US Pat. No. 10,247,555

ROUND ROBIN SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

InvenSense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A sensing method comprising:biasing a MEMS device at a fixed voltage;
receiving a first signal and a second signal from the MEMS device, wherein the first signal is associated with a first axis of the MEMS device and wherein the second signal is associated with a second axis of the MEMS device;
resetting a sense amplifier;
selecting the first signal or the second signal for amplification by the sense amplifier, wherein the selecting is concurrent with resetting the sense amplifier;
amplifying the selected signal, wherein a sampled error is added to the selected signal at an output of the sense amplifier to an error signal;
demodulating the error signal to form a demodulated signal; and
averaging the demodulated signal to form an averaged signal, wherein the averaging the demodulated signal substantially cancels the error signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,554

FULLY BALANCED MICRO-MACHINED INERTIAL SENSOR

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A vibratory structure gyroscope comprising: an outer proof mass having a corresponding center of mass; an inner proof mass having a corresponding center of mass, where the corresponding centers of mass of the outer proof mass and the inner proof mass are approximately co-located; a plurality of electrodes coupled to the inner and outer proof masses; and a plurality of shuttles coupled to the inner and outer proof masses, where the outer proof mass and the inner proof mass are vibrated along a first axis of translational motion and sense Coriolis forces along a second axis of the translational motion in the presence of an angular velocity around a third axis, wherein the first axis and the second axis are in-plane and the third axis is out-of-plane; and wherein the plurality of shuttles are configured to permit vibrational movements of the inner and outer proof masses along the first axis and prevents vibrational movement of the inner and outer proof masses in any other direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,553

VIRTUAL SPORT SYSTEM USING START SENSOR FOR ACCURATE SIMULATION OF MOVEMENT OF A BALL

CREATZ INC., Seoul (KR)

1. A virtual sport system, comprising:a shot unit to allow a ball to be hit;
a start sensor unit to derive information on physical quantities of the ball at the stage of starting movement; and
a simulation unit to receive the information on the physical quantities from the start sensor unit and perform a simulation of the movement of the ball on the basis of the received information,
wherein the start sensor unit comprises at least one optical sensor or a plurality of weight sensors,
wherein the information on the physical quantities of the ball at the stage of starting movement includes information on where the ball is disposed in a normal shot area, information on when the ball is hit, and information on where the ball is disposed immediately before being hit,
wherein the start sensor unit determines the information on where the ball is disposed in the normal shot area on the basis of an image of the ball in the normal shot area, which is detected by the at least one optical sensor, or on the basis of a weight corresponding to the ball applied in the normal shot area, which is detected by the plurality of weight sensors,
wherein the normal shot area is a predetermined virtual area covered by the at least one optical sensor, or a predetermined substantial area covered by the plurality of weight sensors,
wherein the virtual area is configured with a plurality of virtual sections corresponding to a plurality of coordinates at which the image of the ball may be detected by the at least one optical sensor,
wherein the substantial area is configured with a plurality of substantial sections at each of which each weight sensor of the plurality of weight sensors is disposed,
wherein the start sensor unit determines a point of time the ball is no longer detected, which has been detected with respect to a specific section of the plurality of sections, to be when the ball is hit, and
wherein the simulation unit includes program modules stored in memory devices that, when executed by a processor, cause the simulation unit to receive a tilt angle of the shot unit and a location of a tilt center of the shot unit from the start sensor unit and calculate a height of the ball at the stage of starting movement with reference to the information on where the ball is disposed immediately before being hit, the tilt angle of the shot unit, and the location of the tilt center of the shot unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,551

VEHICLE IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR ENVIRONMENT RECOGNITION

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An image processing device that measures a relative distance to an object or a relative speed by processing a plurality of images synchronously captured by a plurality of cameras, the object being present in the plurality of images, the image processing device comprising:a memory;
at least one CPU, the at least one CPU configured to perform:
an object pursuing process that derives current position information of the object on the basis of one of the plurality of images and past position information of the object;
a first distance calculation that calculates the relative distance to the object on the basis of the current position information and at least two of the plurality of images;
an object detection process that detects the object by deriving the current position information of the object on the basis of parallax information obtained from at least two of the plurality of images;
a second distance calculation that calculates the relative distance to the object on the basis of a detection result of the object; and
a correction process that corrects at least one of the current position information and the relative distance on the basis of at least one of the current position information derived by the object pursuing process and the current position information derived by the object detection process, and the relative distance calculated by the first distance calculation and the relative distance calculated by the second distance calculation,
wherein a processing start time of the first distance calculation is set to be before a processing ending time of the object detection process.

US Pat. No. 10,247,550

MOBILE DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING ORIENTATION INFORMATION THEREOF

VIA ALLIANCE SEMICONDUCTO...

1. A mobile device, comprising:an acceleration sensor, configured to generate acceleration data;
a magneto sensor, configured to generate magnetic field data;
a gyroscope sensor, configured to generate angular velocity data; and
a processor, configured to determine a pitch angle and a roll angle according to the acceleration data generated by the acceleration sensor, determine a yaw angle according to the magnetic field data generated by the magneto sensor, determine a quaternion according to the pitch angle, the roll angle, and the yaw angle, determine orientation information of the mobile device according to the quaternion and the angular velocity data generated by the gyroscope sensor, and adjust the orientation information according to the acceleration data generated by the acceleration sensor and the magnetic field data generated by the magneto sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,549

SHAFT ACCURACY MEASURING DEVICE FOR MEASURING ACCURACY OF OUTPUT SHAFT OF MOTOR

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A shaft accuracy measuring device comprising:a measurement unit including a light projecting unit that projects a measurement light and a light receiving unit that receives the measurement light projected by the light projecting unit;
a motor installation unit that installs a motor (M) such that an output shaft of the motor is disposed between the light projecting unit and the light receiving unit so that the light projecting unit directly faces the light receiving unit;
a calculation unit that calculates at least one of axial run-out, center run-out, and face run-out of the motor based on a measurement result of the measurement unit, and
a driving unit that rotates the motor installation unit relative to the measurement unit and rotates the output shaft of the motor;
wherein while the driving unit rotates the motor installation unit relative to the measurement unit and rotates the output shaft of the motor, the calculation unit measures the center run-out of the output shaft based on the measurement result of the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,546

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A TARGET OBJECT AREA BASED ON HEIGHT INFORMATION

PFU LIMITED, Kahoku-Shi,...

1. An image processing system comprising:a projector for projecting a projection image having a stripe pattern or a grid pattern toward a target object; and
an imager for capturing a first input image of the target object on which the projection image is projected, and a second input image of the target object on which no projection image is projected,
wherein the imager includes:
a processor for
calculating height information of the target object in the first input image by comparing the projection image with the first input image,
extracting, from the second input image, an estimated background area not including the target object, based on the height information,
determining a color component of the background area in the second input image, based on a pixel in the background area, and
detecting a target object area where the target object exists in the second input image, based on the determined color component of the background area.

US Pat. No. 10,247,545

LASER GAUGE FOR ROBOTIC CALIBRATION AND MONITORING

THINK SURGICAL, INC., Fr...

1. An optical gauge for calibration of a robotic arm or a tool attached thereto, said optical gauge comprising:a first optical transmitter in communication with a first optical receiver to form a first optical micrometer defining a first direction of planar measurement;
a second optical transmitter in communication with a second optical receiver to form a second optical micrometer defining a second direction of planar measurement nearly perpendicular to the first direction, said first optical micrometer being offset in a fixed position from said second optical micrometer by a known gap distance in a third direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction to create a measurement void with the first direction of planar measurement and the second direction of planar measurement in a space defined between said first optical transmitter and said first optical receiver and between said second optical transmitter and said second optical receiver to obtain calibration data as to position or size of the robotic arm or a tool attached thereto when positioned within or passed through the measurement void; and
a processor configured to calibrate or verify the calibration of a robot with the calibration data.

US Pat. No. 10,247,535

HALL DETECTION DEVICE FOR THICKNESS OF SHEET MEDIUM

GRG Banking Equipment Co....

1. A Hall thickness detection device for a sheet-like medium, comprising:a mounting frame,
a reference shaft which has two ends mounted to the mounting frame via bearings, and
a floating roller assembly,
wherein a mounting frame configured to mount and carry the reference shaft and floating roller assembly;
wherein the floating roller assembly comprises:
a holder,
at least one floating roller, wherein one end of the holder is fixedly mounted with respect to the mounting frame through a floating roller rotating shaft, and another end of the holder is rotationally assembled to the floating roller to form a free end,
a torsion spring, which is provided between the floating roller rotating shaft and the holder to allow the floating roller to elastically press against the reference shaft,
a detection block, which is fixedly mounted to a side, facing away from the floating roller, of the holder; and
a sensor, which is opposed to the detection block and fixedly mounted with respect to the mounting frame for detecting displacement of the detection block in a non-contact manner,
wherein a connection line between an axial center of the floating roller and an axial center of the reference shaft is in line with a detection center of the detection block and a detection center of the sensor, an elastically pressing point of the floating roller pressing against the reference shaft forms a tangent point, a distance from an axial center of the floating roller rotating shaft to the tangent point is equal to a distance from the axial center of the floating roller rotating shaft to a detection center of a surface of the detection block, and a connection line from the tangent point to the axial center of the floating roller rotating shaft is at an angle of 45 degrees with respect to a direction of a conveying path of the sheet-like medium.

US Pat. No. 10,247,526

EXPLOSIVE INITIATION SAFETY AND HANDLING SYSTEM FOR EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL ROBOTS

The United States of Amer...

1. A system comprising:a spool base frame having an initiator, an interrupter, control electronics, and a proximity sensor connected thereto;
wherein the spool base frame is configured to hold a shock tube spooling mechanism;
wherein the interrupter is configured to allow installation and spooling of a spool of shock tube disposed on the shock tube spooling mechanism;
wherein the interrupter is configured to cut spooled shock tube from the spool of shock tube;
wherein the control electronics are configured to send a signal directing the interrupter to cut the spooled shock tube from the spool;
wherein the interrupter is configured to physically redirect and splice the cut shock tube to a second shock tube connected to the initiator; and
wherein the interrupter is configured to discharge the cut shock tube after the shock tube is fired and spent.

US Pat. No. 10,247,523

COMPOSITE LAMINATES INCORPORATING VERTICALLY ALIGNED CARBON NANOTUBES FOR BALLISTIC AND LOW VELOCITY IMPACT PROTECTION

Fortified Composites LLC,...

1. A collision-protected system of interest comprising a composite laminate positioned on or about the system of interest requiring collision protection to provide impact protection from an arbitrary impacting body, the composite laminate consisting of:at least one layer of carbon nanotube (CNT) forest that is vertically aligned in makeup having a bulk density of approximately 0.54 g/cm3 with a nominal areal density of 0.08 g/cm2 and
a plurality of individual sheets of reinforcing fibers stacked one atop another with the at least one layer of CNT forest sandwiched and infused with a resin to form the composite laminate, wherein the at least one layer of CNT forest is formed as its own layer separate from the plurality of individual sheets of reinforcing fibers, and wherein the predetermined fiber orientation varies depending on desired material performance or reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,247,520

TACTICAL ACCESSORY ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

1. A coupling assembly of the type for rapidly connecting and disconnecting an accessory tool to a support structure through a straight-line motion, said assembly comprising:a dock, said dock including a tang slot, a core plug slidably disposed in said tang slot, said core plug having a nose end, said tang slot configured to receive at least a portion of said nose end of said core plug, at least one core spring operatively disposed in bias against said core plug,
an accessory tool, said accessory tool including a tang having a cross-section configured to fit matingly within said tang slot in said dock, said accessory tool including a notch disposed in said tang,
a lock switch supported on said dock for selective movement between locked and unlocked positions, said lock switch engageable with said tang of said accessory tool in said locked position to hold said tang securely in said tang slot, and said lock switch disengageable from said tang of said accessory tool in said unlocked position to permit disconnection of said accessory tool from said dock, said lock switch having a bolt disposed in said notch of said tang when said lock switch is in said locked position, said lock switch has an open inner region generally surrounding said tang slot and moveable transversely relative thereto, said bolt comprising an inset formation within said open inner region.

US Pat. No. 10,247,516

RANGE FINDER DEVICE WITH CORRECTION RETICLE

1. An integrated device, comprising:a range finder device configured to determine a distance to a target in a field of view; and
a sight device that operates to aim a projectile device that is coupled to the integrated device, wherein the sight device comprises a display device configured to present:
a first output representative of the distance to the target;
a second output representative of image data received from a camera device, wherein the image data depicts a portion of the field of view that includes the target; and
a correction reticle configured to correct an aiming point based on the distance to the target, wherein the correction reticle comprises a center element representing the aiming point at a default distance and vertical aiming elements, distributed vertically on the correction reticle, that are selectable as the aiming point based on the distance to the target and a configuration of the projectile device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,515

HOLOGRAPHIC SIGHT WITH OPTIMIZED REFLECTION AND IMAGE ANGLES

Ziel Optics, Inc., Ann A...

1. A holographic gun sight, comprising:a housing having a viewing end and an opposing target end, a viewing path being defined from the viewing end to the target end;
a light source operable to project a light beam along a path; and
a reflection-type holographic optical element (HOE) having a surface, the HOE disposed in the path of the light beam such that the HOE is illuminated by the light beam at an incidence angle defined with respect to a line perpendicular to the surface of the HOE, the HOE reconstructing an object beam with an image of a reticle, the object beam having an object beam angle measured with respect to the line perpendicular to the surface of the HOE, a positive incidence angle and a positive object beam angle defined as being on opposite sides of the perpendicular line;
wherein the absolute difference between the incidence angle of the light beam and the object beam angle is greater than zero and less than or equal to 30 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,247,508

AIR DISTRIBUTION DEVICE FOR A DUAL BARREL PNEUMATIC GUN

1. An air distribution device for a dual barrel air gun, wherein said air distribution device is comprised of:a body portion comprised of a bottom and an air intake opening positioned along said bottom;
a selector stem;
a first transfer port; and
a second transfer port.

US Pat. No. 10,247,505

TRIGGER PULL TRAINING DEVICE

TRIGGERMASTER, LLC, West...

1. A firearm training system for graphically indicating movement of a firearm body of a firearm during a trigger pull to a user, the system comprising:a motion sensing circuit disposable on the firearm body, the motion sensing circuit configured to detect movement of the firearm body relative to a fixed reference frame and emit a firearm motion signal representative of the movement of the firearm body;
an electronic device comprising an electronic visual display including a graphical display representative of a physical plane of the firearm body including at least two dimensions along which the firearm body may travel relative to the fixed reference frame; and
a barrel displacement indicator associated with the firearm motion signal graphed on the graphical display, the barrel displacement indicator corresponding to actual movement of the firearm body in the at least two dimensions relative to the fixed reference frame during the trigger pull by the user, wherein the barrel displacement indicator correlates barrel movement with trigger pull and includes a line that extends from a barrel zero position representative of the position of a firearm barrel of the firearm body relative to the fixed reference frame at initiation of the trigger pull, wherein the barrel zero position is set at an origin of at least two axes representative of the at least two dimensions the firearm barrel may move relative to the fixed reference frame during the trigger pull, and wherein the line extends from the barrel zero position to a final barrel displacement position corresponding to the position of the firearm barrel within the at least two dimensions, relative to the barrel zero position, when the trigger pull is complete.

US Pat. No. 10,247,503

TRIGGER

Pressure Break, LLC, Gra...

1. A trigger comprising:a trigger body having an elongated shape with a front surface that extends across a width between a left edge and a right edge and the trigger body having a slot between the left edge and the right edge; and
a pair of spaced apart protrusions that extend above the front surface of the trigger body so that a central portion of the front surface extends between the pair of protrusions and so that the slot extends between the pair of protrusions, one of the pair of protrusions being proximate the left edge and the other of the pair of protrusions being proximate the right edge, the pair of protrusions configured to prevent user contact with the central portion of the front surface of the trigger body,
wherein the pair of spaced apart protrusions are configured to be engaged by a digit of a user to pull the trigger and provide two points of contact to increase mechanoreceptor stimulation in the digit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,499

AMMUNITION MANAGEMENT DEVICE

MagPump, LLC, Henrietta,...

1. An ammunition management device comprising:a hopper configured to extend along a vertical plane when the ammunition management device is vertically oriented, wherein the hopper comprises a surface, wherein the surface comprises an upper surface portion defining a hopper opening and a lower surface portion defining an outlet, wherein:
the surface defines a space configured to receive a plurality of ammunition units;
each of the ammunition units comprises a first end and a second end;
each of the ammunition units is configured to comprise a first position within the space in which the ammunition unit extends along a first axis that intersects with the vertical plane;
the outlet extends along an outlet plane that intersects with the vertical plane;
the outlet is configured to output the ammunition units; and
when the ammunition management device is vertically oriented, the surface is downwardly-sloped and configured to enable the ammunition units to freely reorient while moving along the surface toward the outlet,
an agitator comprising an agitation member configured to: (a) extend through the outlet plane; and (b) be at least partially positioned in the space, wherein the agitation member is configured to move so as to intersect with the outlet plane so as to agitate the ammunition units in the hopper;
a body supporting the hopper and the agitator, wherein the body defines an inlet configured to receive the ammunition units,
wherein the body comprises:
an opening configured to receive an end of a gun magazine that comprises a mouth; and
a drive member configured to force each one of the ammunition units into the mouth of the gun magazine; and
one or more actuators operatively coupled to the agitator and the drive member,
wherein, when the ammunition management device is vertically oriented, the vertical plane extends downward from the hopper to the body, passing through the hopper and the body;
wherein, with respect to each of the ammunition units:
the hopper and the body are configured to enable the ammunition unit to be reoriented from the first position to a second position before the drive member forces the ammunition unit into the mouth of the gun magazine;
the reorientation of the ammunition unit from the first position to the second position is based, at least partially, on gravity; and
in the second position:
the first end of the ammunition unit is positioned downward from the second end when the ammunition management device is vertically oriented; and
the ammunition unit extends along a second axis, wherein the second axis is one of parallel to the vertical plane and substantially parallel to the vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,247,498

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAGAZINE WITH ROLLED FEED LIPS

1. A magazine for use in a firearm, the magazine comprising:a housing defining an interior portion of the magazine for housing one or more ammunition cartridges, the housing having first and second sides;
a first feed lip coupled and integral with to the first side of the housing, wherein the first feed lip is operable to retain the one or more ammunition cartridges in the magazine, the first feed lip including a first arcuate portion extending from the housing and toward a centerline of the housing, and a second arcuate portion extending from the first arcuate portion and back toward the first side of the housing; and
a second feed lip coupled to and integral with the second side of the housing, wherein the second feed lip is operable to retain the one or more ammunition cartridges in the magazine, the second feed lip including a first arcuate portion extending from the housing and toward the centerline of the housing, and a second arcuate portion extending from the first arcuate portion and back toward the second side of the housing;
wherein the first arcuate portion and second arcuate portion of the first feed lip define a semicircular shape having a first end extending from the first side of the housing and a second end terminating adjacent to an interior surface of the first side of the housing; and wherein the first arcuate portion and second arcuate portion of the second feed lip define a semicircular shape having a first end extending from the second side of the housing and a second end terminating adjacent to an interior surface of the second side of the housing; and
wherein the second end of the first arcuate portion of the first feed lip contacts the interior surface of the first side of the housing; and wherein the second end of the first arcuate portion of the second feed lip contacts the interior surface of the second side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,495

FLUID HEAT EXCHANGE APPARATUS WITH RECIRCULATING STRUCTURE

Acer Incorporated, New T...

1. A fluid heat exchange apparatus comprising:a casing having a chamber, an inlet and an outlet, the chamber communicating between the inlet and the outlet, the inlet being configured to allow a first fluid to flow into the chamber, and the outlet being configured to allow the first fluid and a second fluid to flow out of the chamber, wherein the second fluid is formed by condensing a plurality of bubbles in the chamber;
a heat dissipating device disposed in the chamber; and
a recirculating structure disposed in the chamber and located between the inlet and the heat dissipating device,
wherein the recirculating structure is composed of a first channel, a second channel, and one partition therebetween,
wherein the first and the second channels are formed by the partition being disposed in a portion of the chamber,
wherein the second and the first channels are disposed in a high-and-low manner, the second channel is located above the first channel, and the second channel is located above the heat dissipating device in the chamber,
wherein the first channel has a first entrance and a first exit, the second channel has a second entrance and a second exit, the first entrance and the second exit being communicated to the inlet, and the heat-dissipating device disposed between the first exit and the outlet, and the inlet is disposed perpendicularly above the chamber and adjacent to the first entrance and second exit such that an entrance direction of the first fluid is from a direction perpendicularly above the second exit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,494

METHOD FOR NEGATING DEPOSITS USING TURBULENCE

Sustainable Energy Soluti...

1. A method for preventing fouling of a surface of a process side of an operating heat exchanger, the method comprising:providing a carrier liquid to an inlet of the process side of the operating heat exchanger, wherein:
the carrier liquid contains a potential fouling agent;
the potential fouling agent is entrained in the carrier liquid, dissolved in the carrier liquid, or a combination thereof; and, the potential fouling agent fouls the surface of the process side of the operating heat exchanger by condensation, crystallization, solidification, desublimation, reaction, deposition, or combinations thereof; providing a gas-injection device on the inlet of the process side of the operating heat exchanger;
wherein the gas-injection device comprises a plurality of nozzles, the plurality of nozzles are placed in a pattern around the inlet to the process side of the operating heat exchanger;
injecting a non-reactive gas into the carrier liquid through the gas-injection device, wherein the non-reactive gas will not foul the surface of the process side of the operating heat exchanger and will not condense into the carrier liquid;
wherein the non-reactive gas creates a disturbance by increasing flow velocity and creating a shear discontinuity, thereby breaking up crystallization and nucleation sites for the potential fouling agent on the surface of the process side of the heat exchanger;
whereby fouling of the operating heat exchanger is prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,247,493

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLED HEAT TRANSFER TO AND FROM A COMPONENT

Forschungszentrum Juelich...

1. A component coupling system for controllable heat transfer from or to a component,comprising
a carrier plate having a side consisting of a planar face;
at least one first means for spacing disposed on the carrier plate, the first means for spacing having a continuous bottommost surface in a first plane and a continuous topmost surface in a second plane parallel to the first plane, the continuous bottommost surface of the first means for spacing being in contact with the planar face of the carrier plate, and a component disposed on the first means for spacing, the component having a side consisting of a planar face, the planar face of the component being in contact with the continuous topmost surface of the first means for spacing, the carrier plate and the first means for spacing thereby being so configured that the first means for spacing together with the carrier plate and the component form a first cavity, the first cavity being within a perimeter created by the first means for spacing; and
a first line for feeding a fluid medium to or discharging the fluid medium from the first cavity; wherein
the carrier plate and the means for spacing each comprise a ceramic or metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,247,490

FLOW FUNNELING INSERT AND HEAT EXCHANGER WITH FLOW FUNNELING ELEMENT

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a core body including a first end member, a second end member, and a plurality of tubes that extend longitudinally between the first and second end members;
a first tank fixedly coupled to the first end member, the first tank including a first port, the first tank and first end member defining a first chamber in fluid communication with the first port and a first end of the tubes;
a second tank fixedly coupled to the second end member, the second tank including a second port, the second tank and second end member defining a second chamber in fluid communication with the second port and a second end of the tubes; and
a first set of guide members coupled to the first end member, the first set of guide members cooperating to define a plurality of first funnels, a narrow end of each first funnel being open to an individual one of the tubes, a wide end of each first funnel being open to the first chamber;
wherein the first set of guide members includes a first guide member and a second guide member, the first guide member extending into the first tank a greater distance from the first end member than the second guide member; and
wherein the first guide member includes a first wall and a second wall having different lengths and joined at a peak, the first wall is different from the second wall, the first guide member is asymmetrical about a plane that extends along a width of the peak and extends parallel to a length direction of the tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,489

STRUCTURAL DYNAMIC HEAT SINK

International Business Ma...

1. A heat sink, comprising:a base plate having a first face to engage a heat-generating component and a second face;
a fin supported on the second face of the base plate, the fin including a first flexible wall and a second flexible wall; the fin including a channel having a first cross-sectional shape defined, at least in part, by the first flexible wall and the second flexible wall; and
a mechanism that alters the first cross-sectional shape of the channel to a second cross-sectional shape by reconfiguring the first flexible wall responsive to a change in temperature, the mechanism being structurally coupled with the fin;
wherein:
the mechanism includes a compressible device that is coupled with the fin.

US Pat. No. 10,247,488

HEAT DISSIPATION DEVICE

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. A heat dissipation device, comprising:a substrate having
a top side;
a bottom side; and
a receiving groove disposed in the top side of the substrate, extended through the bottom side of the substrate, and having a first straight section, a second straight section, and a third straight section and an interference section on the first straight section defining a rectangular cross-section protrusion protruding from an inner wall of the receiving groove at a position medial between the top side and the bottom side and
a heat pipe fitted in the receiving groove and having
a first side;
a second side opposite to the first side, the first side and the second side being respectively flush with the top side and the bottom side of the substrate;
a third side between the first and second sides;
a fourth side opposite to the third side, the third side and the fourth side respectively contacting two opposite inner walls of the receiving groove of the substrate to interference-fit the substrate to the heat pipe, wherein the interference section abuts against the third side of the heat pipe and wherein the heat pipe defines corresponding upper and lower deformed portions protruding from the third side defining a corresponding rectangular cross-section gripping recess which grips the interference section from a top side and from a bottom side of the interference section;
a chamber defined by a first inner surface corresponding to the first side, a second inner surface opposite the first inner surface, a third inner surface between the first and second inner surfaces, and a fourth inner surface opposite the third inner surface,
a wick structure formed of at least a first portion arranged on the first inner surface and a second portion arranged on the second inner surface such that the first and second portions of the wick structure do not directly contact each other, and
a working fluid filled in the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,247,485

PIPE MEMBER, HEAT PIPE, AND COOLING DEVICE

Marusan Electronics Co., ...

1. A heat pipe member comprising:a main pipe having first and second ends opposite to each other, each of the first and second ends being closed so that the main pipe has a closed inner space;
a partition wall that divides the inner space of the main pipe into four or more passages, the four or more passages being arranged radially around a center axis of the main pipe so that each of the four or more passages extends along the main pipe; and
first and second connection paths that are formed in the vicinity of the first and second ends of the main pipe, respectively, the first connection path being fluidly connected between two adjacent passages of the four or more passages, the second connection path being fluidly connected between the other two adjacent passages of the four or more passages,
wherein the four or more passages, the first connection path, and the second connection path configure a single closed loop through which a working fluid flows.

US Pat. No. 10,247,484

HEAD CONDENSER

Kelvion PHE GmbH, Sarste...

1. A head condenser comprising a plate heat exchanger (2) which comprises first and second channels through which media can flow and which, for a first medium (M1), form tubes between individual plates that are connected to each other to form a pair of plates and, for a second medium (M2), form waves between pairs of plates that are connected to each other to form a stack of plates, and comprising a condenser housing (3) in which the plate heat exchanger (2) is arranged, wherein the condenser housing (3) provides two pressure chambers (4) which are formed on both sides of the plate heat exchanger (2), wherein a first pressure chamber (4) extends over a first large outer surface of the plate heat exchanger (2) and wherein a second pressure chamber (4) extends over a second large outer surface of the plate heat exchanger (2), wherein the first and second pressure chambers (4) are in fluidic connection with the channels through which the second medium (M2), which is a coolant under pressure, is conducted and are connected to a medium supply formed by a first connection flange (10) and to a medium discharge formed by a second connection flange (11), thus defining a flow path for the second medium (M2) which allows the second medium (M2) to flow into the first pressure chamber (4) via the first connection flange (10), to pass from the first pressure chamber (4) on one side of the plate heat exchanger (2) through the plate heat exchanger (2) on a wave side, to flow from the plate heat exchanger (2) into the second pressure chamber (4) on another side of the plate heat exchanger (2) and to be discharged from the second pressure chamber (4) via the second connection flange (11), wherein the first pressure chamber (4) is traversed by a first fluid line (5) and the second pressure chamber (4) is traversed by a second fluid line (5), wherein the first and second fluid lines (5) are in fluidic connection with the first medium (M1) which is to be condensed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,481

MULTIPLE TUBE BANK HEAT EXCHANGE UNIT WITH MANIFOLD ASSEMBLY

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A multiple bank, flattened tube heat exchange unit comprising:a first tube bank including a first plurality of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship between a first manifold and a second manifold;
a second tube bank including a second plurality of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship between a third manifold and a fourth manifold, the second tube bank disposed behind the first tube bank;
the second manifold of the first tube bank and the fourth manifold of the second tube bank forming a manifold assembly wherein an interior volume of the second manifold of the first tube bank and an interior volume of the fourth manifold of the second tube bank of the manifold assembly are connected internally in fluid communication, at least one of the second manifold and the fourth manifold being open longitudinally over a substantially entire length thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,247,478

MONOLITHIC REFRACTORY STRUCTURE

1. A monolithic refractory structure comprising:a monolithic refractory;
a support body which supports the monolithic refractory; and
a heat-resistant fiber support material which is buried in the monolithic refractory in a state of being connected to a support surface of the support body,
wherein the heat-resistant fiber support material includes a heat-resistant fiber rope which is formed of an inorganic fiber and extends along an X-axis direction perpendicular to the support surface,
a ratio L1/L2 of an X-axis direction length L1 of the heat-resistant fiber rope to an X-axis direction length L2 of the monolithic refractory is 0.35 or more and 0.95 or less,
the heat-resistant fiber rope includes one or more annular portions,
the heat-resistant fiber rope is hardened by a hardener, the hardener being oil varnish, coal-tar pitch, phosphoric acid, phosphate, silicate, silica sol, or alumina sol,
the heat-resistant fiber support material further includes a connection member which connects the heat-resistant fiber rope to the support body,
the connection member is fixed to the support surface of the support body,
the connection member is a metal ring having a hollow tube shape,
the heat-resistant fiber rope is inserted into and fixed to the metal ring, and
a direction in which a load of the monolithic refractory is exerted on the heat-resistant fiber rope and a direction in which the heat-resistant fiber rope is pulled from the metal ring are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,474

MICROWAVE DRYING OF CERAMIC HONEYCOMB LOGS USING A CUSTOMIZABLE COVER

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of drying an extruded honeycomb log having a shape and an axial length (“L1”) extending axially along a long axis of the log and extending between opposing ends, the method comprising:microwave drying the log by passing the log, with a cover disposed on or adjacent the log and along the axial length of the log (“covered portion”), through a microwave drying station to cause the shape of the covered portion of the log to change, wherein the cover has an axial length shorter than the axial length of the log, wherein the cover does not extend axially to at least one of the opposing ends, such that a portion of an outer surface of the log, extending from the at least one of the opposing ends partially along the axial length toward the other of the opposing ends, remains uncovered.

US Pat. No. 10,247,473

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A SUBSTRATE TO REMOVE MOISTURE AND/OR RESIDUE

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for processing a substrate, comprising:a non-vacuum enclosure;
at least one opening in the non-vacuum enclosure to insert a substrate into or remove a substrate from the non-vacuum enclosure;
a movable substrate carrier, including a plurality of substrate holders, disposed within the non-vacuum enclosure to support a plurality of substrates in a vertically spaced-apart relation and to linearly move the plurality of substrates when disposed on the plurality of substrate holders;
a heater to heat an interior of the non-vacuum enclosure;
a gas supply to supply a gas to the interior of the non-vacuum enclosure; and
a vent to exhaust the gas from the interior of the non-vacuum enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,471

ARGON CONDENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of condensing argon reflux within an air separation unit having an argon column, a lower pressure column and a higher pressure column, said method comprising the steps of:extracting a crude argon feed stream from the lower pressure column;
distilling the crude argon feed stream in the argon column to produce an argon-rich vapor column overhead;
directing at least a portion of the argon-rich vapor column overhead to a plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
condensing the argon-rich vapor streams within condensation passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers such that argon-rich vapor streams composed of argon-rich vapor column overhead are condensed within condensation passages of the once-through heat exchangers to produce an argon-rich liquid product stream and argon-rich liquid reflux stream
returning the argon-rich liquid reflux stream to the argon column as reflux;
partially vaporizing a stream of crude liquid oxygen column bottoms from the higher pressure column to form a partially vaporized crude oxygen feed stream;
separating the partially vaporized crude oxygen feed stream in a phase separator into at least one crude oxygen vapor stream and at least one crude liquid oxygen stream;
introducing the at least one crude liquid oxygen stream into vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers to partially vaporize the crude liquid oxygen streams through indirect heat exchange with the argon-rich vapor streams to produce partially vaporized crude oxygen streams;
directing the at least one crude oxygen vapor stream from the phase separator and the partially vaporized crude oxygen streams from the vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers into the lower pressure column;
sensing flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen column bottoms stream taken from the higher pressure column;
controlling the flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms stream taken from the higher pressure column in response to the sensed flow rates and the level of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms in the higher pressure column; and
controlling a feed stream flow rate of the crude argon feed stream in response to an air flow rate into the air separation unit and by controlling the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux by:
(i) decreasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is above a feed stream set point to thereby cause the argon-rich liquid reflux to back up into the condensation passages of the once-through heat exchanger causing an increase in pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column; and
(ii) increasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is below a feed stream set point to thereby cause a decrease in the pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column.

US Pat. No. 10,247,470

REFRIGERATOR WITH REMOVABLE DISPLAY

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body having a storage compartment;
a door that opens or closes the storage compartment;
a display case having a first recess formed in a front side of the door to a first depth, a second recess formed in the front side of the door to a second depth greater than the first depth, and a rotation support portion provided to be adjacent to a border between the first recess and the second recess; and
a display unit having a first portion corresponding to the second recess and a second portion corresponding to the first recess, and provided to be completely separable from the display case,
wherein the display unit is provided to be rotatable on the rotation support portion by a lever so that the first portion is inserted into the second recess and the second portion is protruded from the first recess.

US Pat. No. 10,247,467

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet disposed at a storage compartment;
a door hinged to the cabinet and configured to open and close at least a portion of the storage compartment, the door including an outer door defining a front appearance of the door, a door dike defining a rear appearance of the door, and an inner space located between the outer door and the door dike, the inner space being configured to be filled with a filler for insulation;
a loop-shaped moving frame that is coupled to a lower part of a basket, and that is configured to move vertically with respect to the door dike, the moving frame including a supporter configured to extend from the door dike to the inner space and an extending frame that is configured to extend perpendicular to the loop-shaped moving frame, wherein the supporter includes a supporter frame that is coupled to the extending frame; and
a rail embedded in the inner space configured to support the supporter;
a cut-shaped rail mount unit formed at the door dike and configured to be coupled to the rail at the inner space of the door;
a rail coupling opening formed at the door dike and defining a rail coupling space that is located inside the door dike, one end of the rail being disposed at the rail coupling space and the supporter being inserted into the rail coupling space from outside of the door dike through the rail coupling opening to be coupled to the rail; and
a coupling cover configured to cover the rail coupling opening and the rail coupling space from outside of the door dike after the supporter is coupled to the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,463

SOLAR-POWERED REFRIGERATING COOLER

1. A refrigerated apparatus comprising:a refrigeration system, one or more USB ports, a cutting board, a bottle opener, an extendable handle, and a power system;
wherein the refrigerated apparatus is an insulated container;
wherein the refrigerated apparatus comprises an interior space;
wherein the interior forms a temperature controlled space;
wherein the interior space is formed in the refrigeration system;
wherein the refrigeration system cools the interior space of the refrigerated apparatus;
wherein the refrigeration system is solar-powered;
wherein the one or more ports, the cutting board, the bottle opener, the extendable handle, and a power system are mounted on the refrigeration system;
wherein the refrigeration system comprises a housing, one or more hinges, a plurality of wheels, and a refrigeration device;
wherein the housing, the one or more hinges, the plurality of wheels and the refrigeration device are mounted on the housing;
wherein the housing is a hollow rectangular block structure;
wherein the housing contains the interior space;
wherein the housing is further defined with a superior face, an inferior face, an anterior face, a posterior face, a left face, and a right face;
wherein each of the one or more hinges is a pivot around which the superior face rotates;
wherein each of the plurality of wheels attach to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,459

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit including a compressor, a condenser, a pressure reducing device, and an evaporator;
a first fan configured to blow air to the condenser;
a second fan configured to blow air to the evaporator;
an outdoor air temperature detecting unit configured to detect an outdoor air temperature; and
a controller configured to control at least one of a frequency of the compressor, an opening degree of the pressure reducing device, a rotation speed of the first fan, and a rotation speed of the second fan, such that the refrigerant sucked into the compressor has a suction superheat degree, which is a degree of superheat of the refrigerant sucked into the compressor, the suction superheat degree being lower than or equal to a difference between the outdoor air temperature detected by the outdoor air temperature detecting unit and a saturated gas temperature of the refrigerant,
wherein the refrigerant circuit is configured for use with a refrigerant mixture inclusive of 30 wt % to 70 wt % ethylene-based hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 10,247,457

NON-CONDENSABLE GAS PURGE SYSTEM FOR REFRIGERATION CIRCUIT

DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS I...

1. A non-condensable gas purge system for a refrigeration circuit including a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator connected to form a loop, the refrigeration circuit containing a low pressure refrigerant, the purge system comprisinga purge tank, an interior of the purge tank defining a liquid condensing chamber, the purge tank having a tank inlet for receiving the low pressure refrigerant from the condenser, a tank outlet for returning the low pressure refrigerant from the liquid condensing chamber to the evaporator, and a purge outlet for purging non-condensable gas from the liquid condensing chamber to an ambient atmosphere;
a purge heat exchanger coil disposed inside the liquid condensing chamber of the purge tank, an upper end of the purge heat exchanger coil configured and arranged to be fluidly connected to a coil liquid supply line of the refrigeration circuit through an upper portion of the purge tank such that the low pressure refrigerant contained in the loop passes through the purge heat exchanger coil without using a dedicated purge system compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,454

REFRIGERATING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigerating apparatus comprising:a refrigeration circuit including
a heat source circuit, wherein the heat source circuit has
a two-stage compressor, which includes a lower-side compressor and a higher-side compressor,
a gas cooler, and
an intermediate cooler, and
a cooling unit including a first flow control valve and an evaporator, which are connected in series to each other,
a branched pipe, which is branched from a position between the gas cooler and the intermediate cooler to allow the refrigerant to flow into the intermediate cooler;
a flow control valve for intermediate cooling provided in the branched pipe;
a connection circuit connecting a discharge side of the lower-side compressor and a suction side of the higher-side compressor to the intermediate cooler;
a second flow control valve that depressurizes the refrigerant flowing out of the intermediate cooler in the refrigeration circuit and supplies the refrigerant to a liquid pipe in a gas-liquid two-phase state; and
an expansion tank connected to a suction side of the lower-side compressor in the refrigeration circuit via a tank electromagnetic valve and configured to suppress an increase in pressure in the refrigeration circuit during a non-operation period, wherein
the refrigeration circuit is configured to connect the heat source circuit and the cooling unit via the liquid pipe, which supplies a refrigerant from the heat source circuit to the cooling unit, and a gas pipe, which supplies the refrigerant from the cooling unit to the heat source circuit,
the liquid pipe extends between the intermediate cooler and the cooling unit and is the only pipe that supplies the refrigerant from the intermediate cooler to the cooling unit,
the second flow control valve regulates the refrigerant in the liquid pipe, and
the refrigeration circuit is configured for a CO2 refrigerant to circulate therein.

US Pat. No. 10,247,453

COMPRESSOR MODULE

Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

1. A compressor module, comprising:a first floor member;
a gas cooler mounted on the first floor member;
a compressor skid disposed on a side of the gas cooler opposite to where the first floor member is located, the compressor skid being connected to the gas cooler;
a second floor member disposed on a side of the compressor skid opposite to where the first floor member is located;
a first line mounted on the second floor member through which a gas supplied to the compressor skid flows;
a second line mounted on the second floor member through which a gas supplied from the gas cooler flows; and
a valve disposed on the second floor member for changing a flow rate of a gas in the first line and/or the second line;
a drain separator fixed to the first floor member and connected to the gas cooler on a downstream side;
supports coupled to the first floor member and the second floor member: and
three leg portions connected to the compressor skid and fixed to the first floor member that support the compressor skid, the leg portions providing a gap to dispose the gas cooler between the first floor member and the compressor skid, wherein
the compressor skid comprises
a compressor that raises pressure of a gas and sends the gas to the gas cooler,
a driver that drives the compressor, and
a base plate on which the compressor and the driver are mounted;
each of the leg portions comprises
a damper fixed to the base plate, and
a coupling fixed to the damper and fixed to the first floor member, and wherein
the first floor member is the bottom layer member of the compressor module.

US Pat. No. 10,247,452

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A PERSON

12. A method of supporting a person, the method comprising:using a thermally conductive seat to support buttocks of the person;
using the thermally conductive seat to receive a first set of heat from the person;
using the first set of heat received from the person to warm a set of dough when the set of dough is placed inside a container, wherein the thermally conductive seat overlaps the container; and
using a thermal switch to thermally disconnect the container from the thermally conductive seat based on at least one of a temperature of the container and a temperature of the thermally conductive seat, wherein the thermally conductive seat overlaps the container.

US Pat. No. 10,247,449

VARIABLE-CAPACITY COMPRESSOR, TWO-STAGE COMPRESSION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Gree Electric Appliances,...

1. A variable-capacity two-stage compression system, comprising:a variable-capacity compressor, comprising a low pressure cylinder comprising at least two cylinders connected in parallel and a high pressure cylinder in serial connection with the low pressure cylinder; and
a control mechanism configured to control at least one of the at least two cylinders connected in parallel to operate in full-load or no-load operation, wherein the control mechanism comprises a first solenoid valve and a second solenoid valve, in the case where the system needs to operate in two-cylinder mode, the first solenoid valve is opened and the second solenoid valve is closed, so that the first cylinder of the compressor operates in no-load and the compression system enters the two-cylinder operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,448

METHOD OF PRODUCING REFRIGERATION WITH R1233ZD

DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS I...

1. A method of producing refrigeration comprising:compressing a refrigerant composition including R1233zd in a hermetic centrifugal compressor preventing contaminants from entering the hermetic compressor even if operated in a negative pressure condition, with the hermetic compressor having a magnetic bearing and containing no lubricating oil, within a chiller system,
the hermetic centrifugal compressor having a baseline cooling capacity when operated at a rotation speed with R134a being compressed,
the hermetic centrifugal compressor having lower cooling capacity when operated at the rotation speed with the refrigerant composition including R1233zd being compressed, and
the hermetic centrifugal compressor being rotated faster than the rotation speed so that an actual cooling capacity is higher than the lower cooling compressing of the refrigerant composition including R1233zd in the hermetic centrifugal compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,447

SOLAR OVEN POSITIONING

1. A method for allowing an operator inside a building structure to cook using a solar oven, comprising:providing a positioning system attached to the solar oven, the position system being attached to the building structure;
using the positioning system to transport the solar oven from a first location accessible to the operator, allowing the operator to place food for cooking into the solar oven while the operator remains inside the building structure, to a second location along the track outside and away from the building structure where at the second location the solar oven can collect solar radiation and use heat from the solar radiation to cook the food placed in the solar oven by the operator, the second location being out of direct physical reach of the operator when the operator is within the building structure;
using the positioning system to transport the solar oven back to the first location where the food cooked using solar radiation can be removed by the operator from the solar oven; and,
wherein the operator controls movement of the solar oven away from the building structure while the operator remains inside the building structure and the position system remains attached to the building structure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,441

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS WITH LEAK DETECTION AND ASSOCIATED AIR FLOW CONTROL

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigeration cycle through which refrigerant is circulated;
an indoor unit accommodating at least a load-side heat exchanger of the refrigeration cycle, the indoor unit being placed indoors; and
a controller configured to control the indoor unit, wherein
the indoor unit includes an air-blowing fan, an air inlet through which indoor air is sucked in, an air outlet through which the air sucked in from the air inlet is blown indoors, and airflow direction louvers configured to adjust direction of air blown out of the air outlet and configured to open and close the air outlet,
the controller is configured to actuate all louvers of the indoor unit into a closed state, the air flow direction louvers in the closed state of the louvers are provided offset in an upstream position or a downstream position of an open end of the air outlet with respect to an airflow direction through the air outlet,
an air passage that extends around all louvers of the indoor unit to permit exhaust of refrigerant while all louvers are in the closed state, and
the controller is configured to activate the air-blowing fan in response to detecting a leakage of the refrigerant to exhaust the refrigerant through the air passage that extends around all louvers of the indoor unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,440

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF EXPANSION VALVE TO MAINTAIN DESIRED DEGREE OF SUBCOOLING

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a refrigeration cycle circuit in which a compressor, a first heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a second heat exchanger are connected sequentially to circulate a refrigerant therethrough;
a third heat exchanger configured to cause the refrigerant flowing through a refrigerant pipe between the first heat exchanger and the expansion device to exchange heat with the refrigerant flowing through a refrigerant pipe between the expansion device and the second heat exchanger;
a detector configured to detect at least one of a temperature and a pressure of the refrigerant flowing through one of the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger that serves as a condenser;
a first temperature sensor, being provided on a refrigerant pipe between the expansion device and the third heat exchanger, configured to detect a temperature of the refrigerant flowing from the first heat exchanger to the expansion device and then into the expansion device; and
a control unit configured to, at a time of a cooling operation in which the second heat exchanger serves as an evaporator, control an opening degree of the expansion device based on results of detection by the detector and the first temperature sensor, and configured to control the opening degree of the expansion device such that a difference between a condensing temperature and a detection temperature of the first temperature sensor is within a temperature range that is a control target range of a degree of subcooling, the condensing temperature being a condensing temperature of the refrigerant flowing through the condenser, and obtained from a detection value of the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,247,438

COGNITIVE CLIMATE CONTROL BASED ON INDIVIDUAL THERMAL-COMFORT-RELATED DATA

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of controlling climate settings for a space, the method comprising:ascertaining, by a cognitive control, thermal-comfort-related data for multiple individuals within the space, the ascertaining comprising obtaining a preferred ambient temperature for each individual of the multiple individuals, the thermal-comfort-related data comprising the preferred ambient temperature(s) for the multiple individuals;
determining and applying space-based climate settings for a climate system of the space using, at least in part, the thermal-comfort-related data of the multiple individuals within the space, wherein determining the space-based climate settings comprises determining the climate settings that meet a majority of the preferred ambient temperature(s) for the multiple individuals within the space;
based on applying the space-based climate settings, identifying, by the cognitive control, a local climate adjustment to be made for an individual of the multiple individuals based, at least in part, on thermal-comfort-related data ascertained for the individual; and
based on identifying the local climate adjustment, automatically controlling one or more climate adjusting devices of a plurality of climate adjustive devices of the space, the one or more climate adjusting devices being associated with a location of the individual within the space, and the one or more climate adjusting devices being controlled to enhance local climate of the individual within the space.

US Pat. No. 10,247,437

AREA ABNORMALITY DETECTING SYSTEM AND AREA ABNORMALITY DETECTING METHOD

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. An area abnormality detecting system, comprising:a detecting server, logically segmenting a space into a plurality of blocks with a same size, wherein the space comprises multiple areas, and each of the areas is respectively constituted by the blocks with different numbers, wherein the detecting server comprises a storage unit having a plane figure, an area comparison table, a sensor comparison table and an apparatus comparison table, the plane figure records spatial data of the space, the detecting server segments the space logically into the plurality of blocks according to the plane figure, wherein the area comparison table records the relationship between each of the areas and each of the blocks;
a plurality of sensors, respectively sensing indoor environment of each of the areas and transmitting sensing data back to the detecting server; and
a plurality of apparatuses, corresponding to each of the areas respectively, controlled by the detecting server for operation and recording apparatus parameters during the operation;
wherein the detecting server confirms an abnormal area and an occurring time of an abnormality when the abnormality is determined to occur based on the sensing data transmitted by a specific sensor of the plurality of sensors, and the detecting server obtains the apparatus parameters of specific apparatuses of the plurality of apparatuses corresponding to the abnormal area that are recorded at the occurring time, and determines an occurring reason for the abnormality based on the apparatus parameters of the specific apparatuses, wherein the abnormal area is a serving area where the specific sensor and the specific apparatuses take charge of, wherein the sensor comparison table records the relationship between the sensors and their serving area, and the apparatus comparison table records the relationship between the apparatuses and their serving area.

US Pat. No. 10,247,436

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATIONS OF A HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM

SolarCity Corporation, S...

1. A method of controlling a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at a site having an energy generation (EG) system, the method comprising:obtaining one or more operation parameter values for the HVAC system;
obtaining a net load at the site during a time period, the net load indicating a difference between a gross electric load at the site and an output of the EG system at the site, wherein the EG system includes a photovoltaic system;
obtaining a temperature of the site during the time period;
comparing, with a processor, the net load to a threshold load value;
comparing, with the processor, the temperature to at least one of a lower threshold temperature or an upper threshold temperature of the one or more operation parameter values;
determining one or more new operation parameter values for the HVAC system based, at least in part, on the comparison of the net load to the threshold load value and the comparison of the temperature to the lower threshold temperature or the upper threshold temperature; and
controlling the HVAC system based on the determined one or more new operation parameter values.

US Pat. No. 10,247,435

REAL-TIME CONTROL OF HIGHLY VARIABLE THERMAL LOADS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for real-time control of thermal loads in a data center, the method comprising:collecting, in real-time, power consumption data associated with an electronic equipment connected to an electrical grid and located in a predetermined area of the data center, wherein the power consumption data comprises machine type and model of the electronic equipment;
collecting, in real-time and from a plurality of sensors, a total amperage drawn by the electronic equipment;
converting the power consumption data and the total amperage drawn to heat measuring units;
combining the power consumption data and the total amperage drawn in heat measuring units to obtain heat generation data for the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment;
storing, in a database, the heat generation data associated with the electronic equipment;
transmitting the heat generation data from the database to a data analysis system in communication with a tunable temperature controller, wherein the heat generation data provides a real-time input of an amount of heat generated in the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment;
receiving, by the data analysis system, the heat generation data, wherein the data analysis system analyzes the heat generation data to determine whether the amount of heat generated in the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment exceeds current settings of the tunable temperature controller; and
in response to the amount of heat generated in the predetermined area exceeding the current settings of the tunable temperature controller, updating the current settings of the tunable temperature controller to provide an amount of cooling that compensates for the amount of heat generated in the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,247,432

SYSTEM FOR HUMIDIFYING GAS STREAMS

Elemental Scientific, Inc...

1. A system, comprising:a first gas source;
a first reservoir of liquid;
a first selectively permeable tube fluidically coupled with the first gas source, the first selectively permeable tube being at least partially submerged within the first reservoir of liquid;
a first gas flow controller fluidically coupled with the first gas source and the first selectively permeable tube, the first gas flow controller being configured to control a flow rate of a first gas stream from the first gas source prior to passage of the first gas stream through a submerged portion of the first selectively permeable tube;
a first nebulizer fluidically coupled with the first selectively permeable tube, the first nebulizer being configured to receive and nebulize the first gas stream from the first gas source after the first gas stream flows through a submerged portion of the first selectively permeable tube;
a first heating element thermally coupled with or forming a portion of the first reservoir, the first heating element being configured to heat the first reservoir of liquid to a first controlled temperature; and
a first temperature controller configured to control a temperature of the first reservoir of liquid to the first controlled temperature;
a second gas source, the second gas source comprising a gas with a different chemical composition than the first gas source;
a second reservoir of liquid;
a second selectively permeable tube fluidically coupled with the second gas source, the second selectively permeable tube being at least partially submerged within the second reservoir of liquid;
a second heating element thermally coupled with or forming a portion of the second reservoir, the second heating element being configured to heat the second reservoir of liquid to a second controlled temperature; and
a second temperature controller configured to control a temperature of the second reservoir of liquid to the second controlled temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,247,430

HVAC UNIT WITH HOT GAS REHEAT

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A heating, ventilating, or air conditioning system, comprising:a first refrigerant loop configured to circulate a first portion of refrigerant in a first operating mode and in a second operating mode;
a first condenser of the first refrigerant loop configured to receive and to condense the first portion of the refrigerant in the first operating mode and the second operating mode;
a second refrigerant loop configured to circulate a second portion of the refrigerant in the first operating mode but not in the second operating mode;
a second condenser of the second refrigerant loop configured to receive and to condense the second portion of the refrigerant in the first operating mode but not in the second operating mode;
a third refrigerant loop configured to circulate the second portion of the refrigerant in the second operating mode but not in the first operating mode; and
a reheat heat exchanger of the third refrigerant loop configured to transfer heat from the second portion of the refrigerant to a conditioned space to condense the second portion of the refrigerant in the second operating mode but not in the first operating mode; and
wherein the first portion of the refrigerant exiting the first condenser is configured to combine with the second portion of the refrigerant exiting the reheat heat exchanger in the second operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,429

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A VENT DOOR OF A PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit, comprising:a bulkhead defining an indoor portion and an outdoor portion;
a vent aperture defined in the bulkhead;
an auxiliary fan positioned proximate the vent aperture and being configured for urging a flow of make-up air from the outdoor portion through the vent aperture to the indoor portion;
a vent door positioned proximate the vent aperture, the vent door being pivotable between an open position for allowing the flow of make-up air through the vent aperture and a closed position for blocking the flow of make-up air through the vent aperture;
a switch assembly operably coupled to the vent door for detecting whether the vent door is in the open position or the closed position; and
a controller operably coupled to the auxiliary fan and the switch assembly, the controller being configured for stopping the operation of the auxiliary fan when the switch assembly detects that the vent door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,426

BOILER CONTROL COMPRISING ANALOG UP/DOWN TIMER CIRCUIT FOR GENERATING VARIABLE THRESHOLD SIGNAL

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor circuit configured to detect activation of at least one circulator arranged to circulate liquid from a boiler through at least one circulation loop and back to the boiler;
an analog up/down timer circuit having an input coupled to an output of the sensor circuit and configured to generate a variable threshold signal that varies as a function of an activation time of said at least one circulator;
a burner control circuit configured to receive the variable threshold signal from the analog up/down timer circuit and to generate an ignition control signal based at least in part on comparison of a temperature sensor signal of the boiler with the variable threshold signal; and
an ignition driver configured to receive the ignition control signal from the burner control circuit and to generate an ignition signal for a burner configured to burn fuel to heat the liquid in the boiler based at least in part on the ignition control signal;
wherein a control signal generated by the sensor circuit varies as a function of an activation state of said at least one circulator; and
wherein the analog up/down timer circuit in generating the variable threshold signal is controllably switched between charge and discharge modes of operation responsive to the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,425

INDOOR PIZZA OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Applicance Solut...

1. An oven appliance, comprising:a housing defining a cooking chamber;
an upper heating element positioned within the housing at a top portion of the cooking chamber;
a reflector positioned within the housing above the upper heating element;
a baking stone positioned within the housing at a bottom portion of the cooking chamber;
a lower heating element positioned within the housing below the baking stone;
an air distribution manifold mounted to the housing, the air distribution manifold defining an entrance proximate the cooking chamber of the housing;
a catalytic smoke reducer positioned above the reflector at the entrance of the air distribution manifold; and
an air handler operable to draw air from above the reflector through the catalytic smoke reducer and the entrance of the air distribution manifold,
wherein the reflector defines a plurality of holes for directing air within the cooking chamber of the housing through the reflector, and
wherein the holes of the plurality of holes are distributed on the reflector such that more of the holes of the plurality of holes are positioned at a rear half of the reflector than a front half of the reflector, the rear half of the reflector positioned at a rear portion of the cooking clamber, the front half of the reflector positioned at a front portion of the cooking chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,247,424

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH A DOOR HINGE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance defining a lateral direction and a transverse direction, the lateral and transverse directions being perpendicular to each other, the oven appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a cooking chamber and an opening for accessing the cooking chamber of the cabinet, the cabinet extending between a first side portion and a second side portion along the lateral direction;
a heating element positioned at the cooking chamber of the cabinet;
a first slide assembly mounted to the cabinet at the first side portion of the cabinet;
a second slide assembly mounted to the cabinet at the second side portion of the cabinet;
a door positioned adjacent the opening of the cabinet, the first and second slide assemblies coupling the door to the cabinet such that the door is movable along the transverse direction relative to the cabinet, the door defining an opening that extends along the transverse direction within the door;
a hinge assembly coupling the door to at least one of the first and second slide assemblies such that the door is pivotable between a vertical position and a peak position, the hinge assembly comprising a hinge arm extending from within the door through the opening of the door along the transverse direction, the hinge arm mounted to one of the first and second slide assemblies, the hinge arm having a plurality of rounded edges at the opening of the door; and
a gasket mounted to the door at the opening of the door, the gasket extending around the hinge arm, the gasket contacting the hinge arm at the entire perimeter of the hinge arm when the door is in the vertical position and in the peak position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,423

ECONOMICAL AND VERSATILE SYSTEM FOR FIXING A HOB IN A WORKTOP

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking hob retention system, comprising:a support element including a first surface and a pocket disposed along the first surface and defining a strip having a first opening and a second opening on vertically opposite sides thereof;
a fastening member including an engagement end and a free end resiliently compressible toward the engagement end about a central fold disposed between the engagement end and the free end, the engagement end coupled with the support element by a deformable portion opposite the central fold received within the first opening and a protruding element extending toward the deformable portion and received within the second opening, the free end including a body defining an acute angle with respect to the engagement end, a tab extending from the body generally parallel to the engagement end, and a first countering element extending from the body beyond the tab to an end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,247,422

COMBUSTION SYSTEM

1. A combustion system, said combustion system comprising:a biomass burner that includes:
i. a firebox,
ii. a firebase at, or forming, a bottom of the firebox,
iii. a primary combustion zone for pyrolyzing and combusting the biomass fuel, the pyrolyzing and combusting of the biomass fuel producing gases and particulate matter,
iv. a first air supply having a first air pathway connected into the firebox to thereby supply primary air into the firebox,
v. a secondary combustion zone for combusting the gases and the particulate matter produced from the pyrolysis and combustion of the biomass fuel,
vi. an exhaust flue with an upper part that extends out of a top of the firebox and a lower portion that extends into the firebox to a location above a first portion of the firebase and adjacent a region of said secondary combustion zone,
wherein the firebase includes a charcoal/reduction layer support region, the charcoal/reduction layer support region supporting a charcoal/reduction layer which forms below the primary combustion zone, in the region of the secondary combustion zone, and between the primary combustion zone and the secondary combustion zone,
the secondary combustion zone being at least partially surrounded by the primary combustion zone,
wherein an opening of the lower portion of the exhaust flue is located above the first portion of the firebase, the first portion of the firebase including a first part of the charcoal/reduction layer support region included in the region of said secondary combustion zone in which the charcoal/reduction layer is formed,
wherein the gases and the particulate matter produced from the pyrolysis and combustion of the biomass fuel in the primary combustion zone pass over, or through, said charcoal/reduction layer and over said charcoal/reduction layer support region including the first portion of the firebase, prior to entering the secondary combustion zone and the opening of the exhaust flue; and
a second air supply comprised of at least one aperture, each aperture having an inlet directly exposed to atmosphere, each aperture extending through the first portion of the firebase and having an outlet located below a lower surface of the charcoal/reduction layer in the region of the secondary combustion zone to thereby introduce a secondary air drawn from outside the firebox, through the at least one aperture, and discharged into the firebox at the first portion of the firebase below and through the charcoal/reduction layer in the region of the secondary combustion zone,
wherein the secondary air, being discharged through the at least one aperture below a lower surface of the charcoal/reduction layer in the region of the secondary combustion zone, is heated by passing through the charcoal/reduction layer and the secondary combustion zone, as the secondary air is being introduced into the firebox, above 600° C. and maintained above 600° C. at a temperature sufficient to combust the combustible gases and the particulate matter in the secondary combustion zone.

US Pat. No. 10,247,418

FLAME IGNITION AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A flame ignition and control system, comprising:a gas burner (1) connected to a gas source (11) via a flame control system (12) and to a safety valve (13), which is controlled by a flame sensor comprising a thermocouple (2), said safety valve (13) having an open state, in which said gas source (11) supplies gas to said gas burner (1), and a closed state, in which gas flow is obstructed; and
an igniter device (3) comprising an ignition electrode (31) and a power supply (32) therefor, said power supply (32) sending current pulses to said ignition electrode (31) to generate a spark at nozzles (111) of said gas burner (1),
said thermocouple (2) comprising a first conductor element (21) and a second conductor element (22), wherein said first (21) and second (22) conductor elements are in electrically conductive contact at one detection end providing a hot junction, said hot junction being obtained by joining a terminal of said first conductor element (21) and a corresponding terminal of said second conductor element (22) to generate a potential difference at free ends of said first and said second conductor element (21, 22) that provide a cold junction, said cold junction being a function of a temperature detected at the detection end,
wherein the free ends of each of said first and said second conductor elements (21, 22) are connected to a corresponding transmission conductor (23, 24) of two transmission conductors for transmitting a first electric signal generated by said potential difference, said first electric signal being received by an inductor coil (25) that causes the safety valve (13) to switch from the open state to the closed state and vice versa,
further comprising a second coil (4) that is connected in series with one of the two transmission conductors (23, 24), a magnetic signal generated by said second coil (4) being detected by a second sensor (41), which converts said magnetic signal into a second electric signal that controls operation of said igniter device (3) and of said flame control system (12),
wherein at least operation of said igniter device (3) is controlled according to current strength of said second electric signal,
wherein operation of the flame control system (12) is controlled according to current strength of said second electric signal for automatically increasing or decreasing flame intensity, thereby controlling flame temperature, and
wherein said second sensor comprises one or more second sensors (41), at least one of said one or more second sensors being a Hall effect magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,416

METHOD FOR OPERATING A GAS BURNER

Honeywell Technologies Sa...

1. A method for operating a gas burner, wherein during burner-on phases a defined gas/air mixture having a defined mixing ratio of gas and air is provided to a burner chamber of the gas burner for combusting the defined gas/air mixture within the burner chamber;said defined gas/air mixture is provided by a mixing device mixing an air flow provided by an air duct with a gas flow provided by a gas duct;
said air flow flowing through the air duct is provided by fan in such a way that a fan speed of the fan depends on a desired burner load of the gas burner, wherein a fan speed range of the fan defines a modulation range of the gas burner;
said defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is controlled over the modulation range of the gas burner by a pneumatic controller on basis of a pressure difference between a gas pressure of the gas flow in a gas pipe and a reference pressure, wherein either an air pressure of the air flow in the air duct or an ambient pressure is used as the reference pressure, and wherein the pressure difference between the gas pressure of the gas flow in the gas pipe and the reference pressure is determined and controlled pneumatically;
during burner on phases a combustion quality is monitored on basis of a signal provided by a combustion quality sensor;
the signal provided by the combustion quality sensor is used to detect tolerances of the pneumatic controller and/or a potentially changing behaviour of the pneumatic controller by checking if the combustion quality is inside or outside a defined combustion quality range;
the modulation range of the gas burner is defined by an upper fan speed and a lower fan speed, and that the modulation range is divided into a first subrange defined by the upper fan speed and an intermediate fan speed and into a second subrange defined by the intermediate fan speed and the lower fan speed;
wherein the gas burner is controlled such that for a heat demand requiring a fan speed within the first subrange of the modulation range, the defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is kept constant over the first subrange of the modulation range and the fan speed is changed to a desired fan speed within the first subrange of the modulation range; and
for a heat demand requiring a fan speed within the second subrange of the modulation range, the combustion quality is checked at the intermediate fan speed or at a fan speed depending on the intermediate fan speed, and:
when the combustion quality at said fan speed is inside a defined combustion quality range, the defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is kept constant, and the fan speed is changed to the desired fan speed within the second subrange of the modulation range of the gas burner; and
when the combustion quality at said fan speed is outside the defined combustion quality range, the defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is changed by adjusting a setting of the gas throttle positioned within the gas duct so that influences of tolerances of the pneumatic controller and/or of a potentially changing behaviour of the pneumatic controller become compensated to broaden the second subrange of the modulation range, and the fan speed is changed to the desired fan speed within the second subrange of the modulation range of the gas burner.

US Pat. No. 10,247,414

COAL-FIRED BOILER EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT APPARATUS AND COAL-FIRED BOILER EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT METHOD

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A coal-fired boiler exhaust gas treatment apparatus comprising:(a) a denitration device including a denitration catalyst to remove nitrogen oxide in an, exhaust gas,
(b) a dust collector configured to remove ash dust in the exhaust gas,
(c) a heavy-metal component removal device configured to remove a heavy-metal component in the exhaust gas,
the heavy-metal component removal device comprising;
an absorption tower including a heavy-metal absorption unit configured to spray an acidic absorption liquid having a pH of 1 to 3 for absorbing heavy metal to the ex-haunt gas, a storage unit configured to store a heavy-metal absorption liquid ab-sorbing the heavy metal in the heavy-metal absorption unit, and a circulation unit configured to supply the heavy-metal absorption liquid of the storage unit to the heavy-metal absorption unit; an extraction unit configured to extract the heavy-metal absorption liquid from the absorption tower; a neutralization unit configured to supply a pH adjuster to the heavy-metal absorption liquid extracted by the extraction unit and neutralize the same so that the pH of the heavy-metal ab-sorption liquid in the neutralization unit is 5 to 7; and a solid-liquid separation unit configured to separate a solid component and a liquid component from the heavy-metal absorption liquid neutralized in the neutralization unit,
(d) a desulfurization device configured to remove sulfur oxide in the exhaust gas by an absorption liquid and a denitration device, a dust collector, a heavy-metal component removal device and a desulfurization device are sequentially disposed from an upstream side to a downstream side of exhaust gas flow.

US Pat. No. 10,247,413

SAFETY DEVICE FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Biomass Controls, LLC, P...

1. A catalytic converter package, comprising:a tube defining an interior, one end of the tube defining a tube opening having an inside diameter;
an inwardly-oriented lip attached along at least a portion of a circumference proximate the other end of the tube, the lip defining a lip opening into the interior of the tube, the lip opening having an inside diameter less than the inside diameter of the tube opening; and
a catalyst configured to promote combustion of at least some exhaust from a bio-fuel fire, releasably disposed within the interior of, and unbound to, the tube, and configured, as disposed in the interior of the tube, to have an outside diameter larger than the inside diameter of the lip opening, and less than the inside diameter of the tube opening, such that the catalyst is releasable out the tube opening without altering the outside diameter of the catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,247,410

GAS BURNER

SABAF S.P.A., Ospitalett...

1. An atmospheric gas burner comprising:a cup of the burner accommodating at least one injector for fuel gas,
a head of the burner coupled to said cup and comprising at least one distribution chamber for a first circumferential flame spreader,
at least one first mixing chamber for mixing primary air and fuel gas to set up a fuel mixture, said at least one first mixing chamber being fluidically connected to said cup and to said at least one injector,
at least one transferring duct configured to transfer the fuel mixture from said at least one first mixing chamber into said at least one distribution chamber,
at least one inflow duct through which the primary air is drawn from the outer environment into said cup of the burner, and
at least one separating element disposed at an opening between said at least one transferring duct of the fuel mixture and said at least one inflow duct of the primary air and providing a partition between said at least one transferring duct of the fuel mixture and said at least one inflow duct of the primary air, wherein said at least one separating element is tightly and permanently constrained to said head or to said cup of the burner to produce a tight seal, wherein the tight seal of said at least one separating element to said head or to said cup prevents fluidic communication through the partition between said at least one transferring duct and said at least one inflow duct,
wherein said head or said cup includes protruding retaining walls continuously circumscribing the opening and said at least one separating element includes a plate disposed within the retaining walls.

US Pat. No. 10,247,407

WIRELESSLY-CHARGED SELF-LIT LAMP FINIAL

1. A light producing finial system to be placed on a lamp, the finial system comprising: a support plate attached onto a harp of the lamp and an ornamental finial placed over and supported by the support plate; a wirelessly rechargeable electrical energy unit as a part of the ornamental finial, wherein the rechargeable electrical energy unit is wirelessly charged by at least one inductive charging pad provided with the support plate; a light generating component, as a part of the ornamental finial, wherein the light generating component is supported on the support plate and uses the wirelessly rechargeable electrical energy unit to generate light.

US Pat. No. 10,247,406

LIGHTING FIXTURE HAVING AN INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

ExteNet Systems, Inc., L...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a pole having a first section and a second section, wherein the second section of the pole comprises a radio frequency (RF) transparent material;
a light housing coupled to the first section of the pole;
a light source in the light housing;
an antenna assembly in the second section of the pole, wherein the antenna assembly is configured to wirelessly communicate with a user equipment device (UE); and
a communications backhaul interface coupled to the antenna assembly,
wherein the pole further includes a third section and wherein the second section is between the first section and third section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,403

HEAT SINK AND LIGHTING APPARATUS

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A heat radiation apparatus comprising:a heat transfer module for transferring heat generated in light source modules; and
a housing including a heat radiation module for radiating heat delivered from the light source modules and the heat transfer module, wherein the heat radiation module includes:
a first heat radiation portion having a bar shape; and
a second heat radiation portion connected to the first heat radiation portion and having a bar shape,
wherein the housing includes an upper plate, and a first side plate and a second side plate extending downward from both ends of the upper plate,
wherein a plurality of second heat radiation portion is included,
wherein the second heat radiation portion is arranged in a direction different from an arrangement direction of the first heat radiation portion,
wherein the first heat radiation portion includes a first surface disposed in contact with an inner wall surface of the upper plate of the housing,
wherein the second heat radiation portion includes a first surface disposed in contact with the inner wall surface of the upper plate of the housing,
wherein the first surface of the second heat radiation portion is arranged in a same planar direction as the first surface of the first heat radiation portion, and
wherein the first heat radiation portion further includes a second surface disposed in contact with an inner wall surface of the first side plate of the housing, wherein the second head heat radiation portion further includes a second surface disposed in contact with an inner wall surface of the first side plate of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,399

SELF-CONTAINED JUNCTION BOX

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A lighting structure, comprising:a junction box having a cavity, wherein the junction box includes a wall having a notch formed therethrough; and
a mounting plate having an inner section and a perimeter section, wherein the junction box is attached to the mounting plate, the mounting plate having a wire opening therethrough for routing an electrical wire from the junction box to a light source, wherein the perimeter section of the mounting plate is outside the junction box, wherein the mounting plate includes an elevated wireway section providing a wireway for routing the electrical wire between the cavity of the junction box and the perimeter section, wherein a first portion of the elevated wireway section is in the cavity of the junction box, wherein a second portion of the elevated wireway section is external to the cavity of the junction box, and wherein the elevated wireway section extends through the notch and under the wall of the junction box.

US Pat. No. 10,247,395

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

EPISTAR CORPORATION, Hsi...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a lamp housing defining a geometric center axis in a top view;
a first light-emitting device comprising a first substrate with a first front surface, a first rear surface opposite to the first front surface, and a first side surface extending between a longer edge of the first front surface and a longer edge of the first rear surface, and a first light-emitting diode chip disposed on the first front surface; and
a second light-emitting device comprising a second substrate with a second front surface, a second rear surface opposite to the second front surface, and a second side surface extending between a longer edge of the second front surface and a longer edge of the second rear surface, and a second light-emitting diode chip disposed on the second front surface;
wherein the first side surface and the second side surface are arranged to point toward the geometric center axis, and
wherein the front surface and the rear surface are not arranged to point toward the geometric center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,394

HOUSING FOR SECURING A RECESSED FIXTURE

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. Housing for securing a recessed fixture in a support comprising a hole, the housing comprising:a side wall configured to be at least partly inserted through the hole,
at least one spring attached to the side wall,wherein the spring is configured for resting, winding around on a portion of the side wall when loaded, and for extending outwardly from the side wall when released so as to secure the housing in the support, the housing further comprising a retention member for keeping the spring loaded as long as a length of the side wall that has been inserted through the hole is smaller than a determined length, and for releasing the spring when the length of the side wall that has been inserted through the hole reaches the determined length;and wherein the side wall is formed by a rim of essentially cylindrical shape, said retention member being formed by at least one sliding element configured for being slid along the surface of the side wall parallel to the side wall main axis as the housing is being inserted through the hole;
wherein each sliding element is formed by a clip comprising a leg configured for leaning on a surface of the support as the housing is inserted through the hole; and
wherein the side wall comprises a plurality of side wall sections separated by gaps, a gap being defined by the respective edges of two adjacent side wall sections, each clip being configured for sliding on two adjacent side wall sections.

US Pat. No. 10,247,382

LIGHTING DEVICE WITH A LUMINESCENT MATERIAL

OSRAM GMBH, Munich (DE)

1. A lighting device comprising:an electromagnetic radiation source for irradiating a conversion element arranged in the lighting device with an excitation radiation,
the conversion element having a first element side and a second element side, wherein the first element side delimits a first radiation space and the second element side delimits a second radiation space,
at least one optical unit at least for part of the radiation emanating from the first element side arranged in the first radiation space,
at least one optical unit at least for part of the radiation emanating from the second element side is arranged in the second radiation space, and
at least a first shutter arranged in a beam path of radiation; wherein the first shutter is pivotable about a pivoting axis arranged in a plane parallel to the conversion element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,381

AUTOMOTIVE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. An automotive lamp comprising:a light source;
a light emitting member that receives light from the light source and emits light; and
a support member that supports the light emitting member, wherein the support member includes a translucent light emitting member accommodating unit,
the light emitting member accommodating unit includes a recess in which the light emitting member is accommodated,
a light incidence surface and side surfaces of the light emitting member are in contact with the light emitting member accommodating unit in a state in which the light emitting member is accommodated in the recess, and
on a surface of the light emitting member accommodating unit that is in contact with a side surface of the light emitting member is provided a rough surface area having a surface roughness greater than that of a light incidence surface of the light emitting member accommodating unit, and
the side surface of the light emitting member is a surface connecting the light incidence surface of the light emitting member and a light emission surface which faces away from the light incidence surface and from which light generated inside the light emitting member is emitted, and
the side surface of the light emitting member has a rough surface area having a surface roughness greater than that of the light incidence surface of the light emitting member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,376

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A light source module, comprising:a circuit board;
first and second light emitting modules disposed on the circuit board; and
a partition wall that divides the first and second light emitting modules,
wherein each of the first and second light emitting modules includes a blue light emitting diode (LED) light source and a phosphor disposed on the blue LED light source and the phosphor is configured to be activated by the blue LED light source to emit first light,
wherein the first light emitting module includes a phosphor film disposed on an exterior of the first light emitting module, and the phosphor film is configured to emit a second light,
wherein the first light and the second light have different wavelengths,
wherein a dominant wavelength of the first light is equal to or greater than about 540 nm and equal to or less than about 560 nm, and
wherein a dominant wavelength of the second light is equal to or greater than about 585 nm and equal to or less than about 595 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,375

ELECTRIC FIREPLACE HAVING SIMULATED DYNAMIC WALL

DONG GUAN SONG WEI ELECTR...

1. An electric fireplace having a simulated dynamic wall, comprising a housing and a simulated charcoal, the housing having a combustion room therein, the simulated charcoal being placed inside the combustion room and located at a bottom of the combustion room, characterized by: an inner wall of the housing being provided with simulated wall tiles; a top of the combustion room being provided with a ceiling lamp, light emitted from the ceiling lamp being projected on the simulated wall tiles; a connecting wire of the ceiling lamp being connected to a main control board, the main control board being provided with a low-voltage DC stabilized power supply circuit for providing a DC power source, a main control unit for implementing light change control, a driver or drive IC for performing light adjustment according to the main control unit, a light-emitting load, and a light signal feedback comparator capable of forming a signal feedback; a first branch of the low-voltage DC stabilized power circuit directly supplying power to the light-emitting load, a second branch of the low-voltage DC stabilized power circuit being connected with the main control unit, the driver or drive IC and the light-emitting load in sequence so that a control signal that can be dynamically changed is transmitted to the ceiling lamp, the light signal feedback comparator being connected in series between the light-emitting load and the main control unit to form a feedback control loop; wherein, during operation, a gradation signal output from the main control unit is transmitted to an input control pin of the driver or drive IC to connect or disconnect the driver or drive IC, the ceiling lamp is controlled to be switched on or off, or the light slowly fades between lighting and extinguishing, a light change signal is fed back to the main control unit so that the main control unit intelligently adjusts a conversion speed of the gradation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,374

ELECTRICALLY ILLUMINATED FLAME SIMULATOR

STERNO HOME INC., Vancou...

1. A flameless candle having an electrically powered flame simulator, the flameless candle comprising:a substantially cylindrical body having permanent exterior surfaces comprising an upper portion having a rim on an upper surface that circumscribes a recess, a lower portion with a lower surface, and at least one chamber within the cylindrical body below the recess, wherein the substantially cylindrical body is self-supporting on the lower surface;
a flame simulator comprising at least one light source, wherein the at least one light source is located within the at least one chamber and in an upper region of the candle;
a circuit electrically connected to the flame simulator configured to illuminate the flame simulator;
a power source housed in the at least one chamber and configured to provide power to the circuit; and
a protruding component extending upwardly from the recess, wherein light emanating from the at least one light source projects onto the protruding component.

US Pat. No. 10,247,373

LUMINAIRE MOUNTING SYSTEM

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A system for mounting a luminaire to a structure, the system comprising:a bracket sized for mounting to the structure adjacent a junction box, the bracket comprising two holes, each of the two holes comprising a deformable insert and a mounting fastener retained by the deformable insert when the bracket is separated from the structure and from the luminaire, the mounting fasteners operative to mount the bracket to the structure;
a hanger operative to hang the luminaire from the bracket after the bracket is mounted to the structure; and
one or more luminaire fasteners operative to fasten the luminaire to the bracket once the luminaire is hung from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,370

OMNI-DIRECTIONAL AIRPORT-TAXIWAY LIGHT

1. An omni-directional airport taxiway light device comprising:a housing with a lower casing, with an upper casing configured to be mounted to the lower casing, and with an outer lens being mounted to an opening of the upper casing, wherein the upper casing provides a substantially flat upper surface and wherein a first sealing element is disposed between the lower casing and the upper casing and a second sealing element is disposed between the upper casing and the outer lens to form an inner space of the airport taxiway light device that is sealed from a medium surrounding the airport taxiway light device;
a light emitting diode positioned in the housing below the outer lens and configured to emit light in a direction towards the outer lens;
a carrier supporting the light emitting diode, the carrier being positioned in the housing;
an inner lens located in the housing between the light emitting diode and the outer lens;
wherein the carrier is a flat carrier and is mounted to the upper casing and
wherein the light emitting diode is mounted to the flat carrier,
wherein at least one of an inner surface of the inner lens and an inner surface of the outer lens contains an optical structure configured to redirect at least 80 percent of the light, emitted by the light emitting diode, to within an angular range of 0° to 10° with respect to a plane that is defined by the substantially flat upper surface of the upper casing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,369

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL RECHARGEABLE LIGHTING APPARATUS

1. A portable lighting apparatus comprising:an elongated housing having a radially-central cavity extending longitudinally along the elongated housing and a receptacle;
one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) affixed to a surface of the elongated housing and operable to emit light;
one or more rods operable to extend coaxially from the radially-central cavity;
one or more hooks coupled to distal ends of the respective one or more rods;
a first battery operable to power the one or more LEDs and second battery operable to power the at least one LED mounted on the surface of the rotatable member; and
a foldable lighting apparatus configured to be removably coupled to the receptacle; comprising a base member, a rotatable member coupled to the base member via a hinge, and at least one of the LEDs mounted on a surface of the rotatable member,
wherein the receptacle includes one or more first power terminals, wherein the foldable lighting apparatus further includes one or more second power terminals that are electrically coupled with the one or more first power terminals when the foldable lighting apparatus is coupled to the receptacle, and wherein the second battery is adapted to receive power when the foldable lighting apparatus is coupled to the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,368

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A lighting device for a vehicle, comprising:a light source device;
a main lens;
a reflective fluorescent body configured to reflect and convert wavelengths of incident beams;
a heat radiating member configured to dissipate heat from the reflective fluorescent body; and
a prism arranged between the main lens and the reflective fluorescent body, the prism configured to:
reflect beams emitted from the light source device to be incident on the reflective fluorescent body; and
transmit, through the prism and to the main lens, beams reflected from the reflective fluorescent body,
wherein the prism comprises:
a first surface facing the reflective fluorescent body;
a second surface through which beams are incident; and
a third surface forming an acute angle with the first surface, and
wherein the prism is configured such that the beams incident through the second surface of the prism form angles of incidence, with respect to the third surface of the prism, that are greater than a critical angle of the prism,
wherein the reflective fluorescent body comprises:
a reflecting part configured to reflect beams; and
a wavelength conversion layer configured to convert wavelengths of the beams,
wherein the wavelength conversion layer is disposed to face the first surface of the prism and is configured to convert the wavelengths of the beams reflected on the third surface of the prism, and
wherein the reflecting part is disposed at a rear of the wavelength conversion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,363

SMART PACKAGE

Entegris, Inc., Billeric...

1. A fluid supply package, comprising a fluid storage and dispensing vessel, and a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the vessel and configured to enable discharge of fluid from the vessel under dispensing conditions, wherein the fluid supply package comprises an informational augmentation device thereon, the fluid supply package further comprising a storage medium wherein the storage medium comprises a physical adsorbent material which comprises an adsorbent selected from the group consisting of carbon adsorbent, zeolite, molecular sieve adsorbent, metal organic framework (MOF), aerogel, alumina, silica, aluminosilicate, porous metal oxide, and combinations of two or more of the foregoing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,349

PREVENTING PROGRESSION OF CORROSION IN STEEL PIPE STRUCTURE

Nitto Chemical Co., Ltd.,...

1. A method for preventing progression of corrosion in a steel pipe structure, comprising:injecting two or more types of liquids, while mixing the two or more types of liquids, into a steel pipe that constitutes the steel pipe structure, from an opening at one of both ends of the steel pipe, wherein a tube is attached to an end of a nozzle for mixing the two or more types of liquids, and the mixed two or more types of liquids are injected into the steel pipe from the tube; and
filling an inside of the steel pipe with resin foam product by foam expansion and hardening of the two types of liquids.

US Pat. No. 10,247,344

FLUID PASSAGE STRUCTURE

Sugino Machine Limited, ...

1. A fluid passage structure comprising:a casing having a first flow passage disposed therein, the first flow passage including a flow passage crossing portion;
the casing further having a second flow passage disposed therein, the second flow passage intersecting the flow passage crossing portion of the first flow passage; and
a pressing device configured to apply a pressing force to the casing while holding the casing, the pressing force being applied in a direction orthogonal to an axis of the first flow passage and to an axis of the second flow passage,
wherein the flow passage crossing portion comprises;
a pair of arc-shape recessed portions which are formed to have a pair of arc-shape lines as a part of a cross sectional contour of the flow passage crossing portion in a viewpoint along the axis of the first flow passage, the pair of arc-shaped lines being arranged in line symmetrical positions with respect to the axis of the second flow passage; and
an inside projecting portion which is formed between the pair of arc-shape recessed portions and projects toward an inside of the first flow passage, wherein the pressing device is disposed at a position along the axis of the second flow passage, the position being offset from the axis of the first flow passage, and wherein the pressing device presses an area including crossing points at which a peripheral wall surface of the flow passage crossing portion of the first flow passage and a peripheral wall surface of the second flow passage intersect with each other on a plane including the axis of the first flow passage and the axis of the second flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,343

FLUID COUPLING

Oschmann GBR, Schondorf ...

1. A fluid coupling for connecting two fluid hoses, the fluid coupling comprising:a socket, and
a plug,
wherein the plug has a neck, which is adapted to be inserted into the socket, the neck comprising an annular groove for engaging a locking element in the socket,
wherein the locking element comprises a push-button, adapted to be actuated in a radial direction from an exterior of the socket,
wherein two flexible fork arms protrude from the push-button and are adapted to engage a hub of the socket, the two flexible fork arms having free ends that are arc-shaped and directed inwardly,
wherein diagonal ramp surfaces on two opposing inner faces are defined on the flexible fork arms and being adapted to engage around the neck in an area of the annular groove around a lower part of a circumference of the neck in a locked state of the socket with the plug,
wherein the diagonal ramp surfaces of the fork arms diverge in an axial direction toward the plug,
wherein the free ends of the two fork arms abut against a diagonal expanding surface of the hub and comprise barbs on their exterior, which, in the locked state and with the push-button not having been actuated, come into contact with latching steps of the hub,
wherein the latching steps comprise opposing end abutment surfaces, against which the barbs of the fork arms are propped in the locked state,
further comprising a return spring propped against an interior surface of the push button, the return spring, in the locked state, pushing the push-button outwardly to cause the barbs of the two fork arms against the latching steps and the free ends of the two flexible fork arms to engage the neck of the plug, and
wherein the annular groove is delimited by two opposing and diverging diagonal surfaces,
further comprising:
a first valve stem disposed to slide axially in a cavity of the plug;
a second valve stem disposed to slide axially in a cavity of the socket, each of the first and second valve stems having a calotte bearing molded thereon; and
a first compressed spring disposed in the plug and a second compressed spring disposed in the socket, each of the first and the second compressed spring being propped against a respective calotte bearing of the calotte bearing, the first and the second compressed spring, in a disengaged state of socket and plug, pushing a spherical exterior of the respective calotte bearing against a respective annular seal in the plug and in the socket,
wherein in an engaged state of the plug and the socket, opposing ends of the two valve stems are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,340

LOCKING QUICK CONNECT ASSEMBLY

MINIATURE PRECISION COMPO...

1. A redundant locking quick connect assembly for removably coupling a first tube and a second tube comprising:a quick connect housing including a male retention segment for engagement with the first tube and a female segment extending axially from said male retention segment and having a proximal end adjacent said male retention segment and a distal end opposite said proximal end, said female segment including an exterior surface and an interior surface opposite said exterior surface and presenting a central bore for receiving the second tube, and said female segment including a twist lock window;
a redundant latch component positionable between an unlocked position and a locked position with said redundant latch component being in sliding engagement said female segment, said redundant latch component including a peg extending axially with respect to said female segment; and
a twist lock retainer disposed radially outwardly of and surrounding at least a portion of said female segment and a portion of said redundant latch component, said twist lock retainer including a twist lock arm extending annularly with respect to said female segment and rotatably movable between a first position outside of said twist lock window and a second position with at least a portion of said twist lock arm extending through said twist lock window for holding the second tube within said central bore of said female segment,
wherein said peg is axially misaligned with said twist lock arm with said redundant latch component in said unlocked position to allow said twist lock arm to move radially outwardly from said twist lock window, and wherein said peg is axially and circumferentially aligned with said twist lock arm with said redundant latch component in said locked position to prevent said twist lock arm from moving radially outwardly from said twist lock window, and
wherein said female segment defines a first redundant latch window proximate to said distal end of said female segment, and wherein said redundant latch component includes a redundant latch arm having an inwardly ramped end extending radially inwardly and extending through said first redundant latch window for holding the second tube within said central bore of said female segment with said redundant latch component in said locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,335

ELASTOMERIC EXPANSION JOINT PRE-FAILURE SENSOR AND METHOD

THE METRAFLEX COMPANY, C...

1. An expansion joint comprising:a fluid conductive hollow elastomeric body having coupling elements in the form of flanges at each open end configured to connect with flanges at open ends of pipes of a pipe system,
the hollow elastomeric body being comprised of a material comprising an elastomer,
at least one stretchable sensor located on an exterior surface of the material of the hollow elastomeric body,
the sensor having two spaced apart electrodes and an intervening element, the element configured to provide a varying electrical characteristic when the sensor is stretched or contracts and an electrical potential is applied to the electrodes, and
an analysis circuit connected to the electrodes, the analysis circuit configured to receive the varying electrical characteristic and to emit a signal corresponding to a level of the electrical characteristic received by the analysis circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,331

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL SERVICE AND DEVICE SUPPORTING ASSEMBLY

CIRTCELE ELECTRIC INC., ...

1. An assembly for supporting a main service entrance device and at least one secondary service entrance device above a surface of a ground, the assembly comprising:(a) two or more metal posts parallel to each other and configured to be installed partially underground in an upright position;
(b) a plurality of metal bars, each removably coupled to at least two of the posts and located above the surface of the ground after the metal posts are installed;
(c) a first enclosure removably coupled to at least one of the metal bars and configured to contain the service entrance devices;
(d) at least one second enclosure removably coupled to the at least one or at least another one of the metal bars and configured to contain the at least one secondary service entrance device; and;
(e) at least one enclosure-connecting conduit removably coupled to the first enclosure and the at least one second enclosure and configured to allow a wiring between the main service entrance device and the at least one secondary service entrance device to pass through; and;
(f) a main electric conduit affixed to one of the metal bars and coupled to the first enclosure and configured to be partially installed underground and accommodate an underground transmission line extending from the first enclosure to underground.

US Pat. No. 10,247,321

VALVE ARRANGEMENT

LB BENTLEY LIMITED, Shro...

1. A valve arrangement comprising a rotatable part rotatable relative to a stationary part, wherein one of the rotatable part and the stationary part includes an abutment surface engageable with a stop associated with the other of the rotatable part and the stationary part, wherein the stop comprises a stop pin of hollow, substantially cylindrical form, wherein the stop pin is provided with a region of reduced wall thickness, defining a shear line at which shearing of the stop pin will preferentially occur, the region of reduced wall thickness being located such that, in use, in the event of shearing of the stop pin at the shear line, no remaining part of the stop pin attached to the said other of the rotatable part and the stationary part is able to engage the said one of the rotatable part and the stationary part including the abutment surface, the stationary part comprising a valve housing, and the region of reduced wall thickness being located beneath a surface of the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,308

HERMETIC SEAL DEVICE

Koyo Sealing Techno Co., ...

1. A sealing device which partitions an annular space formed between a rotary shaft and a housing surrounding the rotary shaft, into a low-pressure space and a high-pressure space whose pressure is higher than that of the low-pressure space, in an axial direction, the sealing device comprising:an annular seal portion formed of an elastic material and being in constant and direct sliding contact with an outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft, wherein
on an inner peripheral surface of the seal portion, a main lip is formed so as to be in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft, and an inclined surface is formed so as to extend from the main lip toward the low-pressure space side and gradually enlarge in diameter toward the low-pressure space side, and
on the inclined surface, a plurality of annular projections are formed along the axial direction so as to be in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft in a state where the main lip is in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft,
the plurality of annular projections include a first annular projection provided at the main lip side, and a second annular projection provided at the low-pressure space side with respect to the first annular projection,
the projection dimension of the second annular projection is larger than that of the first annular projection such that contact pressures of the first and second annular projections with respect to the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft become uniform, and
a distal end of the first annular projection and a distal end of the second annular projection are formed along a tangent line passing through a distal end of the main lip and the distal end of the second annular projection when the main lip and each annular projection are in a free state and when the main lip and each annular projection are in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,269

PISTON MANUFACTURING DEVICE, PISTON MANUFACTURING METHOD, PISTON AND DISC BRAKE

Hitachi Automotive System...

5. A piston formed in a bottomed cylindrical shape, and comprising a bottom section to which a brake pressure is applied, and an edge of an opening provided at one end side in an axial direction in the bottomed cylindrical shape,wherein a portion of the edge in a central axis direction of the piston is a thick section protruding toward the central axis of the piston, and
the thick section is folded toward the bottom section, and a cross section of the folded area is inclined to be disposed closer to the bottom section as it goes toward the central axis of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,247,267

ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED FRICTION BRAKE

VE VIENNA ENGINEERING FOR...

1. An electrically actuated friction brake comprising:a brake pad that exerts a pad pressing force during brake action;
an actuation device actuating the brake pad;
an electric actuator driving the actuation device;
a first transmission element connected to the brake pad and comprising a coupling element;
said actuation device being configured to rotate the first transmission element about a rotation angle during the brake action, whereby the pad pressing force results from the first transmission element receiving an input torque that depends on the rotation angle of the first transmission element;
a second transmission element having an elevation curve and being rotated by the electric actuator;
a follower element arranged on the coupling element and being configured to follow the elevation curve under action of the electric actuator when the electric actuator rotates the second transmission element; and
a lever having a first end rotatably coupled to the coupling element and a second end coupled to the first transmission element,
wherein the second transmission element provides the input torque for the first transmission element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,204

HYDRAULIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND HYDRAULIC CONTROL METHOD

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A hydraulic control apparatus comprising:a branch path that branches from a main passage that connects an oil pump that operates with rotation of an engine and equipment to which oil is supplied by the oil pump;
an accumulator connected to the branch path;
a control solenoid;
a reference pressure chamber and a control pressure chamber; and
a balance valve unit including a balance valve body and an opening compression spring that biases the balance valve body toward an opening side, wherein
a check valve for preventing backflow is provided in an oil inlet path of the branch path, through which oil flows into the accumulator, the balance valve unit is provided in an oil discharge path of the branch path, through which oil is discharged from the accumulator, and the control solenoid is operated to introduce a high-pressure oil into the control pressure chamber such that opening of the balance valve body is suppressed by a hydraulic pressure of the high-pressure oil.

US Pat. No. 10,247,199

MULTI-VOLUTE SIROCCO FAN

KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUST...

1. A multi-volute sirocco fan, comprising:a driving motor;
a fan connected to a rotation shaft of the driving motor to be rotated therewith, and having a plurality of vanes arranged and installed in a cylindrical shape along a circumferential direction thereof; and
at least two stacked volutes in a center of which the fan is arranged and installed and which guide a fluid while a cross-sectional area thereof formed by upper and lower surfaces, side surfaces thereof and an outer circumferential surface of the fan is linearly increased; and wherein
a plurality of diameter reduction protruding portions of which diameters are reduced and which protrude are provided at an upper surface central introduction port of a lower one of the volutes, and a plurality of diameter reduction grooves of which diameters are reduced and which protrude and then are bent to form grooves therein are provided at a lower surface central introduction port of an upper one of the volutes, and when the upper and lower volutes are coupled, ends of the diameter reduction protruding portions are fitted and coupled to the diameter reduction grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,247,196

BLADE MODULE AND FAN USING THE SAME

ACER INCORPORATED, New T...

9. A fan, comprising:a blade module comprising:
a rotating shaft; and
a plurality of blades each connecting to the rotating shaft and comprising:
a blade body having a first edge and a second edge, wherein the first edge and the second edge are arranged in an axial direction of the rotating shaft; and
a first airflow guiding portion connecting to the blade body at a local portion of the first edge, wherein the first airflow guiding portion has an enclosed first opening and the enclosed first opening has a second airflow guiding portion connected to an opening edge of the enclosed first opening; and
a casing surrounding a portion of the blade module and separated from each first airflow guiding portion by a distance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,192

SEALING ASSEMBLY FOR TURBOMACHINE

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. A turbine engine, comprising:an air compression stage which comprises at least one movable compressor wheel,
an air inlet duct which is coupled to said air compression stage,
a first sealing device, which is arranged between a front portion of the movable compressor wheel and the air inlet duct, comprising at least one seal,
a channel for conveying the air compressed by the movable wheel,
a second sealing device, which is arranged between a rear portion of the movable compressor wheel and the conveying channel and is configured to receive an airflow coming from the conveying channel,
wherein the second sealing device is configured to allow some of the air passing therethrough to be bled, the bleed air being conveyed to the at least one seal of the first sealing device so as to keep the at least one seal of the first sealing device under pressure,
wherein the second sealing device comprises a front seal and a rear seal, the air being bled between the front seal and the rear seal of the second sealing device,
wherein the rear seal of the second sealing device is configured such that the flow rate of bleed air is sufficient to keep the at least one seal of the first sealing device under pressure, and
wherein the front seal of the second sealing device is configured so as to reduce the flow rate of air passing therethrough as much as possible so as to avoid disturbing the flow of air in a rear part of the movable compressor wheel onto which said front seal of the second sealing device opens.

US Pat. No. 10,247,186

VARIABLE LUBRICANT VANE PUMP

PIERBURG PUMP TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A variable lubricant vane pump for providing a pressurized lubricant for an internal combustion engine, the variable lubricant vane pump comprising:a pump housing;
a pump chamber arranged in the pump housing, the pump chamber comprising a plurality of pump compartments which are configured to rotate from a charge zone to a discharge zone, the pressurized lubricant being discharged from the plurality of pump compartments into an outlet cavity;
a control ring configured to be shiftable and to envelope the pump chamber;
a pump rotor comprising a static rotor axis and vanes which are configured to be radially slidable and to rotate in the control ring, the control ring being shiftable with respect to the rotor axis between a high pumping volume position and a low pumping volume position;
a pressure control chamber comprising a pressure control chamber plunger, the pressure control chamber being configured to directly push, via the pressure control chamber plunger, the control ring into a high pumping volume direction, the pressure control chamber being loaded with lubricant from the outlet cavity;
a control valve configured to connect or to disconnect the pressure control chamber to a lubricant tank;
a pilot chamber comprising a pilot chamber plunger, the pilot chamber being configured to directly push, via the pilot chamber plunger, the control ring into a low pumping volume direction against the pressure control chamber;
a pilot chamber channel permanently connecting the outlet cavity with the pilot chamber; and
a control chamber channel permanently and directly connecting the outlet cavity with the pressure control chamber, a smallest flow cross-section of the control chamber channel being >1/10 and <1/1 of a smallest flow cross-section of the pilot chamber channel,
wherein,
the control chamber channel is provided as a groove in the control ring, or
the pump housing comprises a wall, and the control chamber channel is provided as a groove in the wall of the pump housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,183

HORIZONTAL PISTON COMPRESSOR

Howden Thomassen Compress...

1. A horizontal piston compressor for compressing a gas, comprising:a frame having a cylinder oriented along a horizontal axis;
a piston reciprocably received in the cylinder, the piston having:
an inner chamber sized to store a volume of gas at a first pressure; and
first and second end walls, that together with the cylinder, form at least one compression chamber in which the gas is compressed;
a valve and orifice disposed in at least a portion of the first end wall, the valve and orifice configured to admit gas from the at least one compression chamber to the inner chamber during a compression stroke of said piston, wherein the orifice extends through a body portion of the valve, the body portion has a plurality of flow paths through which gas can pass from the orifice to a valve seat area, and when a gas pressure in the at least one compression chamber rises above a cracking pressure of the valve, gas in the at least one compression chamber is admitted, through the orifice and the valve seat area of the valve, into the inner chamber of the piston, increasing a pressure of the volume of gas above the first pressure; and
a gas bearing for supporting the piston relative to the frame, the gas bearing comprising an outflow opening for admitting gas from the inner chamber to a space between the piston and the cylinder when the pressure of the volume of gas rises above a predetermined pressure, the position of the at least one outflow opening and the pressure of the gas being such that the gas admitting to the space exerts an upward pressure on the piston rod unit while, together, the outflow opening and the valve and orifice maintain a pressure ratio between the inner chamber and the space between the piston and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,247,181

HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A high-pressure fuel pump comprising:a pressurizing chamber which is formed in a pump body;
an outlet valve device which is disposed on an outlet passage side of the pressurizing chamber;
a relief valve device which is disposed in a relief passage fluidly connecting an outlet passage to the pressurizing chamber, while bypassing the outlet valve device, wherein
the relief valve device includes a relief valve, a relief valve seat, and a relief spring configured to pull the relief valve toward the relief valve seat,
the relief valve device in the relief passage is fixed so as to close an aperture connecting to the pressurizing chamber, and
the relief spring is disposed outside of the pressurizing chamber, wherein
the pump body defines a cavity into which the relief valve is inserted, the cavity having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end that is opposite to the first longitudinal end,
the second longitudinal end is located at an outermost surface of the pump body, and
the relief valve opens along a direction that is away from the second longitudinal end of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,247,178

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT AXIAL PISTON PUMP WITH FLUID CONTROLLED SWASH PLATE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A variable displacement axial piston pump comprising:a pump housing;
a cylinder block defining a plurality of cylinder bores, the cylinder block defining a central axis about which the plurality of cylinder bores are arranged, wherein the cylinder block is supported for rotation relative to the pump housing about the central axis;
a plurality of pistons, each of the plurality of pistons being received in a respective one of the plurality of cylinder bores;
a swash plate pivotally supported relative to the cylinder block, the swash plate providing a piston-supporting surface along which the plurality of pistons slide during operation of the pump; and
a port block defining first and second pumping ports arranged in fluid communication with the plurality of cylinder bores such that, during operation of the pump when the swash plate piston-supporting surface defines an angle other than 90 degrees with respect to the central axis, one of the first and second pumping ports is configured to supply fluid to the plurality of cylinder bores for pumping by the plurality of pistons as the cylinder block rotates, and the other of the first and second pumping ports is configured to receive fluid pumped from the plurality of cylinder bores by the plurality of pistons as the cylinder block rotates,
wherein the swash plate partially defines at least one variable volume control chamber, and wherein the swash plate is operable to tilt with respect to the port block in response to a fluid pressure change in the at least one control chamber, and
wherein the swash plate is arranged between the port block and the cylinder block and the at least one control chamber is defined jointly by the swash plate and the port block.

US Pat. No. 10,247,176

DEVICE FOR CHOKING A FLUID FLOW AND CORRESPONDING PISTON PUMP FOR DELIVERING FLUIDS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for choking a fluid flow, comprising:a pot-like base body including a base having a first passage opening;
a spring element;
a closing body guided axially moveably in the pot-like base body against a spring force of the spring element and having a second passage opening configured to form a static choke point with a predefined fixed opening cross section;
a delay device configured to delay a closing movement of the closing body in a targeted fashion,
wherein the closing body in combination with the spring element and the first passage opening forms a dynamic choke point with a dynamic opening cross section that is variably adjustable depending on a pressure difference, and
wherein the delay device has a friction element with a lip which is arranged between the closing body and an inner wall of the pot-like base body and creates a direction-dependent friction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,172

SELF ORIENTING HANGING WINDMILL

1. A free hanging balanced windmill comprising:an airframe having a windward and leeward end
a wind turbine comprising a turbine rotor with blades rotatably mounted on the leeward end of the airframe;
a generator with a stator supported by the airframe and a generator rotor operatively connected to the turbine rotor;
a single supporting hanger strut attached to a center of gravity of the airframe with the wind turbine and generator mounted thereon, said hanger strut supporting the airframe such that the airframe may tip with respect to the hanger strut and in a neutral position the airframe is perpendicular to the hanger strut and parallel to the ground; and,
a stop means comprising a first part on the windward end and a second part on the leeward end of the airframe adapted to prevent tipping of the airframe on the hanger strut such that the blades of the turbine rotor do not strike the hanger strut, said first and second parts of the stop means comprising a lanyard, a finger or a tab positioned between the hanger strut and the windward end and leeward end of the airframe and configured to prevent tipping of the airframe beyond a preset amount.

US Pat. No. 10,247,169

MEANS FOR ALLEVIATING STRAIN ON A WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A rotor blade for a wind turbine, the rotor blade comprising:a main body defining a pressure side and a suction side of the rotor blade, the main body having a main body trailing edge section, a leading edge section, and a span; and
an aerodynamic device, the aerodynamic device having an attachment section for attaching the aerodynamic device to the main body trailing edge section along a portion of the span, an aerodynamic section for influencing the aerodynamic properties of the rotor blade, and a buckling section to control a configuration of the aerodynamic section with regard to the main body;
wherein the aerodynamic device has a device trailing edge that extends past the main body trailing edge section within the portion of the span in a direction distal to the leading edge section of the main body;
wherein the aerodynamic device is configured such that the aerodynamic device:
deforms elastically for a force component below an elasticity limit acting in flapwise direction on the buckling section, and
deforms abruptly if a force component of a size that is within a predetermined range from of a stability limit of the buckling section acts in flapwise direction on the buckling section,
wherein the configuration of the aerodynamic section with regard to the main body is changed if the buckling section deforms abruptly, and load on the rotor blade is alleviated due to the change of the configuration of the aerodynamic section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,167

INDEPENDENT POWER GENERATING METHOD USING WATER PRESSURE AND VAPOR, AND GENERATING DEVICE THEREOF

1. An independent power generating device using water pressure and vapor, comprising:a water tank disposed at a predetermined height to have potential energy;
a first water wheel disposed at an exhaust side of the water tank to vertically face the water tank and to rotate by head drop of water, an electric generator being coupled to a rotating shaft thereof;
a heating boiler disposed to communicate with a lower portion of the first water wheel to generate vapor by heating inlet water;
a vapor wheel disposed to rotate by high-pressure vapor ejected by communicating with a vapor exhausting end of the heating boiler an electric generator being coupled to a rotating shaft thereof;
a condensing tank mounted at an upper side of the vapor wheel to have a first side communicating with the vapor wheel with a connection pipe so as to condense vapor and to allow condensate water to flow toward an another side to exhaust it; and
a second water wheel disposed to downwardly communicate with an exhaust side of the condensing tank to rotate by head drop of the condensate, the electric generator being coupled to a rotating shaft, to downwardly communicate with the water tank,
wherein a check valve is installed in the connection pipe to facilitate introduction of the vapor that comes up after the vapor wheel is rotated into the condensing tank and to prevent the vapor introduced into the condensing tank from flowing backward, and
wherein a lower portion of a second side of the condensing tank communicates with an upper portion of the second water wheel with the connection pipe and a control valve is coupled to the connection pipe to downwardly supply water at a predetermined supply rate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,160

ENGINE STARTING SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An engine starting system comprising:a starting device for transmitting a rotational force thereof to a crankshaft of an engine to drive the crankshaft, the starting device including a first starter constantly connected to the crankshaft and a second starter connected to the crankshaft by a disengageable coupling; and
a control device for controlling an operation of the starting device in response to a start request of the engine; wherein
the engine starting system includes a rotation determination section capable of discriminating a rotation direction of the crankshaft;
when a period where the crankshaft rotates in a reverse direction while the engine is stopping is referred to as a reverse rotation period;
the control device sets the reverse rotation period as a cranking prohibition period for prohibiting the starting device from driving the crankshaft;
if the start request is generated during the reverse rotation period, the starting device is operated to drive the crankshaft based on an information from the rotation determination section when it is detected that the crankshaft has shifted from reverse rotation to forward rotation by driving the crankshaft by either one of the first starter and the second starter, or both the first starter and the second starter;
the first starter is an alternator that varies a rotational speed according to a power source frequency; and
the control device is an inverter that includes a switching element for varying a frequency to be applied to the alternator according to an on/off operation of the switching element, and a control circuit for controlling an on/off operation of the switching element while managing a drive timing of the second starter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,149

CONDENSATION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An internal combustion engine assembly, comprising:an air intake system;
a turbocharger device in fluid communication with the air intake system;
a throttle body creating a pressure gradient when the internal combustion engine assembly is in an on-state;
an electronic control unit in communication with the air intake system, the turbocharger device, and one or more sensors in the engine assembly, wherein the one or more sensors in the engine assembly include:
a manifold absolute pressure sensor operatively coupled to an intake manifold such that the manifold absolute pressure sensor is capable of monitoring an intake manifold pressure,
a manifold air temperature sensor operatively coupled to the intake manifold such that the manifold air temperature sensor is capable of monitoring an intake manifold temperature,
a manifold airflow sensor operatively coupled to an air cleaner or clean air duct such that the manifold airflow sensor is capable of monitoring mass airflow into the turbocharger device, and
a throttle inlet air pressure sensor cooperating with the throttle body such that the throttle inlet air pressure sensor is capable of monitoring temperature and pressure of air at an inlet of the throttle body;
a charge air cooler system in downstream fluid communication with the turbocharger device and in upstream fluid communication with the air intake system; and
at least one valve in communication with the electronic control unit and selectively positionable between a first position and one or more second positions to adjust velocity of air from the turbocharger device flowing through the charge air cooler system to manage condensation buildup in the charge air cooler system,
wherein the electronic control unit positions the at least one valve in the one or more second positions to adjust the velocity of air flowing through the charge air cooler system when ambient air temperature detected by the mass airflow sensor is below zero degrees Celsius and air temperature from the throttle air inlet pressure sensor is detected below thirty-five degrees Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,247,144

ENGINE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION COOLING SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED LATENT HEAT STORAGE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:operating an internal combustion engine producing, as a byproduct, exhaust gases;
segregating the flow of exhaust gases into a first, relatively hot flow and a second, relatively cold flow;
directing the second flow to an intake of the internal combustion engine for combustion with fresh intake air and fuel;
storing heat energy from the first flow in a latent heat storage device; and
releasing heat energy from the latent heat storage device to a catalyst, in order to reduce cold start emissions during a subsequent operation of the internal combustion engine after a period of shutoff.

US Pat. No. 10,247,141

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A FLOW RATE THROUGH A VALVE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for determining a flow rate (Q) through an on-off valve (1), an on state and an off state of the valve being controlled by means of a pulse width modulated control signal (C) generated by a processing unit in communication with the on-off valve, the control signal (C) operating in accordance with a control cycle (D) and updating at a rate defined by a plurality of update periods (c) occurring over a course of the control cycle (D) said update period (c) being a divisor of said control cycle (D), said method comprising:carrying out, at the processing unit and at a frequency defined by a determination period (d), a determination of a position (?) of the valve (1), and a calculation of an estimated flow rate (Q) based on the determined position (?) of the valve (1),
wherein the determination period (d) is shorter than or equal to the update period (c) of the control signal (C), and the determination period is synchronized with the control signal (C),
said processing unit operating to refresh the estimated flow rate (Q) through said on-off valve (1) at each determination period (d).

US Pat. No. 10,247,137

THRUST REVERSER SYSTEM WITH TRANSLATING-ROTATING HINGE ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine having a nacelle surrounding a bypass duct, the thrust reverser system comprising:a transcowl having a stowed position, a deployed position, and an open position, the transcowl being adapted to translate from the stowed position to the deployed position in an aft direction of the gas turbine engine to define a circumferential opening within the nacelle; and
a hinge assembly coupling the transcowl to a fixed structure that does not translate when the transcowl is translated in the aft direction, the hinge assembly comprising first and second members coupled to each other, the first member being connected to the transcowl for translation therewith in the aft direction of the gas turbine engine, the second member being connected to the fixed structure, the second member defining a channel in which a portion of the first member is slidably received, the first and second members being configured to enable the portion of the first member to translate within the channel in the aft direction of the gas turbine engine corresponding to a translational movement of the transcowl relative to the nacelle between the stowed and deployed positions of the transcowl, the first and second members being further configured to enable the portion of the first member to rotate within the channel corresponding to a pivotal movement of the transcowl relative to the nacelle between the stowed and open positions of the transcowl; and
wherein the portion of the first member is a hook portion that is slidably received in the channel for translational and rotational movement therein.

US Pat. No. 10,247,131

CYLINDER HEAD OF ENGINE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A cylinder head of an engine, the engine having a plurality of cylinders aligned in a longitudinal direction of the engine, the cylinder head comprising:a side wall extending along the longitudinal direction of the engine;
a manifold protruding from the side wall in a direction away from the plurality of cylinders, the manifold including a merged passage at a downstream side thereof, a plurality of large passages bifurcating from the merged passage, a plurality of middle passages bifurcating from the large passages, and a plurality of small passages bifurcating from the middle passages;
a coolant inlet formed in one end of the cylinder head with respect to the longitudinal direction of the engine;
a coolant outlet formed in another end of the cylinder head with respect to the longitudinal direction of the engine;
an outer coolant passage in which an engine coolant circulates, the outer coolant passage being defined inside the manifold and being semicircular in shape, such that the outer coolant passage extends along an outer periphery of the manifold from the coolant inlet to the coolant outlet formed in the cylinder head;
an inner coolant passage in which the engine coolant circulates, the inner coolant passage being defined inside the manifold and being semicircular in shape, the inner coolant passage branches from an upstream portion of the outer coolant passage and rejoins the outer coolant passage at a downstream portion of the outer coolant passage with respect to a flowing direction of the engine coolant; and
a plurality of connection coolant passages that connects the outer coolant passage and the inner coolant passage, wherein:
the outer coolant passage is disposed along a first part of the manifold connected to an outer cylinder among the plurality of cylinders in plan view;
the inner coolant passage is disposed along a second part of the manifold connected to an inner cylinder among the plurality of cylinders and closer to the plurality of cylinders compared to the outer coolant passage in plan view;
the manifold includes a first bifurcated portion from which the middle passages bifurcate and a second bifurcated portion from which the large passages bifurcate; and
the connection coolant passages are disposed at positions overlapping the first bifurcated portion and the second bifurcated portion in plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,247,128

BOLT-ON CYLINDER KIT AND METHOD FOR INCREASING THE DISPLACEMENT OF AN ENGINE

Harley-Davidson Motor Com...

1. A cylinder for a V-twin engine, the cylinder manufactured by a process comprising:providing a section of steel tubing;
cutting the section of steel tubing to length;
machining the section of steel tubing in a subtractive process, including
forming a first portion having a first wall thickness and a second portion having a second wall thickness less than the first wall thickness, wherein the second wall thickness is less than 0.050 inch, and
forming a first ribbing pattern, including a radially outward protruding rib, on a radially outer surface of the section of steel tubing within the first portion, and forming a second ribbing pattern on the radially outer surface of the section of steel tubing within the first portion, wherein the first ribbing pattern is a larger, primary ribbing pattern and the second ribbing pattern is a smaller, secondary ribbing pattern whereby multiple radially outward protruding ribs of the second ribbing pattern are provided within the radially outward protruding rib of the first ribbing pattern; and
casting a body onto the first portion of the section of steel tubing so that the section of steel tubing is fixedly secured within the body to form a cylinder sleeve defining a cylinder bore, wherein the second portion having the second wall thickness extends from an end of the body to be received within a bore of a crankcase.

US Pat. No. 10,247,125

FUEL INJECTION VALVE CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A fuel injection valve control device configured to control, by a drive pulse, a plurality of fuel injection devices, each comprising a valve body and a solenoid configured to open the valve body,wherein the fuel injection valve control device applies a boosting voltage to the solenoid to stop the solenoid and, after a prescribed time, applies a holding current, and
the prescribed time and the holding current are corrected for each of the fuel injection devices so as to match ranges from a horizontal part of an injection amount characteristic indicating a relation between the drive pulse width and a flow rate to a timing when the flow rate increases again, based on a set spring force of the fuel injection device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,124

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF TORQUE DEVIATIONS OF AN ENGINE IN A VEHICLE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for detection of torque deviations of an engine in a vehicle, the method comprising:measuring actual measured values related to a behavior of at least one parameter related to an actual torque delivered by said engine in consequence of a torque demanded from said engine;
comparing said actual measured values related to said behavior of said at least one parameter with previously determined measured values of correspondingly at least one respective parameter related to said actual torque, said previously determined measured values having been determined during normal operation of said vehicle;
detecting whether said actual torque deviates from said demanded torque, said detection being based on said comparison; and
controlling the vehicle based on the detection.

US Pat. No. 10,247,119

BYPASS ACTUATION DETECTION DURING LOW-EFFICIENCY INDICATION OF EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of performing bypass actuation detection, the method comprising:alternating control of a bypass valve within an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system of a vehicle to direct flow of gas through a cooler module or a bypass module within the EGR system;
determining a position of an EGR valve that directs the gas into the EGR system; and
verifying operation of the bypass valve based on the position of the EGR valve, wherein the verifying includes determining whether the position of the EGR valve indicates that the EGR valve is more open when the flow is through the cooler module than when the flow is through the bypass module.

US Pat. No. 10,247,112

HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATED GASEOUS FUEL INJECTOR

WESTPORT POWER INC., Van...

1. A hydraulically actuated dual fuel injector for an internal combustion engine that introduces a liquid fuel separately and independently from a gaseous fuel, the fuel injector comprising:a gaseous fuel inlet;
an gaseous-fuel injection valve in fluid communication with the gaseous fuel inlet and comprising a gaseous-fuel valve member reciprocatable within a fuel injector body between a closed position to block gaseous fuel flow and an open position to allow gaseous fuel flow;
a hydraulic fluid inlet;
a gaseous-fuel lift chamber in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid inlet whereby hydraulic fluid pressure in the lift chamber contributes to an opening force applied to the valve member;
a gaseous-fuel control chamber in one of selective fluid communication and restrictive fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid inlet whereby hydraulic fluid pressure in the control chamber contributes to a closing force applied to the gaseous fuel valve member;
a hydraulic fluid outlet;
a gaseous fuel control valve operable between a blocking position to fluidly isolate the gaseous fuel control chamber from the hydraulic fluid outlet, and an injecting position to fluidly connect the gaseous fuel control chamber with the hydraulic fluid outlet whereby hydraulic fluid pressure in the gaseous fuel control chamber is reduced;
wherein when the gaseous fuel control valve is in the blocking position the closing force operating on the gaseous fuel valve member is greater than the opening force and the gaseous fuel injection valve is in the closed position, and when the gaseous fuel control valve is in the injecting position the closing force operating on the gaseous fuel valve member is less than the opening force and the gaseous fuel injection valve is in the open position,
a liquid-fuel injection valve in fluid communication with a liquid fuel supply and
comprising a liquid-fuel valve member reciprocatable within the fuel injector body between a closed position to block liquid fuel flow and an open position to allow liquid fuel flow;
a liquid-fuel lift chamber in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid inlet
whereby hydraulic fluid pressure in the liquid-fuel lift chamber contributes to an opening force applied to the liquid-fuel valve member;
a liquid-fuel control chamber in one of selective fluid communication and
restrictive fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid inlet whereby hydraulic fluid pressure in the liquid-fuel control chamber contributes to a closing force applied to the liquid-fuel valve member; and
a liquid-fuel control valve operable between a blocking position to fluidly isolate
the liquid-fuel control chamber from the hydraulic fluid outlet, and an injecting position to fluidly connect the liquid-fuel control chamber with the hydraulic fluid outlet whereby hydraulic fluid pressure in the liquid-fuel control chamber is reduced;
wherein when the liquid-fuel control valve is in the blocking position the closing
force operating on the liquid-fuel valve member is greater than the opening force and the liquid fuel injection valve is in the closed position, and when the liquid-fuel control valve is in the injecting position the closing force operating on the liquid-fuel valve member is less than the opening force and the liquid-fuel injection valve is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,111

VALVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES AND METHODS OF OPERATION THEREOF

Camcon Auto Limited, Cam...

1. A valve control system for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine having a crankshaft, the internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder with at least one set of at least two valves, with all the valves in the at least one set of at least two valves being either inlet valves or exhaust valves, the valve control system comprising a respective valve actuator for actuating each valve of the at least one set of at least two valves independently of the rotation of the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine to cause the valve to undergo a valve actuation cycle in which the valve stem moves away from an initial starting position and then returns to that position, the valve control system also having a controller for controlling the respective valve actuators, the controller being arranged or configured to selectively operate the at least one set of at least two valves in a multi-valve mode of operation in which all of the valves in the at least one set of at least two valves are actuated simultaneously and in a single valve mode of operation during which only one valve of the at least one set of at least two valves is open at any time, wherein the controller is arranged or configured to actuate the valves in the at least one set of at least two valves in a sequence, during the single valve mode of operation, or over successive periods of single valve mode operation, and wherein in accordance with the sequence, the controller is arranged or configured to cause each valve of the at least one set of at least two valves to be controlled by the valve control system to carry out a plurality of successive valve actuation cycles in turn, during said single valve mode of operation or over successive periods of single valve mode operation, the valve control system being configured, for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine, to operate different cylinders of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine in different modes, each being a respective one of the multi-valve and single valve modes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,106

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROTATING AIR SEAL WITH INTEGRAL FLEXIBLE HEAT SHIELD

General Electric Company,...

1. An integral seal and heat shield device for use in a rotatable machine including a rotatable member having a longitudinal axis of rotation, said seal and heat shield device comprising:an annular radially extending flange configured to couple to the rotating member of the rotatable machine;
a multi-walled seal shield member extending axially from said flange, said multi-walled seal shield member formed integrally with said flange, said multi-walled seal shield member comprising:
a first wall comprising a plurality of surface features;
a second wall spaced radially inwardly with respect to said first wall, said second wall configured to direct a flow of fluid to a drain opening; and
a cavity formed between said first and second walls; and
a cap end integrally formed and configured to seal said first and second walls,
each of said flange, said seal shield member, and said cap end being formed of a sintered metal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,105

AIR TURBINE STARTER WITH LUBRICATION VALVE

Hamilton Sundstand Corpor...

1. An Air Turbine Starter (ATS), comprising:a lubrication sump and rotating elements within a casing of the ATS;
a transfer tube extending through the casing, the transfer tube having a lubrication inlet connected to a lubrication source and a lubrication outlet configured to allow fluid to flow through the casing and into the lubrication sump; and
a valve positioned within the transfer tube including a spring, wherein the spring is configured to selectively allow fluid flow within the transfer tube based on fluid pressure differential across the valve,
wherein the spring has three positions: an uncompressed first position configured to prevent flow within the transfer tube, an intermediate position configured to allow free flow of fluid within the transfer tube, and a fully compressed position to prevent flow to the lubrication outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,247,104

OXYGEN ENHANCED PNEUMATIC STARTING

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A turbine engine, comprising:a pneumatic starter configured to provide starting power to the turbine engine, wherein the pneumatic starter comprises a compressed gas storage tank configured to provide oxygen rich gas to power the pneumatic starter;
a nosecone configured to at least partially house the pneumatic starter;
a combustion zone where fuel for the turbine engine combusts; and
a first exhaust path from the pneumatic starter, wherein the first exhaust path directs at least a first portion of the oxygen rich gas exhausted from the pneumatic starter to the combustion zone to create an oxygen rich fuel mixture in the combustion zone.

US Pat. No. 10,247,099

PEDESTALS WITH HEAT TRANSFER AUGMENTER

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas turbine engine component comprising:a first side wall;
a second side wall spaced apart from the first side wall;
at least one internal cooling channel formed between the first and second side walls; and
at least one pedestal positioned within the at least one cooling channel and having a body extending from a first end connected to the first side wall to a second end connected to the second side wall, wherein the body defines a central axis extending from the first end to the second end, and wherein the body includes at least one protrusion that is spaced apart from the first and second side walls and which extends circumferentially about the body to generate a vortex downstream of the at least one pedestal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,097

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH PLURAL ACCESSORY AIR PATHS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a first source of air to be delivered into a core of the engine, a second source of air, distinct from said first source of air, and a controller configured to separately control first and second fans, each delivering air into respective first and second conduits connected to distinct auxiliary applications;
wherein said first and second fans are separately controlled to deliver distinct amounts of air into said first and second conduits, said controller programmed to deliver distinct amounts of air into said first and second conduits as flight operation changes, to provide sufficient quantity of air to said distinct auxiliary applications as flight operation changes;
wherein said first and second fans are positioned to be downstream of a heat exchanger and in fluid communication with the heat exchanger; and
wherein the first fan, the second fan, and the heat exchanger are located radially outward of a compressor of the gas.

US Pat. No. 10,247,090

SUPERCHARGER FOR ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

9. A supercharger for a combustion engine, the supercharger being driven by a rotational force of a crankshaft of the combustion engine via an endless band-shaped power transmission member, the supercharger comprising:a supercharger lubricating oil passage configured to introduce a lubricating oil to the supercharger;
a hydraulic biasing force generating device configured to suppress slack of the power transmission member;
a branch path branched off the supercharger lubricating oil passage; and
a supercharger holder configured to support a supercharger rotation shaft and detachably mounted on a combustion engine case, wherein:
the biasing force generating device includes a pressing member configured to pivot around a pivot shaft to apply a pressing force to the power transmission member;
a part of the lubricating oil introduced to the supercharger lubricating oil passage is supplied as a hydraulic source to the biasing force generating device through the branch path;
the biasing force generating device is provided in the supercharger holder; and
the power transmission member is driven such that the biasing force generating device is provided on a driven side of the power transmission member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,088

SADDLE-RIDDEN TYPE VEHICLE AND INTAKE DEVICE FOR ENGINE HAVING SUPERCHARGER

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A saddle-ridden vehicle comprising:a vehicle body frame having a head pipe and a pair of frame members each of which is connected to the head pipe and extends rearward from the head pipe with expanding toward one side and the other side in a vehicle width direction, respectively;
an engine supported between the pair of frame members;
an air cleaner configured to purify air for fuel combustion;
a supercharger configured to compress the air purified by the air cleaner; and
an intercooler configured to cool the air compressed by the supercharger and to supply the compressed air to the engine,
wherein the supercharger is disposed in front of the engine,
wherein the air cleaner and the intercooler are disposed above the engine and the supercharger, and
wherein the air cleaner and the intercooler are arranged side by side in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,084

REGULATING MEMBER

UCHIYAMA MANUFACTURING CO...

1. A regulating member inserted from an opening of a cooling water flow passage into the cooling water flow passage to be disposed, the cooling water flow passage being disposed in a cylinder block in an internal combustion engine, the regulating member comprising:a supporting member with rigidity formed into a shape configured to be disposed in the cooling water flow passage; and
a regulating portion supported by the supporting member, the regulating portion regulating a flow of cooling water flowing through the cooling water flow passage, wherein
the regulating portion includes a cellulose-based sponge, the cellulose-based sponge being restorable from a compressed state through a contact with the cooling water flowing through the cooling water passage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,080

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION SYSTEMS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. An aftertreatment system, comprising:a selective catalytic reduction system structured to decompose constituents of an exhaust gas produced by an engine;
an engine out NOx (EONOx) adjustment system; and
a controller configured to:
when the selective catalytic reduction system is in a diagnostic enabling condition, instruct the engine out NOx adjustment system to adjust an EONOx amount between a high EONOx level for a first predetermined time and a low EONOx level for a second predetermined time, the EONOx amount comprising an amount of NOx gases included in the exhaust gas emitted by the engine;
determine a selective catalytic reductions system out NOx (SONOx) amount, the SONOx amount comprising an amount of NOx gases included in the exhaust gas after passing through the selective catalytic reduction system;
determine an efficiency parameter of the selective catalytic reduction system from the SONOx amount when the EONOx amount transitions from the low EONOx level to the high EONOx level;
determine if the efficiency parameter satisfies a predetermined threshold; and
in response to the efficiency parameter not satisfying the predetermined threshold, determine that the selective catalytic reduction system has failed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,079

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING TURBOCHARGER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An exhaust gas purification system applied to an internal combustion engine, comprising:(a1) a turbocharger including a turbine wheel and a housing for housing said turbine wheel, said housing defining a turbine outlet passage communicating with an exhaust gas discharging part of said turbine wheel, and
(a2) an exhaust passage part communicating with an exhaust gas outlet of said turbine outlet passage, wherein
said exhaust gas purification system comprises an exhaust gas purification apparatus including an exhaust gas purification member being disposed in at least one of: (b1) one end of said exhaust passage part at a position adjacent to said exhaust gas outlet of said turbine outlet passage; and (b2) said turbine outlet passage, wherein
said exhaust gas purification member is disposed in the exhaust gas purification apparatus such that:
(c1) a density of said exhaust gas purification member is larger in at least one of a peripheral part of said exhaust passage part and a peripheral part of said turbine outlet passage than the density of said exhaust gas purification member in at least one of a central part of said exhaust passage part and a central part of said turbine outlet passage, and
the density of said exhaust gas purification member located in a peripheral part of said exhaust passage part and/or said turbine outlet passage is larger than the density of said exhaust gas purification member located in the central part of said exhaust passage part and/or said turbine outlet passage; and
(c2) a flow passage resistance per unit volume of said exhaust gas purification member in an exhaust gas flowing direction is smaller in at least one of the central part of said exhaust passage part and the central part of said turbine outlet passage than in at least one of the peripheral part of said exhaust passage part and the peripheral part of said turbine outlet passage, wherein
said exhaust gas purification member occupies at least an outermost area of said peripheral part along a cross section of at least one of said exhaust passage part and said turbine outlet passage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,071

TITANIA-DOPED ZIRCONIA AS PLATINUM GROUP METAL SUPPORT IN CATALYSTS FOR TREATMENT OF COMBUSTION ENGINE EXHAUSTS STREAMS

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. A composite of mixed metal oxides for an exhaust gas purifying catalyst, the composite comprising, by weight of the composite:zirconia in an amount in the range of 55-99%;
titania in an amount in the range of 1-25%;
a promoter and/or a stabilizer in an amount in the range of 0-20%,
wherein the composite is effective as a support for a platinum group metal (PGM).

US Pat. No. 10,247,066

RELIEF VALVE DEVICE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A relieve valve device, comprising:a housing including a valve chamber, an orifice, and a relief discharge port;
a valve body that opens and closes the relief discharge port while moving inside the valve chamber of the housing;
a relief valve including an elastic member that elastically biases the valve body in a direction in which the valve body closes the relief discharge port; and
an oil control valve that controls a supply of oil into the valve chamber,
wherein an inlet port for the oil supplied from the oil control valve and the orifice are configured such that the oil can always circulate in the valve chamber,
wherein the valve chamber includes a first valve passage portion, and a second valve passage portion including the orifice,
wherein the valve body includes a first valve portion and a second valve portion arranged in an axial direction,
wherein the oil control valve supplies the oil to the second valve passage portion,
wherein the first valve portion is disposed in the first valve passage portion,
wherein the second valve portion is disposed in the second valve passage portion,
wherein a third valve portion is disposed in the valve chamber,
wherein the oil is supplied to the second valve passage portion through the oil control valve while an amount of the oil is increased and decreased steplessly, and the supplied oil is discharged from the orifice,
wherein a diameter of the first valve portion is smaller than a diameter of the second valve portion, and the second valve portion and the third valve portion are connected in a state of being separated by a connecting shaft portion with a predetermined interval interposed therebetween,
wherein, in a state in which the first valve portion has reached the first valve passage portion, the second valve portion does not make contact with a front end portion of the second valve passage portion, and
wherein an inlet hole and an outlet hole of a main passage are formed in an inner circumferential wall of the valve chamber, the relief discharge port is disposed at a position on an opposite side of the first valve passage portion and the second valve passage portion about the main passage, and the third valve portion is configured for opening and closing the relief discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,247,057

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTER HAVING A VARIABLE-LENGTH INSERT PART

1. A vane-cell hydraulic camshaft adjuster comprising:a stator and a rotor, the rotor being mounted rotatably relative to the stator; and
at least one locking bolt provided to limit the rotor in relation to the stator at least in one rotating direction when the locking bolt makes contact with a gate of an insert part, the insert part being attached in a component fixed to the stator, the insert part including attachment areas via which a force fit with the component fixed to the stator prevails,
the insert part being designed in such a way in terms of material and geometry that a deformation brings about an elongation of the insert part, the elongation resulting in the force fit,
wherein an at least elastic deformation is present on the insert part prior to the attachment and is at least partially cancelled after the attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,247,056

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTING DEVICE

1. A camshaft adjusting device comprising:a vane cell adjuster including a stator connectable to a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a rotor rotatably mounted in the stator and connectable to a camshaft;
multiple webs being provided on the stator, the webs subdividing an annular space between the stator and the rotor into a plurality of pressure chambers, the rotor including a rotor hub and a plurality of vanes extending radially outwardly from the rotor hub, the plurality of vanes subdividing the pressure chambers into first working chambers of a first group and second working chambers of a second group, the first working chambers having a first operating direction, the second working chambers having a second operating direction different from the first operating direction, each of the first working chambers and the second working chamber being actable upon by pressure medium flowing into or out of a pressure medium circuit;
a center lock for locking the rotor hub in a locking position relative to the stator;
at least one first valve function pin being provided in the rotor, the first working chambers and the second working chambers being fluidically connectable to one another via the at least one first valve function pin,
the at least one first valve function pin in a first switching position fluidically connecting at least one of the first working chambers to at least one of the second working chambers via a check valve with a movement from a direction “early” or “late” into a center locking position, and
the at least one first valve function pin in a second switching position fluidically separating the at least one of the first working chambers and the at least one of the second working chambers from one another; and
a line fluidically freely connecting the at least one of the first working chambers to the at least one of the second working chambers, the line being switchable via a valve pin.

US Pat. No. 10,247,054

ELECTROMAGNETIC ADJUSTING DEVICE

Kendrion (Villingen) GmbH...

1. An electromagnetic adjusting device comprising:an actuator comprising a single magnet coil;
a first plug contact, a second plug contact and a third plug contact for operating the adjusting device on an operating voltage source having a first voltage pole and a second voltage pole;
wherein a first terminal of the magnet coil is connected to the first plug contact;
wherein a second terminal of the magnet coil is connected to the second plug contact,
wherein either the first or the second plug contact is connected to the first voltage pole;
wherein the third plug contact is connected to the second voltage pole;
wherein a first transistor element having a first control electrode connects the first terminal of the magnet coil to the third plug contact;
wherein a second transistor element having a second control electrode connects the second terminal of the magnet coil to the third plug contact;
wherein the first control electrode of the first transistor element is connected via a first resistance element to the second plug contact; and
wherein the second control electrode of the second transistor element is connected via a second resistance element to the first plug contact.

US Pat. No. 10,247,051

CAMSHAFT MODULE

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCE...

1. A camshaft module comprising:a module body in which a camshaft for controlling valves for a charge cycle of an internal combustion engine is accommodated, the module body having a hood, wherein the camshaft comprises a support shaft and sliding cam pieces that are accommodated on the support shaft so as to be displaceable in an axial direction along the support shaft; and
a support element on which actuators for an axial displacement of the sliding cam pieces are accommodated, wherein the support element extends in the axial direction parallel to the support shaft and is disposed below the hood of the module body, wherein a coefficient of thermal expansion of the support element substantially corresponds to a coefficient of thermal expansion of the support shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,047

CONTROL METHOD FOR AN ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE

Turboden S.p.A., Brescia...

1. A method of controlling an Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system, the system comprising:at least one feed pump (2);
at least one heat exchanger (3), which further comprises a pre-heater, an evaporator and a vapor over-heater;
an expansion turbine (5);
a regenerator (8);
a condenser (6) and
a control apparatus;the organic Rankine cycle comprising:a feeding phase of an organic working fluid,
a heating and vaporization phase of the same working fluid,
an expansion and condensation phase of the same working fluid,
a regeneration phase;and wherein said method comprises a ramp-up of the system;wherein said method comprises controlling an adjusted variable (X), which is a function of an overheating of the organic fluid by varying a control variable (Y), which is a parameter of the organic fluid in its liquid phase,and wherein said control apparatus performs a cycle adjustment to keep said variable (X) equal to a predetermined set point, said cycle adjustment is performed by acting on a flow rate of the organic fluid entering said at least one heat exchanger (3) which heats and vaporizes said organic fluid;wherein said flow rate is adjusted by varying at least one feed pump (2) rotational speed or by adjusting a valve opening, said valve is located downstream of said at least one feed pump (2);and wherein said adjusted variable (X) is a temperature difference (?T) between a current temperature of the organic fluid in vapor phase at a turbine inlet and a temperature threshold (Tlim) under which said expansion and condensation phase involves the formation of a liquid phase of the organic fluid, according to a supercritical cycle;and wherein said expansion phase produces no liquid formation and thus prevents turbine damage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,045

HEAT UTILIZATION IN ORC SYSTEMS

Bitxer US, Inc., Flowery...

1. A wastewater treatment energy recovery system comprising:A. one or more source(s) of heat energy;
B. one or more water purification process(es):
i. configured to produce at least one byproduct suitable for use by said one or more source(s) to generate heat energy, and
ii. in byproduct sending communication with said one or more source(s) of heat energy; and
C. at least one organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system comprising:
i. a working fluid,
ii. at least one heat exchanger in heat energy receiving communication with said one or more source(s) of heat energy and in heat energy sending communication with said working fluid,
iii. one or more expander(s) in working fluid receiving communication with said at least one heat exchanger;
iv. at least one power receiving apparatus in mechanical power receiving communication with each of said one or more expander(s),
v. a heat coupling subsystem in working fluid receiving communication with each of said one or more expander(s), in heat energy receiving communication with said working fluid, and in heat energy sending communication with said one or more water purification process(es), and
vi. at least one system pump in working fluid receiving communication with said heat coupling subsystem and in working fluid sending communication with said at least one heat exchanger, and
D. one or more valve(s) operative to apportion heat energy among said one or more water purification process(es).

US Pat. No. 10,247,005

BLADE OR VANE ARRANGEMENT FOR A TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A blade or vane arrangement for a turbomachine, comprising:a turbomachine blade or vane including a recess defined by at least one recess wall; and
at least one tuner guide housing with at least one cavity, in which at least one tuner that is provided for impact contact with the tuner guide housing is taken up, and a locking plate joined to the tuner guide housing,
wherein the tuner guide housing is fastened in the recess of the turbomachine blade or vane by the locking plate in a form-fitting or friction-fitting manner,
wherein the cavity of the tuner guide housing in which the tuner is taken up, is closed in a gas-tight manner, and
wherein the locking plate is in direct contact with the tuner guide housing and the at least one recess wall.

US Pat. No. 10,247,000

KNIFE HOLDER AND BASE SYSTEM FOR MILLING MACHINE

KAITO (SUZHOU) CONSTRUCTI...

1. A knife holder and base system for a milling machine, comprising a knife holder (1) provided with a fixed part (101) and a base (2) provided with an inner hole (201); and the fixed part (101) penetrates the inner hole (201) and is matched with a thread in the fixed part (101) through a bolt (3) to be used, so that the knife holder (1) is fixed connected with the base (2), wherein the base (2) is provided with a V-shaped tensioning surface (202) perpendicular to the inner hole (201) and a V-shaped supporting surface (203) in the direction of the inner hole (201); the V-shaped supporting surface (203) is divided into two inclined planes (204) through the inner hole (201); the bolt (3) comprises a tail; and the knife holder (1) is provided with two V-shaped laminating surfaces (102) corresponding to the V-shaped tensioning surface (202) and the V-shaped supporting surface (203) of the base (2), so that the knife holder (1) is closely attached to the base (2).

US Pat. No. 10,246,997

SAMPLE TESTING DEVICE AND FLUID PUMPING INSTALLATION COMPRISING SUCH A TESTING DEVICE

PCM TECHNOLOGIES, Levall...

1. A device for testing samples of material in a fluid, upstream of a pump of a fluid pumping installation, the device comprising:a casing having at least one inlet opening for the fluid and at least one outlet opening for the fluid, the outlet opening fixed to the pump, wherein the casing has a cylindrical wall, and a closed end face in line with the outlet opening, the cylindrical wall having a first solid portion and a second portion provided with the at least one inlet opening, the first portion being adjacent to the closed end face so as to form a reservoir to contain a portion of the fluid to be pumped; and
a perforated cartridge to contain the samples of material to be tested, the perforated cartridge being arranged in the casing between the inlet opening and the outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 10,246,993

DIRECT PULLBACK DEVICES AND METHOD OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING

Melfred Borzall, Inc., S...

9. An apparatus for horizontal directional drilling, comprising:an elongated housing including an interior, a front, a rear, a longitudinal axis passing through the front and rear, and at least one opening for receiving a cutting block fastener;
a sonde transmitter mounted in the interior;
a main fluid channel to permit a flow of a fluid therethrough, the channel extending in the interior of the housing in a direction along the longitudinal axis;
a fluid outlet at the front of the housing, the fluid outlet being in fluid communication with the channel and adapted to permit the fluid to flow therethrough such that the fluid is emitted from the front of the housing;
a plurality of fluid ports in fluid communication with the main fluid channel and adapted to permit the fluid to be emitted from the housing through the fluid ports, at least one of the fluid ports being at least in part obstructed by a removable fluid plug, whereby the apparatus is configured to adjust flow rate and flow locations to provide suitable lubrication to the housing during drilling operations;
a drill bit coupled to the front of the housing, the drill bit including a plurality of drill bit cutting elements;
a connecting member indirectly coupled to the drill bit via one of a connecting link and a pullback adapter such that the connecting member is securely attached to the drill bit with a central longitudinal axis of the connecting member being generally aligned with a central longitudinal axis of the housing;
a tow head coupled to the connecting member such that the tow head is permitted to swivel relative to the connecting member, the tow head being sized and shaped to receive a portion of a conduit and retain the portion of the conduit during a direct pullback operation of the apparatus; and
at least one cutting block mounted to a portion of the horizontal drilling apparatus, the cutting block comprising a body including at least one cutting element extending therefrom, the at least one cutting element being adapted to cut through soil, and first and second arms extending from the body and having an opening therebetween, whereby the first and second arms of the cutting block at least in part surround the portion of the horizontal drilling apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,246,990

PROBE FOR TRENCHLESS GUIDE INSTRUMENT

Huangshan Golden Electron...

1. A probe for a trenchless guide instrument comprising:a battery region and an electronic region adjacent to the battery region;
an antenna;
a control circuit board disposed inside the electronic region;
at least one battery disposed inside the battery region;
a first insulating pipe disposed inside the antenna and outside the at least one battery;
a metal pipe connected to the first insulating pipe, and
a second insulating pipe disposed inside the metal pipe,
wherein,
the at least one battery supplies power to the control circuit board;
the first insulating pipe is disposed inside the battery region, and the antenna is disposed outside the first insulating pipe;
the metal pipe and the second insulating pipe are disposed inside the electronic region,
the control circuit board is disposed inside the second insulating pipe,
the antenna further comprises a magnetic core, and a coil winds around the magnetic cores and one end of the coil is connected to the control circuit board;
the magnetic core further comprises a plurality of magnetic core units, each magnetic core unit is made from magnetic material, the plurality of magnetic core units are positioned on a peripheral surface of the first insulating pipe, and are insulated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,246,982

CASINGS FOR USE IN A SYSTEM FOR FRACTURING ROCK WITHIN A BORE

Triad National Security, ...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of casings coupled together in longitudinal alignment, the casings configured for containing explosive material for detonation to fracture rock in a bore into which the plurality of coupled together casings have been inserted;
the casings each comprising an elongated body comprising a cylindrical side wall having a longitudinal length and a circumferential dimension and a radial thickness, and upper and lower end caps at longitudinal ends of the side wall, the side wall having an interior surface configured to contact an explosive material contained by the side wall and an exterior surface facing a radial wall of the bore, and the side wall comprising a casing material; and
the side walls of the casings being configured so as to prevent a substantially continuous and substantially impermeable coating of the radial wall of the bore by the casing material upon detonation of the explosive material contained within the side walls;
wherein each casing side wall comprises stress concentrations positioned such that the side wall is configured to fragment into a plurality of smaller pieces upon detonation of explosive material within the casing, and wherein the stress concentrations comprise longitudinally extending grooves and circumferentially extending grooves that intersect one another, or helically extending grooves that intersect one another.

US Pat. No. 10,246,980

FLOODING PROCESS FOR HYDROCARBON RECOVERY FROM A SUBSURFACE FORMATION

Statoil Gulf Services LLC...

1. A method of treating a subsurface formation, comprising:providing a first fluid into two or more fractures emanating from a first wellbore in the formation, wherein at least some hydrocarbons have been produced from the formation through the fractures and the first wellbore, and wherein a majority of the first fluid is provided at a pressure below a fracture pressure of the subsurface formation;
wherein the first fluid increases a pressure in a first zone of the formation substantially surrounding at least a first fracture emanating from the first wellbore, and wherein the first fluid increases a pressure in a second zone of the formation substantially surrounding at least a second fracture emanating from the first wellbore;
wherein a third zone of the formation is located at least partially between the first zone and the second zone, and wherein the third zone has a pressure below both the pressure in the first zone and the pressure in the second zone after the first fluid increases the pressures in the first zone and the second zone;
forming one or more additional fractures from a second wellbore in the formation, wherein the second wellbore is substantially parallel to the first wellbore, and wherein at least one of the additional fractures emanates from the second wellbore and propagates into the third zone of the formation;
producing at least some hydrocarbons from the second wellbore; and
following said step of forming one or more additional fractures from the second wellbore in the formation, providing a second fluid into the first wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,246,976

LINEAR INDUCTION MOTOR PLUNGER LIFT

ConocoPhillips Company, ...

1. A plunger lift system, comprising:a) a downhole tubing comprising a linear induction motor (LIM), and
b) a plunger lift device comprising magnets or electromagnets or magnetically responsive materials arranged in circumference around said plunger lift, and
c) wherein a lifting force for said plunger lift device is provided by said linear induction motor
wherein said plunger lift device comprising first and second plunger lifts devices connected in tandem by a hollow tube allowing fluid from said first plunger lift to said second plunger lift.

US Pat. No. 10,246,969

VALVE APPARATUS

Interventek Subsea Engine...

1. A valve apparatus, comprising:a housing defining a flow path;
a valve seat located within the housing around a periphery of the flow path;
a carriage member located within the housing;
a shearing cutting arrangement mounted on the carriage member; and
a valve member mounted on the carriage member via a connection assembly which permits relative movement between the valve member and the carriage member,
wherein the carriage member is moveable from a first position towards a second position to drive the shearing cutting arrangement along a shearing cutting plane across the flow path and shear through an object located within the flow path, and to move the valve member into a position in which relative movement between the valve member and the carriage member permits the valve member to sealingly engage and disengage the valve seat to control flow along the flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,246,968

SURGE IMMUNE STAGE SYSTEM FOR WELLBORE TUBULAR CEMENTATION

Weatherford Netherlands, ...

1. A system for cementing a tubular string into a wellbore, comprising:a packing stage collar as part of a tubular string and having:
a stage valve for assembly having:
a housing,
a stage port formed through the housing,
a sleeve releasably connected to the housing, wherein the sleeve is movable between a deployment position and an open position,
a stage port formed through the sleeve, wherein the stage port of the sleeve is not in fluid communication with the stage port of the housing when the sleeve is in the deployment position, and wherein the stage port of the sleeve is aligned with the stage port of the housing when the sleeve is in the open position,
an opener seat connected to the sleeve and configured to move the sleeve from the deployment position to the open position, and
a closer seat linked to the sleeve;
a plug release system for operating the stage valve, comprising:
a closer plug having: a body, a finned seal, a latch sleeve, a lock sleeve, and a landing shoulder for engaging the closer seat; and
an opener plug having: a body, a finned seal, a latch sleeve, a lock sleeve, and a landing shoulder for engaging the opener seat; and
a closer activator for engaging the closer lock sleeve; and
an opener activator for engaging the opener lock sleeve;
an inflator connected to the stage valve and having:
an inflation path; and
a switch valve disposed about the housing and the stage port formed through the housing and releasablv connected to the housing by a shearable member in an inflation position, the switch valve diverting flow from the stage ports to the inflation path in the inflation position, and wherein the switch valve is movable relative to the housing from the inflation position to a cementation position;
the inflator further having a body;
a first portion of the inflation path is an annular gap between the switch valve and the housing;
a second portion of the inflation path is one or more flow passages through a wall of the body; and
a mandrel connected to the body, wherein a third portion of the inflation path is an annular gap between the mandrel and the body;
a packer connected to the inflator and disposed below the stage valve, wherein the packer is in fluid communication with the inflation path.

US Pat. No. 10,246,967

DOWNHOLE SYSTEM FOR USE IN A WELLBORE AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Downhole Technology, LLC,...

1. A downhole system for use in a wellbore, the downhole system comprising:a work string comprising a downhole end, and a setting tool;
a setting sleeve coupled with the downhole end; and
a downhole tool engaged with the setting sleeve during run-in, the downhole tool further comprising:
a mandrel made of a composite material, the mandrel further comprising:
a distal end; a proximate end comprising a set of threads; and a mandrel outer surface;
a bearing plate disposed around the mandrel;
a first slip disposed around the mandrel proximate to the distal end, the first slip further comprising:
a first slip body having a one-piece configuration;
a first slip outer surface; and
at least one lateral groove in the first slip body that is defined by a depth that extends from the first slip outer surface to a first slip inner surface;
a first cone disposed around the mandrel, and proximate to a first side of the first slip;
a second slip disposed around the mandrel;
a second cone disposed around the mandrel, and proximate to a first side of the second slip;
a sealing element disposed around the mandrel, and between the first cone and the second cone; and
a lower sleeve disposed around the mandrel, and proximate to a second side of the first slip, wherein the lower sleeve is coupled with the mandrel outer surface at the distal end,
wherein the setting sleeve comprises a set of linear channels disposed in an outer surface of the setting sleeve, wherein an at least one channel of the set of channels extends from a first sleeve end to a second sleeve end, and wherein the setting tool comprises an adapter coupled with the set of threads.

US Pat. No. 10,246,951

HYDRAULIC MULTI-DISPLACEMENT HOISTING CYLINDER SYSTEM

Ensign Drilling Inc., Ca...

1. An assembly for hoisting and lowering a drill string of a drilling rig, the assembly comprising:a) a multiple displacement hydraulic cylinder having a blind end, a rod end, and a hollow single piston rod with a piston configured for slidable extension and retraction movement within the interior space of the cylinder, wherein the interior space is defined by three chambers, each chamber having a port allowing switchable flow of hydraulic fluid into and out from the cylinder; and
b) a pumping and switching system with hydraulic fluid connections to each port of the cylinder, the system configured to pump hydraulic fluid via a primary pump and to switch the direction of hydraulic fluid flow through each of the ports of the three chambers, thereby providing the assembly with a plurality of hydraulic fluid flow path combinations including five hoisting combinations and three lowering combinations, wherein each combination of the five hoisting combinations and three lowering combinations provides a different speed-to-force ratio for extending or retracting the piston rod, thereby hoisting or lowering the drill string;
wherein a central tube is fixed to a blind end wall of the cylinder within the interior of the hollow piston rod, and wherein the three chambers of the cylinder are:
i) a blind end chamber with boundaries defined by a portion of the blind end wall of the cylinder; a blind end face of the piston; an interior sidewall of the cylinder and an outer diameter sidewall of the central tube;
ii) a rod end chamber with boundaries defined by a rod end side of the piston; an interior sidewall of the cylinder; an outer sidewall of the central tube, and a rod end wall of the cylinder; and
iii) a central tube chamber with boundaries defined by a portion of the blind end wall of the cylinder and the sidewall of the central tube;
wherein the port of the blind end chamber is in the sidewall of the cylinder adjacent the blind end, the port of the rod end chamber is in the sidewall of the cylinder adjacent the rod end, and the port of the central tube chamber is in the blind end wall of the cylinder;
wherein the pumping and switching system comprises a transmission manifold with switchable hydraulic fluid connections to the port of the blind end chamber, the port of the rod end chamber and the port of the central tube chamber; and
wherein the pumping and switching system comprises a secondary pump operably connected to the port of the central tube chamber for providing a secondary source of hydraulic fluid to the central tube chamber to prevent formation of a vacuum when the piston rod is extending in hydraulic fluid flow path combinations which do not include pumping of primary hydraulic fluid from the primary pump into the central tube chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,246,950

DEADLINE COMPENSATOR

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

1. A deadline compensator, comprising:a compensator assembly configured to engage a deadline between a crown block and a supply reel, wherein the compensator assembly is configured to transition between a first position and a second position;
at least one compensator sheave of the compensator assembly, wherein the compensator sheave is configured to engage the deadline;
at least one actuator of the compensator assembly, wherein the actuator is configured to apply a force to the deadline via the at least one compensator sheave to displace the deadline while the compensator assembly is in the first position and configured to retract into the second position in response to a second load condition on the deadline; and
a sensor engaged to the deadline configured to detect a tension force of the deadline, wherein the sensor communicates a first signal to a controller, and the controller communicates a second signal to the compensator assembly to transition the compensator assembly between the first position and the second position in response to the first signal.

US Pat. No. 10,246,943

DRILL BIT FOR DIRECTIONAL DRILLING AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

Astech Alloy Steel Techno...

1. A drill bit for directional drilling comprising:a main body that is unitary and formed of a first material, the main body having opposed outer surfaces and a periphery extending between the opposed surfaces;
a wear component that is unitary and formed of a second material that is harder than the first material, wherein the wear component comprises:
a retention portion positioned within the first material of the main body and having opposed retention surfaces that, moving inward from the periphery of the main body, taper apart from each other toward the opposed outer surfaces of the main body, and
a wear portion extending outward from the retention portion relative to the periphery of the main body, the wear portion being substantially planar and being configured to form an outer wear edge; and
wherein the main body comprises axially arranged planar head and base portions the planes of which are non- parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,942

HYRAULIC MOTOR CIRCUIT

OILPATH HYDRAULICS PTY LT...

1. A hydraulic motor circuit for an auger, including:a hydraulic motor that receives oil from an oil supply via a supply line and returns oil to the oil supply via a return line;
a main stage pressure relief valve;
a first pilot stage relief valve openable if pressure in the return line exceeds a predetermined value corresponding to an allowable inertia load acting on the motor, opening of the first pilot stage relief valve causing the main stage pressure relief valve to open, allowing flow to be diverted from the return line to the supply line and back to the motor; and
a control valve configured to block flow to the first pilot stage relief valve when pressure in the supply line is greater than pressure in the return line;
wherein, if pressure in the return line exceeds pressure in the supply line, the control valve shifts open and exposes the first pilot stage relief valve to pressure in the return line.

US Pat. No. 10,246,939

FOLDING AND RIGID LADDER WITH EXTENSIONS

Blue Moon Designs, LLC, ...

1. A step ladder, comprising:a ladder base having
a. a stepped unit defined by first and second stepped unit side rails, plural steps interconnecting the first and second stepped unit side rails, and a top plate interconnecting the first and second stepped unit side rails at an upper end thereof, the top plate having a forward edge and an opposite rearward edge, and
b. a support unit hinged to the stepped unit such that the support unit may be pivoted relative to the stepped unit about the hinged connection to move the step ladder between open and folded configurations; and
an extension module having
a. first and second extension module side rails, each having upper and lower ends, plural steps interconnecting the extension module side rails and a top plate interconnecting the extension module side rails at the upper ends thereof;
b. a bottom step that abuts the top plate of the stepped unit when the extension module is connected to the ladder base, the bottom step having a forward edge and an opposite rearward edge, wherein the bottom step has a first flange extending downwardly from the forward edge and a second flange extending downwardly from the rearward edge and the first and second flanges overlap the respective forward and rearward edges of the top plate when the extension module is connected to the ladder base; and
c. a connector attaching the extension module to the stepped unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,932

DEPLOYABLE SANDWICH-LIKE SHELL STRUCTURAL SYSTEM

1. A deployable structurally composite cellular shell assemblage, comprising:a. a first elastic sheet,
b. a second elastic sheet substantially parallel to said first elastic sheet,
c. a plurality of elongated hinges,
d. a plurality of substantially rigid elongated webs having at least two elongated edges, each of which is attached in a parallel manner, along both elongated edges, to said first and second elastic sheets by means of said hinges, where the spacing of said hinge connections, as measured on the surface of said first elastic sheet, differs from the spacing of said hinge connections, as measured on the surface of said second elastic sheet, thus sandwiching said webs between said elastic sheets, and
e. a first means of transverse restraint, at right angles to said sheets, supporting the ends of said webs; and a second means of longitudinal restraint, at right angles to said hinges and in the plain of said elastic sheets, supporting one edge, parallel to said webs, of both of said elastic sheets, thus providing enhanced structural bending strength and stability to the deployed assemblage described above,whereby the differing spacing of said hinge connections to said first elastic sheet from spacing of said hinge connections to said second elastic sheet enables said sheets and webs to be elastically urged into a substantially circular cylindrical configuration resulting in compact cylindrical stowage of said structural assemblage; with reversal of said sheet stowage and utilization of said support means resulting in deployment, stability and enhanced structural bending strength of said structural assemblage.

US Pat. No. 10,246,929

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool, comprising: a door that closes an opening provided in a cover that forms a machining area at the time of machining and opens the opening when nothing is being machined, wherein the moving speed of the door for opening and closing the opening is changeable; a drive unit configured to move the door; a controller configured to control the drive unit, receive a safety signal from an outside of the machine tool, and set the moving speed of the door to a first moving speed in the case where a safety signal is received or to a second moving speed in the case where no safety signal is received; and a load detection unit configured to detect the load applied to the door, wherein the first moving speed is higher than the second moving speed, and in the case where a load having a threshold value or higher is applied to the load detection unit, the door is stopped, a drive force for the door is cut off, or the door is driven in the direction opposite the direction in which the door was moving at the point in time when the load was applied.

US Pat. No. 10,246,928

ARMORED WINDOW DRIVE MECHANISM AND SYSTEM

MILTON MANUFACTURING INC....

1. An armored window drive mechanism including:a window unit containing a bullet resistant window positioned within a window frame;
the window frame is slidably received and guided within opposed side rails each having a facing of a low frictional coefficient material, the opposed side rails contained between opposed flanges, the side rails including the flanges having a width proximate to a bottom of the side rails that is greater than a width proximate to a top of the side rails, thereby directing the window unit to displace up and down, and also toward and away from an inside space of the vehicle as the window unit is displaced;
a motorized window mechanism connected to a door structure of a vehicle energized to raise and lower the window unit; and
at least one mechanism connector converting an axial rotational force generated by the window mechanism to a lifting and a lowering force acting directly at a lower face of the window frame.

US Pat. No. 10,246,926

DRIVER FOR A MOVABLE WINDOW PANE, WINDOW PANE ARRANGEMENT

Volkswagen Aktiengesellss...

1. A driver for a movable window pane of a motor vehicle, comprising:a receptacle recess for receiving an edge section of the window pane;
an elastically displaceable detent lug adapted to engage with a latching cutout of the window pane for locking the window pane on the driver, the detent lug obstructing the receptacle recess in an initial position; and
wherein the detent lug has an insertion taper so that the detent lug is displaced out of the receptacle recess by an insertion of the window pane into the receptacle recess,
wherein the detent lug has a catch groove in the insertion taper that extends substantially parallel to the receptacle recess over the entire width of the detent lug,
wherein the catch groove is arranged in the latching cutout of the window pane when the window pane is inserted into the receptacle recess, and
wherein the insertion taper has an upper first guiding section and a lower second guiding section that have an inclined orientation to each other, wherein the catch groove is situated between the upper first guiding section and the lower second guiding section and wherein an upper edge of the latching cutout of the window pane directly contacts the upper first guiding section of the insertion taper when the window pane is inserted into the receptacle recess and the detent lug is in the initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,925

ADJUSTABLE CASEMENT WINDOW SASH LIFTER

Truth Hardware Corporatio...

1. An adjustable sash lifter assembly for a casement window having a frame defining an opening and a sash hinged to the frame, the sash shiftable between an open position in which the sash is clear from the opening and a closed position in which the sash closes the opening, the sash lifter assembly, comprising:a first sash lifter adapted to attach to the frame or the sash of the casement window, the first sash lifter comprising a mounting portion and a lifting portion selectively engagable with the mounting portion, the lifting portion having an end presenting a lifting ramp, the lifting portion being selectively vertically shiftable relative to the mounting portion, wherein the mounting portion of the first sash lifter presents a plurality of teeth, and the lifting portion presents a corresponding plurality of teeth engagable with the teeth of the mounting portion in a plurality of positions such that the lifting portion is selectively vertically shiftable relative to the mounting portion; and
a second sash lifter adapted to attach to the other of the frame or the sash of the casement window, the second sash lifter having an end presenting a lifting ramp;
wherein when the casement window is shifted from the open position to the closed position, the ramp of the first sash lifter engages with the ramp of the second sash lifter, causing the sash to shift vertically relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,246,924

DOOR ANTI-SLAMMING DEVICE

1. A door anti-slamming device,wherein the device includes a chamber with an entrance located at a first end;
wherein the chamber houses a plunger component with a tip configured to slidably move in and out of the entrance, therefore defining a compacted configuration and an extended configuration of the device, respectively;
wherein the device includes a biasing means configured to bias the device towards the extended configuration;
wherein the device includes a first cavity and a second cavity located within the chamber, and a fluid provided within the first and second cavities, and
wherein a partition is located between the first and second cavities;
characterised in that
the partition includes an orifice configured to control a transfer rate of the fluid between the first cavity and second cavity, wherein the device is configured to transition to the compacted configuration at a rate at least partially controlled by transfer of the fluid from the first cavity into the second cavity, and
the partition remains in a fixed position with respect to the chamber when the device moves between the extended and compacted configurations, wherein the first cavity in the device is in direct contact with the plunger, and wherein the plunger is in direct contact with the first cavity, but is not in direct contact with the second cavity; and
wherein the device comprises a cylindrical outer body, and wherein the partition is integrally formed with the outer body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,923

DAMPING OR RETURN DEVICE FOR SLIDING DOOR LEAVES OR FOR DRAWERS

BORTOLUZZI SISTEMI S.P.A....

1. A damping or return device for sliding door leaves or for drawers, comprising:a pin having a shank constituted by a diametrically differently-polarized magnet that comprises mutually coupled first and second portions having opposing polarities;
at least one of a steel plate or a complementarily-shaped steel collar polygonal in cross-section, wherein the pin slideably and axially interacts with the steel plate or collar; and
an elastically compressible element arranged to damp movement of the pin as the pin moves in contrast with the elastically compressible element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,921

KEYLESS ACCESS FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Spartan Motors, Inc., Ch...

1. A keyless access system for a commercial vehicle having a cab compartment, a cargo compartment, a slideable bulkhead door, and a bulkhead wall separating the cab compartment from the cargo compartment, comprising:an auto-opening bulkhead door actuator having an outer sheath configured to attach to the bulkhead wall, and an inner sheath configured to attach to the slideable bulkhead door, the auto-opening bulkhead door actuator having an inner retracting spring coupled at a first end to the outer sheath and at a second end to the inner sheath such that the inner sheath is retracted into the outer sheath when the inner retracting spring is in a quiescent state, an outer dampening spring, and an inner dampening spring;
a solenoid latch configured to attach to the bulkhead wall, the solenoid latch operable selectively to latch the bulkhead door in a closed position and to unlatch the bulkhead door to allow opening thereof;
a control module operably coupled to the solenoid latch to control operation thereof; and
a transmitter configured to relay an operator command to the control module to open the bulkhead door.

US Pat. No. 10,246,915

SUPPORTING DEVICE FOR A FURNITURE FLAP

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A support device for a furniture flap, wherein the support device is to be hingedly connected to a furniture carcass and a furniture flap, said support device comprising:a first support arm for supporting the furniture flap; and
a second support arm for supporting the furniture flap, the first support arm and the second support arm being configured to overlap gap-free in all positions of the support device laterally with respect to the direction of movement of the support device,
wherein the first support arm and the second support arm have a cross-sectional profile and are arranged inter-nested;
wherein each of the first support arm and the second support arm has a first end pivotally connected to a housing to be mounted to a furniture carcass, and each of the first support arm and the second support arm has a second end pivotally connected to a hinge connection to be mounted to a furniture flap.

US Pat. No. 10,246,914

TWO POINT LOCK FOR BI-FOLD WINDOWS AND DOORS

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A two point lock for bi-fold windows and doors, comprising:a central lock body comprising a casing;
a handle that is rotatable with respect to the lock body between a first rest position and a second rest position;
a rotating driver coupled to the handle for rotation therewith, the driver including a pair of opposing members having a gap defined therebetween;
first and second shoot bolt arms that move in opposite directions upon rotation of the handle and are maintained in a mutually retracted position when the handle is in the first rest position and in a mutually extended position when the handle is in the second rest position, and wherein each of the first and second shoot bolt arms extends into the gap, a portion of each of the first and second shoot bolt arms that is positioned within the gap between the pair of opposing members being rotably displaceable within the gap via rotation of the driver and pivotably connected to the driver through a corresponding pivot, each pivot having a first end supported by one of the opposing members and an opposite second end supported by the other of the opposing members;
a locking member moveable within the casing between a locked position in which the locking member is engaged with the first shoot bolt arm in its extended position, and an unlocked position in which the locking member is unengaged with the first shoot bolt arm; and
an actuator for moving the locking member between its locked and unlocked positions when the shoot bolt arms are in their mutually extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,913

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door lock device comprising:a latch mechanism configured to enable a vehicle door to maintain a closed state in a vehicle body; and
a lock mechanism configured to set an unlocked state where the latch mechanism can disengage from a striker disposed in the vehicle body or a locked state where the latch mechanism cannot disengage from the striker,
wherein the lock mechanism includes
an inside opening lever that is connected to an inside door handle disposed on an inner side of the vehicle door via a flexible inside opening cable, and that can be operated so as to be rotatable around an inside opening lever support portion between an initial position and a maximum operation position in response to door opening and closing operations of the inside door handle,
an opening link that can switch between a first position where an operation in a door opening direction of the inside opening lever in response to a door opening operation of the inside door handle is transferred to the latch mechanism and a second position where the operation in the door opening direction of the inside opening lever is not transferred to the latch mechanism,
a lock operation lever that can be operated so as to be rotatable around a lock operation lever support portion between an unlocking position for setting the opening link to be located at the first position and a locking position for setting the opening link to be located at the second position, and that is pressed by the inside opening lever, which is rotatably operated from the initial position to the maximum operation position due to the door opening operation of the inside door handle, to drive the lock operation lever from the locking position toward the unlocking position, and
wherein the inside opening lever and the lock operation lever have a configuration in which, when the inside opening lever is located at a predetermined operation position with a gap between the inside opening lever and the lock operation lever after the inside opening lever has moved to the maximum operation position while in contact with the lock operation lever, the predetermined opening position being located at any position within a range which includes the maximum operation position, and the lock operation lever is forcibly driven toward the inside opening lever, the lock operation lever imparts a contact load to the inside opening lever which moves the inside opening lever toward the initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,912

LOCATOR FEATURE FOR AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR DOORS

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An interior door assembly for a vehicle, comprising:an outer door panel including at least one integral inner door panel locator feature defining a bumper retainer;
an inner door panel including at least one aperture configured and dimensioned to engage the at least one inner door panel locator feature; and
a resilient bumper adapted for retention by the bumper retainer to provide a snug fit to the closed interior door assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,911

RECREATIONAL OR UTILITY VEHICLE DOOR OPENING SYSTEM

1. A recreational or utility vehicle system comprising:a body;
the body having a cargo hold;
a cargo door;
the cargo door configured to cover the cargo hold;
the cargo door configured to move between a closed position and an open position;
a latch mechanism operably connected to the cargo hold and the cargo door;
the latch mechanism configured to latch the cargo door in a closed position, and unlatch the cargo door to facilitate opening of the cargo door;
a motorized member operably connected to the latch mechanism;
the motorized member configured to unlatch the latch mechanism when activated;
an activation device electrically connected to the motorized member;
wherein when the activation device is operated, the motorized member operates to unlatch the latch mechanism;
a manual override system operably connected to the latch mechanism;
wherein when the manual override system is operated, the manual override system manually operates to unlatch the latch mechanism;
wherein when the recreational or utility vehicle is in a powered state, the latch mechanism is unlatched by operating the activation device thereby allowing the cargo door to be opened;
wherein when the recreational or utility vehicle is in an unpowered state, the latch mechanism is unlatched by operating the manual override system thereby allowing the cargo door to be opened;
wherein the activation device is a button positioned in the body of the recreational or utility vehicle, wherein the button is adjacent the cargo door and is operable from outside the recreational or utility vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,910

CABLE ACTUATED DIGITAL VEHICLE CARGO SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A cargo security system for a vehicle of the type having a cargo access door to an enclosed cargo compartment with a latch including handle with an opening, the handle being moveable between a first position in which opening of the cargo door is prevented, wherein the handle opening is aligned with an opening in a part attached to the exterior surface of the cargo door and a second position in which the cargo door can be opened, wherein the handle opening is out of alignment with the opening in the attached part, the security system comprising a digital counter, a housing, a cable having a first end anchored to the cargo door and a second end adapted to extend through the aligned openings and into said housing, when the handle is in its first position, a magnetically actuated switch connected to said digital counter, an assembly located within said housing, said assembly comprising a magnetic member moveable relative to said switch between a proximate position and a remote position to change the state of said switch, and a cable retaining member manually movable between retaining and non-retaining positions to move said magnetic member between said proximate position and said remote position, said second cable and end being retained within said housing by said cable retaining member when said cable retaining member is in said retaining position and released from said housing when said retaining member is in said non-retaining position, wherein the change of stat of said switch causes the number on said counter to change.

US Pat. No. 10,246,909

ELECTRONIC HANDLE FOR A VEHICLE DOOR

U-Shin Italia S.p.A., Pi...

1. An electronic handle for a vehicle door, the electronic handle comprising:a grip lever being rotatable according to a grip axis between a mechanical active position in which rotation of the grip lever mechanically unlatches the door, a rest position in which the grip lever is not rotated, and an electronic active position between the rest position and the mechanical active position, in which rotation of the grip lever activates electronic unlatching of the door; and
a fixed part which is fixed relative to the grip lever,
wherein a blocking element is interposed between the fixed part and the grip lever, the blocking element being moveable between a blocking position in which the grip lever is inhibited from being rotated from the electronic active position to the mechanical active position, and an unblocking position in which the grip lever is free to be rotated to the mechanical active position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,908

OPTIMIZED LOCKING SYSTEM

FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUST...

1. An opening device for a vehicle comprising an opening part and a stationary part, said opening part being movable relative to said stationary part between a closed position and an open position, the opening device further comprising an accompanying device accompanying the movement of the opening part when said opening part moves toward the open position, said accompanying device comprising a first part secured to the opening part and a second part secured to the stationary part, said first part being movable relative to said second part with the movement of the opening part relative to the stationary part, wherein the accompanying device further comprises a safety blocking device arranged to block the movement of the first part relative to the second part when an inertial force applied to the opening part toward the open position is above a predetermined threshold force such that the first part prevents the movement of the opening part toward the open position when said inertial force is greater than said predetermined threshold force,wherein the accompanying device is formed by a winder, the first part comprising a moving body and a cable, said cable being fastened on the one hand to said moving body and on the other hand to the opening part, and the second part comprising a stationary body secured to the stationary part, said moving body being rotatable in or on said stationary body, the cable being wound around said moving body when said opening part is in the closed position and unwinding around the moving body when said opening part moves toward the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,903

DOOR IMPROVEMENTS AND DATA MINING VIA ACCELEROMETER AND MAGNETOMETER ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A method for determining a status of a door with respect to a door frame, comprising:providing an accelerometer in a door lock;
analyzing accelerometer data detected by the accelerometer in response to movement of the door;
determining whether the accelerometer data satisfies a plurality of operating state thresholds, wherein each of the operating state thresholds indicates that operation of the door is operating in an acceptable operating state when the accelerometer data satisfies the plurality of operating state thresholds, and that operation of the door is operating in an unacceptable operating state when the accelerometer data fails to satisfy at least one of the plurality of operating state thresholds;
providing a status of the door with respect to the door frame when the door is operating in the acceptable operating state; and
providing an alert indicating that an unacceptable condition associated with operation of the door exists when the door is operating in the unacceptable operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,246,897

JOINT STRUCTURE

SPORTSMAN CORPORATION, N...

1. A joint structure comprising:a first assembly comprising:
a first main body comprising:
an installing portion formed at a center of a lateral surface of the first main body;
an annular wall protruding from the lateral surface of the first main body, the annular wall spaced apart from the installing portion;
an engaging passage formed on the annular wall and communicating with two opposite surfaces of the annular wall; and
a limiting groove concavely formed on the lateral surface of the first main body, surrounding the annular wall, and communicating with the engaging passage; and
a positioning pin movably mounted in the first main body and selectively extending out of the lateral surface of the first main body that forms the installing portion;
a second assembly pivotably mounted on the first assembly and comprising:
a second main body comprising:
an installing base formed at a center of a lateral surface of the second main body and the installing base mounted on an outer surface of the installing portion of the first main body and in the annular wall;
a limiting protrusion protruding from the lateral surface of the second main body, curvedly surrounding the installing base, and mounted in the limiting groove of the first main body;
a connecting surface formed on the lateral surface of the second main body that forms the installing base, abutting the lateral surface of the first main body that forms the installing portion, and capable of abutting the positioning pin, said limiting protrusion formed on the connecting surface;
a combining base concavely formed on the connecting surface, said installing base protruding from a bottom surface of the combining base;
a plurality of sliding grooves spaced apart from each other, concavely formed in the bottom surface of the combining base, and adjacent to the installing base; and
an opening slot concavely formed on an edge of the connecting surface and communicating with an inside of the combining base and an outer surface of the second main body;
a controlling button movably mounted between the first assembly and the second assembly, mounted through the opening slot of the second main body, and protruding out of the second main body, the controlling button being an elongated body and comprising:
a positioning groove concavely formed on a side surface of the controlling button, the positioning pin of the first main body selectively abutting a bottom of the positioning groove or the side surface of the controlling button that forms the positioning groove;
an engaging block protruding from the side surface of the controlling button that forms the positioning groove and selectively located in the engaging passage of the first main body, the engaging block surrounding the installing base of the second main body along with the annular wall;
a through hole formed through the controlling button and mounted around the installing base, the through hole extending along a lengthwise direction of the controlling button;
a combining portion protruding from another side surface of the controlling button, the through hole formed through the combining portion, the combining portion mounted in the combining base of the second main body; and
a plurality of sliding strips spaced apart from each other and concavely formed on the combining portion along the lengthwise direction of the controlling button, the sliding strips mounted in the sliding grooves of the second main body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,894

ADJUSTABLE PUMPING POWER SWIMMING POOL CLEANING ROBOT

ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE, ...

1. An apparatus for cleaning a swimming pool, comprising:a. a body comprising an inlet and an outlet;
b. a debris filter interposed between the inlet and the outlet;
c. means for driving the body along a lateral wall of the swimming pool, the lateral wall extending above a waterline of the swimming pool;
d. means, comprising a pump, for generating a force for pressing the body against the lateral wall;
e. means for determining an adherence of the body to the lateral wall, such means being selected from the group consisting of (i) means for receiving input from a user indicating that air is being aspirated into the body through the inlet, (ii) an accelerometer used in combination with a timer, or (iii) means for receiving input from a user indicating that the body remains below the waterline; and
f. means for modifying the pressing force, depending on the adherence determined, by modifying power of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,246,886

ADJUSTABLE SHIM AND PRE-HUNG DOOR WITH THE SAME

Endura Products, Inc., C...

1. An adjustable shim, the adjustable shim comprising:a base bracket configured to mount the adjustable shim to a pre-hung door or a rough opening;
an inner shim;
an outer shim;
a first actuator operably attached between the base bracket and the inner shim;
a plumb adjustment bracket slideably attached to the base bracket and configured for attachment to a rough opening frame that defines a rough opening; and
a second actuator configured to convert rotational motion of the second actuator into linear motion, sliding the plumb adjustment bracket relative to the base bracket along a direction into and out of the rough opening,
wherein at least one of the inner shim and the outer shim is tapered,
wherein rotation of the first actuator translates the inner shim substantially linearly relative to the outer shim, thereby adjusting a combined height of the inner shim and the outer shim.

US Pat. No. 10,246,879

ROOFING GRANULES WITH HIGH SOLAR REFLECTANCE, ROOFING PRODUCTS WITH HIGH SOLAR REFLECTANCE, AND PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING SAME

CertainTeed Corporation, ...

1. A process for preparing solar reflective roofing granules, the process comprising:(a) providing an inorganic binder and inert mineral particles to form a mixture;
(b) forming the mixture into uncured granule bodies having an exterior surface;
(c) adhering solar reflective particles only at or proximate to the exterior surface of the uncured granule bodies; and
(d) firing the binder to provide the solar reflective roofing granules having the solar reflective particles only at or proximate to the exterior surfaces thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,872

DWELLING WALL PROVIDED WITH VACUUM HEAT-INSULATING MATERIAL AND VACUUM HEAT-INSULATING MATERIAL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A dwelling wall comprising:a vacuum heat-insulating material including an outer cover material, and an inner member which is sealed in a tightly closed and decompressed state on an inside of the outer cover material; and
a wall material,
wherein the vacuum heat-insulating material is disposed on a rear surface side of the wall material, and
wherein the inner member comprises a chemical adsorbent for adsorbing gases including vapor, the inner member being configured of a material which does not generate hydrogen in a case of coming into contact with moisture of liquid,
wherein the adsorbent is processed to have a shape of which a ratio of a sectional area (CS) with respect to a thickness (T2) is within a range of T2:CS=1:100 to 1:250.

US Pat. No. 10,246,871

FIRE-RATED JOINT SYSTEM

California Expanded Metal...

1. A fire-rated assembly for sealing a linear wall gap along an overhead structure, the fire-rated assembly comprising:a bottom track comprising a web, a first flange and a second flange, the first and second flanges extending in an upward direction from opposing side edges of the web, the bottom track defining an interior space between the web and the inwardly-facing surfaces of the first and second flanges;
a plurality of studs that are spaced from one another along the bottom track, each of the plurality of studs having a bottom end received within the interior space of the bottom track, each of the plurality of studs extending in a generally vertical direction from the bottom track;
a top track attached to the overhead structure, the top track comprising a web, a first flange and a second flange, the first and second flanges extending in a downward direction from opposing side edges of the web, the top track defining an interior space between the web and the inwardly-facing surfaces of the first and second flanges, wherein upper ends of each of the plurality of studs are received within the interior space of the top track;
an angle piece comprising a first flange and a second flange, the second flange oriented at an angle relative to the first flange, the first flange and the second flange being connected to one another along an edge thereby defining a corner, the first flange extending in a direction parallel with the overhead structure; the first and second flanges being formed from a non-metal material;
a heat-expandable intumescent strip attached to at least one of the first and second flanges of the angle piece, the heat-expandable intumescent strip having an activation temperature that is lower than a melting temperature of the non-metal material; and
a gasket attached to the first flange of the angle piece,
wherein the gasket contacts the overhead structure to seal the linear wall gap.

US Pat. No. 10,246,861

POP-UP DRAIN ASSEMBLY

PF Waterworks LP, Housto...

1. A drain stopper, comprising:an elongated body having a longitudinal axis, the body comprising two or more longitudinal fins for centering the body in a drain pipe, wherein the fins project radially and define an outermost circumference of the body;
a cap on one end of the body for providing a seal;
a magnet holder extending longitudinally from one of the fins away from the cap end; and
a magnet or a magnetic material received in the magnet holder, wherein the magnet holder, the magnet or the magnetic material has an outer surface approximately and substantially aligned with the outermost circumference of the body, and wherein the magnet or magnetic material is elongated and has a longitudinal axis that is radially offset from and substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,850

EXPANDING MATERIAL BOX FOR EQUIPMENT

Meyer Products, LLC, Cle...

1. A material moving assembly, comprising:a center blade assembly having a center main blade, said center main blade having a curved plate structure, said center main blade having a pair of lateral ends;
at least one channel attached to a back side of said curved plate structure of said center main blade, said at least one channel extending to at least one of said pair of lateral ends of said center main blade, said at least one channel having a C-shaped cross sectional shape, said at least one channel and said center main blade defining a first gap at a lateral end of said at least one channel; and
at least one wing blade assembly having a wing blade, wherein said at least one wing blade assembly includes a wing blade slide that is slidably engaged with said at least one channel to adjust the width of the material box, whereby said wing blade is slidable in transverse directions, each said wing blade slide having a cross sectional shape which mates with and slides within said C-shaped cross sectional shape of a corresponding said at least one channel, and each said wing blade having a curvature that allows transverse sliding of the wing blade relative to the center main blade.

US Pat. No. 10,246,849

IMPLEMENT SYSTEM WITH BUCKET HAVING TORSIONAL SUPPORT, AND MACHINE HAVING SAME

Caterpillar Underground M...

1. A bucket for an implement system in a machine comprising:a bucket shell having an upper edge extending laterally between a left side wall and a right side wall, a roof section extending rearward from the upper edge, a lower edge oriented substantially parallel to the upper edge, a floor section extending rearward from the lower edge, and a bad section connecting between the roof section and the floor section;
a plurality of mounting elements coupled to the back section of the bucket shell and structured for coupling the bucket to a linkage in the implement system; and
a torque tube assembly including an elongate stiffener extending laterally between the left side wall and the right side wall, the stiffener including a forward edge attached to the back section of the bucket shell at a first weld joint and a back edge attached to the back section of the bucket shell at a second weld joint, and a cross section forming a C-shape between the forward edge and the back edge;
wherein the torque tube assembly further includes a forward plate connecting between the elongate stiffener and the roof section of the bucket shell, and a back plate connecting between the elongate stiffener and the back section of the bucket shell.

US Pat. No. 10,246,848

UPPER HINGE DESIGN FOR A BUCKET

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A work implement for use with a machine, the work implement comprising:a body that is configured to perform work and that includes a wall; and
a hinge attachment bracket that is attached to the wall and that comprises:
a substantial I-beam configuration that includes a first flange, a second flange, a web that connects the first flange to the second flange and that defines a boss that defines a pin receiving bore that establishes a radial direction and a longitudinal axis, wherein:
the first and second flanges merge toward each other tangentially forming a first extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,843

FILLABLE BARRIER BAG

1. A door barrier bag, comprising:at least one loading cell, wherein said at least one loading cell includes a bottom panel and a plurality of side panels creating an open-top internal space capable of receiving flowable fill material;
a first end panel and a second end panel at opposing longitudinal ends of said barrier bag; and
a substantially open-ended receiving cell at said second end panel of the barrier bag configured to removably attach to the first end panel of an additional barrier bag by a removable strap extending from a lid of the door barrier bag to an interior end wall of the additional barrier bag having a strap receiving structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,836

COLD IN-PLACE RECYCLING WITH IN-LINE HEATER FOR ASPHALT CEMENT

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A CIR train that is adapted to traverse a roadway of asphalt pavement in order to recycle and repair the asphalt paving material comprising the asphalt pavement, said CIR train comprising:(a) a milling machine for milling the asphalt paving material and removing said asphalt paving material from the roadway;
(b) a vehicle comprising an asphalt cement supply tank;
(c) a mechanism for dispensing asphalt cement onto asphalt paving material that has been removed from the roadway;
(d) a heater that is in fluid communication with the asphalt cement supply tank and the mechanism for dispensing asphalt cement on the asphalt paving material that has been removed from the roadway, said heater:
(i) being adapted to heat the asphalt cement from the asphalt cement supply tank prior to said asphalt cement being dispensed on the asphalt paving material that has been removed from the roadway;
(ii) comprising a burner assembly that burns fuel in air to create hot gases of combustion;
(iii) including a first heating chamber that includes a plurality of fluid passages through which asphalt cement may pass, which fluid passages are contacted by the hot gases of combustion from the burner assembly;
(iv) including a second heating chamber that is disposed around the first heating chamber.