilling fluid composition reacts with H2S present in the formation fluid to form copper sulfide;
recovering the copper sulfide from the drilling fluid composition; and
treating the copper sulfide with nitric acid to regenerate copper nitrate while concurrently forming elemental sulfur.

US Pat. No. 10,479,918

TWO-COMPONENT LOST CIRCULATION PILL FOR SEEPAGE TO MODERATE LOSS CONTROL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method to control lost circulation in a lost circulation zone in a wellbore, comprising:introducing a first component into the wellbore such that the first component contacts the lost circulation zone, wherein the first component comprises:
a carrier fluid;
fly ash;
polypropylene fibers; and
an acrylic polymer solution comprising an acrylic polymer and water;
introducing, after introducing the first component, a second component into the wellbore, such that the second component contacts first component in the lost circulation zone, wherein the second component comprises sodium hydroxide and water.

US Pat. No. 10,479,879

CURABLE COMPOSITION, CURED PRODUCT OF THE CURABLE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING A CURED PRODUCT USING THE CURABLE COMPOSITION

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A curable composition comprising a cationic polymerization initiator (A) and an aromatic vinyl ether compound (B),the aromatic vinyl ether compound (B) comprising an aromatic group substituted with a vinyloxy group,
the cationic polymerization initiator (A) comprising a sulfonium salt represented by the following formula (a1):

wherein R1 and R2 independently represent a group represented by the following formula (a2); R1 and R2 may be bonded to each other to form a ring together with the sulfur atom in the formula; R3 represents a group represented by the following formula (a3) or a group represented by the following formula (a4); A1 represents S, O, or Se; X? represents a monovalent anion; and wherein both of R1 and R2 do not represent an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom,

wherein a ring Z1 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon ring; R4 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an alkylthio group, a thienyl group, a thienylcarbonyl group, a furanyl group, a furanylcarbonyl group, a selenophenyl group, a selenophenylcarbonyl group, a heterocyclic aliphatic hydrocarbon group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; and m1 represents an integer of 0 or more,

wherein R5 represents an alkylene group optionally substituted with a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom or a group represented by the following formula (a5); R6 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom or a group represented by the following formula (a6); A2 represents a single bond, S, O, a sulfinyl group, or a carbonyl group; and n1 represents 0 or 1,

wherein R7 and R8 independently represent an alkylene group optionally substituted with a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom or a group represented by the following formula (a5); R9 and R10 independently represent an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom or a group represented by the formula (a2); R9 and R10 may be bonded to each other to form a ring together with the sulfur atom in the formula; A3 represents a single bond, S, O, a sulfinyl group, or a carbonyl group; X? is the same as defined above; n2 represents 0 or 1; and not both of R9 and R10 are an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom)

wherein a ring Z2 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon ring; R11 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; and m2 represents an integer of 0 or more,

wherein a ring Z3 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon ring; R12 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, a thienylcarbonyl group, a furanylcarbonyl group, a selenophenylcarbonyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; and m3 represents an integer of 0 or more).

US Pat. No. 10,479,870

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POLARIZER AND POLARIZER MANUFACTURED THEREBY

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A method for manufacturing a polarizer, the method comprising:a step of dyeing at least one dye of iodine and dichroic dyes on a polyvinyl alcohol-based film;
a first cross-linking step of cross-linking the polyvinyl alcohol-based film and the dye by using a first aqueous solution including a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound and a boron compound;
a second cross-linking step of cross-linking the polyvinyl alcohol-based film and the dye by using a second aqueous solution including a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound and a boron compound; and
a third cross-linking step of cross-linking the polyvinyl alcohol-based film and the dye by using a third aqueous solution including a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound,
wherein in the first cross-linking step and the second cross-linking step, stretching is performed along with cross-linking.

US Pat. No. 10,479,846

HAFNOCENE CATALYST COMPOUNDS AND PROCESS FOR USE THEREOF

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A catalyst compound represented by the formula (B):
where:
each R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 is, independently, hydrogen, alkoxide, a C1 to C40 substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl group or is —R20—SiR?3 or —R20—CR?3 where R20 is a C1 to C4 hydrocarbyl, and each R? is independently a C1 to C20 substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl, provided that at least one R? is not H, and provided that at least one of R1, R2, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 is —R20—SiR?3 or —R20—CR?3; and
each X is, independently, a univalent anionic ligand, or two X are joined and bound to the metal atom to form a metallocycle ring, or two X are joined to form a chelating ligand, a diene ligand, or an alkylidene ligand, provided that X is not fluorine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,801

TETRACYCLIC HETEROCYCLE COMPOUNDS USEFUL AS HIV INTEGRASE INHIBITORS

1. A compound having the formula:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,wherein:----- represents an optional double bond;
ring A, inclusive of the carbon atom and nitrogen atom to which ring A is fused, is a 5- to 8-membered monocyclic or bicyclic heterocycloalkyl group, which can be optionally and independently substituted on ring A carbon atom with a group selected from C1-C6 alkyl, —O—(C1-C6 alkyl) and C3-C7 cycloalkyl, and which can be optionally and independently substituted on a ring nitrogen atom with a group selected from C1-C6 alkyl, —C(O)—(C1-C6 alkyl) and —S(O)2—(C1-C6 alkyl);
X is selected from 5 or 6-membered monocyclic heteroaryl and —N(R4)C(O)—;
R1 is a phenyl group which is optionally substituted with from 1 to 3 groups, each independently selected from C1-C6 alkyl, halo, —O—(C1-C6 alkyl), C1-C6 haloalkyl, —O—(C1-C6 haloalkyl), —CN, —NO2, —N(R4)2, —C(O)OR6, —C(O)N(R4)2 and —NHC(O)R6;
R2 is selected from H, C1-C6 alkyl, C3-C7 cycloalkyl, halo, C1-C6 haloalkyl, —OR5, —N(R4)2, —C(O)R5, —C(O)N(R4)2 and —NHC(O)R5, wherein said C1-C6 alkyl group is optionally substituted with one or more groups, each independently selected from halo, —OH, —O(C1-C6 alkyl) and —N(R4)2;
R3 is selected from H, C1-C6 alkyl and —O—(C1-C6 alkyl), —N(R4)2;
each occurrence of R4 is independently selected from H and C1-C6 alkyl;
each occurrence of R5 is independently selected from H, C1-C6 alkyl and C3-C7 cycloalkyl;
each occurrence of R6 is independently selected from H and C1-C6 alkyl; and
R7 is selected from H and C1-C6 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,479,780

AMINOPYRAZOLE DERIVATIVES

Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki ...

1. A compound represented by formula (I) below:
wherein Ar1 is C6-10 arylene or 5- to 10-membered heteroarylene optionally substituted with a group selected from Group R;
Ar2 is C6-10 aryl or 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group R;
R1 and R2 are each independently a halogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, cyano, nitro, NR5R6, OR7, SR8, SOR8, SO2R8, CONR9R10, 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q, or C6-10 aryl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group P,
where the 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q is optionally further linked to 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl and C6-10 aryl-C1-6 alkyl, or to C3-6 cycloalkyl through a spiro linkage;
R5 and R6 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl optionally substituted with 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl, amino-C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkylcarbonyl optionally substituted with a halogen atom, —SO2R30, —C(O)OR31, —C(O)NR32R33, 4- to 6-membered heterocyclylcarbonyl, or 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q; or alternatively, R5 and R6, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded, form 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q;
R7 is a hydrogen atom; C1-6 alkyl which optionally has, as a substituent, a group selected from amino, a halogen atom, and hydroxy; 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q; or C1-6 alkyl having, as a substituent, 4- to 10-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q;
R8 is C1-6 alkyl, halo-C1-6 alkyl, or 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q;
R9 and R10 are each independently a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl; or alternatively, R9 and R10, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded, form 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q;
R30 is optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl which optionally has dihydroxy-C1-6 alkyl as a substituent, C6-10 aryl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group P, 5- to 10-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q, or —NR34R35,
where the substituent in the optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl is selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q, —C(O)NR36R37, and C6-10 aryl;
R31 represents C1-6 alkyl which optionally has fluorene as a substituent;
R32 and R33 are each independently a hydrogen atom, or C1-6 alkyl optionally substituted with a group selected from the group consisting of C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl and 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl; or alternatively, R32 and R33, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded, form 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl;
R34 and R35 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl optionally substituted with a group selected from hydroxy and C1-6 alkoxy, 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q, C3-6 cycloalkyl, or C1-6 alkoxy; or alternatively, R34 and R35, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded, form 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q;
R36 and R37 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, or 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a group selected from Group Q; or alternatively, R36 and R37, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded, form 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl optionally substituted with a substituent selected from Group Q;
Group P is a halogen atom, cyano, hydroxy, —NR50R51, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, and or C1-6 haloalkyl;
where R50 and R51 are each independently a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl;
Group Q is cyano, a halogen atom, C1-6 alkyl which optionally has a substituent, C1-6 alkoxy, C3-6 cycloalkyl, 4- to 6-membered heterocyclyl which optionally has oxo as a substituent, C1-6 alkylcarbonyl, C1-6 alkylsulfonyl, C3-6 cycloalkylsulfonyl, C1-6 alkyloxycarbonyl, amino-C1-6 alkylcarbonyl, oxo, thioxo, hydroxy, or —NR52R53;
where the substituent in the C1-6 alkyl which optionally has a substituent selected from a halogen atom, hydroxy, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, and C6-10 aryl, where the C6-10 aryl optionally has hydroxy as a substituent;
R52 and R53 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkylsulfonyl which may have optionally has a halogen atom as a substituent, C6-10 arylsulfonyl, C6-10 aryl-C1-6 alkylsulfonyl, or —C(O)OR54,
R54 represents C1-6 alkyl which optionally has a group selected from phenyl, fluorene, and 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl as a substituent; and
Group R is a halogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 haloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, nitro, or —NR60R61 {where R60 and R61 are identical or different, and are each a hydrogen atom, optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl (in which the substituent is hydroxy, C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, carboxyl, or carboxamide), or amino-C1-6 alkyl; or alternatively, R60 and R61, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded, form a 4- to 6-membered heterocycle},
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,479,777

HERBICIDAL AZINES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

11. A process for preparing an azine of claim 1, wherein R1 and R5 independently of one another are H, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl or C1-C6-alkoxy; and A, R2, R3 and R4 are as defined in claim 1;comprising reacting a halotriazine of formula (II),

wherein R5 is H, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl or C1-C6-alkoxy; and
Hal is halogen;
with an amine of formula (III),
A-NHR1  (III),
wherein R1 is H, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl or C1-C6-alkoxy;
in the presence of a base and a catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,479,749

PROCESS FOR THE PREPARATION OF STANDARDIZED COMPOSITION OF ARJUNOGLUCOSIDE FROM THE BARK OF TERMINALIA ARJUNA

SAMI LABS LIMITED, Banga...

1. A process for the isolation of standardized composition comprising of arjunoglucoside from bark of Terminalia arjuna, said process comprising steps of:(a) Charging Terminalia arjuna bark powder into an extractor,
(b) Adding 3 volumes of ethanol or methanol to Terminalia arjuna bark powder and refluxing for 3 hours at 65 to 70° C.,
(c) Filtering the ethanol or methanol extract of step b) and concentrating under vacuum to get a brown coloured powder,
(d) Dissolving the powder obtained from step c) into 5 volumes of de-mineralize water and stirring thoroughly for 1 hr at 50-55° C. to obtain a solution,
(e) Transferring the solution from step d) to separating funnel and extracting with 2 volumes of ethyl acetate, 6 times, and separating the aqueous and organic layer,
(f) Collecting and combining the ethyl acetate fractions 1-6 from step e and concentrating under vacuum to obtain brown coloured powder,
(g) Loading the powder of step 1) into a silica gel and eluting with chloroform:methanol,
(h) Identifying the compounds from step g) as Arjunic acid corresponding to STR#1, Arjunolic acid corresponding to STR#2, Arjungenin corresponding to STR#3, Arjunoglucoside-I corresponding to STR#4, Arjunoglucoside-II corresponding to STR#5, Arjunetin corresponding to STR#6, and catechin corresponding to STR#7

US Pat. No. 10,479,739

INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR OXYGEN RECOVERY FOR DEEP SPACE MISSION

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An environmental control system, comprising:a carbon dioxide source;
a compressor downstream of the carbon dioxide source;
a Sabatier reactor downstream of the compressor, wherein the Sabatier reactor produces methane and water;
a water separator downstream of the Sabatier reactor, wherein the water separator produces methane and water;
a pyrolysis assembly downstream of the water separator and upstream of the compressor, wherein the pyrolysis assembly includes a pre-form that adheres carbon and has a surface area/volume ratio of at least 20 cm?1, wherein the pyrolysis assembly produces hydrogen;
an oxygen generating assembly (OGA) directly downstream of the water separator, wherein the OGA produces hydrogen and oxygen; and
wherein hydrogen produced from the OGA mixes with carbon dioxide exiting the compressor and before the exiting carbon dioxide enters the Sabatier reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,674

OSCILLATION FREQUENCY MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MEMS SENSOR

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A device, comprising:a semiconductor substrate having a first surface;
a light emitting device extending in the semiconductor substrate to a first distance from the first surface;
a light detector extending in the semiconductor substrate to a second distance from the first surface, the second distance being smaller than the first distance;
a movable element coupled to the semiconductor substrate and extending over the first surface of the substrate, the movable element having a surface that faces the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, the light emitting device, and the light detector, the surface of the moveable element being configured to reflect light from the light emitting device to the light detector.

US Pat. No. 10,479,666

SAMPLING CONTROL STATION FOR BOTTLES OR CONTAINERS FILLING PLANT

FT SYSTEMS S.R.L, Alseno...

1. Sampling control station (20) for a container or bottle filling plant having a filling and closing station said sampling control station comprising at least one grasping and transporting group (22) for picking up containers or bottles (16) from conveying means (18) and transporting said containers or bottles to at least one measuring module (21?, 21?, 21??) said container or bottle (16) being provided with a body tapered into a neck and ending with a mouth, said neck having an annular ribbing (19), characterised in that said grasping and transporting group (22) comprises gripping means (23) being connected to a mobile rotary support structure (30) said mobile rotary support structure (30) having a centre of rotation arranged at said conveying means (18), said at least one measuring module (21?, 21?, 21??) being arranged along a circumference described by the rotational movement of said gripping means (23) through said mobile rotary support structure (30), said mobile rotary structure being adapted to pick up said container or bottle (16) from said conveying means (18) with said grasping and transporting group (22) and to transport said container or bottle (16) to said at least one measuring module (21?, 21?, 21??) to then take said container or bottle (16) back again to a release point of said conveying means (18) once measurement has been carried out and no anomaly has been detected or to then position said container or bottle (16) at a discarding container in the case in which anomalies are found, said gripping means (23) comprising a pincer adapted to be opened and closed through a lever mechanism (27), said gripping means (23) being mobile between a gripping position, in which they are engaged with said neck of said container (16) at and below said annular ribbing (19), and a release position in which they are not engaged with said container (16), gripping means (23) means being connected to and supported by mobile support structure (30) in order to perform a gripping from above the neck of container (16), wherein said mobile support structure (30) is vertically translatable in order to adjust the suspension height of said gripping means (23) means and wherein said sampling control station also includes a removal or reclosing module (40) for measuring a removal torque and/or a reclosing angle of a cap (28) of said container (16) connected to said grasping and transporting group (22) so as to be positioned above said gripping means (23).

US Pat. No. 10,479,660

WINDLASS SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH ATTENUATED STOP FUNCTION

1. A windlass system in which an inertial force resulting from an abrupt removal of primary operating power from a primary source of power during a lifting operation being carried out by a windlass of the windlass system is attenuated to reduce load forces generated by the inertial force, the windlass system comprising:a drivetrain arranged for rotation within the windlass to move a load during the lifting operation;
at least one safety brake arranged to engage the drivetrain for applying a rotation-retarding torque to the drivetrain;
a power detector for detecting the abrupt removal of primary operating power;
an auxiliary power supply for supplying auxiliary power upon detection by the power detector of the abrupt removal of primary operating power to actuate the safety brake to apply a rotation-retarding torque to the drivetrain in response to:
a brake torque control arranged for operation by auxiliary power from the auxiliary power supply; and
a drive controller for operation by auxiliary power from the auxiliary power supply in response to detection by the power detector of the abrupt removal of primary operating power to extend the rotation-retarding torque applied by the safety brake to the drivetrain over a predetermined interval, after which interval rotation of the drivetrain is discontinued and movement of the load is fully terminated, thereby effecting attenuation of the inertial force resulting from removal of the primary operating power.

US Pat. No. 10,479,659

MECHANISM TO SELECTIVELY FIX OR FREE PLANETARY CARRIER OF EPICYCLIC GEARBOX

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

1. A method for selectively fixing or freeing a planetary carrier of an epicyclic gearbox of a dual capacity winch, the method comprising:providing a dual capacity winch having a single epicyclic gearbox coupled to a drum of the winch, wherein the drum of the winch is supported by at least one stationary winch upright;
providing a first motor configured to drive a sun gear of the epicyclic gearbox so that the operation of the gear box, when the sun gear is driven, results in substantial torque multiplication;
providing a second motor configured to drive a planetary carrier of the epicyclic gearbox, so that the resulting gear ratio is significantly lower than when the sun gear is driven;
providing a brake to selectively prevent movement of the sun gear; and
providing a locking mechanism configured to engage and drive the planetary carrier of the epicyclic gearbox, wherein the locking mechanism includes a movable portion configured to:
selectively engage and lock with a shaft fixedly coupled with the planetary carrier while remaining locked against rotation by fasteners connected to at least one stationary winch upright, when the sun gear is driven; and
to selectively disengage and unlock from the shaft fixedly coupled with the planetary carrier, when the planetary carrier of the epicyclic gearbox is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,479,655

INSTALLATION AND SUPPORT METHOD INCLUDING A TOWER CRANE FOR SUPPORTING A HIGH-VOLTAGE LINE ELECTRIC CABLE

Manitowoc Crane Group Fra...

1. A support installation for supporting at least one electric cable belonging to a high-voltage line, during implantation or maintenance work of the high-voltage line, the support installation comprising support members configured to support said at least one electric cable, and further comprising:a tower crane, the tower crane comprising a mast and a jib linked to an upper portion of the mast and rotatable relative to the mast, the jib extending according to a jib direction and the mast extending according to a mast direction which is substantially vertical when the support installation is in a service configuration,
wherein, the support members are secured to the jib and disposed at a plurality of locations spaced along to the jib direction, the support members extending substantially transversally to the jib direction so as to protrude laterally from the jib when the support installation is in the service configuration,
wherein, the jib is cantilevered when the support installation is in the service configuration,
wherein the support members are disposed at a plurality of locations along a length of the jib on each side of the jib and protrude laterally from each side of the jib, and
wherein each of the support members is displaceable between an unfolded configuration, in which each support member protrudes laterally from the jib, and a folded configuration, in which each support member is disposed adjacent the jib.

US Pat. No. 10,479,630

COMPACT INTERFACE MODULE FOR A PRINTING SYSTEM

1. A sheet transfer device for transferring a sheet from a first sheet processing device to a second sheet processing device, the sheet transfer device comprising:a switch moveable between:
a first position for directing sheets from a first transport path arranged for receiving sheets from the first sheet processing device onto a two-way transport path arranged for reversing a transport direction of the sheet; and
a second position for directing sheets from the two-way transport path onto a second transport path arranged for feeding sheets to the second sheet processing device;
a transport pinch actuatable in two opposing directions for reversing a transport direction of a sheet on the two-way transport path;
when in use, the two-way transport path extends downward in a vertically extending free-hanging chamber wherein the sheet engaged by the transport pinch is allowed to hang freely under the influence of gravity,
wherein:
the transport pinch comprises:
a pair of registering wheels for contacting a first side of the sheet;
a pair of actuators for setting an angular velocity of each registering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,621

CONTAINER SEARCH SYSTEM

1. A container search system comprising:a radiation irradiator configured to emit radiation toward a container to be inspected;
a detector installed opposite the radiation irradiator to detect radiation passed through the container;
a transfer cart configured to load a vehicle, which carries the container, and travel along a search path formed between the radiation irradiator and the detector; and
a circulation orbit allowing the transfer cart to circulate along the search path,
wherein a primary side of a linear induction motor configured to generate a moving magnetic field is formed on one of the transfer cart and the search path, and a secondary-side reaction plate configured to generate a linear driving force by inducing a secondary eddy current due to the moving magnetic field is formed on the other one of the transfer cart and the search path,
wherein the transfer cart includes:
a LIM part provided in a middle of the transfer cart to extend in a longitudinal direction of the transfer cart, and having the primary side of the linear induction motor formed therein;
vehicle wheel seating parts formed to extend from both sides of the LIM part in a transverse direction crossing the longitudinal direction of the LIM part, and the vehicle wheel seating parts are configured to provide an entry region into which wheels of the vehicle carrying the container enter, and having seating grooves in which the wheels of the vehicle are seated; and
side parts extending from the vehicle wheel seating parts in the transverse direction, and
wherein the side part includes:
a plurality of running wheels configured to be run when the LIM part is in a non-driven state;
a running wheel driving part configured to drive the running wheels; and
a control part configured to control driving of the running wheel driving part.

US Pat. No. 10,479,610

ANTI-ROLLOVER THREE-SECTION GUIDE RAIL

1. An anti-rollover three-section guide rail, comprisingan upper rail;
a middle rail;
a fixed rail;
a first roller assembly; and
a second roller assembly, wherein
the middle rail is in rolling fit with the fixed rail through the second roller assembly;
a first rolling slot is concavely formed in the left side wall of the middle rail; and a second rolling slot is concavely formed in the right side wall of the middle rail;
the first roller assembly comprises a first roller frame;
the first roller frame is in an inverted U shape and covers the middle rail;
a first roller is pivoted to the left side of the first roller frame; and the first roller is inserted into and in rolling fit with the first rolling slot;
a second roller is pivoted to the right side of the first roller frame; and the second roller is inserted into and in rolling fit with the second rolling slot;
the center of the first roller is located below the center of the second roller;
the upper rail comprises an inverted U-shaped rail body, and the inverted U-shaped rail body covers the first roller assembly;
the left side of the inverted U-shaped rail body extends inwards to form a first supporting plate, and the first supporting plate carries the first roller and is in rolling fit with the first roller; and the right side of the inverted U-shaped rail body extends inwards to form a second supporting plate, and
the second supporting plate carries the second roller and is in rolling fit with the second roller.

US Pat. No. 10,479,596

PACKAGING FOR TEXTILE ARTICLES

1. Packaging (10) of textile articles (12) comprising:a plurality of textile articles (12) overlapped in a stacking direction (X), so as to form at least one pile (14);
a flat core (16) arranged substantially perpendicular to the stacking direction (X), wherein the flat core (16) comprises recesses (18) along a pair of sides (160); and
a small band (20) that surrounds the at least one pile (14) of textile articles (12) and the flat core (16),wherein the small band (20) is fixed around the pile (14) so as to keep it together and wherein the small band is received in the recesses (18) of the flat core (16);wherein the packaging (10) is free from the presence of T-end fasteners; andwherein the flat core (16) comprises a hook (162) such that, when the packaging (10) is hung by the hook (162), (a) the flat core (16) extends in a vertical direction and the small band (20) extends in a horizontal direction as it surrounds the at least one pile (14) and the flat core (16), and (b) the feature which prevents the textile articles (12) from falling consists of the small band (20) engaging the recesses (18) and the small band (20) urging, with controlled tension, the textile articles (12) towards and/or into contact with the flat core (16).

US Pat. No. 10,479,574

REUSABLE CABLE TIE

1. A removable cable tie, comprising:an elongate web having a first end and a second end;
a first tooth and a second tooth projecting bilaterally from the web;
a retaining portion positioned at the first end of the web comprising a first leg and a second leg spaced apart to form a C-shaped pocket configured to receive the web, the first leg having a first web retention protrusion at a distal end and projecting laterally toward the second leg, the second leg having a second web retention protrusion at a distal end and projecting laterally toward the first web retention protrusion; and
a gap between the first and second web retention protrusions forming an opening of the pocket therebetween,
wherein the opening is smaller than the width of the web such that the retention portion is configured to allow sliding movement of the web through the pocket in a first direction, and wherein the first and second teeth are configured to engage the retaining portion and prevent the sliding movement of the web in a second direction opposite the first direction, and
wherein the web has a thickness smaller than the opening of the pocket such that twisting the web allows removal of the web from the pocket in a direction toward the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,479,573

LOOP FORMING FASTENER

Loop Ties LLC, Eugene, O...

1. A loop forming fastener, comprising:(a) an elongate body portion having a first end and an opposite tail portion and an intermediate portion, and having a first side and a second side;
(b) a head connected to the elongate body, the head defining an opening configured to receive said tail portion of the elongate body and thereby form a loop;
(c) a ratchet mechanism including an array of teeth aligned on the elongate body and a pawl associated with the head and the opening, and the ratchet mechanism permitting movement of the body therethrough in a first direction but preventing movement of the body portion in an opposite second direction; and
(d) at least one stopper located on the elongate body, said at least one stopper being spaced apart from the head by a predetermined distance, the stopper being too large to pass through the opening of the head and thereby limiting a distance to which the elongate body can be passed through the head and establishing a predetermined minimum size of the loop, and said at least one stopper being constructed of a material that is sufficiently elastic to be deformed and pulled through the opening of the head without damaging the head and without breaking the elongate body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,571

DIFFUSING DEVICE

1. A capsule assembly for diffusing a substance in a liquid within a receptacle, wherein the assembly comprises a capsule and a carriage to which the capsule is releasably connected, wherein:the capsule comprises an expandable element and, in a first state the capsule has a first width and in a second state the capsule has a second width;
wherein the second width of the capsule in the second state is greater than that of the first state;
wherein the capsule is connected to the carriage via a releasable connection mechanism that comprises a threaded section and respective parts of the threaded section are provided on the carriage and the capsule; and
wherein each of the carriage and the capsule are provided with a release protrusion and the release protrusions are arranged such that when the carriage and capsule are rotated relative to one another, the release protrusions abut one another to enable the threaded sections to rotate and disengage.

US Pat. No. 10,479,566

CONTAINER APPARATUS

BeeHaven Tribe, Fountain...

1. A container apparatus comprising:a container providing a plurality of upwardly opening compartments radially arranged about the container, each of the compartments being sized and configured for removably receiving an at least one item;
a cover rotatably engagable with the container so as to restrict rotary motion of the container relative to the cover in a single, correct direction, the cover configured for selectively covering and preventing access into at least one of the compartments;
the cover defining an at least one cutout positioned and configured for selectively exposing at least one compartment of the container, thereby allowing access into said at least one compartment; and
the cover providing an at least one hinge positioned and configured for allowing the cover to selectively move between one of a closed position, wherein a first half of the cover is in abutting contact with an opposing second half of the cover, and an open position, wherein the first and second halves of the cover are pivoted away from one another;
whereby, the apparatus is configured for allowing selective rotary motion of the container relative to the cover in the correct direction, thereby positioning each of the compartments under the at least one cutout in a sequential order, while preventing rotary motion of the container in an opposing incorrect direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,565

WINE BARREL

NORTH COAST CONTAINER, C...

1. A wine container comprising:a drum having a pair of opposing ends, at least one of the opposing ends being uncovered;
an end cover resistant to warping arranged in at least one of the opposing ends, the end cover having an upper surface and further comprising:
a plurality of adjacent slats,
a plurality of grooves formed along the upper surface of the end cover, and
a plurality of rods disposed in the plurality of grooves, at least one rod being disposed in each of the plurality of grooves; and
a locking assembly that secures the end cover to one of the uncovered drum ends.

US Pat. No. 10,479,562

PULL RING SEAL SYSTEM FOR CONTAINERS

Chase Corporation, Westw...

1. A system for storing a liquid, comprising:a container including a body portion defining an internal chamber and at least one opening in communication with the internal chamber; and
an insertable plug including a plug body with two rings attached to the plug body via hinges, each hinge attached to an outside surface of an outer circumference of the plug body at a single point, the insertable plug configured to be inserted into the opening so that a portion of the plug body covers a lip of the opening to restrict access through the opening to the internal chamber,
wherein the hinges can be deformed to raise the two rings away from the plug body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,561

STOPPER

PacPlus Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. A stopper comprising:a stopper main body having a guiding path extending in an axial direction;
a stopper member having a flow path extending in the axial direction and configured to be inserted in the guiding path of the stopper main body; and
a sealing member to be inserted in the flow path of the stopper member in such a manner as to close the flow path,
wherein the stopper member is provided with, at a position where the sealing member is inserted, a first peripheral wall section fixed at first and second ends in such a manner as to extend in the axial direction and a second peripheral wall section separated from the first peripheral wall section in a circumferential direction and fixed at a first end and open at a second end, the second end extending obliquely radially outward along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,558

SHIPPING STATEMENT ENVELOPE

1. A shipping statement envelope, comprising:a folded envelope body including a front panel and a rear panel joined to each other at opposite side edges and a bottom edge, and defining an access opening at an upper edge of said rear panel for access to an interior of said envelope body,
said front panel including a transparent portion,
said front panel including a flap portion which extends upwardly beyond said upper edge of said rear panel and which can be folded around a fold line into partially overlapping relationship with said rear panel for closing said access opening;
a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer on said rear panel, said flap portion of said front panel being adhered to said adhesive layer when said flap portion is folded to close said access opening; and
a release layer applied to said pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, so that after a shipping statement is placed in the interior of said envelope body, said release layer can be removed to expose said pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, and said flap portion folded and adhered to said adhesive layer to close said access opening while leaving exposed an area of the pressure-sensitive adhesive lever between the flap portion and the bottom edge of the folded envelope body, said exposed area of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer thereafter usable to engage an associated package to thereby maintain the shipping statement envelope on an associated package for shipment with the transparent portion exposed for viewing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,556

INTEGRALLY, EXTRUSION BLOW MOLDED CONTAINER, LABEL AND RFID TAG

Silgan Plastics LLC, Che...

1. A combination of a mold and plastic container comprising:at least two mold portions engaged to form an interior surface having a temperature of at least 420° F.;
a label and an electrical signal generator, the generator being fabricated from materials to retain its signal generating functionality after being heated over 420° F., the generator being fabricated to be compliable with the interior surface of the mold and the generator having first and second sides coated with a heat activated adhesive, the label being located adjacent to the interior surface, and separating the generator from the internal surface; and
a parison having at least an interior layer defining an interior and an exterior layer, the interior being pressurized to expand the parison to force the exterior layer into contact with the generator, label and interior surface to reshape the parison into a plastic container located within the mold portions, the plastic container including a threaded neck portion integrally molded with a vessel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,553

NESTABLE PALLET

Rehrig Pacific Company, ...

1. A nestable pallet comprising:a deck having an upper support surface, opposed side edges and opposed end edges, the deck including a handle opening having at least one handle wall adjacent the handle opening, a plurality of ribs extending upward from the at least one handle wall; and
a plurality of feet extending downward from the deck to a lowermost surface of the pallet, wherein the feet are hollow and elongated in a direction parallel to the side edges of the deck, wherein the handle wall is in a plane between a plane of the lowermost surface of the pallet and a plane of the upper support surface, the deck including openings therethrough that lead into the feet for receiving the feet of an identical nestable pallet nested thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,479,550

PACKAGING AND METHOD OF OPENING

1. Packaging for a confectionery product, including a confectionery product packaged within the packaging, the packaging comprising:a first part;
a first flange extending at an angle from the first part;
a second part; and
a second flange extending at an angle from the second part,
wherein the first and second parts substantially conform closely to the shape and contour of an outer surface the confectionery product to be packaged in the packaging such that the confectionery product substantially fills the first and second parts of the packaging;
an opening-propagation line formed in at least a portion of at least one of the parts, the opening-propagation line being arranged to break to form an opening to the confectionery packaging,
wherein the first flange is sealed to the second flange to form a seal between the first part and the second part,
wherein at least a part of the opening-propagation line is separate from the seal, such that the packaging is openable while leaving the seal substantially unaffected,
wherein the opening-propagation line is a weakening in at least a portion of at least one of the parts, and
wherein the part including the opening-propagation line is formed from a first layer and a second layer, and the opening-propagation line is not formed in one of the layers.

US Pat. No. 10,479,539

HEAVY DUTY CENTRIFUGAL FEEDER DEVICE AND SYSTEM

1. A heavy duty centrifugal bowl parts feeder system comprised of:a). a feeder bowl system;
b). a support structure contiguous to and beneath the feeder bowl system, the support structure having a top surface;
c). a means for fastening the feeder bowl system to the support structure;
d). an input parts conveyor;
e). an output parts conveyor; and
f). a heavy duty support package for the feeder bowl system comprising:
1) an at least approximately ?? thick inner disc base plate for maximum rigidity;
2) a cone cap made of a durable/high impact material;
3) a plurality of at least three heavy duty casters mounted under the inner disc to support a plurality of the heavy, small parts and to allow for easy maintenance;
4) an aperture/round crack formed by an inset of the inner disc, the aperture/round crack allowing an amount of an oil on the small, heavy parts to disperse into the aperture/crack;
5) a wiper mounted to a bottom of the inner disc which cleans the bottom by pushing the oil into a hole in a base plate and into a collection tray;
6) a variable speed control on the drive of the of the inner disc controlled by a photo eye; and
7) an angle chute with an adjustable discharge angle
wherein the heavy duty centrifugal bowl parts feeder system can feed and orient relatively heavy, small parts the parts being ½ to 5 pounds apiece and one to six inches in diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,516

AIRCRAFT, AIRCRAFT ENGINE, AND AIRCRAFT ENGINE NACELLE

MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPO...

1. An aircraft, comprising:an engine that includes an engine main body and an engine nacelle, the engine main body outputting thrust force, and the engine nacelle surrounding the engine main body;
an engine pylon that supports the engine main body to an airframe, and axially supports a cowl member to be openable, the cowl member configuring the engine nacelle;
a locking part that locks the cowl member of the engine nacelle in a closed state; and
one or more light emitting sections that are disposed inside the cowl member and show an unlocked state of the cowl member,
wherein the unlocked state of the cowl member becomes visible by light emitted from the one or more light emitting sections and visible from an outside of the engine nacelle through a gap generated on an inner circumference of the cowl member when the cowl member is not locked.

US Pat. No. 10,479,514

ASSEMBLY FOR TURBINE MACHINE WITH OPEN ROTOR CONTRA-ROTATING PROPELLERS, COMPRISING A SMALL DUCT FOR THE PASSAGE OF ANCILLARIES

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An assembly for an aircraft turbine machine comprising a receiver for a pair of open rotor contra-rotating propellers, the assembly comprising a duct, ancillaries routed inside the duct, and an attachment case comprising an annular installation portion on which a first end of the duct is fixed by attachment means, the annular installation portion of the attachment case being arranged around the first end of the duct,wherein the attachment means in an assembled configuration include:
a split ring fitted with internal projections housed inside corresponding orifices formed through said first end of the duct;
a radial loading surface of the split ring made on the annular installation portion of the attachment case, the radial loading surface being tapered and narrowing along a first axial direction of the duct, and being in contact with a complementary tapered peripheral surface of the split ring;
axial loading means of axially loading the split ring along said first direction, said axial loading means being blocked in the axial direction on the annular installation portion of the attachment case.

US Pat. No. 10,479,512

ELECTRICAL DE-ICING FOR AIRCRAFT

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A heating element for in-flight de-icing of an aircraft, the heating element comprising:a carbon fiber material for arrangement on a component of an aircraft, the carbon fiber material comprising:
at least two electrical contacts for connecting to an electrical wiring system; and
at least one insulation layer for electrical insulation; and
at least one electrically insulating spacer to rest on the component and/or at least one other structural member of the aircraft after the heating element has been arranged on the component to ensure a spacing between the coated carbon fiber material and the component and/or the at least one structural member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,511

DIRECT CURRENT (DC) DEICING CONTROL SYSTEM, A DC DEICING SYSTEM AND AN AIRCRAFT INCLUDING A DC DEICING SYSTEM

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A direct current (DC) deicing control system comprising:a direct current (DC) power source; and
a periodic deicing waveform generator electrically connected to the DC power source, the periodic deicing waveform generator outputting a switched DC voltage having a periodic electrical current waveform including periods of zero voltage and periods of non-zero voltage, the periods of zero voltage defining arc extinguishing events reducing arc formation in the DC deicing control system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,510

MODULAR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL CHAMBER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A modular environmental control chamber (MECC) comprising:an outer chamber formed by an outer chamber housing section enclosing an outer face of a section of fuselage, and wherein the outer chamber housing section comprises an air inflow aperture and an air outflow aperture;
an inner chamber formed by an inner chamber housing section enclosing an inner face of the section of fuselage, wherein the inner chamber housing section comprises an air inflow aperture and an air outflow aperture, wherein the section of fuselage separates the outer chamber and the inner chamber, and wherein the outer chamber housing section and the inner chamber housing section are connected to form an outer boundary of the MECC;
an outer chamber airflow delivery and return system comprising i) an outer chamber blower for directing temperature-controlled air to the outer chamber through the air inflow aperture of the outer chamber housing section and ii) an outer chamber air return duct connected to the air outflow aperture of the outer chamber housing section; and
an inner chamber airflow delivery and return system comprising i) an inner chamber blower for directing humidity-controlled air to the inner chamber through the air inflow aperture of the inner chamber housing section and ii) an inner chamber air return duct connected to the air outflow aperture of the inner chamber housing section.

US Pat. No. 10,479,502

AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH A WINCH DEVICE

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. An aircraft comprising:a wing extending longitudinally from a streamlined leading edge towards a streamlined trailing edge,
the aircraft being provided with a winch device,
the winch device being provided with a hoist device including a storage drum,
the winch device being provided with a suspension member extending from a first end to a second end that is free and that projects from the hoist device,
the hoist device including a motor member for winding the suspension member around the storage drum and for unwinding the suspension member off the storage drum,
the hoist device being at least partially surrounded by a fairing of the wing,
the hoist device being arranged in an inside volume of the wing in a streamlined position,
wherein the winch device includes a movable arm carried by a hinge,
the hinge giving the movable arm at least one degree of freedom to move in rotation about an axis of rotation relative to the wing,
the hoist device being carried by the movable arm, and
the movable arm and the fairing being movable together between the streamlined position and an extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,477

ENGAGEMENT MEMBER FOR SPLICING A SPAR ASSEMBLY

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. An engagement member for a spar assembly in an aircraft wing comprising:a joining portion having a first attachment surface and a second attachment surface, the first attachment surface is configured to attach to a first C-shaped spar member and the second attachment surface is configured to attach to a second C-shaped spar member; and
a post extending from and integral to the joining portion and disposed between the first attachment surface and the second attachment surface;
wherein the engagement member serves as a post to couple with a rib assembly and to join the first C-shaped spar member and the second C-shaped spar member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,469

STEERING SYSTEM FOR AN OUTBOARD MOTOR

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A steering system for a marine vessel, comprising:a lower unit having a propeller that is drivably connected to a drive shaft that extends through a mid-unit of an outboard motor; and
a gear motor assembly, comprising:
an electric motor that is disposed within the mid-unit,
a drive gear drivably connected to the electric motor, and
a driven gear disposed on a top surface of the lower unit, the lower unit being arranged to pivot the lower unit relative to the mid-unit about the drive shaft to steer a marine vessel, the top surface defining a first protrusion and a second protrusion, the driven gear disposed between the first protrusion and the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,466

PADDLING APPARATUS

1. A standing paddleboard paddling training apparatus comprising:a paddle having a blade on at least one end of a paddle shaft;
an attachment removably attachable to the paddle shaft;
an accessory connecting element on a first side of the attachment for removably connecting at least one accessory to the attachment,
wherein an accessory comprises a training aid that comprises:
a base rotatably attached with the accessory connecting element;
an elongated element having a first end and a second end;
wherein the first end of the elongated element is pivotally attached to the base such that the elongated element pivots at least 90 degrees relative to the base such that the elongated element moves between a training configuration and a non-training configuration;
wherein in the training configuration the elongated element's longitudinal axis is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the paddle shaft; and,
wherein in the non-training configuration the elongated element's longitudinal axis is not perpendicular such that a terminal end of the elongated element is proximate to the paddle shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,479,463

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE WITH INFLATABLE LIGHT REFLECTIVE BALLOON

12. A personal flotation device comprising:a vest comprising:
a first prong;
a second prong opposite the first prong; and
a connection member connecting the first prong to the second prong, the connection member comprising
a pocket; and
a flap;
an inflatable balloon;
a gas cartridge disposed in the first prong of the vest;
a tube connecting the inflatable balloon to the gas cartridge; and
a harness assembly attached to the vest;
wherein the inflatable balloon is characterized by
a deflated condition in which
the inflatable balloon is deflated;
the inflatable balloon is disposed in the pocket; and
the flap covers an opening of the pocket; and
an inflated condition in which
the inflatable balloon is inflated by the gas cartridge;
a majority portion of the inflatable balloon is out of the pocket; and
the flap is pushed aside by the inflated balloon; and
wherein an outer surface of the inflatable balloon is reflective having a reflectivity larger than 80% under a normal incidence of light having a wavelength in a range from 380 nm to 740 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,479,449

INFLATABLE WATERCRAFT AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

BOTE, LLC, Fort Walton B...

1. An inflatable watercraft comprising:a first inflatable member having a forward end, an aft end, a bottom surface, a top surface and a peripheral side surface between the bottom and top surfaces; and
a second inflatable member having a forward end, an aft end, a bottom surface, a top surface and a peripheral side surface between the bottom and top surfaces, wherein
the bottom surface of the second inflatable member is positioned in contact with the upper surface of the first inflatable member to define a hull and deck which are rigid when both the first and second inflatable members are inflated,
the second inflatable member includes an open space extending from the aft end towards the forward end, and defining a cockpit area when both the first and second inflatable members are inflated, and
the first inflatable member includes an open space extending from the aft end towards the forward end, and together with a portion of the open space of the second inflatable member defining an engine well.

US Pat. No. 10,479,448

SNOWMOBILE HAVING A SNOW GUARD

BRP FINLAND OY, Rovaniem...

1. A snowmobile comprising:a frame having a tunnel;
at least one ski operatively connected to the frame;
a motor supported by the frame;
an endless drive track disposed at least in part below the tunnel and operatively connected to the motor for propulsion of the snowmobile;
a suspension assembly operatively connected to the frame,
the suspension assembly supporting and tensioning the endless drive track, the suspension assembly having a least one rear idler wheel,
the at least one idler wheel defining an idler wheel rotation axis; and
a snow guard connected to the suspension assembly,
the snow guard having a deflector,
the snow guard having a left arm and a right arm connecting the deflector to the rear suspension assembly,
the deflector having a leading edge and a trailing edge,
the leading edge being rearward and upward of the idler wheel rotation axis, and
the trailing edge being rearward and upward of the idler wheel rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,441

BICYCLE HUB ASSEMBLY AND BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Sakai, Osa...

1. A bicycle hub assembly, comprising: a hub shell including a braking surface; a hub driver directly or indirectly coupled to a driving member and rotatable in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the hub driver is rotated in the first direction when a pedal is rotated in a forward travelling direction, and wherein the hub driver is rotated in the second direction when the pedal is rotated in a direction opposite to the forward travelling direction; a coaster brake shoe accommodated in the hub shell to cooperate with the braking surface to generate braking force; and a transmission device arranged inside the hub shell to convey rotation of the hub driver in the first direction to the hub shell at a selected gear ratio, wherein the transmission device includes a motor accommodated in the hub shell and an epicyclic rotor mechanism directly or indirectly coupled to each of the hub driver, the coaster brake shoe, and the motor; the motor is configured to change a gear ratio of a rotation speed of the hub driver to a rotation speed of the hub shell when driving the motor in accordance with pedaling in the forward travelling direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,436

COLLAPSIBLE VEHICLE

Pride Mobility Products C...

1. A foldable scooter comprising:a foldable main frame assembly including a front frame and a rear frame coupled to the front frame at a pivotal connection such that at least one of the front frame and the rear frame is pivotable relative to the other between (i) an open position and (ii) a folded position whereby bottom surfaces of the front and rear frames are drawn toward each other, wherein a portion of the rear frame and a portion of the front frame connected to the portion of the rear frame at the pivotal connection are mutually substantially parallel to a ground plane and support a deck thereon when the main frame assembly is in the open position;
at least one front wheel operably coupled to the front frame;
a tiller coupled to the front frame; and
a seat frame including at least one rear support member and at least one front support member, wherein the at least one front support member is pivotably coupled to the at least one rear support member at a pivot that is fixed relative to the at least one rear support member,
wherein the at least one rear support member is pivotably coupled to the main frame assembly at a rear support pivot that is spaced apart from and independent from the pivotal connection between the front frame and the rear frame, and the at least one front support member is pivotably coupled to the main frame assembly at a front support pivot that is spaced apart from and independent from the pivotal connection between the front frame and the rear frame, such that actuating the frame assembly from the open position to the folded position draws at least a portion of the at least one front support member toward the rear frame and draws at least a portion of the at least one rear support member toward the rear frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,420

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A MOVABLE WINDOW IN A VEHICLE

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A body frame of a vehicle, comprising:a rear wall extending between a pair of pillars of the body frame;
a reinforcement beam that is spaced from the rear wall to define a gap, the reinforcement beam having an inner reinforcement and an outer reinforcement secured to each other, wherein the reinforcement beam extends between the pair of pillars of the body frame;
a rear window opening partially defined by the rear wall and the reinforcement beam; and
wherein the body frame is configured for use with either a fixed window or a moving window, wherein the fixed window when secured to the body frame is fixedly secured to the reinforcement beam and the rear wall and the fixed window has an overmolding located about a periphery of the fixed window and a bottom portion of the overmolding traverses the gap and wherein the moving window when secured to the body frame moves in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,479,392

VEHICLE LOWER PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle lower portion structure comprising:a suspension member including a pair of left and right under front side members that extend in a vehicle front-rear direction, a cross member that extends in a vehicle transverse direction and connects the under front side members, and a steering gear box that extends in the vehicle transverse direction and is formed integrally with the cross member; and
an under front bumper reinforcement that extends in the vehicle transverse direction and is installed between front end portions of the pair of left and right under front side members,
wherein the under front bumper is installed between the front end portions of the pair of left and right under front side members via crash boxes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,387

TRANSPORTING DEVICE THAT CAN BE MOVED BY HAND

1. A transporting device that can be moved by hand and stacked in stacks of identical devices, comprising a first carrying device and comprising a second carrying device arranged above the first carrying device, wherein the first carrying device has two side walls and a pivotable rear wall and the second carrying device has two side walls and a pivotable rear wall and wherein the first carrying device is wider than the second carrying device, wherein the first carrying device has two first fixing means emerging from its side walls, on which a respective handle device is fixed, and the second carrying device has two second fixing means, which connect the second carrying device to the first carrying device, in that between the two handle devices there is formed a gap which is used by the second carrying device of a rear transporting device when the latter is pushed into a transporting device located in front, and in that in the stacked condition of two transporting devices their first carrying devices on the one hand and their second carrying devices on the other hand are partly pushed into each other, wherein the second carrying device is connected with the aid of its second fixing means to the two handle devices,wherein the handle devices are positioned between the side walls of the first carrying device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,378

ABERRANT DRIVER CLASSIFICATION AND REPORTING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by one or more processors from one or more sensors of a first vehicle, information of a second vehicle obtained by the one or more sensors;
determining, by the one or more processors, that an instance of aberrant driving of the second vehicle has occurred using one or more classifiers; and
generating, by the one or more processors, a warning message that identifies the second vehicle based on the information received from the one or more sensors,
wherein the determining that the instance has occurred using the one or more classifiers comprises:
determining a risk parameter using the one or more classifiers, the risk parameter indicating a possibility that the instance of aberrant driving occurs within a predetermined window of time;
determining that the instance occurs in an event that the risk parameter is greater than a predetermined value; and
incrementally decreasing a value of the risk parameter over a period of time such that, after passage of a predetermined amount of time, the value of the risk parameter is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,479,362

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

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

1. An autonomous driving assistance system, comprising:a processor programmed to:
obtain lane information of a road on which a vehicle is traveling;
set a planned target section for which a lane change plan of the vehicle is to be created;
obtain, for each lane, a plurality of obstructive factors that are present on the road on which the vehicle is traveling and that obstruct continuation of autonomous driving assistance executed on the vehicle;
set, for each obtained obstructive factor, an avoidance route that passes through a lane avoiding the obstructive factor;
set, for each obtained obstructive factor, a level of influence defining a degree to which the obstructive factor affects continuation of the autonomous driving assistance;
create a lane change route that defines the lane change plan of the vehicle in the planned target section based on the level of influence set for the obtained obstructive factor and that is set so as to preferentially pass through the avoidance route set for each obtained obstructive factor; and
execute the autonomous driving assistance of the vehicle based on the lane change route.

US Pat. No. 10,479,349

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR LAUNCHING A HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle operating method, comprising:adjusting speed of a torque converter impeller from a first speed to a second predetermined speed in response to contemporaneously applying a brake pedal and an accelerator pedal, where the second predetermined speed is a speed where an engine and an electric machine have capacity to provide a combined first torque, the combined first torque greater than combined maximum torque output capacity of the engine and the electric machine operating at any speed other than the second predetermined speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,346

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:a battery configured to store electrical energy;
a motor configured to rotate using the electrical energy;
a transmission including a first clutch and a second clutch that are connectable to the motor; and
a controller configured to control rotation of the motor to cool the transmission when the transmission is determined to be in an overheated state,
wherein the overheated state of the transmission includes a state in which the first clutch and the second clutch are open.

US Pat. No. 10,479,344

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE DRIVE TRAIN

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for operating a vehicle drivetrain (1), the vehicle drivetrain (1) having a drive machine (2), an output (3) and a gearbox (4), the gearbox (4) arranged in power flow between the drive machine (2) and the output (3), the gearbox (4) having at least with one positively engaging shift element (A, F) and a plurality of frictionally engaging shift elements (B, C, D, E), the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F) and the plurality of frictionally engaging shift elements (B, C, D, E) selectively closable in order to realize different transmission ratios (“1” to “R”) of the gearbox (4), only some of the transmission ratios (“1” to “R”) realizable with the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F), the vehicle drivetrain (1) configured such that, in the presence of a demand for activation of an engine start-stop function of the vehicle drivetrain (1), the drive machine (2) is decoupled from the output (3), the drive machine (2) is shut down, and the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F) is transferred into or kept in a closed operating state of the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F), the method comprising:opening, in the presence of a demand for activation of a sailing operating function of the vehicle drivetrain (1) and a simultaneously activated engine start-stop function, the closed positively engaging shift element (F) while the drive machine (2) is left both decoupled from the output (3) and shut down.

US Pat. No. 10,479,336

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Volvo Construction Equipt...

1. A vehicle brake system comprisinga brake assembly providing a service brake and a parking brake having a brake disc assembly in common,
a service brake circuit,
a parking brake circuit, and
a brake control arrangement adapted to control the service brake by selectively providing a fluid communication between a pressurising arrangement and the service brake via the service brake circuit, the brake control arrangement further being adapted to control the parking brake by selectively providing a fluid communication between the pressurising arrangement and the parking brake via the parking brake circuit, and by selectively draining the parking brake circuit,
wherein the vehicle brake system comprises a draining circuit adapted to drain the service brake circuit to avoid overload of the brake disc assembly, and wherein the draining circuit is adapted to drain the service brake circuit while the parking brake circuit is drained.

US Pat. No. 10,479,320

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO AT LEAST ONE FUNCTION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A method for controlling access to at least one function of a motor vehicle, comprising:detecting, by an electronic control unit on board the motor vehicle, an interaction of a user with the motor vehicle;
verifying, by the electronic control unit, that the user is authorized to access said function; and
when the interaction is detected by the electronic control unit and the electronic control unit has verified that the user is authorized to access said function, authorizing, by the electronic control unit, access to said function,
wherein verifying comprises sending, by said electronic control unit, an interrogation message (IM) to a mobile terminal carried by the user or by a person accompanying the user, and
wherein authorizing access to said function is executed only when the electronic control unit receives an access right validation message (VM) from the mobile terminal in response to the interrogation message (IM).

US Pat. No. 10,479,312

SIDE AIR BAG DEVICE

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

1. A side air bag device provided between a vehicle body and a back seat, comprising:an expandable air bag;
an inflator configured to supply gas into the air bag;
a base member including a base storage, configured to store the air bag in a folded state and the inflator, the base member being attached between a vehicle body door and the back seat;
a webbing configured to guide the air bag in an expansion direction;
a harness having an end portion connected to the inflator and configured to supply ignition electric power to the inflator; and
a retainer member configured to hold the base storage from a vehicle back side; wherein:
an opening is provided on a back side of the base member;
a portion of the opening of the base member through which the harness passes is disposed at a same height as the webbing;
the opening penetrates through the base member in a front to rear direction and is disposed above the inflator; and
the harness passes through the opening of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,310

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH AIRBAG CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:a seat-base coupled to a seatback;
a guide-channel and armrest coupled to at least one of the seatback and the seat-base; and
a carrier comprising an airbag and slidably coupled to the guide-channel, wherein the carrier is operable between a stowed position, disposed vehicle downward of the armrest, and a use position where an airbag deployment side of the carrier is generally directed seating assembly rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,479,306

RESTRAINT BAR FOR VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:a seatback having a central portion that is flanked on either side by side wings;
a seat pan operably coupled to the seatback; and
a restraint bar coupled to a front portion of the seatback such that the restraint bar extends vertically upward along a substantial portion of the side wings of the seatback, wherein the restraint bar is operable between a stowed position and a staged position, wherein the restraint bar is equipped with at least one deployable occupant restraint, and wherein the restraint bar is generally U-shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,479,297

CONTROL APPARATUS, PROGRAM UPDATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A control apparatus configured to control update of a control program of an on-vehicle control device which controls target equipment installed in a vehicle,the on-vehicle control device including a driving system control device which is able to execute an automatic stop mode in which a drive source is automatically stopped when a predetermined stop condition is satisfied,
the control apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to permit update of the control program, by using, as a criterion, operation of a drive source of the vehicle; and
a control unit configured to perform an intervening control to restrict execution of the automatic stop mode by the driving system control device during permitted update of the control program, wherein
when an update time of the control program is not longer than a predetermined vaule, the control unit performs a control to restrict execution of the intervening control during update of the control program.

US Pat. No. 10,479,296

SMART GRILLE ASSEMBLY AND MODULAR GRILLE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A grille assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:a grille support mounted to said motor vehicle;
a grille module carried on said grille support, said grille module including a grille, a plurality of electronic devices carried on said grill and a controller carried on said grille and configured to communicate information respecting said plurality of electronic devices carried on said grille over an area network of said motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,294

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A circuit arrangement for an onboard network of a motor vehicle, said circuit arrangement comprising:power electronics comprising a component which is clocked during operation of the power electronics at a clock frequency, the power electronics being connected, on the one hand, via a first line to a first element and, on the other hand, via a second line to a second element of the onboard network, with at least one of the first lines and the second lines having a first inductor configured as part of a ferrite core and surrounding the at least one line; and
an absorber circuit comprising a second inductor, a resistor and a first capacitor connected in series, said second inductor of the absorber circuit being inductively coupled with the first inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,293

MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT WITH KNOCK-OUTS FOR ACCOMMODATING ELONGATED INTERCONNECTION MEMBERS HAVING DIFFERENT PERIPHERIES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A mounting arrangement for securing elongated interconnection members of different peripheries to a vehicle frame, the mounting arrangement comprising:a body of the mounting arrangement defining a passage therein for securing an elongated interconnection member having a first periphery in the passage, with the passage extending completely through the body along an axis of the passage and adapted for receipt in the passage of the elongated interconnection member having the first periphery;
the body also defining a mating base block and a cap block of the body that are separable along a parting line of the body;
the parting line of the body passing through the passage and separating the passage into a body segment and a cap segment of the passage;
at least one of the body and cap segments of the passage including a knock-out that can be broken out and separated from the body, to thereby adapt the passage to receive an elongated interconnection member having periphery that is different from the first periphery,
wherein the base block is further adapted for attachment to a vehicle frame, and
further including a mounting bracket adapted for attachment of the base block to a vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,290

REMOVABLE CONTAINER FOR A VEHICLE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A removable container comprising:a container body defining an item receiving space;
a handle pivotally connected to the container body and being movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the handle having one of at least one catch and at least one catch receiving space, the one of the at least one catch and the at least one catch receiving space being movable with the handle and being configured to secure the removable container to a container receiving base when the handle is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,279

SLIDABLE LUGGAGE BOARD ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A slidable luggage board assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a luggage board disposed above a floor panel of a cargo area of a vehicle and has an upper surface onto which an article is loaded;
a wheel unit disposed on the floor panel and has a wheel that comes into contact with an inner surface of the luggage board when the luggage board is slid;
an operation handle disposed at one side of the luggage board and configured to receive an operating force; and
a cable having a first end connected to the wheel unit and a second end connected to the operation handle and configured to transmit the operating force applied to the operation handle, to the wheel unit,
wherein bent portions, which are bent in a downward direction, are formed at both ends of the luggage board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,269

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A lighting apparatus for a vehicle, the lighting apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to receive electrical energy from a power source in the vehicle;
a light output unit configured to generate light based on the electrical energy, and to output the light to an outside of the vehicle;
an interface unit configured to exchange signals with at least one electronic device included in the vehicle; and
at least one processor electrically connectable to the power supply unit, the light output unit, and the interface unit, and configured to control the light output unit to illuminate a first region of a road surface and to display a visual image on a second region of the road surface,
wherein the second region is positioned inside the first region, and
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to:
receive a signal related to the visual image from the at least one electronic device in the vehicle; and
control the electrical energy supplied to the light output unit to output a first light pattern for illuminating the first region of the road surface, and to output a second light pattern for displaying the visual image on the second region of the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,260

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES WITH SLIDE-OUT FLOOR SLIDING UNDER MAIN RV FLOOR

1. An expansible body structure for recreation vehicles, the expansible body structure comprising: a carriage assembly having a plurality of wheels, a rigid body shell enclosure having a means for mounting onto the carriage assembly, the rigid body shell enclosure comprising a roof section, a plurality of sidewall sections defining a main living space, the plurality of sidewall sections including a front sidewall section facing a direction of travel, a rear sidewall section facing an opposite direction to the front sidewall section, and a plurality of side-body sidewall sections, and a floor section having a plurality of cut out areas where the floor section overlaps with the wheels of the carriage assembly allowing the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure to have a placement on the carriage assembly at a height substantially lower than a diameter of the wheels, the side-body sidewall sections of the rigid body shell enclosure each having at least one substantially large opening, an extendable slide-out assembly mounted inside the rigid body shell enclosure at one of the large openings, the slide-out assembly comprising a floor section having multiple levels, a plurality of sidewalk, and a roof forming a room extension with one side opening toward the main living space of the rigid body shell enclosure, another side of the slide-out assembly facing an outside of the vehicle having an opening for egress, the slide-out assembly having a means to extend through the respective large opening of the rigid body shell enclosure from a retracted position to an extended position to provide a larger living area in the main living space, the slide-out assembly having a means to retract the slide-out assembly from the extended position to the retracted position having the another side of the slide-out assembly flush with the respective side-body sidewall section of the rigid body shell enclosure, the multiple levels of the floor section of the slide-out assembly comprising a main floor level connecting to a substantial portion of the floor section of the rigid body shell, an elevated floor level above the wheels of the carriage assembly, and a sunken floor level at the opening for egress, the elevated floor level having a plurality of sidewall sections forming a wheel well box having an opening facing the wheels of the carriage assembly, the volume of the wheel well box is substantially large and the elevated floor level of the wheel well box having a height substantially above a top of the wheels for the wheel well box to clear the wheels of the vehicle during the extended and retracted positions of the slide-out assembly, the sunken floor level at the opening for egress comprising a sunken floor area and a plurality of sidewalls forming a step-down entrance door well having an opening facing the outside of the rigid body shell enclosure, a width of the entrance door well opening facing the outside of the rigid body shell enclosure having substantially a same width as the opening for egress forming an egress opening extension for a taller egress opening, the slide-out assembly having stop walls along edges of the plurality of sidewalls and the roof to form a weather tight seal between the slide-out assembly and the rigid enclosure body shell enclosure, at a location of the respective large opening of the sidewall section for the slide-out assembly to extend and retract through, the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure having a substantially large cut out area to allow the main floor level of the slide-out assembly to be installed directly below the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure, with the sidewalls, roof, and the wheel well box of the slide-out assembly protrude above the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure, the main floor level of the slide-out assembly having substantial size to provide floor coverage for the large cut out area of the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure when the slide-out assembly is in the extended position, the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure remaining above the main floor level of the slide-out assembly when the slide-out assembly is fully extended in the extended position, the expansible body structure for recreational vehicle configured to be in the form of a towable trailer, or part of a motorized recreational vehicle having a driving cab area abutting to the front sidewall section of the rigid body shell enclosure, for a vehicle operator to operate the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,257

ROAD TRAILER WITH LIFT FRAME FOR TRANSPORTING AND DEPLOYING LEGGED CONTAINERS

King Kutter II, Inc., Ga...

1. A trailer comprising:a trailer main frame comprising a forward end and a rearward end;
a neck portion rigidly affixed to the forward end of the main frame;
a pivot fifth wheel rotatably affixed to the neck portion, the pivot fifth wheel rotatable with respect to the neck portion, the pivot fifth wheel configured to removably attach to a fifth wheel of a towing vehicle;
an axle frame rotatably affixed to the rearward end of the main frame, the axle frame rotatable with respect to the main frame; and
frontward hydraulic cylinders extending substantially vertically between the neck portion and the pivot fifth wheel, the frontward hydraulic cylinders configured to push down on the pivot fifth wheel and lift the neck and the main frame upwardly a vertical distance.

US Pat. No. 10,479,256

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOADING A CONTAINER FOR TRANSPORT

1. A mobile carrier unit for loading a container, the container resting on supports that raise a bottom surface of the container off the ground and the supports being positioned such that at least a portion of longitudinal edges of the bottom surface of the container do not have supports thereunder, the mobile carrier unit comprising:a mast, attachable to an operator area;
a carriage, connected to and vertically displaceable relative to the mast and connected to a first horizontal actuator;
a pair of rails, each attached to and extending longitudinally from the first horizontal actuator, and being parallel to each other, each rail comprising a horizontal surface and a rear wheel, moveably attached thereto and supporting the rail, wherein the rear wheel rolls along the ground when the mobile carrier unit moves longitudinally;
a forward vertical actuator, disposed between the mast and the carriage, that raises and lowers the carriage,
wherein the first horizontal actuator, connected to the carriage and each of the pair of rails, expands and contracts laterally, moving the pair of rails between a contracted position, wherein the horizontal surface of each of the pair of rails is underneath the bottom surface of the container when the container is between the two rails and an expanded position, wherein the pair of rails are wider than the container; and
a pair of rear vertical actuators, one on each rail, each operably connected to one of the rails and its respective rear wheel, that expand and contract to raise and lower the rear wheels;wherein the forward vertical actuator and the pair of rear vertical actuators are configured to:lower the pair of rails from a raised position, wherein the rear wheel on each rail is on the ground, permitting the rails to move longitudinally, to a lowered position, wherein the rear wheel on each rail of the pair of rails is off the ground and the horizontal surface of each of the pair of rails is lower than the bottom surface of the container; and
raise the pair of rails from the lowered position to the raised position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,245

BRACKET SUBASSEMBLY AND SEAT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seat assembly, comprising:a seat back frame;
a support; and
a bracket subassembly connecting said seat back frame to said support, said bracket subassembly including a first bracket having a first attachment feature and a second bracket having a second attachment feature wherein said first attachment feature engages said second attachment feature to lock said bracket subassembly and capture said support between said first bracket and said second bracket, wherein said first bracket includes a body connected to said seat back frame, said first attachment feature includes a flange having a first hook at a first end and a second hook at a second end, said second attachment feature includes a third hook at a third end and a fourth hook at a fourth end, said first hook engages with said third hook and said second hook engages with said fourth hook, said flange is contoured to rest over said support and said second bracket is contoured to rest over said support and said support is a cross car support tube mounted to a motor vehicle by a first mounting bracket and a second mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,479,231

VEHICLE SEATING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating arrangement, comprising:a seating assembly, wherein the seating assembly comprises:
one or more armrests, wherein the one or more armrests are configured for articulation in a vertical direction, and wherein the one or more armrests enable the seating assembly to transition between a plurality of configurations.