US Pat. No. 10,794,532

HYDRAULIC TRIPOD

Colorado Tripod Company, ...

1. A hydraulic tripod comprising:a head member having an article attachment member;
at least one hydraulic cylinder having an internal volume and at least one cylinder port extending through the at least one hydraulic cylinder, wherein the at least one cylinder port allows access to the internal volume;
an input device adjoined to the head member and in connection with the at least one hydraulic cylinder,
at least one leg having a leg proximal end, a leg distal end, and a central leg axis extending a length of the at least one leg, wherein the at least one leg is hingedly adjoined to the head member;
at least one leg section arranged within the at least one leg, the at least one leg section having a section proximal end, a section distal end, and a central leg section axis extending a length of the at least one leg section, wherein the central leg section axis is offset from the central leg axis;
a hose channel existing between an internal surface of the at least one leg and an external surface of the at least one leg section;
at least one slave cartridge having at least one piston port in fluid connection with the at least one cylinder port;
a hose adjoined to the at least one cylinder port and the at least one piston port;
at least one brake pad attached to the at least one slave cartridge; and,
a first mode of operation configured to enable a user to manually engage the input device to manipulate a characteristic of the at least one hydraulic cylinder in fluid connection to the at least one slave cartridge thereby moving the at least one brake pad away from the at least one leg section.

US Pat. No. 10,794,531

TRIPOD FOOT

The Vitec Group PLC, Ric...

1. A leg with a foot, the foot having a base portion, a stretchable handle made from a resilient material, and a rigid, securing member centrally deployed with respect to the handle, the handle being pivotally attached to the base portion at a first end and including a gripping portion at a second end, the gripping portion shaped for a person to grip between their finger and thumb, the handle being movable between a first position in which the foot is removable from the leg and a second position in which an end of the securing member closest to the base portion is secured within a securing recess in a leg portion whereby the foot is secured to the leg, wherein the securing member has a leg receiving recess for receiving an edge of the leg, the securing member pivotable on the edge when the handle is in the first position, wherein the securing member extends away from the gripping portion of the handle and is attached within a securing member receiving aperture of the handle, in a direction distal to the end of the securing member which is secured in use to the securing recess.

US Pat. No. 10,794,530

ROTATING MODULE

SYNCMOLD ENTERPRISE CORP....

1. A rotating module being disposed on an upright and connected to a holder for supporting a display, the rotating module comprising:at least one rubbing element including at least one arcuate arm and a connecting portion, wherein the arcuate arm forms a pivoting space, an opening being connected to the pivoting space, and an inner surface adjacent to the pivoting space, wherein the connecting portion is connected to the upright; and
a mandrel including a pivoting part and at least one fixing part, wherein the pivoting part passes through the arcuate arm and contacts with the inner surface, and the at least one fixing part is connected to the holder;
wherein the pivoting part of the mandrel and the arcuate arm are assembled with interference fit for the display pivotably stopping at any angle;
wherein a tilt angle of the display is capable of being changed by a force applied to the display when an extending direction of the mandrel is perpendicular to the upright, and the display stops at any tilt angle with respect to the upright when the force is removed; wherein a swivel angle of the display is capable of being changed by a force applied to the display when the extending direction of the mandrel is parallel to the upright, and the display stops at any swivel angle with respect to the upright when the force is removed.

US Pat. No. 10,794,529

GAS CYLINDER QUICK RELEASE DEVICE

1. A device comprising:an upper bearing plate;
a lower annular collar arranged below the upper bearing plate on an axis common to the upper bearing plate and the lower annular collar; and
a handle which is mounted to move between a first position and a second position, wherein movement of the handle from the first position to the second position imparts axial displacement of the upper bearing plate and the lower annular collar away from each other along the axis;
wherein the lower annular collar moves downward along the axis when the lower annular collar is axially displaced away from the upper bearing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,794,528

INSULATION PRODUCT WITH INWARD CURLING CLOSURE FLAP

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a laminate, the method comprising:providing an inner layer comprising a foil or metallized polymeric sheet material, the inner layer comprising:
a length,
a width,
a first face, and
a second face, wherein the length and width form an area that define the first face and the second face;
positioning an outer layer such that the outer layer is coextensive with the second face, wherein the outer layer comprises a polymeric sheet material, and wherein the outer layer comprises a closure flap;
positioning an intermediate layer between the inner layer and the outer layer, wherein the intermediate layer provides reinforcement for the laminate;
compressing the inner layer, the intermediate layer, and the outer layer together using a plurality of rollers to form a single multilayered laminate;
applying a first tension to the inner layer and the intermediate layer as the inner layer and the intermediate layer enter an opposing pair of the plurality of rollers and applying a second tension to the outer layer that is less than the first tension as the outer layer enters the opposing pair of the plurality of rollers; and
maintaining the first tension and the second tension during lamination of the inner layer, the intermediate layer, and the outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,794,526

SOUND ABSORBER FOR VACUUM GRIPPERS

DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FUR LE...

1. A sound absorber comprising a housing with an inlet, at least one outlet being open to the environment, which is formed by at least one through hole of at least one elastic tube of the housing, wherein the elastic tube is open at both of its ends, its terminal openings are covered by the housing and at least one of its ends is mounted shiftably at the housing, and wherein the inlet is connectable with an exhaust gas line of a suction gripper.

US Pat. No. 10,794,525

FLUID TRANSFER ASSEMBLY

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A leak-proof fluid transfer assembly comprising:a thermoplastic tube;
a thermoset tube;
a connector coupling the thermoplastic tube and the thermoset tube, wherein the connector comprises a plurality of barbs adapted to grip an inner diameter of the thermoplastic tube,
wherein the fluid transfer assembly is adapted to maintain a substantially leak-proof fluid connection between the thermoplastic tube and the thermoset tube after autoclave sterilization, wherein at least one of the plurality of barbs includes one or more bumps, and wherein the connector comprises a first coupling structure on an outer diameter of the thermoplastic tube and a second coupling structure on an outer diameter of the thermoset tube, wherein at least one of the first coupling structure of the second coupling structure comprises polyvinylidene difluoride (PFDF).

US Pat. No. 10,794,524

PIPE COUPLING ASSEMBLY

Keith R. Bunn, Sr., Gran...

1. A pipe coupling assembly comprising:a socket comprising:
a sleeve portion including an exterior surface and an interior surface defining an interior of the socket;
a rim defining an opening into the interior of the sleeve portion;
a rim sealing surface surrounding the rim, the rim sealing surface adapted to form a liquid-tight seal wherein the rim is angled inward toward the opening; and
at least one socket sealing surface disposed in the interior surface of the sleeve portion and adapted to form a liquid-tight seal; and
a locking ring adapted to receive the socket, the locking ring comprising a first end and a second end connected by a body portion having an interior surface, the first end having a flange adapted to engage and compress the rim sealing surface when the locking ring is mounted and locked onto the socket wherein the compressed rim sealing surface and the at least one socket sealing surface provide at least two liquid-tight seals around an end portion of a pipe inserted into the socket.

US Pat. No. 10,794,523

LASER INDUCED SEALING OF CONCENTRICALLY LAYERED MATERIALS

WilMarc Holdings, LLC, F...

1. A connection comprising:a first conduit having opposing first conduit external and internal surfaces, said first conduit internal surface defining a first conduit passageway;
a second conduit concentrically disposed about said first conduit, said second conduit having opposing second conduit external and internal surfaces, said second conduit internal surface defining a second conduit passageway;
said first and second conduits formed from corresponding first and second materials selected from the group consisting of: a thermoplastic elastomer, polypropylene, polypropylene derivatives, polyethylene, polyethylene derivatives, polyolefin elastomer, polyvinylidene fluoride, polycarbonate, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene; and
a seal between said first and second conduits, said seal formed from fused first and second materials;
wherein said seal provides a fluid-tight engagement between said first and second conduits; and
wherein said seal forms a recess which inwardly extends from said second conduit external surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,522

FLEXIBLE DOUBLE WALLED HOSE CONNECTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A fluid system comprising:a plurality of conduits configured to transport a fluid;
a first conduit including;
a rigid first ferrule having an outer portion and an inner portion;
a rigid second ferrule having an outer portion an inner portion;
a flexible inner hose, configured to receive the fluid, having 1) a first end disposed between a first surface on the inner portion of the first ferrule and a first inner swage ring wherein the first inner swage ring is swaged to secure the first end of the flexible inner hose to the first ferrule and 2) a second end disposed between a first surface on the inner portion of the second ferrule and a second inner swage ring wherein the second inner swage ring is swaged to secure the second end of the flexible inner hose to the second ferrule; and
a flexible outer wall, surrounding the flexible inner hose; the first inner swage ring and the second inner swage ring, having 1) a first end disposed between a second surface on the outer portion of the first ferrule and a first outer swage ring and 2) a second end disposed between a second surface on the outer portion of the second ferrule and a second outer swage ring, wherein the flexible outer wall comprises:
a first flexible outer hose, wherein the first outer swage ring is swaged to secure the first flexible outer hose to the first ferrule;
a rigid support sleeve; wherein the rigid support sleeve surrounds the flexible inner hose between the first inner swage ring and the second inner swage ring; and
a second flexible outer hose, wherein the rigid support sleeve is disposed between the first flexible outer hose and the second flexible outer hose, and wherein the second outer swage ring is swaged to secure the second flexible outer hose to the second ferrule.

US Pat. No. 10,794,521

FAUCET WITH INTEGRATED PUSH-TO-CONNECT FITTING

Reliance Worldwide Corpor...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a body having a first end and a second end, the body including:
a connector portion positioned at the first end;
a nozzle portion positioned at the second end, the nozzle portion defining a fluid outlet; and
an intermediate portion connecting the connector portion to the nozzle portion;
wherein the connector portion includes:
an inner peripheral wall having a first exterior surface, the inner peripheral wall including a first portion and a second portion, the first exterior surface having a first outer diameter in the first portion and a second outer diameter in the second portion greater than the first outer diameter such that an interface between the first portion and the second portion defines a stepped profile along the first exterior surface, wherein the second portion has a crimped end that defines a fluid inlet proximate the first end; and
an outer peripheral wall extending from the inner peripheral wall toward the first end and at least partly around the crimped end of the second portion of the inner peripheral wall, the outer peripheral wall having a second exterior surface with a third outer diameter greater than the second outer diameter such that a space is formed between the second portion of the inner peripheral wall and the outer peripheral wall; and
wherein the connector portion, the intermediate portion, and the nozzle portion cooperatively define a fluid flow path extending from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet;
a seal disposed within the second portion of the inner peripheral wall and positioned in the stepped profile at the interface between the first portion and the second portion;
a push-to-connect fitting disposed within the second portion of the inner peripheral wall and extending through the fluid inlet, wherein the push-to-connect fitting is held within the inner peripheral wall by the crimped end of the second portion of the inner peripheral wall; and
a stopper assembly coupled to the body along the intermediate portion, the stopper assembly configured to facilitate selectively restricting a flow of fluid along the fluid flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,794,520

FLUID SUPPLY APPARATUS

TATSUNO CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A fluid supply apparatus for transporting fluid from a hydrogen dispenser while measuring and controlling a flow rate of the fluid, the fluid apparatus comprising:a hose introduced from the hydrogen dispenser and having a nozzle at an end thereof; and
a signal line along the hose, wherein said signal line is detachable and includes a detachable portion as a separable portion, the detachable portion being provided with a locking mechanism which includes:
a signal line holding member having a first convex portion mounted thereto; and
a lock releasing member having a second convex portion mounted thereto for facilitating the release of the detachable portion of the locking mechanism by contacting the first convex portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,519

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED GAS DISTRIBUTION MANIFOLD

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a manifold constructed by additive manufacturing, the manifold including:
a mixing chamber; and
portions of a plurality of flow paths, each flow path including:
a first fluid flow component interface including a first fluid flow component interface inlet and a first fluid flow component interface outlet;
a second fluid flow component interface including a second fluid flow component interface inlet and a second fluid flow component interface outlet;
a first tubular passage fluidically connecting the mixing chamber with the first fluid flow component interface outlet of that flow path; and
a second tubular passage fluidically connecting the first fluid flow component interface inlet of that flow path with the second fluid flow component interface outlet of that flow path, wherein:
each first tubular passage has a first inner diameter and a first outer diameter,
each second tubular passage has a second inner diameter and a second outer diameter,
the first fluid flow component interface, the second fluid flow component interface, the first tubular passage, and the second tubular passage of each flow path are a unitary body,
each first fluid component interface is fluidically interposed between the first tubular passage of that flow path and the second tubular passage of that flow path, and
for at least one flow path, the second tubular passage has one or more bends with a bend radius less than ten times the second outside diameter of the second tubular passage.

US Pat. No. 10,794,518

PROFILE CLAMP HAVING SEALING ELEMENT

NORMA Germany GmbH, Main...

1. Profile clamp comprising a clamp band having two tensioning jaws which are connected to one another via a tensioning device, wherein the clamp band has two band halves which are flexibly connected to one another via a connecting portion, and wherein an annular sealing element is arranged in the clamp band, which sealing element has an outer circumferential surface, wherein the sealing element has at least one clip element, wherein the at least one clip element encompasses the clamp band adjacent to the connecting portion, wherein at least one lug is provided on a radially inner edge, which at least one lug extends substantially in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,794,517

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXPANSION COUPLING FOR PIPES WITH SHEATHED GROOVES

NORTH AMERICAN PIPE CORPO...

1. A pipe system, comprising:a coupling having an axis, axial ends, an interior and an axial-facing portion in the interior;
at least two pipes configured to be inserted into different axial ends of the coupling and secured therein with retainers, the axial-facing portion of the coupling is configured to substantially remain in contact with only one of the pipes, and another one of the pipes does not axially abut, either directly or indirectly, any axial-facing portion of the coupling in the installed position other than through a respective retaining ring, such that said another one of the pipes only radially abuts the coupling with respect to the axis; and
each pipe comprises a pipe retainer groove, a band groove axially adjacent to and radially shallower than the pipe retainer groove, and a band configured to be mounted in and axially movable relative to the band groove.

US Pat. No. 10,794,516

ASSEMBLY FOR CONNECTING A LINE

1. An assembly for connecting a line, comprising:a connector for detachable connection of a line,
a line that can be connected to the connector,
an intermediate element for connection to the connector and the line,
a groove in a radially outer surface of the line;
wherein the intermediate element is secured on the line in such a manner that it separates the line and the connector from one another when both the line and the intermediate element are positioned at least partially around the connector
further wherein, a portion of the intermediate element is defined along a radially inner portion of the line and the intermediate element has a ridge defined along the groove on the radially outer surface of the line;
further wherein, the intermediate element penetrates the line in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,794,515

VALVE OR PIPE DISCHARGE WITH VELOCITY REDUCTION DISCHARGE PLATE

1. A discharge for a fluid system comprising an inlet and an outlet in which a fluid flows from the discharge inlet to the discharge outlet, the discharge inlet having a inlet cross-sectional area, the discharge outlet having a plate, the plate having a plurality of radially extending ribs, the radially extending ribs being equiangularly spaced about a center axis of the plate, the radially extending ribs defining a plurality of radially extending slots between the equiangularly spaced apart ribs, the radially extending ribs being dimensioned such that a sum of an area of all of the radially extending slots is greater than the discharge inlet cross-sectional area, the fluid flowing through the plate slots from the discharge outlet and having a discharge coefficient of greater than 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,794,514

SECURITY BLOW OUT PROOF VALVE ASSEMBLY

The Ford Meter Box Compan...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a valve member having a passage disposed there through;
a valve body that contains the valve member;
wherein the valve body has a first side and a second side;
wherein the valve member located in the valve body is selectively movable relative to the valve body;
wherein movement of the valve member to a first location positions the passage of the valve member in fluid communication with both the first side and the second side of the valve body;
wherein movement of the valve member to a second location positions the passage of the valve member so the passage is not in fluid communication with both the first side and the second side of the valve body;
a valve stem that engages the valve member and is movable therewith;
wherein the valve stem includes an at least one surface;
a head located on the valve stem and is selectively movable therewith;
wherein the head is movable relative to the valve stem such that the head is selectively engagable with the at least one surface of the valve stem;
wherein when the head is engaged with the at least one surface of the valve stem movement of the head moves the valve stem such that the valve stem moves the valve member between the first and second locations within the valve body;
wherein when the head is not engaged with the at least one surface of the valve stem, movement of the head is relative to the valve stem and the valve stem does not move the valve member;
a lock that selectively engages the valve stem;
wherein when the lock is engaged to the valve stem the lock limits movement of the head to the extent that the head cannot engage the at least one surface on the valve stem which prevents the head from moving the valve stem to move the valve member;
wherein when the lock is not engaged to the valve stem the lock does not limit movement of the head such that the head is selectively engageable with the at least one surface on the valve stem such that movement of the head moves the valve stem such that the valve stem moves the valve member; and
a detent located adjacent the head;
wherein the head includes a first cavity, a second cavity, and a third cavity such that the detent is sized to be selectively received in the first cavity, the second cavity, and the third cavity;
wherein when the detent is located in the first cavity, the head is held such that the valve member is positioned at the first location within the valve body;
wherein when the detent is located in the second cavity, the head is held such that the valve member is positioned at the second location within the valve body; and
wherein when the detent is located in the third cavity, the head is movable such that the valve member is movable between the first and second locations within the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,513

OVERLOAD PROTECTION VALVE

Loon LLC, Mountain View,...

1. A system comprising an overload protection valve, the valve including:an outer housing having an end wall;
a cam arranged at least partially within the outer housing, wherein the cam includes a plurality of grooves on an interior surface of the cam;
an inner slide including a side wall, a shelf area, an internal barrier, an inlet and an outlet, each of the inlet and outlet including an opening through the side wall, the inlet and the outlet being separated by the internal barrier; and
an overload spring arranged between the end wall and the shelf area configured to define a load on the valve which will cause the valve to open, and wherein the cam is configured such that when the valve is closed, applying the load on the valve will cause the cam to rotate in order to allow the openings of the inlet and outlet to be in fluid communication with one another and open the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,794,512

ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN FLOW RATE CONTROL VALVE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...

1. An electrically-driven flow rate control valve comprising:a casing including a first fluid chamber, a second fluid chamber, a fluid-chamber communication port for causing the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber to communicate with each other, and a cylinder portion, wherein a reception port capable of receiving a fluid from an outside of the casing into the first fluid chamber and a discharge port capable of discharging the fluid from the second fluid chamber to the outside of the casing are formed on the casing;
an electric motor;
a main valve body which is stored in the cylinder portion so as to be movable between a main-valve-body open position and a main-valve-body sealing position along a predetermined axial direction, forms a back pressure chamber which the fluid can enter into/exit from between the main valve body and the cylinder portion, and includes a main-valve-body distal end portion capable of sealing the fluid-chamber communication port and a main-valve-body base end portion facing the back pressure chamber on an opposite side of the main-valve-body distal end portion in the axial direction, wherein the main-valve-body distal end portion opens the fluid-chamber communication port, thereby permitting communication of the fluid between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber when the main valve body is arranged at the main-valve-body open position, and the main-valve-body distal end portion seals the fluid-chamber communication port, thereby shutting off the communication of the fluid between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber when the main valve body is arranged at the main-valve-body sealing position;
a communication path capable of causing the first fluid chamber the back pressure chamber to communicate with each other;
a flow-rate regulating mechanism, which is arranged in the communication path, and regulates a flow rate of the fluid so as to reduce the flow rate of the fluid flowing from the first fluid chamber toward the back pressure chamber; and
a sub valve body, which is stored in the back pressure chamber, includes a sub-valve-body flow path communicating with the outside of the casing and a sub-valve-body communication port causing the back pressure chamber and the sub-valve-body flow path to communicate with each other, receives a driving force generated by the electric motor, thereby being capable of relatively moving along the axial direction with respect to the main valve body between a sub-valve-body open position and a sub-valve-body sealing position, opens the sub-valve-body communication port, thereby permitting the fluid in the back pressure chamber to be discharged via the sub-valve-body flow path to the outside of the casing when the sub valve body is arranged at the sub-valve-body open position, and seals the sub-valve-body communication port, thereby shutting off the communication of the fluid between the back pressure chamber and the sub-valve-body flow path when the sub valve body is arranged at the sub-valve-body sealing position,
wherein the main valve body has such a shape as satisfying a relationship of AS

US Pat. No. 10,794,511

PRESSURE INDEPENDENT CONTROL VALVE WITH AN ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM

Griswold Controls, LLC, ...

1. A flow control valve comprising:a main valve having an inlet and an outlet, said main valve comprising:
a disk having an inlet side and an outlet side, and characterized by a longitudinal axis passing through the inlet side and the outlet side, said disk having an inlet aperture on the inlet side, and an outlet aperture on the outlet side, and a bore extending from the inlet aperture to the outlet aperture;
a closing element disposed in opposition to the inlet aperture and translatable into and out of occlusive relationship with the inlet aperture, with said inlet aperture serving as a seating element for the closing element; and
an operating chamber disposed within the bore, with a diaphragm comprising a first portion of the operating chamber and supporting the closing element, said diaphragm being extensible toward the inlet aperture; and
a pilot valve disposed within the disk, with a high-pressure inlet open to the inlet side of disk, said high pressure inlet in fluid communication, through the pilot valve, with the operating chamber, said pilot valve being operable to control flow of fluid from the inlet side of the disk to the operating chamber;
wherein the disk further comprises a cylindrical main body defining the bore, a first plate disposed over the inlet side of the valve, a second plate proximate the outlet aperture and comprising a second portion of the operating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,794,510

ELECTROHYDRAULIC COUNTERBALANCE AND PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

Sun Hydraulics, LLC, Sar...

1. A valve comprising:a housing having a pilot port on an exterior peripheral surface of the housing;
a piston axially movable within a sleeve disposed in the housing, wherein the sleeve defines a first port and a second port, and wherein the piston defines a cavity therein;
a pilot pin received at, and axially movable in, the cavity of the piston, wherein the piston forms a pilot seat at which the pilot pin is seated when the valve is in a closed state; and
a solenoid actuator comprising a solenoid coil, an armature, and a solenoid spring, wherein the solenoid spring applies a biasing force on the pilot pin in a distal direction to seat the pilot pin at the pilot seat,
wherein when pressurized fluid is received at the first port, the pressurized fluid applies a first force on the pilot pin in a proximal direction opposite the distal direction, and when a pilot pressure fluid signal is received through the pilot port of the housing, the pilot pressure fluid signal applies a second force on the pilot pin in the proximal direction, such that when the first force and the second force overcome the biasing force of the solenoid spring, the pilot pin moves axially in the proximal direction off the pilot seat, thereby causing the piston to follow the pilot pin in the proximal direction allowing flow from the first port to the second port, and
wherein when an electric signal is provided to the solenoid coil, the armature applies a third force on the solenoid spring in the proximal direction, thereby reducing the biasing force that the solenoid spring applies on the pilot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,794,509

VALVE CARTRIDGE FOR A MAGNET VALVE, AND CORRESPONDING MAGNET VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve cartridge for a magnet valve, comprising:a capsule;
an armature, which is movably guided within the capsule;
a hollow-cylindrical valve insert, a first end of which is inserted into the capsule; and
a valve body having a primary valve seat, which is inserted into a second end of the hollow-cylindrical valve insert, wherein:
the armature moves a plunger guided within the valve insert, said plunger having a main body and a closing body having a closing element, which plunges into the primary valve seat of the valve body in a sealing manner to carry out a sealing function,
at least one equalization groove is defined in the main body of the plunger, said at least one equalization groove enabling a volume equalization between a sealing region and an armature chamber, and
the plunger has a first end region facing the armature, the first end region including (i) an encircling closed cylindrical outer contour, which forms a radial guide of the plunger in the valve insert, iii) an axial recess, which has an overlap with the at least one equalization groove in the main body, and (iii) at least one radial recess, which connects the axial recess to the armature chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,794,508

ATMOSPHERE CONTROL MANIFOLD

TPS IP, LLC, Cleveland, ...

1. A manifold, comprising: a manifold body, comprising:a first channel connected to a first inlet port;
a second channel connected to a second inlet port; and
a third channel connecting the first channel, the second channel, and an outlet port, wherein the third channel extends from the first channel and the second channel to the outlet port within a body of the manifold;a valve connected to the third channel and regulating fluid communication through the third channel; andwherein the third channel connects to the first channel and the second channel outside the valve; anda second valve connected to the third channel;wherein the valve is configured to regulate fluid communication through the third channel between the first inlet port and the outlet port, and the second valve is configured to regulate fluid communication through the third channel between the second inlet port and the outlet port; anda fourth channel connecting the first channel, the second channel, and a second outlet port together; anda third valve connected to the fourth channel and configured to regulate fluid communication through the fourth channel.

US Pat. No. 10,794,507

FRANGIBLE FLUOROPOLYMER COATING

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A fuel system comprising:a fuel passage for conveying a hydrocarbon fuel, the hydrocarbon fuel being reactive with oxygen to form carbonaceous deposit; and
a device disposed in the fuel passage such as to be exposed to the hydrocarbon fuel, the device including,
first and second surfaces spaced from each other by a clearance gap into which the hydrocarbon fuel can infiltrate, the first and second surfaces being in sliding motion with respect to each other when the device is in operation, and
a frangible fluoropolymer coating disposed on at least one of the first or second surfaces along the clearance gap, the frangible fluoropolymer coating being substantially pure fluoropolymer and including nano-particles of fluoropolymer that have a maximum size of less than 100 nanometers, the frangible fluoropolymer coating being subject to the carbonaceous deposit adhering thereon, the frangible fluoropolymer coating being configured to allow portions of the frangible fluoropolymer coating to shear off along interfaces of the nano-particles from a balance of the frangible fluoropolymer coating with the carbonaceous deposit under stress applied thereto by the sliding motion to uncover a newly exposed face of the frangible fluoropolymer coating.

US Pat. No. 10,794,506

RUPTURE DISC ASSEMBLY WITH A RUPTURE DISC AND AN ACTUATOR FOR REDUCING THE RUPTURE PRESSURE

1. A rupture disk assembly, comprising:a single-part or multi-part body with an opening that forms an outlet for a conduit or a container, the body including a main bore extending from an inlet to the outlet and a threaded bore that intersects the main bore;
a rupture disk that closes the opening and bursts subject to action of a rupture pressure in order to unblock the opening;
an actuator located on a pressure side of the rupture disk to reduce the rupture pressure, wherein the actuator includes a plunger to reduce the rupture pressure on the rupture disk, the plunger being configured to strike against the rupture disk;
a housing to receive the actuator and being screwable into the threaded bore of the body and projecting into an inner space defined by the main bore, the housing including a housing opening for the plunger; and
a cover to close the housing opening, wherein the cover and the actuator are adapted to one another such that, upon actuation of the actuator, a force acting on the plunger of the actuator is sufficient to pierce the cover and to strike against the rupture disk.

US Pat. No. 10,794,505

SPRING SEAT FOR AN INTERNAL VALVE

EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMEN...

1. An internal valve for connection to a fluid container, the internal valve assembly comprising:a valve body having an inlet, an outlet, and defining a main flow path between the inlet and the outlet;
a poppet valve coupled to the valve body and shiftable between an open position where the inlet of the valve body is open and a closed position where the inlet of the valve body is closed;
a bleed valve including a bleed valve body having a bore, a bleed inlet, a bleed outlet, and defining a bleed flow path between the bleed inlet and the bleed outlet, the bleed valve arranged to open and close the bleed inlet;
a valve stem slidably disposed in the valve body and operatively coupled to the bleed valve;
an actuator operatively coupled to the valve stem and operable to shift the valve stem from a first position in which the poppet valve and the bleed valve are both closed, to a second position in which the bleed valve is open, and a third position in which the bleed valve is closed and the poppet valve is open,
wherein when the valve stem is in the third position, the poppet valve is arranged to shift toward the closed position and the bleed valve is arranged to open in response to a pressure change;
a spring seat coupled to the valve stem, the spring seat comprising an annular body defined by an outer wall, a recess partially defined by the outer wall, and an annular groove;
a retaining feature that engages the spring seat and couples the spring seat to the valve stem such that the spring seat is movably disposed in the valve body; and
a spring disposed in the main flow path and operatively coupled to the valve stem via the spring seat, the spring configured to bias the valve stem toward the first position, and the spring having one end seated directly against a surface of the spring seat and disposed in the annular groove such that the one end of the spring is surrounded by the outer wall,
wherein the retaining feature is movably disposed in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,794,504

HIGH PRESSURE CARTRIDGE INFLATOR

1. A high pressure cartridge inflator comprising:a body including an air inlet port connectible to a high pressure cartridge, an air outlet port connectible to a valve of an object to be inflated, an air discharge port, and defining a first channel extending from the air inlet port to the air outlet port and a second channel extending from the first channel to the air discharge port, wherein the second channel has first and second sections;
a pressure indicator disposed within the body and fluidly connected to the first and second channels; and
a safety device disposed in the second channel and configured to selectively prevent and allow high pressure air in the high pressure cartridge to flow out of the body through the air discharge port, wherein the safety device includes a resilient member and a seal that is urged by the resilient member and that is adapted to move to a first position preventing the high pressure air from flowing out of the body and a second position allowing the high pressure air to flow out of the body, wherein the seal is in the first position when the high pressure air flows into the valve of the object to be inflated, and wherein the seal is in the second position when the high pressure air does not flow into the valve of the object to be inflated,
wherein the safety device includes an adjuster adjustably secured to the second section of the second channel and preventing the seal and the resilient member from moving out of the second section of the second channel, wherein the adjuster has a hole extending therethrough and the seal has a segment inserted and movably retained in the hole, wherein the seal moves in an axial direction when changing between the first and second positions, wherein a periphery of the hole and the segment of the seal have a gap existing therebetween, and wherein the gap and the hole are configured to allow the high pressure air to flow past the adjuster, and
wherein the first and second sections of the second channel have different cross sectional sizes and define a shoulder that transitions from the first section to the second section, wherein the second channel includes a first distal end of the first section connected to the first channel, wherein the second channel includes a first end distal end of the second section connected to a second distal end of the first section and a second distal end of the second section connected to the air discharge port respectively, wherein the safety device is disposed in the second section of the second channel, wherein the seal in the first position is rested on the shoulder and closes an opening defined by the second distal end of the first section of the second channel, and wherein the seal in the second position is spaced apart from the shoulder and opens the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,794,503

METHOD FOR LOCATING CHECK VALVE PIN

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A valve housing for a check valve, the valve housing comprising:a housing body defining a valve opening;
a first pin extending across the valve opening defining a pin axis (A);
a pair of first pin support elements provided on the housing body on opposing sides of the valve opening and extending towards the first pin, the first pin support elements for contacting and supporting an under side of the first pin; and
a pair of first pin location elements provided on the housing body on opposing sides of the valve opening, each first pin location element comprising a strip element having a pair of opposed mounting portions mounted to the housing body and a locating portion which extends over an upper side of the first pin and around at least an upper circumference thereof to locate the first pin;
wherein at least one first pin support element comprises a second strip element having a mounting portion mounted to the housing body and overlapped by the mounting portion of one of the first pin location element, and a pin support portion arranged below the first pin.

US Pat. No. 10,794,502

CHECK VALVES

HS WROCLAW SP. Z O.O., W...

1. A check valve comprising:a valve housing defining a valve opening; and
a flapper element having a proximal end, the flapper element being pivotally mounted to the valve housing adjacent the periphery of the valve opening at its proximal end for pivotal movement between a closed position, in which it blocks the flow of fluid through the valve opening and a fully open position in which it permits the flow of fluid through the valve opening;
at least one spring damping element comprising a plurality of springs located between the flapper element and the valve housing for providing a damping force resisting the pivotal movement of the flapper element towards its open position, the at least one spring damping element being operable to produce a damping force only over a final range of the pivotal movement of the flapper element as it approaches its fully open position;
wherein respective springs of the plurality of springs are sequentially operable to contact respective opposed surfaces successively to increase the damping force as the flapper element approaches its fully open position,
wherein the proximal end of the flapper element comprises a flapper element surface and the valve housing comprises a valve housing surface, the flapper element surface and the valve housing surfaces arranged opposed to one another in the fully open position of the flapper element, the at least one spring damping element projecting from one or other of the opposed surfaces when the flapper element is in its closed position, the at least one spring damping element engaging the other of the opposed surfaces as the flapper element moves towards its open position, and
wherein the flapper element surface is arranged generally perpendicularly to a plane of the flapper element and the valve housing surface is arranged generally parallel to a plane of the valve opening, a first spring of the plurality of springs extending from one of the flapper element surface and the valve housing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,500

FLUID SWITCH-OVER DEVICE

Hansgrohe SE, Schiltach ...

1. A fluid switch-over device comprisinga housing body including a fluid inlet channel and a plurality of fluid outlet channels arranged fluidically in parallel;
a switch-over body including a fluid inlet, at least one fluid outlet and a fluid duct from the fluid inlet to the at least one fluid outlet, and is disposed within the housing body to be translationally movable axially parallel to a longitudinal axis and rotationally movable in relation to the longitudinal axis between at least two different operating positions, wherein the switch-over body in each of the different operating positions is in fluid connection to the fluid inlet channel via its fluid inlet and differentially unblocks or blocks at least partially a fluid connection of its at least one fluid outlet to the respective fluid outlet channel; and
an actuation unit for actuating the switch-over body, wherein the actuation unit comprises an operating element disposed on the housing body to be user-operable;
wherein the switch-over body comprises an inlet nozzle guided in a fluid-tight manner within the fluid inlet channel for axial and rotational movement, the inlet nozzle constituting the fluid inlet on an inlet side.

US Pat. No. 10,794,499

SERVO VALVE HOUSING

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A nozzle housing for a servo valve, the nozzle housing comprising:a circumferential wall defining a return passage extending along a longitudinal axis (A) for holding a return nozzle, the return passage having an opening for fluid communication with a spool valve and a return port for fluid communication with atmosphere;
a first plate extending across the return passage, the first plate engaged with the circumferential wall and disposed between the opening and the return port; and
a second plate extending across the return passage, the second plate engaged with the circumferential wall and disposed between the first plate and the return port, wherein the first plate has at least one first aperture, and the second plate has at least one second aperture that is misaligned with the at least one first aperture such that there is no linear axial flow path between the return port and the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,794,498

LINE BLOCKER

Key Safety Systems, Inc.,...

1. A blocking device comprising:a housing disposed about a fluid line;
a piston housed in the housing;
an igniter that propels the piston to block the fluid line when activated; and
a deformable element initially positioned adjacent the fluid line and movable into closing engagement with a wall of the fluid line to create a closing in the fluid line through which a fluid cannot escape,
wherein the igniter when activated propels the piston against the deformable element into the fluid line collapsing the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,794,497

VACUUM-BASED ENERGY-SAVING LARGE-CAPACITY PRECISION PRESSURE REGULATION VALVE

TAIWAN CHELIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A vacuum-based energy-saving large-capacity precision pressure regulation valve, comprising:a main body which comprises:
a base valve seat;
a middle valve seat; and
a pressure regulation seat that are connected to each other in sequence from bottom to top, the base valve seat comprising a main channel that receives a primary-side pressure and a secondary-side pressure to flow therein and a valve port opening formed by a valve port piston arranged in a middle portion of the base valve seat, the valve port piston being rotatably coupled, at an interior thereof, with a sealing straight rod that is coupled to a main diaphragm, the valve port piston having a bottom that forms, in combination with the sealing straight rod, a piston overflow aperture that is adjustable and is openable/closable, the main diaphragm being clamped between the middle valve seat and the base valve seat to be so positioned as to form a vacuum pressure chamber, a balance diaphragm being clamped between the pressure regulation seat and the middle valve seat for being so positioned that a pressure regulating straight rod is located below the balance diaphragm, the pressure regulating straight rod being arranged in a receiving chamber that is formed in a middle portion of the middle valve seat;
wherein a guide passage being formed to extend from the main channel through the receiving chamber to reach into the vacuum pressure chamber;
wherein a feedback passage being formed in an underside of the middle valve seat to extend into an interior of the pressure regulation seat, the feedback passage being also connected to the main channel; an atmosphere passage being formed in the middle valve seat and connected to a space below the balance diaphragm to allow for flowing of the atmospheric pressure;
wherein the primary-side pressure moves through the guide passage into the vacuum pressure chamber to generate a vacuum suction force, which causes the main diaphragm to bring the valve port piston to move upward and thus opening the valve port opening, and the vacuum suction force simultaneously forming the secondary-side pressure, the secondary-side pressure being subjected to pressure differential balance by means of a throttle hole of the feedback passage to flow to the pressure regulation seat to drive backward the balance diaphragm and the pressure regulating straight rod and thus, closing the guide passage;
wherein when the main diaphragm is no longer moved and a balanced stable condition is achieved, the middle valve seat and the main body achieve the purposes of accurate regulation of pressure and saving energy without drawing in a flow of the atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,794,496

BALL VALVE SYSTEM

CAMERON INTERNATIONAL COR...

1. A ball valve positioned between a first line and a second line, comprising:a housing;
a ball disposed within the housing and having a bore, wherein the ball is configured to rotate between an open position and a closed position;
an annular seat disposed between the housing and the ball, wherein the annular seat comprises:
one or more first axially-facing surfaces exposed to a valve cavity pressure within a valve cavity;
one or more second axially-facing surfaces exposed to a first line pressure within the first line;
a first annular sealing ring extending circumferentially about a radially-outer surface of the annular seat; and
an axially-extending passageway extending through the annular seat to enable fluid flow from the valve cavity to an annular space between the annular seat and the housing, wherein a first surface area of the one or more first axially-facing surfaces is at least 10 percent greater than a second surface area of the one or more second axially-facing surfaces, and wherein the first surface area, the second surface area, and the first annular sealing ring, the axially-extending passageway, and the annular space facilitate temporary movement of the annular seat away from the ball to provide a gap separating the annular seat and the ball as the ball rotates from the closed position toward the open position; and
an annular cartridge disposed between the annular seat and the housing, wherein the annular cartridge supports an inner sealing ring disposed against the annular seat and an outer sealing ring disposed against the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,794,495

POWER-DRIVEN GATE VALVE

1. A power driven gate valve comprising:a gate within said gate valve that is movably embedded to constrict or permit flow, said gate having at least first and second flange portions positioned substantially opposite one another along first and second sides of the gate, respectively, and located at a top end of the gate, the at least first flange portion having a planar sidewall extending across an exterior portion of the first side of the gate, the at least second flange portion having a planar sidewall extending across an exterior portion of the second side of the gate, wherein the sidewalls of the at least first and second flange portions are spaced apart from one another along an axis parallel to a flow within a pipe, wherein the at least first and second flange portions form a ceiling portion of the gate, and wherein the at least first and second flange portions are separated by a spaced distance;
a shaft with shaft threading on at least part of said shaft, the shaft having an elongate axis;
said shaft having a bottom portion with a rounded cutout near one end, wherein a diameter of the rounded cutout is narrower than the spaced distance, and wherein the diameter of the rounded cutout is narrower than a diameter of the rest of the shaft;
said shaft having a top portion, wherein said top portion is a head having at least six flat sides;
said shaft being rotatably engageable to said gate against the ceiling portion of the at least first and second flange portions on at least two portions of the bottom portion separated by the spaced distance, wherein the bottom portion is constrained from moving vertically outside of the gate by the at least first and second flange portions;
said rounded cutout rotatably fits into a slotted gate cutout formed by the at least first and second flange portions;
said rounded cutout is slidably removable from the slotted gate cutout in a direction orthogonal to the elongate axis of the shaft when the shaft and gate are not assembled within the gate valve;
a yoke rigidly attached to said gate valve;
a threaded shaft bushing disposed inside said yoke and rigidly attached to said yoke; and
said threaded shaft bushing is disposed on said shaft threading.

US Pat. No. 10,794,494

BONDED SEAT WITH ANNULAR RIBS

Mueller International, LL...

13. A bonded seat valve comprising:a valve body comprising a first axial end, a second axial end, and a central section, the first axial end distal from the second axial end, the central section between the first axial end and the second axial end, the central section defining a radially inward surface and a radially outward surface, the radially inward surface defining a seat bore therethrough from the first axial end to the second axial end, the radially inward surface defining a plurality of annular grooves;
a seat positioned in the seat bore and bonded to the radially inward surface of the central section of the valve body, the seat comprising a rubber, the seat comprising a first axial end, a second axial end, and a central section, the first axial end distal from the second axial end, the central section between the first axial end and the second axial end, the central section defining a radially inward surface and a radially outward surface, the radially inward surface defining a fluid bore therethrough from the first axial end to the second axial end, the radially outward surface defining a first plurality of annular ribs extending into the plurality of annular grooves, the radially inward surface defining a bearing surface, a stem bore defined extending through the central section of the seat from the radially inward surface to the radially outward surface, the bearing surface defining a second plurality of annular ribs surrounding the stem bore, the bearing surface and the second plurality of annular ribs being formed from the rubber; and
a valve disc positioned in the fluid bore of the seat and configured to move about and between a closed position and an open position, wherein the valve disc in the closed position blocks a flow path from the first axial end of the seat to the second axial end of the seat, and wherein the valve disc in the open position opens the flow path from the first axial end of the seat to the second axial end of the seat; and
wherein the radially outward surface of the seat is bonded to the radially inward surface of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,493

ELECTROMAGNETIC CARTRIDGE SEAL

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A method for operating an electromagnetic cartridge seal, the method comprises:operating a cartridge seal in one of a plurality of modes, wherein the plurality of modes includes a dry mode and a wet mode, wherein the cartridge seal is filled with a fluid when operating in the wet mode, wherein the cartridge seal does not have fluid present when operating in the dry mode;
receiving a signal at a force applying mechanism of the cartridge seal, the force applying mechanism being coupled to a primary sealing component of the cartridge seal, wherein the force applying mechanism is an electromagnet;
switching between the plurality of modes; and
controlling the force applying mechanism based at least in part on the received signal, wherein the force applying mechanism makes contact with the primary sealing component when operating the cartridge seal in the wet mode.

US Pat. No. 10,794,492

SEALING DEVICE FOR DRIVE SHAFT

SEALINK CORP., Seoul (KR...

1. A sealing device for a drive shaft, the sealing device comprising:a housing disposed to cover the drive shaft between an internal space and an external space;
a plurality of sealing members disposed separately from each other between the housing and the drive shaft in an axial direction to be sealed between the housing and the drive shaft;
a plurality of fixing ring members disposed alternately with the plurality of sealing members such that one of the plurality of fixing ring members is interposed between two of the plurality of sealing members to maintain an interval between the two of the plurality of sealing members, wherein each of the plurality of sealing members includes a retention portion positioned axially between adjacent fixing ring members;
a closing member positioned on each side of each of the plurality of sealing members that abut each sealing member axially and that are located in axial facing grooves on the plurality of fixing ring members; and
a fixing member to be fixed to the housing to apply an axial pressure to the plurality of sealing members and the fixing ring member,
wherein a pressurizer seal is formed on at least one surface of the fixing ring member positioned to correspond to a matching recess in one of the plurality of sealing members.

US Pat. No. 10,794,491

WHEELEND ASSEMBLY SEAL

Stemco Products, Inc., C...

1. A seal device for a shaft comprising,an outer diameter static seal structure,
a wear ring, and
an inner diameter static seal structure, the inner diameter static seal structure comprising:
an axially extending portion;
a support pad that resides on the axially extending portion;
a radially depending portion, wherein the radially depending portion comprises at least one contamination shelf;
a terminal portion; and
a resilient member extending axially along the axially extending portion, wherein the resilient member is biased to diverge from the axially extending portion, and wherein the resilient member contacts the support pad at an interference when the resilient member is compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,794,490

HIGH PRESSURE SEAL

Trelleborg Sealing Soluti...

1. A seal, comprising:a support ring having at least one activation port therein;
a sealing ring locked with said support ring to form an enclosed space therebetween, said sealing ring including at least one seal lip; and
an energizer held in said enclosed space and contacting said sealing ring, said enclosed space being open to pressurized media entry on opposite sides of said energizer, said support ring and said sealing ring having an inner radial gap formed therebetween that allows pressure to access said enclosed space, the energizer being forced away from the activation port toward the sealing ring causing a radially inward force on the sealing ring.

US Pat. No. 10,794,489

ANNULAR SEALS

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. An annular seal comprising:a body defining a central lumen and a weakened portion disposed around the central lumen, wherein the body comprises an uninstalled density, du, as measured within an annular region defined by an inner sidewall of the body, an outer sidewall of the body, a first axial end of the body, and a second axial end of the body, and an assembled density, dA, as measured within the annular region, and wherein dA is greater than dU, wherein the body comprises first elastic modulus, S1, as measured prior to installation, to a second elastic modulus S2, as measured after installation, and wherein S2 is at least 1.01 S1.

US Pat. No. 10,794,488

SEALING DEVICE AND SEALING ASSEMBLY

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A sealing device for sealing between a valve body that is movably disposed in a valve box and controls a flow of a fluid and a tube that is connected to the valve box or is a part of the valve box and through which the fluid flows, comprising:a first seal portion which is a resin annular plate or film and is to be closely contacted with an outer surface of the valve body; and
a cylindrical second seal portion which is formed from a material more flexible than the material of the first seal portion, contacts an inner surface or an outer surface of the tube, and prevents the fluid from leaking from the tube,
wherein the first seal portion and the second seal portion are integrally joined,
a flange joined to the first seal portion is formed on an edge of the second seal portion and the flange protrudes inwards in the radial direction of the second seal portion,
in mounting the sealing device on a valve device comprising the valve body, the valve box, and the tube, the flange extends in a direction toward the valve body from the edge of the outer side of the flange, and
in a state equipped with the sealing device on the valve device, the flange extends along with the valve body from the edge of the outer side of the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,794,487

ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY HAVING SELF-LUBRICATING COMPONENTS

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. An actuator assembly, comprising:a housing that extends along a first axis between a first housing end and a second housing end;
a piston rod at least partially disposed within the housing, the piston rod defining a piston bore that extends from a first piston end towards a second piston end along the first axis;
a lost motion device having a rod end that is disposed within the piston bore;
a bushing having a first bushing surface that engages the rod end and a second bushing surface that engages the piston bore, the bushing defining a plurality of pockets that extend from the first bushing surface to the second bushing surface, each pocket of the plurality of pockets being configured to receive a self-lubricating plug that engages the piston rod and the rod end; and
a retainer that is at least partially disposed about the first piston end and the first bushing end, wherein the first bushing end engages a stop surface defined by the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,794,486

GEAR INDICATOR ILLUMINATION UNIT

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A gear indicator illumination unit for a vehicle, wherein the gear indicator illumination unit has a plurality of lighting devices for a gear selector indicator, a memory comprising one or more of parameters and characteristic curves of the lighting devices, and an interface for connecting with a gear selector for detecting an engaged gear; whereinone or more of the parameters and the characteristic curves of the lighting devices saved in the memory can be read out by the gear selector using the interface and the lighting devices can be operated taking into account one or more of the parameters and the characteristic curves that are read out.

US Pat. No. 10,794,485

VEHICLE PARKING MECHANISM

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

1. A vehicle parking mechanism provided in a vehicle power transmission device that transmits power output from a driving source to left and right axles through two planetary gear mechanisms and a differential device,wherein, in a carrier of one of the two planetary gear mechanisms, a piston engaged with and disengaged from a carrier of the other thereof is slidably provided,
wherein the piston is engaged with the carrier of the other planetary gear mechanism when a vehicle is stopped, and
wherein the piston is disengaged from the carrier of the other planetary gear mechanism other than when the vehicle is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,794,484

TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A transmission structure for a vehicle, the transmission structure comprising:a transmission having a plurality of speed change stages, the transmission including a speed change operation mechanism that has an output portion receiving an input motion produced by a speed change operation and changing a speed change stage and a transmission case that houses the speed change operation mechanism, a part of the transmission case being constituted by a transmission holder rotatably supporting at least one end of a speed change shaft of the transmission;
the transmission case supporting an actuating shaft member that constitutes a part of the speed change operation mechanism, and receives an operating input and transmits a speed change motion of the transmission, and
a part of the transmission holder, the actuating shaft member being disposed in the part of the transmission holder, including a through hole that the actuating shaft member is disposed so as to pass through,
wherein
the speed change operation mechanism includes a swinging member that receives the speed change operation and swings, and the swinging member is formed so as to be able to pass through the through hole in an axial direction of a swinging shaft of the swinging member.

US Pat. No. 10,794,483

SPOOL VALVE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A spool valve comprising:a valve body having a spool insertion hole inside of the valve body, and including an input port, an output port, and a drain port which communicate with the spool insertion hole;
a spool slidably inserted in the spool insertion hole, and configured to selectively allow and prohibit communication between the input port, the output port, and the drain port by moving in an axial direction;
an electric motor configured to drive the spool in the axial direction;
a ball-screw configured to convert a rotary motion of the electric motor to a linear motion of the spool in the axial direction such that when the electric motor is rotated in a first direction, the spool is moved to a first position where the spool allows communication between the input port and the output port, while shutting off communication between the output port and the drain port, and when the electric motor is rotated in a second direction, the spool is moved to a second position where the spool shuts off communication between the input port and the output port, while allowing communication between the output port and the drain port; and
an elastic member biasing the spool toward the second position;
wherein the ball-screw comprises:
a threaded shaft having a thread groove on an outer periphery of the threaded shaft;
a nut fitted on the threaded shaft, and having a thread groove on an inner periphery of the nut; and
balls disposed between the thread groove of the nut and the thread groove of the threaded shaft,
wherein the nut is a rotary member configured to be rotated by the electric motor without being moved in the axial direction, and the threaded shaft is a linear motion member configured to be moved in the axial direction, and move the spool in the axial direction, when the electric motor is rotated; and
a nut holder disposed between the nut and the electric motor so as to be rotatable together with the nut, the nut holder being connected to a rotary shaft of the electric motor so as to be rotationally driven by the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,794,482

SHIFTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICULAR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A shifting control apparatus for a vehicular automatic transmission having (a) an electrically controlled continuously variable transmission portion configured to transmit a rotary motion of a drive power source to an intermediate power transmitting member such that a speed ratio of an operating speed of the drive power source to a rotating speed of the intermediate power transmitting member is continuously varied with a torque control by a differential motor/generator, and (b) a mechanically operated step-variable transmission portion which is disposed between the intermediate power transmitting member and drive wheels of a vehicle, and which has a plurality of mechanically established gear positions having respective different ratios of the rotating speed of the intermediate power transmitting member to an output speed of the step-variable transmission portion, the shifting control apparatus comprising:an overall-speed-position shifting control portion configured to control the electrically controlled continuously variable transmission portion, so as to establish a plurality of overall speed positions of the vehicular automatic transmission having respective different values of a speed ratio which is a ratio of the operating speed of the drive power source to an output speed of the mechanically operated step-variable transmission portion,
wherein the overall-speed-position shifting control portion includes:
a multiple-step shifting control portion configured to command the vehicular automatic transmission to be shifted up to at least one intermediate overall speed position intermediate between a present one of the plurality of overall speed positions and a target overall speed position of the plurality of overall speed positions; and
a synchronous shifting control portion configured to implement a synchronous control of a shifting action of the vehicular automatic transmission from the at least one intermediate overall speed position to the target overall speed position and a shifting action of the mechanically operated step-variable transmission portion to a target gear position of the plurality of gear positions, such that a moment of generation of a command to establish the target overall speed position is delayed with respect to a moment of generation of a command to establish the target gear position, so that the shifting actions of the vehicular automatic transmission and the mechanically operated step-variable transmission portion take place in synchronization with each other, irrespective of different control response times of the shifting actions.

US Pat. No. 10,794,481

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A continuously variable transmission control device for a continuously variable transmission mounted in a vehicle, wherein the continuously variable transmission includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and a belt, wherein the belt is wound around the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, the continuously variable transmission control device comprising:a controller configured to:
perform a low speed position return control by a feedback control employing a control input integral component, wherein the low speed position return control is a shift control to control a transmission ratio of the continuously variable transmission to a final target transmission ratio for lower speed position while the vehicle is decelerating; and
perform a limiting control in response to a condition that the transmission ratio has reached the final target transmission ratio during the low speed position return control, wherein the limiting control is a control to limit the control input integral component based on thrust balance between the primary pulley and the secondary pulley so as to maintain the transmission ratio at the final target transmission ratio;
wherein the controller is configured to:
implement the limiting control by setting a limiting-control limit for limiting the control input integral component;
set the limiting-control limit at start of the limiting control such that the limiting-control limit decreases in a stepwise manner;
set the limiting-control limit after start of the limiting control, for approach to a thrust-balanced state in which a thrust of the primary pulley and a thrust of the secondary pulley are in balance; and
set the limiting-control limit in response to arrival at the thrust-balanced state such that the thrust-balanced state is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,794,480

CONTROL MECHANISM FOR STEPLESS TRANSMISSION

Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co...

1. A control mechanism for a stepless transmission connected to a manipulation lever in the stepless transmission and disposed outside a housing of the stepless transmission, the control mechanism for the stepless transmission comprising:a) a piston rod connected to the manipulation lever;
b) a piston provided on the piston rod wherein the piston is coaxial with the piston rod;
c) a cylinder case provided with a cylinder configured to house the piston rod and the piston such that the piston rod and the piston are displaceable in an axial direction, the piston and the cylinder forming a first fluid chamber to be supplied with a hydraulic fluid for withdrawing the piston rod from the cylinder and a second fluid chamber to be supplied with the hydraulic fluid for introducing the piston rod into the cylinder;
d) a spring configured to bias the manipulation lever in a neutral direction coaxially with the piston rod;
e) a proportional pressure control valve configured to selectively supply the hydraulic fluid to the first fluid chamber or the second fluid chamber, the proportional pressure control valve being mounted to the cylinder case; and
f) a pivot shaft fixed to the housing and configured to support the cylinder case such that the cylinder case rotates around an axis of the pivot shaft with respect to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,794,479

SHIFT RANGE CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A shift range control device for switching a shift range by controlling driving of a motor, the shift range control device comprising:an angle calculation unit for acquiring a motor rotation angle signal outputted from a motor rotation angle sensor that detects a rotation position of the motor, and calculating a motor angle;
a signal acquisition unit for acquiring an output shaft signal, which is outputted from an output shaft sensor for detecting a rotation position of an output shaft to which rotation of the motor is transmitted, a value of the output shaft signal changing in steps in accordance with the rotation position of the output shaft;
a target setting unit for setting a motor angle target value by correcting, in accordance with a speed of the motor at a timing at which an acquired output shaft signal has changed, a pre-correction motor angle target value that is set based on a target shift range and a change point at which the output shaft signal changes; and
a drive control unit for controlling driving of the motor such that the motor angle becomes the motor angle target value.

US Pat. No. 10,794,478

STARTING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

AISIN AW INDUSTRIES CO., ...

1. A starting device, comprising:a front cover coupled with an engine and arranged such that a torque is transmitted from the engine;
a hydraulic power transmission comprising a pump impeller having a pump shell that is fixed to the front cover; a turbine runner placed to be opposed to the pump impeller and coupled with one of rotational elements; and a shell-side abutting face of the pump shell that abuts on a cover-side abutting face of the front cover in an axial direction of the starting device;
a damper configured to damp vibration between the front cover and an output member; and
a lockup clutch configured to enforce and release lockup that couples the front cover with the output member, wherein
the lockup clutch is a single plate-type clutch including a lockup piston that is supported by the output member to be movable in the axial direction; and a friction member fixed to a front cover-side face of the lockup piston,
the starting device further comprising:
a spacer placed at a predetermined position such that a distance between the friction member and an opposed face of the front cover which is opposed to the friction member is in a predetermined range larger than zero, wherein
the spacer has such a thickness in the axial direction that a value obtained by subtracting a sum of a first distance in the axial direction between a leading end face of the friction member and a face of the lockup piston opposed to the spacer, a second distance in the axial direction between the shell-side abutting face and a face of the output member opposed to the spacer, and the thickness in the axial direction of the spacer, from a third distance in the axial direction between the opposed face of the front cover and the cover-side abutting face, is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,794,477

METHOD FOR OPERATING A PNEUMATIC ACTUATING SYSTEM OF A TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method of operating a pneumatic actuating system of a transmission, the actuating system having an air reservoir in which a first pressure is present, the air reservoir being coupled to an actuating space of the actuating system in which a second pressure is present, and the actuating space being coupled, by way of control valves, to shifting cylinders, the method comprising:when a gearshift is carried out in the transmission, determining an air mass delivered to the active shifting cylinders, via the corresponding control valves, and an air mass sum which comprises a nominal air mass in the active shifting cylinders required for carrying out the gearshift and an actual basic leakage from the activated shifting cylinder; and
if the air mass delivered to the active shifting cylinders is larger than the air mass sum, concluding that there is a defect leak in the pneumatic actuating system.

US Pat. No. 10,794,476

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION HAVING A CONTROL DEVICE

Getrag Ford Transmissions...

1. Hydraulic control device for an automated dual clutch transmission that comprises a first clutch having a first sub-transmission and a second clutch having a second sub-transmission and also shifting fork actuators for shifting into/out of gears of the two sub-transmissions, said hydraulic control device having a regulating unit that predetermines at least one pressure that may be regulated and/or one volume flow that may be regulated for actuating the first and second clutch and for actuating the shifting fork actuators, and said hydraulic control device having one or more switching valves arranged between the regulating unit and the clutches or the shifting fork actuators and by means of said one or more switching valves it is possible to switch the pressure that may be regulated or the volume flow that may be regulated to the clutches or the shifting fork actuators, wherein the regulating unit comprises a first regulating valve and a second regulating valve that is connected to an oil pressure supply having a system pressure regulator and an electric oil pump, wherein an electronic regulator is connected to the system pressure regulator; wherein the electronic regulator comprises at least one monitoring unit for the position of shifting forks, and a system pressure controller; and wherein the monitoring unit is connected at least to inputs for inputting input data for oil temperature and a desired system pressure and produces a compensating signal.

US Pat. No. 10,794,475

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMISSION CONTROL OF VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for transmission control of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a calculation device configured to determine a predicted running load on a predetermined section of a road ahead of the vehicle by use of information regarding a grade and a curvature of the predetermined section of the road ahead of the vehicle and to determine fuel consumptions for respective gears, based on the predicted running load;
a determination device configured to determine a final gear, based on the determined fuel consumptions for respective gears; and
a controller configured to perform gear shift control for the vehicle, based on the final gear.

US Pat. No. 10,794,474

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A TRANSMISSION ON A MARINE ENGINE

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method for controlling a transmission of a marine propulsion device powered by an engine, the method being carried out by a control module and comprising:monitoring a requested gear state of the transmission and a requested throttle position of a throttle valve on the engine;
in response to the requested gear state being a neutral state or in response to the requested throttle position decreasing by more than a predetermined amount within a predetermined period of time, controlling at least one of a pressure in a forward clutch of the transmission and a pressure in a reverse clutch of the transmission in a manner that is contraindicated by the requested gear state.

US Pat. No. 10,794,473

TRANSMISSION CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Phoenix Motorcars LLC, O...

1. A method of calibrating a controller to match an automatic transmission to an electric motor or internal combustion engine, wherein the controller is not integrated into the transmission, and wherein the method comprises adjusting parameters of the controller, and wherein the method comprises the steps of: a) defining a control architecture; b) using the defined control architecture to identify control loop input/output; c) using the identified control input/output to define a control algorithm controller; d) using the control algorithm controller definition to define a solenoid handler, thereby activating a transmission solenoid which directs transmission fluid into a valve body engaging the correct gear.

US Pat. No. 10,794,472

METHODS FOR INCREASING THE STRENGTH OF AN AUTOMOBILE TRANSMISSION AND KITS AND REPLACEMENT COMPONENTS FOR THE SAME

Sonnax Transmission Compa...

1. A method of increasing the strength of an intermediate shaft of an Original Equipment (OE) transmission, the OE transmission including a direct clutch cylinder, and a forward clutch drum having an internal spline, the method comprising:removing the OE intermediate shaft and direct clutch cylinder; and
installing a modified direct clutch cylinder that includes an outer drum fixed to a shaft, the shaft having a first end having an external spline, the external spline having an outer dimension configured and dimensioned to be slidably disposed through a bore of a forward sun gear and operably couple to the OE forward clutch drum internal spline.

US Pat. No. 10,794,471

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION INCORPORATING A DRIVE BELT IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a continuously variable transmission comprising two pulleys (1, 2), each defining an effectively V-shaped circumference groove of variable width, a drive belt (3) wrapped around the pulleys (1, 2) and a cooling system, which cooling system is provided with valve means (40) for influencing an amount of a cooling agent that is supplied to the drive belt (3), wherein, the valve means (40) are arranged to allow at least a minimum amount of the cooling agent to be supplied to the drive belt (3) during operation of the transmission, and wherein the amount of the cooling agent supplied to the drive belt (3) is amongst others related to the temperature of the drive belt (3), whereas said minimum amount thereof is allowed to be supplied to the drive belt (3) irrespective of such temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,794,470

OIL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WITH AT LEAST ONE FIRST AREA THAT IS EMBODIED IN A ROTATABLE MANNER AND A SECOND AREA

1. A gear for an engine, comprising:an oil distribution system including:
a first area rotatable about an axis of rotation of the engine, wherein the first area includes at least one opening;
a second area including a radially inner area, wherein, in the radially inner area, oil from the second area is introduced into the first area via the at least one opening in a contact-free manner during operation;
wherein the first area comprises a collecting area extending in a radial direction and in a circumferential direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the first area downstream of the at least one opening with respect to the second area, wherein the collectin area includes at least one acceleration appliance for oil, wherein the acceleration appliance is fixedly connected to the first area, wherein oil that is present in the collecting area is accelerated by the at least one acceleration appliance in the circumferential direction of the collecting area when the first area is rotating, and wherein a radial flow direction toward a radially outer area of the collecting area is applied to the oil;
an outlet, wherein the outlet connects the radially outer area of the collecting area for supplying oil from the collecting area to an area of the engine downstream from the outlet; and
a main oil supply circuit of the engine separate from the oil supplied to the collecting area and outlet, wherein the area of the engine downstream from the outlet is also connected to the main oil supply circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,794,469

GEARED GAS TURBINE ENGINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

20. A gearbox comprising:a sun gear;
an annulus gear;
a plurality of planet gears; and
a planet gear carrier, wherein:
each planet gear of the plurality of planet gears is rotatably mounted in the planet gear carrier by a planet gear bearing, wherein:
the sun gear meshes with the plurality of planet gears and the plurality of planet gears meshing with the annulus gear; and
a lubrication system arranged to supply lubricant to the planet gear bearing and one or more of the sun gear, the annulus gear and the plurality of planet gears, wherein:
the planet gear carrier comprises an annular extension,
the lubrication system comprises an annular member arranged coaxially around and spaced from the annular extension to define an annular chamber,
ends of the annular member are sealed to the planet gear carrier,
the annular chamber has a volume selected to form a reservoir of the lubricant,
the annular member has at least one inlet aperture to supply the lubricant into the annular chamber, and
the planet gear carrier has at least one first passage formed in the planet gear carrier to supply the lubricant to the one or more of the sun gear, the annulus gear and the plurality of planet gears and at least one second passage formed in the planet gear carrier and radially outside the at least one first passage to supply the lubricant to the planet gear bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,794,468

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR A TRANSMISSION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A hydraulic system (4) for a transmission (3) of a motor vehicle (1), comprising:a primary system-pressure circuit (16);
a secondary system-pressure circuit (18);
a first pump (5) drivable by an engine (2) of the motor vehicle (1) and an electrically drivable second pump (20), the first pump (5) and the second pump (20) each being configured for conveying hydraulic fluid into the primary system-pressure circuit (16) and into the secondary system-pressure circuit (18) so that an intended pressure prevails in the primary system-pressure circuit (16) and in the secondary system-pressure circuit (18);
a sailing-mode lubricating valve (22) configured for controlling, by an open-loop system, a flow rate of hydraulic fluid conveyed by the second pump (20) into the primary system-pressure circuit (16) and into the secondary system-pressure circuit (18) such that the intended pressure is set in the primary system-pressure circuit (16) and in the secondary system-pressure circuit (18); and
liquid retention means (15, 26) configured for preventing a flow of hydraulic fluid conveyed by the second pump (20) from being conducted through the first pump (5) when the first pump (5) is not conveying and the second pump (20) is conveying, and for preventing a flow of hydraulic fluid conveyed by the first pump (5) from being conducted through the second pump (20) and the sailing-mode lubricating valve (22) when the second pump (20) is not conveying and the first pump (5) is conveying.

US Pat. No. 10,794,467

PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM AND AIRCRAFT GAS TURBINE WITH A PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM

1. A planetary gear mechanism inside a gearbox housing, comprising:a rotatable planet carrier including an outer surface;
a device for conducting oil, including:
an oil collecting duct fixed at the gearbox housing, wherein the oil collecting duct at least partially surrounds the rotatable planet carrier in a circumferential direction with respect to an axis at rotation of the rotatable planet carrier, wherein oil that is centrifuged off by the rotatable planet carrier during a rotation of the rotatable planet carrier is collected, and wherein the oil collecting duct further comprises:
an upper area and a lower collection area, wherein oil is conducted by a gravitational force acting in the oil collecting duct in a direction of the lower collection area;
a first outlet located at the lower collection area, wherein through the first outlet oil is discharged from the lower collection area; and
at least one second outlet through which oil is conducted out of the oil collecting duct, wherein the at least one second outlet is located in front of the first outlet with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable planet carrier, and wherein the at least one second outlet is located between the upper area of the oil collecting duct and the first outlet;
an inner surface, wherein the outer surface of the rotatable planet carrier faces the oil collecting duct, and further comprising a radial distance between the outer surface at the rotatable planet carrier and the inner surface of the oil collecting duct such that, when the rotatable planet carrier is rotating, the oil has in a circumferential area that is bounded by the oil collecting duct and the rotatable planet carrier, a momentum that conducts the oil in the oil collecting duct in the rotational direction at the rotatable planet carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,794,466

PLANETARY GEAR DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A planetary gear device comprising:a sun gear having a row of external teeth;
a plurality of planetary gears disposed around the sun gear, each of the plurality of planetary gears having a row of external teeth which mesh with the external teeth of the sun gear;
a planetary carrier at which the plurality of planetary gears are rotatably provided, the planetary carrier being rotatable around the sun gear together with the plurality of planetary gears; and
a ring gear having a pair of rows of internal teeth which mesh with the external teeth of the plurality of planetary gears, the plurality of planetary gears being arranged inward of the ring gear,
wherein the planetary carrier includes an oil feeding passage which feeds lubricating oil to at least one of the plurality of planetary gears,
wherein the ring gear is a double helical gear in which the pair of rows of internal teeth are arranged in a direction of an axis line of the ring gear and the internal teeth of one of the rows and the internal teeth of the other of the rows are inclined in different directions, the ring gear including at least one discharge passage,
wherein the at least one discharge passage includes an inlet-side portion and an outlet-side portion, the inlet-side portion being closer to an inlet configured to open in a region between the pair of rows of internal teeth at an inner peripheral surface of the ring gear, and the outlet-side portion being closer to an outlet configured to open in a region of an outer peripheral surface of the ring gear, and
wherein the inlet-side portion is formed at the ring gear so that the inlet-side portion is inclined in a forward rotation direction of the planetary carrier, with respect to a reference line extending in a radial direction of the ring gear.

US Pat. No. 10,794,465

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR

NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION, ...

1. An electric actuator comprising:a motor unit that includes a motor having a motor shaft extending in an axial direction;
a speed reduction mechanism connected to a side of the motor shaft in the axial direction;
an output portion that has an output shaft through which a rotation of the motor shaft is transmitted via the speed reduction mechanism;
a housing main body that accommodates the motor unit, the speed reduction mechanism, and the output portion and has an opening portion; and
a cover member fixed to the opening portion of the housing main body,
wherein the speed reduction mechanism and the output portion are disposed adjacent to each other in a radial direction in the opening portion of the housing main body when viewed in the axial direction,
wherein, when viewed in the axial direction, the cover member has
a speed reduction mechanism cover which faces and surrounds the speed reduction mechanism,
an output portion cover which faces and surrounds the output portion, and
a constricted portion which connects the speed reduction mechanism cover and the output portion cover to each other,
wherein the speed reduction mechanism cover, the output portion cover, and the constricted portion have
a lid plate portion which covers the speed reduction mechanism and the output portion in the axial direction, and
a tubular side wall portion which extends from an end edge of the lid plate portion to a side of the housing main body in the axial direction,
wherein the cover member is fixed to the housing main body by a plurality of caulking portions provided on the side wall portion, and
wherein, between two adjacent caulking portions interposing the constricted portion therebetween, one of the two caulking portions of the speed reduction mechanism cover is fixed toward a central axis of the speed reduction mechanism, and the other of the two caulking portions of the output portion cover is fixed toward a central axis of the output portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,464

TRANSMISSION HAVING A SHAFT, A HOUSING PART AND AN ADAPTER HOUSING

1. A transmission, comprising:a shaft;
a housing part;
an adapter housing connected to the housing part;
a first bearing accommodated in the adapter housing and mounting the shaft; and
a second bearing accommodated in the housing part and mounting the shaft;
wherein the housing part includes a space region at least partially filled with lubricating oil and limited by and/or sealed from the adapter housing by a first shaft sealing ring;
wherein a sealing ring is provided on a side of the first shaft sealing ring facing away from the space region and/or on a side of the first shaft sealing ring axially facing away from the space region, the sealing ring being connected to the shaft in a torsionally fixed manner, pressed onto the shaft, and/or slipped onto the shaft;
wherein the sealing ring at least partially projects into a recess of the adapter housing, the recess including a circumferential depression limited by a wall region of the adapter housing in a direction of the shaft;
wherein the sealing ring touches and/or radially projects beyond the wall region; and
wherein a sensor adapted to detect lubricating oil that drains into the depression is provided on the adapter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,794,463

MOUNTING BRACKET FOR A DRIVE ASSEMBLY

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

1. A singular bracket for a powertrain component in a vehicle, the bracket comprising:a base comprising one or more first attachment points, the first attachment points of the base to receive fasteners to couple the bracket to the powertrain component;
a first sidewall extending upward and outward from the base;
the first sidewall comprising a plurality of first gaps at an upper edge of the first sidewall, the first gaps to support a plurality of frame members of the vehicle upwards from the powertrain component; and
the first sidewall extending downward from the base to one or more second attachment points, the second attachment points to receive fasteners to couple the bracket to suspension members of the vehicle;
wherein the base extends along a length having a first end and an opposing second end, wherein the first sidewall extends downward from the base at a location beyond the first end and the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,794,462

DRIVE ASSEMBLY

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive apparatus, comprising:a variable speed transmission disposed in a housing and having a transmission input shaft and a transmission output shaft;
a first clutch assembly engaged to the transmission output shaft, wherein the first clutch assembly is also engaged to and selectively drives a first axle shaft;
a second clutch assembly engaged to the transmission output shaft, wherein the second clutch assembly is also engaged to and selectively drives a second axle shaft;
a power take off comprising a power take off output shaft and a clutch/brake mechanism, the clutch/brake mechanism comprising:
a cage engaged to a clutch input hub;
a brake stator engaged to the housing;
a carrier selectively engageable with the cage and alternately selectively engageable with the brake stator;
an output hub engaged to the carrier; and
an actuation fork moveable between a first, engaged position where the carrier is engaged to the cage to cause rotational force to be transmitted from the clutch input hub to the output hub, and a second, disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,794,461

METHOD FOR FORMING A WELDED ASSEMBLY AND RELATED WELDED ASSEMBLY

1. A method for forming welded assembly comprising:providing a gear workpiece;
forming a joining section on the gear workpiece that defines a weld interface;
fixedly applying a material to the outside surface of the gear workpiece including the joining section, the material comprising nickel;
cutting a plurality of teeth in the material-covered gear workpiece, each of the plurality of teeth having first and second flanks and a root, wherein the material does not reside on any one of the first flanks, the second flanks and the roots;
heat treating the gear workpiece to harden the teeth; and
finishing the heat-treated gear workpiece in a finishing process to form a finished ring gear, the finishing process comprising a lapping operation;
wherein the material is disposed over the weld interface on the finished ring gear.

US Pat. No. 10,794,460

DIFFERENTIAL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A differential device comprising:first and second side gears disposed side by side in a rotational axis direction;
a pinion gear set composed of a plurality of pinion gears meshed with each other; and
a housing that holds the pinion gears, wherein
the first and second side gears are coupled to each other by the pinion gear set so as to make differential motion;
the pinion gear set has a first pinion gear meshed with the first side gear and a plurality of second pinion gears meshed with the second side gear, the first pinion gear and the second pinion gears being held in parallel with each other by the housing;
the first pinion gear has an axially one end-side gear portion meshed with the first side gear and an axially other end-side gear portion meshed with the second pinion gears, the axially one end-side gear portion and the axially other end-side gear portion being integral with each other;
the second pinion gears are meshed with the second side gear at positions away from each other in a circumferential direction of the second side gear;
the axially other end-side gear portion of the first pinion gear is meshed with the second pinion gears at positions on a radially outer side of the second side gear;
the first and second side gears and the first and second pinion gears are each a helical gear;
a pitch circle diameter of the axially other end-side gear portion of the first pinion gear is smaller than a pitch circle diameter of the axially one end-side gear portion;
the housing has a first housing member in a bottomed cylindrical shape and a second housing member fixed to an opening side of the first housing member, the first housing member housing the first and second side gears and being provided with a pinion gear housing space in which the first pinion gear and the second pinion gears are held;
the pinion gear housing space of the housing opens toward the opening side of the first housing member, and has a first housing space that houses the first pinion gear and a second housing space that houses the second pinion gears, the first and second housing spaces communicating with each other;
the first housing member is provided with a depressed portion recessed from an outer peripheral portion of the first housing member toward a housing space for the first side gear; and
the second housing space and the depressed portion overlap each other in a case where the first housing member is seen in the rotational axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,794,459

HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION

1. A hydrostatic transmission comprising:a motor section having a motor interface;
a pump section configured to generate fluid flow, wherein the pump section comprises a pump interface having a first pump port to provide fluid flow therethrough and a second pump port to receive returning fluid flow therethrough; and
an interface block coupled to the motor interface and coupled to the pump interface so as to couple the pump section to the motor section, wherein the interface block comprises:
a pump-side interface configured to mate with the pump interface, wherein the pump-side interface comprises: a first port fluidly coupled to the first pump port and a second port fluidly coupled to the second pump port,
a motor-side interface configured to mate with the motor interface of the motor section, wherein the motor-side interface comprises a first opening configured to provide fluid to the motor section and a second opening configured to receive fluid returning from the motor section, wherein the motor-side interface is parallel to the pump-side interface,
a first internal fluid passage configured to fluidly couple the first port to the first opening, and
a second internal fluid passage configured to fluidly couple the second opening to the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,794,458

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE POWER SPLIT TRANSMISSION

Rudolf Glassner, Steyr (...

1. Continuously variable power split transmission for powering vehicles and/or work machines by a combustion engine (VM), including a variator (V), a summing gear train and a number of couplings, the variator delivering a fraction of the power of the combustion engine with a speed that is continuously variably controlled between maximum speeds in both directions to the summing gear train, where it is added to the other fraction of the power, and where the transition between a plurality of ranges occurs in points of synchronism, the summing gear train being a planetary gear train with four shafts including a first sun gear (S1), a second sun gear (S2), a first ring gear (H1) and a number of planetary gears (P1, P2) journaled on a planet carrier (St1), wherein:a. the couplings (C0, C1; C0, C1, B0, B1) are incorporated in one common entry unit (E), which is arranged in the flux of power between the combustion engine (VM) and the summing gear train (SG1),
b. the summing gear train (SG1) includes first planetary gears (P1) and second planetary gears (P2) journaled on a common planet carrier (St1), the first (P1) and the second planetary gears (P2) meshing with each other,
c. the first sun gear (S1) or the first ring gear (H1) are driven by the combustion engine (VM) and the second sun gear (S2) is driven by the variator (V), the first sun gear (S1) or the first ring gear (H1)—for the transition from one range to the next range in a point of synchronism (1,2,3)—being in turn drivingly connected with the combustion engine (VM)
d. The planet carrier (St1) is drivingly connected with the output shaft (StW1) of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,794,457

POWER TAKE OFF DRIVELINE LIFT AND COUPLING ASSIST DEVICE

Blount, Inc., Portland, ...

1. An assist device for an implement, comprising: a pivot attached toa frame;
a cradle attached to the pivot, the cradle configured to receive a driveline of the implement, the driveline including a longitudinal axis, the cradle comprised of a first side and a second side, each of the first side and second side attached to the pivot, where the driveline is disposed between the first side and second side when the assist device is engaged with the driveline; and
a handle attached to one of the first side or second side, and extending past the cradle and the other of the first side or second side, distally from the pivot, configured to allow a user to rotate the cradle about the pivot,
wherein the cradle is disposed apart from the pivot so that rotating the cradle about the pivot causes the cradle to change height relative to the frame, enabling the cradle to selectively engage with the driveline and raise the driveline into a position for coupling the driveline to a power take-off.

US Pat. No. 10,794,456

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION INCLUDING A PRIMARY PULLEY, A SECONDARY PULLEY, A METAL TRANSMISSION BELT, AND A MOVING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:a primary pulley including a first fixed sheave fixed to a primary shaft, and a first moving sheave rotating together with the primary shaft in an integrated manner and relatively movable in an axial direction;
a secondary pulley including a second fixed sheave fixed to a secondary shaft, and a second moving sheave rotating together with the secondary shaft in an integrated manner and relatively movable in the axial direction;
a metal transmission belt wound around the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, the metal transmission belt being configured to continuously change a transmission ratio by continuously changing a width of a belt winding groove of the primary pulley and a width of a belt winding groove of the secondary pulley; and
a moving apparatus configured to integrally move either the primary shaft and a primary bearing supporting the primary shaft or the secondary shaft and a secondary bearing supporting the secondary shaft such that a relative positional relationship between the first fixed sheave and the second fixed sheave changes, the moving apparatus being configured to change the relative positional relationship such that a misalignment amount of the transmission belt is reduced;
wherein the relative positional relationship is determined by a shaft-to-shaft distance between the primary shaft and the secondary shaft, and
wherein when the moving apparatus integrally moves the secondary bearing and the secondary shaft, the moving apparatus is configured to move the secondary bearing and the secondary shaft in an orthogonal direction to the axial direction of the secondary shaft by giving a force in the orthogonal direction to the secondary bearing such that the shaft-to-shaft distance changes,
the continuously variable transmission further comprising:
a drive gear configured to rotate together with the secondary shaft in an integrated manner; and
a driven gear meshing with the drive gear,
wherein when the moving apparatus integrally moves the secondary bearing and the secondary shaft, the moving apparatus is configured to move the secondary bearing and the secondary shaft to reciprocate with a predetermined arc on a circular orbit around a rotation center of the driven gear such that a position of a rotation center of the secondary shaft is displaced on the circular orbit,
wherein a radius of the circular orbit is equal to a sum of a pitch radius of the drive gear and a pitch radius of the driven gear,
wherein the secondary bearing is a rolling bearing having an outer race,
wherein the moving apparatus includes a cage, and
wherein the cage is a fixed member having a hollow shape and accommodates the outer race inside the hollow in a movable state on the circular orbit.

US Pat. No. 10,794,455

TENSIONER

DAIDO KOGYO CO., LTD., I...

1. A tensioner comprising;a power spring urging so as to resist a tension member receiving a load from a wrap-around transmission body; and
a backup member being in contact with the power spring and supporting the power spring by acting an urging force in a direction opposite to a radial shift of the power spring in a direction in which the power spring is wound,
wherein the power spring is unwound in a condition in which an inter-plate frictional force of the power spring is small in a case where an urging force acting from the power spring to the tension member is greater than a load acting from the tensioner member to the power spring and the power spring is wound in a condition in which the inter-plate frictional force of the power spring is large in a case where the urging force acting from the power spring to the tension member is smaller than the load acting from the tension member to the power spring.

US Pat. No. 10,794,454

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR A VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train comprising:an input shaft for receiving an input torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first; a second, and a third rotational element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth rotational element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh, an eighth, and a ninth rotational element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth; an eleventh, and atwelfth rotational element;
a fifth planetary gear set having a thirteenth, a fourteenth, and a fifteenth rotational element;
a first shaft fixedly connected with the second rotational element and the sixth rotational element and fixedly connected with the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected with the fourteenth rotational element and fixedly connected with the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected with the third rotational element and the fifth rotational element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected with the fourth rotational element and the tenth rotational element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected with the eighth rotational element, the eleventh rotational element, and the fifteenth rotational element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected with the twelfth rotational element; and
a plurality of shafts, each of which is selectively connected to a transmission housing and fixedly connected to a rotational element of the first, third, and fifth planetary gear sets that is not fixedly connected with any of the first to sixth shafts,
wherein the plurality of shafts includes
a seventh shaft fixedly connected with the first rotational element and the seventh rotational element and selectively connected with the transmission housing;
an eighth shaft fixedly connected with the ninth rotational element and selectively connected with the transmission housing; and
a ninth shaft fixedly connected with the thirteenth rotational element and selectively connected with the transmission housing, and
wherein the second shaft and the third shaft, the fourth shaft and the fifth shaft, and the sixth shaft and the ninth shaft are selectively connected with each other, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,794,453

HIGH TORQUE DENSITY MINIATURE LAMINAR GEAR TRANSMISSION

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A compact, high torque density gearbox, the gearbox comprising:a. a first lamina and a second lamina;
b. wherein said first lamina comprises a first planetary gear stage;
i. wherein said first planetary gear stage comprises an output cage;
ii. wherein said output cage comprises an output shaft extending perpendicular from said planetary stage and crossing from said first lamina to said second lamina;
c. wherein said second lamina comprises a second planetary gear stage comprising a sun gear and at least two planet gears;
d. wherein said output shaft of said first planetary stage interfaces with said sun gear of said second planetary stage; and
e. wherein said gearbox possesses a torque density of at least 0.15 Nm/m3.

US Pat. No. 10,794,452

BICYCLE CHAIN

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle chain comprising:an inner link plate having a longitudinal centerline and a transverse centerline perpendicular to the longitudinal centerline, the inner link plate comprising:
a first inner-link end portion including:
a first inner-link opening having a first inner-link center axis; and
a first axially extending surface circumferentially surrounding the first inner-link opening with respect to the first inner-link center axis, the first axially extending surface extending parallel to the first inner-link center axis and configured to slide relative to a first chain pin of the bicycle chain in an assembled state of the bicycle chain;
a second inner-link end portion including:
a second inner-link opening having a second inner-link center axis parallel to the first inner-link center axis; and
a second axially extending surface circumferentially surrounding the second inner-link opening with respect to the second inner-link center axis, the second axially extending surface extending parallel to the second inner-link center axis and configured to slide relative to a second chain pin of the bicycle chain in the assembled state of the bicycle chain;
an inner-link intermediate portion interconnecting the first inner-link end portion and the second inner-link end portion;
a first chromized layer provided to the first axially extending surface to slide relative to the first chain pin of the bicycle chain in the assembled state of the bicycle chain, the first chromized layer having a first maximum axially chromized-treatment length defined in the first axially extending surface in an axial direction with respect to at least one of the first inner-link center axis and the second inner-link center axis; and
a second chromized layer provided to the second axially extending surface to slide relative to the second chain pin of the bicycle chain in the assembled state of the bicycle chain, the second chromized layer having a second maximum axially chromized-treatment length defined in the second axially extending surface in the axial direction; and
each of the first maximum axially chromized-treatment length and the second maximum axially chromized-treatment length being equal to or larger than 1.1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,794,451

PUSHBELT FOR A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND A TRANSMISSION PROVIDED THEREWITH

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A transverse segment for a drive belt with an endless carrier and a plurality of such transverse segments, slidably arranged on the endless carrier, the transverse segment comprising:two main body surfaces extending in a thickness direction of the transverse segment, a first main body surface of the two main body surfaces being provided with a convexly curved tilting edge providing a transition in a height direction of the transverse segment between an upper part of the transverse segment with an essentially constant thickness and a lower part of the transverse segment with the thickness reducing in a direction away from the convexly curved tilting edge, a second main body surface of the two main body surfaces being provided with a flat section, the convexly curved tilting edge being configured to enable the transverse segment and another adjacent transverse segment with same features as the features of the transverse segment of the plurality of transverse segments in the drive belt to mutually tilt or rotate while remaining in pushing contact with one another in the drive belt by a flat section of a second main body surface of two other main body surfaces of the other adjacent transverse segment rolling-off on the convex curvature of the convexly curved tilting edge of the first main body surface of the transverse segment; and
at least one cut-out that extends in-between the two main body surfaces and that is bounded by a bearing surface supporting an inside of the endless carrier in a radially-inward direction,
wherein a radially-outer extend of the convexly curved tilting edge is located radially outward of the bearing surface, and
wherein a radially-inner extend of the convexly curved tilting edge is located radially inward of the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,450

TRANSMISSION BELT

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. A power transmission belt at least comprising a bottom rubber layer, whereina rubber composition for forming the bottom rubber layer contains a rubber component, cellulose fine fibers, and short fibers,
the cellulose fine fibers have an average diameter from 1 nm to 200 nm, and the rubber composition comprises from 1 part by to 20 parts by mass of the cellulose fine fibers relative to 100 parts by mass of the rubber component, and
the short fibers have fiber lengths from 0.5 mm to 5.0 mm and an average diameter from 8 ?m to 25 ?m, and the rubber composition comprises from 5 parts by mass to 30 parts by mass of the short fibers relative to 100 parts by mass the rubber component.

US Pat. No. 10,794,449

VARIABLE COUNTERWEIGHT

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A variable counterweight system comprising:a rotatable actuator;
a first variable counterweight assembly rotatably coupled to the rotatable actuator to rotate about a first axis, the first variable counterweight assembly configured to geometrically reconfigure between a first geometric configuration and a second geometric configuration;
wherein within the first geometric configuration of the first variable counterweight assembly the first variable counterweight assembly has a first center of gravity position coincident with the first axis, and within the second geometric configuration of the first variable counterweight assembly the first variable counterweight assembly has a second center of gravity position offset from the first axis;
a second variable counterweight assembly rotatably coupled to the rotatable actuator to rotate about a second axis, the second variable counterweight assembly configured to geometrically reconfigure between a first geometric configuration and a second geometric configuration;
wherein within the first geometric configuration of the second variable counterweight assembly the second variable counterweight assembly has a first center of gravity position coincident with the second axis, and within the second geometric configuration of the second variable counterweight assembly the second variable counterweight assembly has a second center of gravity position offset from the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,794,448

ISOLATOR THAT INCLUDES FIRST AND SECOND ISOLATION SPRING ARRANGEMENT IN SERIES

LITENS AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER...

1. An isolator for isolating a device driven by an engine via an endless drive member, comprising:a shaft adapter that is connectable with a shaft of the device, the shaft adapter defining an isolator axis;
a rotary drive member that is engageable with the endless drive member;
a first isolation spring that is positioned to transfer torque between the shaft adapter and an intermediate drive member; and
a second isolation spring arrangement that is positioned to transfer torque between the intermediate member and the rotary drive member,
wherein the intermediate member and the shaft adapter each have a spring bypass surface, wherein the spring bypass surfaces are positioned to engage one another to provide a solid drive connection between the intermediate member and the shaft adapter during relative rotation during torque transfer from the shaft adapter to the intermediate member thereby bypassing the first isolation spring arrangement, such that, torque transfer from the rotary drive member to the shaft adapter is carried out through the first isolation spring arrangement, and torque transfer from the shaft adapter to the rotary drive member is carried out through the second isolation spring arrangement and the solid drive connection.

US Pat. No. 10,794,447

BUMP STOPPER AND SHOCK ABSORBER

KYB CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A bump stopper for absorbing shocks generated during maximum contraction of a shock absorber in cooperation with a bump cushion, the bump stopper comprising:a cap including a plate-shaped part and a cylindrical part, the plate-shaped part having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a rod hole penetrating through the plate-shaped part between the first surface and the second surface and configured to allow a piston rod of the shock absorber to be inserted in the rod hole, the cylindrical part extending from the plate-shaped part to a side of the first surface and being configured to receive a portion of a cylinder of the shock absorber;
a stopper provided on the second surface of the plate-shaped part, the stopper being configured to receive the bump cushion; and
a collar provided on the first surface of the plate-shaped part opposing the cylinder,
wherein the collar comprises a plurality of support parts arranged in a radial manner on the plate-shaped part, the plurality of support parts being configured to support the plate-shaped part,
a passage is formed by the cap and the collar, the passage being configured to allow the rod hole to communicate with an outside of the cylindrical part via an inside of the cylindrical part, and
the passage is formed between the adjacent support parts.

US Pat. No. 10,794,446

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A vibration damping device comprising:a first mounting member;
a second mounting member; and
a main rubber elastic body elastically connecting the first and second mounting members, an upper portion of the main rubber elastic body serving as a small-diameter portion to which the first mounting member is bonded, and a lower portion of the main rubber elastic body serving as a large-diameter portion to which the second mounting member is bonded, wherein:
the first mounting member includes:
an inner recess opening onto an outer circumferential surface thereof, and
a flanged part above the inner recess in an axial direction of the vibration damping device,
the small-diameter portion of the main rubber elastic body is bonded to the inner recess,
the main rubber elastic body has an outside diameter dimension made larger at a portion bonded to the inner recess than an outside diameter dimension of the first mounting member at a side lower than the inner recess such that the small-diameter portion of the main rubber elastic body is thick-walled by being bonded to the inner recess,
the main rubber elastic body directly connects opposed faces of an outer circumferential surface of the inner recess and an inner circumferential surface of the second mounting member,
the inner recess includes a deepest part having a maximum depth dimension, and the deepest part includes a curved surface of a concave shape opening radially outward,
the inner recess includes a tapered face inclining radially outward from the deepest part toward opposite sides in the axial direction of the vibration damping device,
the deepest part of the inner recess forms a smallest outer diameter of the first mounting member, and
the flanged part forms a largest outer diameter of the first mounting member.

US Pat. No. 10,794,445

DISPENSING PUMP WITH POLYMER COMPRESSION SPRING ASSEMBLY

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A dispensing pump comprising:a pump base;
an accumulator within the pump base;
an inlet port within the accumulator;
a valve within the inlet port;
a dispensing head having an outlet nozzle and an inlet stem;
a piston stem having an interior flow passage, an upper end received with the inlet stem of the dispensing head and an opposing lower end with an inlet opening extending into said accumulator;
a piston seal at said lower end of said piston stem, said piston seal engaging said accumulator; and
a compression spring assembly comprising:
a slotted tubular spring element formed from a tensile polymer material;
a first loading cone disposed concentrically around the accumulator at a first end of said slotted tubular spring element; and
a second loading cone disposed concentrically around the piston stem at said second end of said slotted tubular spring element, said second loading cone being axially compressible with said piston stem and said dispensing head toward the first loading cone,
whereby said slotted tubular spring element radially expands to create an opposing extension spring force.

US Pat. No. 10,794,444

WET BRAKE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A wet brake comprising:a housing having semicircular concave portions formed on an inner surface of the housing;
a rotator rotatably disposed in the housing and cooperating with the housing to form therebetween a brake chamber into which cooling oil is forced to flow;
a plurality of plates disposed in the brake chamber and axially movably engaged with the housing, wherein the plurality of plates each have semicircular convex portions that fit in the semicircular concave portions of the housing;
a plurality of discs disposed alternately with the plurality of plates in the brake chamber and axially movably engaged with the rotator; and
a piston configured to push the plates and the discs, wherein
the housing has a cooling oil inlet that communicates with an inner peripheral region of the brake chamber and a cooling oil outlet that communicates with an outer peripheral region of the brake chamber,
an oil collecting passage is formed adjacent to an open end of the cooling, oil outlet on a brake chamber side to communicate with the brake chamber and continues circumferentially, and
semicircular grooves are formed on inner peripheral surfaces of the semicircular concave portions of the housing,
straight cut portions are formed on the outer peripheral surfaces of the semicircular convex portions, and
outer passages extend axially in the housing, wherein the outer passages are defined by the semicircular grooves on the inner peripheral surfaces of the semicircular concave portions of the housing and the straight cut portions on the outer peripheral surfaces of the semicircular convex portions of the plates that face each other, wherein each of the straight cut portions extends in a single straight line between opposing ends of the semicircular grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,794,443

DISC BRAKE FOR A VEHICLE, PARTICULARLY FOR A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle, comprising:a brake caliper which is configured to straddle a brake disc and in which a brake application device is arranged;
a single-piece rotary lever which has an eccentric; and
at least one brake plunger which is configured as a threaded spindle arrangement with a rotational axis, and by way of which at least one brake pad is pressable against the brake disc upon actuation of the rotary lever, wherein
the rotary lever is arranged in the brake caliper so as to pivot relative thereto, and is supported on the brake caliper in at least one supporting region directly or via one or more elements which are connected in between,
the rotary lever which is pivotable with respect to the brake plunger, has at least one convexly shaped section on a side which lies opposite the supporting region on the brake caliper, the at least one convexly shaped section abutting directly or via a plain bearing against a concave end side of a respective one of the at least one brake plunger which is adapted to the at least one convexly shaped section, in an axial extension of the rotational axis of the threaded spindle arrangement,
on a side of the rotary lever which lies opposite the at least one convexly shaped section, the rotary lever is supported on at least one ball which bears against a bearing block which is held on the brake caliper,
the ball lies in a recess which is adapted to its shape, and
the bearing block is configured as a separate component.

US Pat. No. 10,794,442

ELECTROMECHANICAL ACTUATOR PACKAGE WITH MULTI-STAGE BELT DRIVE MECHANISM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An electromechanical actuator package for actuating a brake assembly, comprising:a motor comprising a motor rotor shaft;
a multi-stage belt drive mechanism connecting the motor rotor shaft to an actuator output via a plurality of drive belts, the actuator output associated with the brake assembly;
a circuit board; and
a housing enclosing the motor, the multi-stage belt drive mechanism and the circuit board, wherein the circuit board is positioned between one end of the motor rotor shaft and an inner surface of the housing,
wherein:
the multi-stage belt drive mechanism comprises a first stage belt drive assembly, a second stage belt drive assembly, and a connecting shaft operably connecting the first stage belt drive assembly to the second stage belt drive assembly, and
the electromechanical actuator package further comprises a shaft position sensor configured to sense a position of the connecting shaft and/or a pulley fixed to the connecting shaft, the shaft position sensor disposed on the circuit board and facing one end of the connecting shaft and/or the pulley fixed to the connecting shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,794,441

BRAKE DISC FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A brake disk for a disk brake, comprising:a brake-disk hub;
at least one friction ring;
axially directed rivets connecting the at least one friction ring to said brake-disk hub, wherein
a lateral surface of the brake-disk hub is provided with reduced-wall-thickness portions and/or through-passages, which are axially directed material cutouts located on the outer circumference of the lateral surface of the brake-disk hub and serve for the at least partial placement of the axially directed rivets,
the friction ring and the brake-disk hub are centered in relation to one another exclusively via the rivets,
starting from a manufactured head, at least over a sub-region of its stem in a region of the brake-disk hub, each rivet, prior to being deformed, is designed so as to taper conically in the direction of a rivet-closing head, and
a transition from each rivet stem to each manufactured head of each rivet is provided with an axial undercut on each manufactured head of each rivet.

US Pat. No. 10,794,440

INTERNALLY VENTILATED BRAKE DISK

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An internally ventilated brake disk for a disk brake, comprising:two adjacent friction disks, which are connected to one another by radially running, regularly arranged webs,
wherein
the webs run from an outer-circumference periphery to an inner-circumference periphery of the friction disks,
the friction disks are connected by the webs such that interspaces thereof form identically sized cooling channels through which cooling air is flowable,
the cooling channels are subdivided by further, relatively shorter webs such that, in a radial region relatively close to the inner-circumference periphery of the friction disks, at least one relatively shorter web is located centrally between the webs, wherein, directed radially outward from the relatively shorter web, the cooling channels divide up into at least three flow channels, two first further relatively shorter webs being arranged in each cooling channel, in a state in which they are offset radially outward in relation to each relatively shorter web in the circumferential direction,
starting from each of the relatively shorter webs and directed radially inward, the friction disk, which is directed toward a brake-disk hub, is extended and, level with a collar of the brake-disk hub, is provided in the axial direction with a bore,
the bore serves to accommodate a rivet, which fastens the friction disk on the brake-disk hub,
the friction disk, which is directed toward the brake-disk hub, has an axially directed depression for supporting the collar of the brake-disk hub, and
the internal diameter of the depression is greater than an external diameter of the collar, and therefore the friction disk and the brake-disk hub are centered in relation to one another exclusively by way of the rivets.

US Pat. No. 10,794,439

EMBOSSED BRAKE PAD

1. Method of reducing brake noise comprising the steps of:providing a brake pad consisting of:
a backing plate having a front side and a back side; and
a brake lining provided on said front side of said backing plate said front side having no indentations or protrusions;
providing a random pattern of indentations or cavities provided on said back side of said backing plate to reduce noise when braking with a brake system employing the brake pad; and
installing the brake pad in a brake system without the use of separate insulators or shims.

US Pat. No. 10,794,438

LIQUID-RESISTANCE BRAKING SYSTEM

1. A braking system, comprising:a damper; and
a brake controller;wherein:the damper comprises a sealed gearbox comprising an inner chamber, at least one pair of engaged gears mated with the inner chamber of the sealed gearbox, and a brake fluid storage box;
the at least one pair of engaged gears comprise a driving gear; the driving gear matches a driving axle which is a brake shaft extending out of the sealed gearbox and connecting to an external driving shaft or being an external driving shaft;
a first flowing channel and a second flowing channel are provided on both sides of the sealed gearbox, respectively;
the first flowing channel and the second flowing channel comprise a first extracting outlet and a second extracting outlet, respectively, which are both disposed on the sealed gearbox;
the brake fluid storage box comprises a first joint and a second joint the first joint is connected to the first extracting outlet and the second joint is connected to the second extracting outlet, so as to form a sealing circulation passage;
the brake controller comprises at least one braking switch valve arranged on the sealing circulation passage and a brake control mechanism; the at least one braking switch valve comprises a control end connected to the brake control mechanism;
the braking switch valve comprises a first hydraulic switching valve and a second first hydraulic switching valve which are disposed on the first flowing channel and the second flowing channel, respectively;
the first hydraulic switching valve and the second first hydraulic switching valve are identical in structure, and each comprises a cylindrical housing;
two sides of each cylindrical housing are provided with openings which allow the first flowing channel and the second flowing channel to pass through;
a switch sliding plug is disposed in each cylindrical housing; each switch sliding plug comprises a radial through hole corresponding to the first/second flowing channel;
a reset spring is disposed between each switch sliding plug and a bottom wall of the corresponding cylindrical housing; an outer end of each cylindrical housing is provided with a driving liquid inlet and a driving liquid outlet; and
both the driving liquid inlet and the driving liquid outlet of the first hydraulic switching valve and the second first hydraulic switching valve are connected to the brake control mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,794,437

WEDGE CAM BRAKE

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A wedge cam brake, in which proximal end portions of brake arms are expanded to oscillate by a cam action of a wedge cam which moves along a direction of a rotational axis of a ball screw which screws into a ball nut for pushing to bias the wedge cam to a braking position as a result of the ball screw being driven to rotate by an electric motor, causing a pair of pad assemblies provided at open end portions of the brake arms to be pressed against both sides of a brake rotor so as to hold the brake rotor therebetween to thereby execute a braking operation, the wedge cam brake comprising:an elastic member configured to bias the wedge cam in a direction from a non-braking position to the braking position to expand the proximal end portions of the brake arms; and
a spring holding mechanism holding the elastic member in a biasing force accumulating state, wherein the spring holding mechanism includes:
a piston member which is allowed to move along the direction of the rotational axis of the ball screw to transmit a biasing force of the elastic member to the ball nut which is held so as not to rotate relative to the piston member, wherein the elastic member is interposed between a stationary portion on a brake main body side and the piston member;
an armature, which is disposed at a rear end side of the piston member, and which is attracted to a stator of an electromagnetic clutch which is fixed to the stationary portion on the brake main body side; and
a holding lever, which is attached to a distal end portion of a guide rod which is fixed to the armature at a proximal end portion thereof so as to oscillate, wherein the holder lever is brought into engagement with an engaging portion provided in a guide rail of the brake main body side at an oscillating end thereof for abutment with a distal end side of the piston member to restrict the movement thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,794,436

HYDRAULIC BRAKE AND DISCONNECT FOR ROTATIONAL MACHINES

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A rotational system comprising: a shaft assembly rotationally coupling a first rotor, a second rotor, and a fluid pump; and a fluid circuit comprising: the fluid pump, which is configured to motivate a working fluid through the fluid circuit, the fluid pump comprising a pump inlet and a pump outlet; and a pressurizing valve disposed downstream of the fluid pump, wherein the rotational system is configured to rotationally decouple the first rotor and the fluid pump from the second rotor by closing the pressurizing valve, the rotational system configured to rotationally decouple the first rotor from the second rotor in response to an increase in a pressure differential across the fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,794,435

TRANSMISSION WITH SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A transmission comprising:a selectable one-way clutch;
a first friction clutch configured such that slip across the selectable one-way clutch is proportional to a speed of an output element whenever the first friction clutch is fully engaged;
a second friction clutch; and
a controller programmed to switch the selectable one-way clutch from a passive state to an active state in response to driver selection of a Reverse mode by commanding engagement of the first friction clutch then commanding the selectable one-way clutch to the active state after confirming that slip is less than a threshold, such that full engagement of the first and second clutches establishes a first reverse gear state, and
after switching the selectable one-way clutch, engaging a third friction clutch and releasing the first and second friction clutches establishes a second reverse gear state.

US Pat. No. 10,794,434

SPLIT RACE FOR WEDGE CLUTCH BEARING ASSEMBLY

1. An outer ring assembly comprising:a first outer ring including a groove adapted to receive a plurality of locking wedges; and
a second outer ring including an outer race adapted to support a plurality of rolling elements.

US Pat. No. 10,794,433

PISTON FOR CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

1. A clutch assembly comprising:at least one rotatable clutch plate;
a reaction plate arranged to rotate with and apply a force to the at least one rotatable clutch plate;
a spring configured to urge the reaction plate away from the at least one rotatable clutch plate; and
a piston;
at least one bearing rolling element arranged between the reaction plate and the piston to permit relative rotational motion therebetween;
wherein the piston includes:
a first segment formed as a plate and defining an internal space between the first segment and a housing;
a second segment that occupies a portion of the internal space:
the second segment defines a cavity with the housing, the cavity configured to receive a hydraulic fluid;
at least one o-ring is disposed between the first segment and the second segment in an axial direction; and
the cavity does not axially overlap with the at least one o-ring.

US Pat. No. 10,794,432

WEDGE CLUTCH WITH BUILT-IN ACTUATOR

1. A wedge clutch comprising:an inner race;
an outer race circumscribing the inner race;
a wedge element radially disposed between the inner and outer races and actuatable to couple and decouple the inner and outer races; and
a hydraulic or pneumatic actuator including an annular piston having axially extending fingers configured to engage with the wedge element and configured to actuate the wedge element to decouple the inner and outer races.

US Pat. No. 10,794,431

CLUTCH ACTUATION MECHANISM

1. A clutch actuation mechanism for actuating a clutch operator of a spring loaded friction clutch, the clutch actuation mechanism comprising:at least one rotary disc connectable to the clutch operator, the at least one rotary disc being supported by a radial bearing defining a disc rotary axis of the at least one rotary disc and being coupled to a motor to provide a first torque to the at least one rotary disc;
a pin attached to the at least one rotary disc with an offset from the disc rotary axis;
a lever having a contacting surface and being pivotally supported to pivot around a lever pivot axis, wherein the lever pivot axis and the disc rotary axis are substantially parallel; and
a spring that forces the contacting surface of the lever against the pin to thereby provide an additional torque to the at least one rotary disc,
wherein the pin travels over the contacting surface when the at least one rotary disc rotates to open or close the spring loaded friction clutch via the clutch operator,
wherein an entirety of the contacting surface over which the pin travels is curved.

US Pat. No. 10,794,430

TORQUE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND A COLLAR HAVING CONCAVE TOOTH SIDE SURFACES

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. A torque transmission apparatus comprising:a shaft that extends along an axis and has a shaft spline;
a collar that includes:
a collar hole that is disposed along the axis and receives the shaft;
a collar spline disposed in the collar hole that mates with the shaft spline; and
a set of collar teeth that are disposed opposite the collar hole, wherein the collar teeth include:
a first end surface that extends away from the axis;
a second end surface that extends away from the axis and is disposed opposite the first end surface;
a first collar side surface that is concave between the first end surface and the second end surface; and
a second collar side surface that is concave between the first end surface and the second end surface, wherein the second collar side surface is disposed opposite the first collar side surface; and
a first drive component that is selectively engageable with the collar, the first drive component including:
a first opening that receives the collar; and
a first set of teeth that are disposed in the first opening that are selectively engageable with the set of collar teeth, wherein each tooth of the first set of teeth includes:
a first end;
a second end disposed opposite the first end;
a first side surface that is convex from the first end to the second end; and
a second side surface that is convex from the first end to the second end, wherein the second side surface is disposed opposite the first side surface, and the first side surface engages the first collar side surface or the second side surface engages the second collar side surface when the first set of teeth meshes with the collar teeth; and
a first root radius at the first end and a second root radius at the second end, wherein the first root radius is greater than the second root radius.

US Pat. No. 10,794,429

COUPLING DEVICE AND FIBRE-REINFORCED ARTICULATION DEVICE

SIEMENS MOBILITY GMBH, M...

1. A coupling device for connecting a motor to a transmission of a vehicle, the coupling device comprising:at least one first flange;
at least one second flange;
at least one first thread-reinforced joint mechanism;
at least one second thread-reinforced joint mechanism; and
at least one connection assembly that is arranged between the first and the second thread-reinforced joint mechanism,
wherein the at least one first thread-reinforced joint mechanism and the at least one second thread-reinforced joint mechanism define a connection area between them in a direction of a center axis of the coupling device, and wherein the first thread-reinforced joint mechanism is connected starting from the connection area to the at least one connection assembly, and the first flange and the second thread-reinforced joint mechanism is connected to the at least one connection assembly and the second flange, wherein the first and the second thread-reinforced joint mechanisms are connected by fastening means to the first and second flange and the at least one connection assembly,
wherein the first thread-reinforced joint mechanism is connected starting from the connection area by the fastening means to the at least one connection assembly, and the first thread-reinforced joint mechanism is connected starting from the connection area by the fastening means to the first flange, and
wherein the second thread-reinforced joint mechanism is connected starting from the connection area by the fastening means to the at least one connection assembly, and the second thread-reinforced joint mechanism is connected starting from the connection area by the fastening means to the second flange.

US Pat. No. 10,794,428

SEALING DEVICE AND HUB BEARING

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A sealing device configured to seal an annular gap between an inner ring and an outer ring provided in a hub bearing, the sealing device comprising:a reinforcement ring configured to be fixed to the outer ring;
a seal body that is provided integrally with the reinforcement ring and is made of an elastic body; and
a plurality of seal lips provided in the seal body, the plurality of seal lips being slidable on the inner ring or a slinger fixed to the inner ring, wherein
the plurality of seal lips include:
a lip for foreign object configured to prevent entry of a foreign object which extends radially outward and is slidable on the inner ring or the slinger fixed to the inner ring; and
a lip for grease configured to prevent leakage of grease which extends radially inward and is slidable on the inner ring or the slinger fixed to the inner ring;
a sliding surface in the lip for foreign object and a sliding surface in the lip for grease have pear-skin-like projections and depressions; and
roughness of the pear-skin-like projections and depressions provided on the sliding surface of the lip for grease is larger than roughness of the pear-skin-like projections and depressions provided on the sliding surface of the lip for foreign object.

US Pat. No. 10,794,427

BEARING RING WITH INSULATING COATING

1. A method for providing an electrically insulating coating to a bearing component, comprising:providing a bearing component formed from bearing grade steel and machined or otherwise formed to a near net shape;
electro-chemically depositing a high purity aluminum on the steel bearing component using a non-aqueous electrolyte in an inert environment to form a high purity aluminum coating at least over a portion of the steel bearing component; and
converting a surface of the high purity aluminum coating using an acid-bath into aluminum oxide to form an insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,794,426

SLIDING MEMBER

DAIDO METAL COMPANY LTD.,...

1. A sliding member for a journal bearing, comprising:a back metal layer; and
a sliding layer on the back metal layer,
wherein the sliding member has a shape of a partial cylinder,
wherein the sliding layer comprises synthetic resin and fibrous particles dispersed in the synthetic resin at a volume ratio of 10 to 35% of a volume of the sliding layer, and the fibrous particles having an average particle size of 5 to 25 ?m,
wherein the fibrous particles having a major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m are included at a volume ratio of not less than 10% in relation to a volume of total fibrous particles, when viewed in a circumferential cross-sectional structure parallel to a circumferential direction of the sliding member and perpendicular to a sliding surface of the sliding layer, and
wherein, when a sliding surface side area is defined as an area from the sliding surface toward an interface between the sliding surface and the back metal layer in the circumferential cross-sectional structure, the sliding surface side area having a thickness of 25% of a sliding layer thickness; an interface side area is defined as an area from the interface toward the sliding surface, the interface side area having a thickness of 25% of the sliding layer thickness; and an intermediate area is defined as an area between the sliding surface side area and the interface side area,(i) in the sliding surface side area, the fibrous particles having a major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have a dispersion index of 1.1 to 6,(ii) in the intermediate area, the fibrous particles having a major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have the dispersion index of 0.1 to less than 1, and(iii) in the interface side area, the fibrous particles having a major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have the dispersion index of 1.1 to 6,where the dispersion index is defined as an average of ratios X1/Y1 of the fibrous particles, X1 being a length of a fibrous particle parallel to the sliding surface in the circumferential cross-sectional structure, and Y1 being a length of the fibrous particle perpendicular to the sliding surface in the circumferential cross-sectional structure.

US Pat. No. 10,794,425

MECHANICAL ASSEMBLY AND MECHANICAL DEVICE

SKF Aerospace France S.A....

1. A mechanical assembly, comprising:a shaft;
a mechanical device comprising:
a bearing mounted on the shaft and including at least one ring that is able to move in rotation about the shaft;
a lubrication system comprising:
a channel to allow lubricant fluid to flow, formed at the interface between the shaft and the bearing;
distribution ducts for lubricant fluid, formed in the bearing and fluidically connected to the channel; wherein
the channel comprises at least one constriction to create a loss of head of the lubricant fluid flowing in the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,794,424

AXIALLY COMPLIANT BEARING FOR PRECISION POSITIONING

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. An axially compliant bearing stage assembly comprising:a base having a rail;
a stage;
at least one bearing member slidably disposed along the rail for movement in an axial direction;
a compliant joint interconnecting the at least one bearing member to the stage, the compliant joint having a first compliance in the axial direction to permit movement of the stage in the axial direction relative to the at least one bearing, the first compliance being greater than a friction induced compliance of the at least one bearing member in the axial direction, the compliant joint having a second compliance in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction, the second compliance being less than the first compliance;
an actuator for actuating the stage; and
a sensor for measuring motion of the stage.

US Pat. No. 10,794,423

AEROSTATIC BEARING

ETEL S.A., Motiers (CH)

1. An aerostatic bearing comprising:a slider that is guidable on a guide surface, the slider having an inner, conical sliding surface of an inner air bearing facing the guide surface with a central compressed air supply,
wherein the conical sliding surface is attached by first joints to the central compressed air supply and by second joints to a base of the slider arranged on a side of the slider facing away from the guide surface, such that a cone angle of the conical sliding surface is variable, and
wherein the conical sliding surface is surrounded by an annular sliding surface of an outer air bearing having an annular compressed air supply.

US Pat. No. 10,794,422

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SLEWING RING BEARING WITH A PREDETERMINED PRELOAD

General Electric Company,...

1. A slewing ring bearing comprising:an outer race;
an inner race rotatable relative to the outer race, at least one of the outer race or the inner race being split into a first portion and a separate, second portion; and,
a plurality of roller elements arranged between one or more raceways defined by the inner and outer races,
wherein the first and second portions of at least one of the outer race or the inner race are coupled together via a threaded interface therebetween so as to establish a predetermined preload for the slewing ring bearing, the threaded interface comprising a plurality of corresponding circumferential threads formed in each of the first and second portions so that the threads in the first portion engage the threads on the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,421

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRELOADING BEARING ASSEMBLIES

The Timken Company, Nort...

1. An apparatus for preloading a bearing assembly on a shaft, the apparatus comprising:a first annular threaded member positioned about the shaft;
a second annular threaded member positioned about the shaft;
the first and second threaded members having intermeshing threads such that rotation of the second threaded member causes axial translation of the first threaded member to apply a first axial force to the bearing assembly to preload the bearing assembly;
a first actuator operable to rotate the second threaded member relative to the first threaded member to apply the first axial force to the bearing assembly; and
a plurality of additional linear actuators providing a second axial force to the first threaded member in a direction to reduce friction between the intermeshing threads.

US Pat. No. 10,794,420

UNIVERSAL JOINT INCLUDING A SEAL, SEAL, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A SEAL

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A universal joint comprising:a bush;
a bearing journal supported in the bush by a bearing; and
a seal assembly configured to form a seal between the bearing journal and the bush, the seal assembly comprising an outer body formed from a first material having a first hardness and a reinforcing body at least partially embedded in the outer body and formed from a plastic having a hardness greater than the hardness of the first material,
wherein the reinforcing body and the seal portion are connected to each other in a friction-fit and/or interference-fit manner or in a materially-bonded manner, and
wherein a first portion of the outer body is located directly radially between the reinforcing body and the journal and a second portion of the outer body is located radially inward of the bush and directly radially between the reinforcing body and the bush.

US Pat. No. 10,794,419

COMPOSITE CONNECTING RODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A connecting rod, comprising:a shank extending along a shank axis;
a first end portion coupled to the shank, wherein the first end portion has an annular shape, the first end portion defines a first inner surface, the first inner surface has an annular shape, and the first inner surface has a first circumference;
a second end portion coupled to the shank, wherein the second end portion has an annular shape;
wherein each of the shank, the first end portion, and the second end portion includes a fiber-reinforced composite;
wherein the fiber-reinforced composite includes a matrix and a plurality of fibers embedded in the matrix; wherein the plurality of fibers includes shank fibers disposed in the shank;
wherein at least one of the shank fibers is elongated along the shank axis;
wherein the plurality of fibers includes a plurality of first-end fibers, the plurality of first-end fibers includes a first annular fiber, and the first annular fiber has an annular shape such that the first annular fiber continuously surrounds an entirety of the first circumference of the first inner surface of the first end portion; and, further comprising a second bearing, the second bearing includes an outer race, an inner race, and a plurality of rollers disposed between the outer race and the inner race; and
wherein the second bearing includes a fin protruding from the outer race, the fin is configured to support the plurality of fibers, the fin has a first fin surface and a second fin surface opposite the first fin surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,418

BOWDEN CABLE ASSEMBLY

1. A Bowden cable assembly for a motor vehicle door lock assembly, the Bowden cable assembly comprising:a Bowden cable with a sheath and a core having a barrel at one end of the core;
an end piece with an elongated support structure having a Bowden cable receptacle receiving one end of the sheath of the Bowden cable and guiding the core of the Bowden cable, and a barrel guide slidably supporting the barrel attached to the one end of the core;
an attachment member disposed at a first end region of the elongated support structure configured to secure the end piece of the Bowden cable assembly to a door handle assembly of the vehicle door lock assembly, wherein the attachment member provides a holding connection with an operating mechanism of the motor vehicle door lock assembly for an insertion position and an end position; and
a mounting spring disposed at a second end region opposite to the first end region, the mounting spring having an abutment region configured to pressably attach on a mounting surface of a support structure of a vehicle door when the Bowden cable assembly is in an assembled state.

US Pat. No. 10,794,417

SELF-PUNCHING PRESS-FIT ELEMENT, PRESS-FIT CONNECTION, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A PRESS-FIT CONNECTION

1. A self-punching press-fit element for press-fitting into a component, comprising:a head part having a head bearing for bearing on the component and extending in a longitudinal direction, said head bearing having an encircling displacement web being adjoined in a radial direction by a radially external region of said head bearing, said radially external region in the longitudinal direction being set back in relation to said displacement web, said displacement web transitioning into said radially external region configuring a step;
a punching collar having an end-side cutting edge, said punching collar configured so as to widen in a conical manner and having an external shell face that in relation to the longitudinal direction is obliquely inclined in an outward manner such that an undercut is configured between said cutting edge and said head bearing; and
a plurality of ribs for configuring an anti-rotation safeguard are configured so as to be distributed across a circumference in said radially external region.

US Pat. No. 10,794,416

TENSIONING DEVICE

TOHNICHI MFG. CO., LTD., ...

1. A tensioning device which applies upward tension to a bolt fastened to a fastened member and insertedly fitted with a washer, the washer having a first male thread portion formed on an outer circumferential surface, the tensioning device comprising:a connection member having a first female thread portion to be threadly engaged with the first male thread portion;
a tensioning mechanism which tensions the connection member while having the first male thread portion threadly engaged with the first female thread portion; and
a tension bearer which is disposed around an outer circumference of the connection member, and bears a reaction force applied from the fastened member in tensioning performed by the tensioning mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,794,415

THREADED BLIND FASTENER AND SPACER ASSEMBLY AND METHODS FOR THE ASSEMBLY AND USE THEREOF

Bollhoff Inc., Kendallvi...

1. A threaded blind fastener and spacer assembly comprising:a threaded blind fastener comprising a stem having a head at one end, and a tubular body received on said stem, said tubular body having a flange which extends radially from one end of said tubular body, wherein an end of said tubular body opposite said flange is positioned adjacent said head, said tubular body including a threaded portion and a collapsible portion; and
a spacer having a surface, said spacer having a hole therethrough which receives said stem, said hole terminating as a counterbore at said surface, said counterbore receiving said flange.

US Pat. No. 10,794,414

BODY BOUND SHEAR CONNECTION

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C., ...

1. A joint comprising:a first workpiece defining a cavity; and
a second workpiece including a shear member at least partially received within the cavity to secure the first workpiece to the second workpiece, wherein
one of the first and second workpieces has a lower hardness and/or shear strength than the other one of the first and second workpieces,
said one of the first and second workpieces having a lower hardness and/or shear strength includes at least one shear tab having a base portion extending between the cavity and the shear member,
said other one of the first and second workpieces has a perimeter configured to overlap an end portion of the at least one shear tab prior to the shear member being inserted into the cavity, and
the end portion of the at least one shear tab is broken away in inserting the shear member into the cavity, with the remainder of the at least one shear tab comprising the base portion extending between the cavity and the shear member to secure the first workpiece to the second workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,794,413

CONNECTION ASSEMBLY

NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. A connection assembly, comprising:a housing having a chamber and an opening communicating with the chamber;
an adaptor having a first through hole, the adaptor being at least partially connected outside the housing, the opening communicating with the first through hole; and
a conducting element penetrating through the first through hole and the opening, the conducting element being detachably connected with the adaptor,
wherein the adaptor has an internal thread disposed on an inner wall defining the first through hole, the conducting element has an external thread disposed on an outer wall, the external thread is configured to couple with the internal thread.

US Pat. No. 10,794,412

ADJUSTABLE DECKING ASSEMBLY

KINEDYNE LLC, Branchburg...

1. An adjustable decking assembly, comprising:a track configured to be vertically mounted and defining a plurality of spaced recesses along a length thereof;
a channel unit pivotably connected with a bracket, the bracket slidably mounted upon the track;
a lock pivotably mounted on the bracket and comprising a finger extending therefrom configured to be removably received within one of the plurality of spaced recesses along the track, wherein the lock is movable between a locked position in which the finger is received within one of the plurality of spaced recesses and a released position in which the finger is released from the recess;
a spring disposed between the lock and the bracket and biasing the lock toward the locked position; and
a lever pivotably mounted on the bracket, wherein the lever pivots to contact the lock and transfer a force upon the lock via a first end of the lever to pivot the lock from the locked position toward the released position when the channel unit is pivoted from a horizontal position to an acute angle below the horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,794,411

CHILD PART INCLUDING A RETENTION MEMBER AS A SECONDARY RETENTION FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A part assembly, comprising:a parent part including an assembly hole; and
a child part comprising:
a main panel,
a clip tower on a surface of the main panel, wherein the clip tower includes a base to hold a clip and a retention member extending from the base at a direction away from the main panel and bending to form a sloped portion with an angle to the surface of the main panel, wherein the retention member extends from a top of the base, and the retention member and the base are formed as a single piece, and
a clip snapped and preassembled on the base of the clip tower;
wherein the clip is configured to deform to pass the assembling hole of the parent part and restore to its normal state after passing the assembling hole to connect the child part to the parent part.

US Pat. No. 10,794,410

FOLDABLE AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING PLATE ASSEMBLY FOR AN INTERMODAL CONTAINER

1. A foldable aerodynamic drag reducing plate assembly for a front of an intermodal container comprising:A) two half assemblies, each said half assembly further comprising:
a) a rectangular shaped base plate,
b) an extending plate attached to a lower edge of said base plate,
c) at least one rectangular shaped projecting plate,
d) said at least one projecting plate is perpendicular to said base plate,
e) said at least one projecting plate is connected to said base plate by a plurality of hinges and by a plurality of locking bar assemblies,
f) a hook positioned substantially at a top edge of said base plate,
g) said hook fits inside an upper intermodal opening,
h) a rotating locking pin positioned substantially at a lower edge of said extending plate, and
i) said rotating locking pin fits inside a lower intermodal opening, and
B) at least one bracket connecting both said half assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,794,409

TURBULENCE GENERATION SYSTEM

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

1. A turbulence generation system for use in aerodynamic and acoustic testing of a vehicle comprising:a contraction section including a nozzle having an air inlet and an air outlet; and
a vane assembly positioned in cooperative relationship with the contraction section to direct airflow from the nozzle, the vane assembly including:
at least two vertically oriented nozzle contraction vanes located within the nozzle upstream of the air outlet, each nozzle contraction vane is configured to rotationally move independent of the other nozzle contraction vane to generate airflow pressure loss, turbulence and/or flow vectoring,
a pair of vertically oriented nozzle exit vanes downstream of the air outlet and configured to rotationally move to generate dynamic yaw, one of the nozzle exit vanes positioned laterally inward from a first sidewall of the nozzle and the other nozzle exit vane positioned laterally inward from a second sidewall of the nozzle which is laterally spaced from the first sidewall, and
at least one horizontally oriented vane positioned downstream of nozzle contraction vanes and upstream of the nozzle exit vanes and configured to rotationally move to generate up-wash or downwash.

US Pat. No. 10,794,408

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AN ALERT RELATING TO A HYDRAULIC ACTUATION SYSTEM

Hyva Holding B.V., Alphe...

1. A method of generating an alert relating to a hydraulic actuation system for actuating a hydraulic cylinder, a hydraulic control system comprising a hydraulic fluid tank and a hydraulic fluid filter, the method comprising:monitoring a pressure drop over the hydraulic fluid filter;
determining a rate of change characteristic relating to a rate of change of pressure drop over at least one time period in which there is a hydraulic fluid flow through the hydraulic fluid filter;
determining whether hydraulic fluid is dirty based on at least the rate of change characteristic; and
generating an alert if it is determined that the hydraulic fluid is dirty.

US Pat. No. 10,794,407

CENTRE SEEKING ACTUATOR

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. An assembly comprising a centre seeking actuator, the centre seeking actuator comprising:an outer cylinder;
a slave cylinder slidably disposed within the outer cylinder;
a rod assembly having a piston slidably disposed within the slave cylinder and a rod extending from the piston to a point outside the outer cylinder;
one or more first dynamic seals arranged to act on a sidewall of the rod to inhibit working fluid leaking from the outer cylinder; and
one or more second dynamic seals arranged to act on a sidewall of the slave cylinder to inhibit working fluid leaking from the outer cylinder, the one or more second dynamic seals being mounted on an inner wall of the outer cylinder;
wherein the centre seeking actuator is configured to bias a first part of the assembly to assume a predetermined position relative to a second part of the assembly, the assembly being arranged, in use, to force the actuator to assume the first condition when in a first state and having a second state in which the actuator moves the first part of the assembly to assume the predetermined position relative to the second part; and
wherein the assembly comprises an aircraft landing gear assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,794,406

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING A HYDRAULIC CYLINDER

BAUER Deep Drilling GmbH,...

1. A hydraulic cylinder configured to be connected to a construction component, the hydraulic cylinder comprising:a cylinder housing;
an extendable piston rod, the piston rod having a free end configured for connection to a linkage lug that is configured for connection to the construction component; and
a connecting arrangement for connecting the hydraulic cylinder to the construction component, the connecting arrangement including a releasable plug connection configured to connect the linkage lug to the piston rod, wherein
the plug connection includes:
a sleeve-shaped receiving part configured to be arranged on the linkage lug, and
a bolt element configured for connection to the piston rod,
the bolt element is plugged in a fitting manner into the sleeve-shaped receiving part,
a locking device configured to lock the plug connection is provided and arranged on the sleeve-shaped receiving part, and
a positioning cylinder is arranged on the sleeve-shaped receiving part, the positioning cylinder being configured to actuate the locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,794,405

VALVE ISLAND

1. A valve island with at least one valve module and an adapter module, wherein the adapter module includes a first data line and a first voltage supply line, which each continuously extend from an interface on a first front side forming an outer side of the adapter module to a first interface on a second side of the adapter module pointing into the valve island, and wherein in the adapter module a circuit unit is provided, which within the adapter module is connected to the first data line and the first voltage supply line and from which within the adapter module an internal data line and an internal voltage supply line proceed, which extend to a second interface on the second side of the adapter module.

US Pat. No. 10,794,404

CYLINDER DRIVING DEVICE

KYB CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A cylinder driving device comprising:an electric motor;
a pump configured to be driven by the electric motor and discharge working fluid;
a first passage and a second passage respectively connected to the pump, the first passage and the second passage being configured to selectively guide the working fluid from the pump;
a fluid pressure cylinder connected to the first passage and the second passage, the fluid pressure cylinder being configured to be operated by the working fluid supplied from one of the first passage and the second passage, the fluid pressure cylinder being configured to discharge the working fluid to the other of the first passage and the second passage when operated;
a control valve provided in the second passage, the control valve being configured to allow a flow of the working fluid directed from the fluid pressure cylinder to the pump in response to an increase in a pressure in the first passage while allowing a flow of the working fluid directed from the pump to the fluid pressure cylinder; and
a restriction valve provided between the fluid pressure cylinder and the control valve in the second passage, the restriction valve being configured to restrict a flow of the working fluid directed from the fluid pressure cylinder to the control valve, wherein:
an opening area of the restriction valve is reduced in response to an increase in a flow rate of the working fluid discharged from the fluid pressure cylinder to the second passage; and
the restriction valve is set such that the opening area is reduced when a flow rate of the working fluid sucked from the first passage by the fluid pressure cylinder reaches a maximum discharge flow rate of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,794,403

COMPOSITE VALVE FOR DIRECT ATTACHMENT TO PORT OF HYDRAULIC APPARATUS

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A composite valve that is attached to a port of a fluid pressure apparatus, the composite valve comprising:a valve body;
a first valve module attached to the valve body; and
a second valve module attached to the valve body,
wherein the valve body includes a first body portion having an attachment hole that is used for attaching the first valve module to the first body portion, a second body portion having an attachment hole that is used for attaching the second valve module to the second body portion, a third body portion having an input port that is used for injecting a pressure fluid into the third body portion, and a fourth body portion having an output port that is used for outputting the pressure fluid, the first body portion, the second body portion, the third body portion, and the fourth body portion being formed in such a manner as to be integrally coupled to one another,
wherein the fourth body portion includes an attachment portion that is formed in such a manner as to be directly screwed into and attached to a port of a fluid pressure apparatus, the port having a shape of a threaded hole,
wherein the first body portion and the second body portion respectively extend along a first axis and a second axis that are parallel to each other,
wherein the third body portion is located in a plane including either or both of the first axis and the second axis, or is located in a separate plane that is parallel to the plane and extends along a third axis that is at 90 degrees with respect to the first axis and with respect to the second axis,
wherein the fourth body portion extends along a fourth axis that is at 90 degrees with respect to all the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis,
wherein the first valve module includes a module body that is attachable to the first body portion by being inserted into the attachment hole of the first body portion and a valve mechanism that is assembled to the module body, and the second valve module includes a module body that is attachable to the second body portion by being inserted into the attachment hole of the second body portion and a valve mechanism that is assembled to the module body,
wherein the first valve module and the second valve module have different fluid control functions, and
wherein a fluid flow path that allows the input port and the output port to communicate with each other is formed in such a manner as to extend from the third body portion to the fourth body portion by sequentially passing through the first body portion, the first valve module, the second body portion, and the second valve module from one side to another side.

US Pat. No. 10,794,402

EJECTOR AND A TURBO-MACHINE HAVING AN EJECTOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An ejector comprising:a primary fluid inlet to receive a primary fluid;
a secondary fluid inlet to receive a secondary fluid; and
a nozzle fluidly coupled to the primary fluid inlet and the secondary fluid inlet,
wherein the nozzle comprises:
a secondary pilot inlet to receive at least a portion of the secondary fluid from the secondary fluid inlet; and
a nozzle outlet comprising a plurality of primary openings for discharging the primary fluid and a secondary opening for discharging the secondary fluid,
wherein the plurality of primary openings are disposed around the secondary opening,
wherein the nozzle comprises a tip portion that includes the nozzle outlet at a terminal end thereof, and that has a secondary fluid conduit passing therethrough for the secondary fluid to pass to the secondary opening, and
wherein the secondary fluid conduit continuously decreases in flow area towards the terminal end.

US Pat. No. 10,794,401

REACTOR LOOP FOULING MONITOR FOR ROTATING EQUIPMENT IN A PETROCHEMICAL PLANT OR REFINERY

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A system for monitoring a compressor in a petrochemical plant or refinery for fouling, the system comprising:a reactor;
a heater;
a compressor comprising one or more injection ports and an impeller;one or more sensors associated with the compressor including a first pressure sensor and a second pressure sensor, the first pressure sensor configured to collect first pressure data associated with a first pressure upstream of the impeller, and the second pressure sensor configured to collect second pressure data associated with a second pressure downstream of the impeller, wherein the first pressure data and the second pressure data each include multiple measurement points per second of: maximum pressure associated with the compressor, minimum pressure associated with the compressor, and a current pressure associated with the compressor;a data collection platform comprising:
one or more processors of the data collection platform;
a communication interface of the data collection platform; and
computer-readable memory storing executable instructions that, when executed, cause the data analysis platform to:
receive, from the one or more sensors associated with the compressor, sensor data associated with the compressor and collected by the one or more sensors associated with the compressor; and
send the sensor data associated with the compressor and collected by the one or more sensors associated with the compressor; and
a data analysis platform comprising:
one or more processors of the data analysis platform;
a communication interface of the data analysis platform; and
computer-readable memory storing executable instructions that, when executed, cause the data analysis platform to:
receive the first pressure data associated with the first pressure upstream of the impeller;
receive the second pressure data associated with the second pressure downstream of the impeller;
compare the maximum pressure, the minimum pressure, and the current pressure of the first pressure data and the second pressure data to determine potential fouling of the impeller; and
based on determining the potential fouling within the compressor, send a command configured to cause an online wash via the one or more injection ports of the compressor to reduce the potential fouling within the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,794,400

FAN WITH SHOCK-ABSORBING EFFECT

YEN SUN TECHNOLOGY CORP.,...

1. A fan, comprising:a rotating unit including a base, and a fan body that is rotatably mounted to said base; and
a housing unit including an outer ring that surrounds and is connected to said base, a plurality of connecting members that are mounted to an outer peripheral surface of said outer ring and that are spaced apart from each other, and a base member that surrounds said rotating unit and said outer ring and that is connected to said connecting members;
wherein said base member has a plurality of receiving holes, and each of said connecting members is made of a shock-absorbing material, and is fixed in a respective one of said receiving holes,
wherein said base member of said housing unit includes a main body, a plurality of extending walls that extend from said main body, and a plurality of attaching members that are respectively mounted to distal ends of said extending walls, said receiving holes being respectively formed in said distal ends of said extending walls,
wherein each of said attaching members has an attaching main body that is formed with an insertion passage defined by two inner wall surfaces of said attaching main body, which face each other, and two block walls respectively extending from said two inner wall surfaces toward a corresponding one of said receiving holes, said insertion passage being spatially communicated with the corresponding one of said receiving holes and having an outwardly diverging opening defined by said two inner wall surfaces, and
wherein each of said connecting members is elastic and abuts against said two block walls of a respective one of said attaching members so as to be prevented from removal from a corresponding one of said receiving holes, while being allowed to enter the corresponding one of said receiving holes through said outwardly diverging opening of said insertion passage of a corresponding one of said attaching members by deformation during passing through said insertion passage.

US Pat. No. 10,794,399

CONVECTION FAN AND FAN BLADE STRUCTURE THEREOF

WOLONG ELECTRIC GROUP CO....

1. A fan blade structure of a convection fan, comprising:a fan blade body,
wherein the fan blade body comprises a central disk installed to a rotating shaft of a motor and a plurality of blades evenly distributed in a circumferential direction of the central disk, and the fan blade body further comprises an outer edge frame, and the outer edge frame is connected to an outmost side of each of the plurality of blades in a radial direction of the central disk,
wherein each of the plurality of blades comprises a first blade which is perpendicular to an axis of the central disk wherein a surface of the first blade comprises a plane, and a second blade which is perpendicular to the first blade;
wherein the outer edge frame comprises a first edge frame lying in the same plane with the first blade, and a second edge frame; and
wherein the second edge frame is formed by bending an outer edge of the first edge frame, to allow the second edge frame to have a preset angle with respect to the first edge frame, and the preset angle is greater than 90 degrees but smaller than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,794,398

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH ONE PIECE ACOUSTIC TREATMENT

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan rotor having fan blades received within an outer nacelle, and said outer nacelle having an inner surface, said outer nacelle secured to an inner portion through a mount flange at a first axial location;
an acoustic treatment extending inwardly said outer nacelle and across said first axial location of the mount flange and further inwardly toward said fan blades;
wherein said acoustic treatment is continuous for 360° about a center axis of the fan rotor, said acoustic treatment is provided with an anti-icing feature;
wherein a distance is defined from a plane defined by leading edges of said fan blades to an axial location of a forwardmost part of said outer nacelle, and an outer diameter of said fan blades being defined, and a ratio of said distance to said outer diameter is between 0.2 and 0.5;
wherein said acoustic treatment includes a honeycomb material; and
wherein said anti-icing feature includes the delivery of air to said nacelle.

US Pat. No. 10,794,397

ROTOR BLADE AND AXIAL FLOW ROTARY MACHINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A rotor blade provided in an axial flow rotary machine, whereinthe axial flow rotary machine includes:
a rotating shaft which extends in the direction of a longitudinal axis and rotates about the longitudinal axis;
a casing which supports the rotating shaft to be rotatable from an outer circumferential side and defines a flow path of the fluid between the rotating shaft and the casing;
a diffuser portion provided on a downstream side of the casing to communicate with the flow path and form an annular shape about the longitudinal axis and configured to define a diffuser flow path in which a cross-sectional area of the flow path expands toward the downstream side;
a plurality of stator vane rows provided in a direction of the longitudinal axis and protruding from the casing toward a radial inner side of the longitudinal axis; and
a plurality of rotor blade rows provided adjacent to the stator vane rows in the direction of the longitudinal axis and configured to perform compressing or pressure-feeding of the fluid,
the plurality of rotor blades are provided to be spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction of the longitudinal axis and configured to constitute a final rotor blade row positioned on a most downstream side of a flow of a fluid among rotor blade rows, and comprises a blade portion having a larger deflection angle on a hub side and a chip side than at a central portion in a blade height direction,
in the blade portion,
the deflection angle is larger on the hub side and the chip side than at the central portion in the blade height direction in each rotor blade,
on an outlet of the blade portion in each rotor blade, a flow direction of the fluid on the hub side and a flow direction of the fluid on the chip side are different from a flow direction of the fluid at the central portion, and
a compression amount of the fluid on the hub side and a compression amount of the fluid on the chip side are larger than a compression amount of the fluid at the central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,396

INLET PRE-SWIRL GAS TURBINE ENGINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining an axial direction and a radial direction, the gas turbine engine comprising:a turbomachine;
a fan rotatable by the turbomachine, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades; and
an outer nacelle surrounding the plurality of fan blades and comprising an inner wall, the inner wall of the outer nacelle comprising a plurality of pre-swirl contours positioned forward of the plurality of fan blades of the fan along the axial direction and extending inwardly along the radial direction,
wherein each of the plurality of pre-swirl contours defines a arcuate ridge line and a maximum height, wherein the maximum height is located within a middle seventy-five percent of the ridge line, and wherein a maximum swirl angle is defined by an aft twenty-five percent of the ridge line.

US Pat. No. 10,794,395

PIPE DIFFUSER OF CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

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

1. A pipe diffuser of a centrifugal compressor, comprising:a plurality of diffuser pipes arranged circumferentially at a prescribed interval around an impeller of a centrifugal compressor, each diffuser pipe defining a diffuser passage configured to convert a radial flow of working fluid received from the impeller into an axial flow substantially in parallel with a central axial line of the impeller,
the diffuser passage including
an inlet passage portion including a diffuser inlet opposing an outer periphery of the impeller,
an outlet passage portion including a diffuser outlet opening in an axial direction of the impeller, the outlet passage portion having an oval cross section elongated in a substantially circumferential direction of the impeller, and
a curved passage portion connecting the inlet passage portion and the outlet passage portion to each other, the diffuser passage having a cross sectional area progressively increasing from the diffuser inlet to the diffuser outlet,
wherein a part of each diffuser pipe defining the outlet passage portion is provided with a bulging part that bulges into the diffuser passage from a radially inner side thereof with respect to the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,794,394

ABRASIVE TIP FOR COMPOSITE FAN BLADES

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A fan blade, comprising:an airfoil section formed of a composite core with a metallic skin that at least partially sheathes the composite core less a free end, wherein an end of the composite core and an end of the metallic skin forms the free end; and
an abrasive coating bonded to the free end by a bonding agent to form an abrasive tip of the fan blade, wherein the abrasive coating includes a metal matrix and hard particles dispersed through the metal matrix, the metal matrix comprised of an aluminum and the hard particles are comprised of an aluminum oxide, and the bonding agent comprised of a metallic bond coat.

US Pat. No. 10,794,393

IMPELLER, FAN AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FAN BLADE

Pegatron Corporation, Ta...

1. An impeller, comprising:a hub comprising:
a hub body, and
a plurality of installation portions disposed on the hub body, wherein each of the installation portions is a recess; and
a plurality of blade plates, wherein each of the blade plates comprises:
a plurality of fan blades, and
a folding portion connected to one end of each of the fan blades, wherein the folding portions are respectively inserted into the installation portions, wherein each of the recesses is gradually shrunk from an edge of the hub body toward a center of the hub body, two of the fan blades of the blade plate corresponding to the recess contact against two sides of the recess, and the folding portion contacts against a deepest side of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,794,392

HUB FOR PROPELLER HAVING VARIABLE-PITCH BLADES, WITH RADIAL AND AXIAL DIMENSIONING VARIATION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A hub for a propeller with variable-pitch blades for a turbomachine having a longitudinal axis of rotation, the hub comprising: a plurality of blade platforms, each for receiving a blade root, distributed at an outer annular perimeter of the hub in a concentric way to the longitudinal axis of rotation, wherein each blade platform has a generally spherical cap geometrical shape, wherein the hub has, between two adjacent blade platforms about the longitudinal axis of rotation, a geometrical relief shape causing an axial and radial variation in a diameter of the hub, and wherein the geometrical relief shape of the hub between two adjacent blade platforms about the longitudinal axis of rotation presents an arc of circle shape in a transverse cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,794,391

CENTRIFUGAL IMPELLER, ELECTRIC BLOWER, ELECTRIC VACUUM CLEANER, AND HAND DRYER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A centrifugal impeller comprising:a hub; and
a plurality of rotor blades,
the hub having a circular outer geometry in a plan view,
the hub comprising a central portion protruding in a direction of an axis of rotation of the hub and a surface portion inclined from the central portion toward an outer circumferential portion of the hub,
the plurality of rotor blades being coupled to the surface portion of the hub,
at least one of the plurality of rotor blades comprising an end portion located on a front side in a direction of rotation of the plurality of rotor blades, a first surface continuous to the end portion and located on the front side in the direction of rotation, and a second surface continuous to the end portion and located on a side opposite to the first surface,
the end portion comprising a planar portion and a curved portion,
the planar portion being continuous to the second surface and having a flat surface,
the curved portion connecting the planar portion and the first surface to each other and having a curved surface, and
the planar portion and the hub being connected so as to intersect in a view from a perpendicular direction to the axis of rotation of the hub, wherein
the planar portion is formed to extend radially outward from the axis of rotation,
a thickness of the planar portion in the direction of rotation increases as the planar portion extends outwardly from the axis of rotation,
the planar portion comprises a first position and a second position located on a radially outer side of the first position,
the first position has a first width in the direction of rotation,
the second position has a second width in the direction of rotation,
the second width is greater than the first width, and
a width of the planar portion at a position closest to the axis of rotation is narrowest of all widths of the planar portion in the direction of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,794,390

MODULAR TURBO COMPRESSOR SHAFT

Danfoss Silicon Power Gmb...

1. Modular turbo compressor shaft comprising:a tubular bearing portion having a first axial end portion and a second axial end portion opposite to the first axial end portion,
an impeller portion arranged at the first axial end portion of the tubular bearing portion, and
a driving portion arranged at the second axial end portion of the tubular bearing portion,
wherein the tubular bearing portion is made of a hard material, and the impeller portion and/or the driving portion are made of relatively soft material compared to the hard material of the tubular bearing portion,
wherein the impeller portion and/or the driving portion are at least partially extending into the tubular bearing portion and are firmly connected to the tubular bearing portion, and in that the tubular bearing portion, the impeller portion and the driving portion are configured such that radial deformations, occurring during assembly of the impeller portion and/or the driving portion to the tubular bearing portion, are substantially limited to the driving portion and/or the impeller portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,389

LOAD-SHARING IN PARALLEL FLUID PUMPS

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A method of sharing load between a plurality of parallel fluid pumps in a subsea fluid pumping system, said subsea fluid pumping system comprising:a first fluid pumping unit comprising a first pump and a first motor which is drivingly connected to the first pump, the first pump comprising a suction conduit which is in fluid communication with a fluid inlet conduit and a discharge conduit which is in fluid communication with a fluid outlet conduit;
a second fluid pumping unit comprising a second pump and a second motor which is drivingly connected to the second pump, the second pump comprising a suction conduit which is in fluid communication with the fluid inlet conduit and a discharge conduit which is in fluid communication with the fluid outlet conduit, thus rendering the second pumping unit parallel to the first pumping unit;
a return conduit which is connected between the fluid outlet conduit and the fluid inlet conduit, thus providing a feed-back path for a fluid from the fluid outlet conduit to the fluid inlet conduit; and
a control valve which controls a flow of the fluid through the return conduit;
the method comprising the steps of:
establishing a pump limit characteristics diagram for the first pumping unit by mapping a minimal allowable torque of the first pumping unit as a function of a differential pressure across the first pump, and identifying a permissible operating region of the first pumping unit defined by a set of minimum allowable torque values for the first pumping unit;
establishing a pump limit characteristics diagram for the second pumping unit by mapping a minimal allowable torque of the second pumping unit as a function of a differential pressure across the second pump, and identifying a permissible operating region of the second pumping unit defined by a set of minimum allowable torque values for the second pumping unit;
monitoring the torque of the first pumping unit and the differential pressure across the first pump, acquiring a monitored torque value (Tma) and a monitored differential pressure value (DPma) of the first pumping unit, and identifying the minimum allowable torque value (T0a) of the first pumping unit corresponding to the monitored differential pressure value (DPma) of the first pumping unit;
monitoring the torque of the second pumping unit and the differential pressure across the second pump, acquiring a monitored torque value (Tmb) and a monitored differential pressure value (DPmb) of the second pumping unit, and identifying the minimum allowable torque value (T0b) of the second pumping unit corresponding to the monitored differential pressure value (DPmb) of the second pumping unit; and
regulating the rotational speed of the first and the second pumps such that Tma/T0a equals Tmb/T0b.

US Pat. No. 10,794,388

FAN FAILURE BACKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF BACKING UP THE SAME

Delta Electronics, Inc., ...

1. A fan failure backup apparatus comprising:a first fan module comprising:
a first fan unit, and
a first control unit coupled to the first fan unit and the first control unit including a first connecting terminal; and
a second fan module comprising:
a second fan unit, and
a second control unit coupled to the second fan unit and the second control unit including a second connecting terminal;
wherein the second control unit is coupled to the first connecting terminal through the second connecting terminal to communicate with the first control unit, so that the first control unit and the second control unit realize operation states of the first fan unit and the second fan unit; a series axial-flow fan comprises the first fan module and the second fan module, the first fan module is a front fan and the second fan module is a rear fan; the first control unit independently controls a pressure-flow characteristic of the first fan unit to be a first pressure-flow characteristic curve, the second control unit independently controls the pressure-flow characteristic of the second fan unit to be a second pressure-flow characteristic curve, and the second pressure-flow characteristic curve is smaller than the first pressure-flow characteristic curve; when the second control unit is configured to realize that the first fan module is failed through the first control unit and realize that the second fan module is not failed, the second control unit is configured to control the second fan module to additionally enhance the second pressure-flow characteristic curve to be greater than or equal to the first pressure-flow characteristic curve.

US Pat. No. 10,794,387

DAMPING CHARACTERISTIC DETERMINATION FOR TURBOMACHINE AIRFOILS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. An aeromechanical identification system for turbomachine comprising:at least one injector mounted on a stationary structure to excite rotating airfoils, wherein the stationary structure includes a passage and the at least one injector is mounted at an outlet of the passage proximate the rotating airfoils and directs a jet stream at the rotating airfoils at a defined frequency, the at least one injector comprises a rotating plate disposed within a chamber in communication with an inlet and an outlet through at least two openings within the rotating plate, wherein airflow from the inlet is communicated into the chamber when one of the at least two openings in the rotating plate aligns with the inlet and is exhausted from the chamber when another of the at least two openings in the rotating plate aligns with the outlet, wherein the rotating plate is rotated by a motor at a constant speed to communicate the at least two openings with the inlet and the outlet at periodic intervals determined to generate the defined frequency of the jet stream to excite the rotating airfoils;
at least one sensor mounted proximate the airfoils for measuring a response of the airfoils responsive to excitation from the at least one injector; and
a controller configured to determine an aeromechanical damping characteristic of an aeromechanical mode of the rotating airfoils in a stable turbomachine operating range based on the measured response of the rotating airfoils in response to the excitation of the rotating airfoils induced by the at least one injector.

US Pat. No. 10,794,386

SUBSEA COMPRESSOR DIRECTLY DRIVEN BY A PERMANENT MAGNET MOTOR WITH STATOR AND ROTOR SUBMERGED IN LIQUID

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A compressor system comprising:a compressor unit and a motor unit which each comprise a rotor arranged on bearings;
said motor unit and said bearings on which the rotor for the compressor unit and the rotor for the motor unit are arranged being located in a housing and submerged in a cooling, lubricating and barrier liquid enclosed in the housing;
a cooling arrangement to cool the liquid; and
a circulation arrangement to circulate the liquid through the housing;
wherein the motor unit is a permanent magnet motor unit; and
wherein a balancing piston is arranged on the rotor of the compressor unit.

US Pat. No. 10,794,385

VACUUM PUMP WITH CONTROL DEVICE IN RELATION TO OUTER CYLINDER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A vacuum pump comprising:a rotor provided with multiple stages of rotor blades;
a base including a ball bearing configured to rotatably support the rotor;
an outer cylinder covering the rotor and connected to the base; and
a control device including an electronic circuit having a heat generation element,
wherein the outer cylinder is aligned in abutment with the base in an axial direction of the rotor,
the control device spans the abutment of the outer cylinder and the base in the axial direction, and
the control device is provided in contact with the outer cylinder and is not in contact with the base.

US Pat. No. 10,794,384

MULTI-PUMP CONTROL SYSTEM WITH POWER CONSUMPTION OPTIMIZATION

1. A multi-pump control system comprising:a processing module;
a communication interface;
a storage module; and
a control module configured to run n different subsets of i pumps of a multi-pump system comprising N pumps during n different configuration cycles at a speed ?j, wherein N?2, 2?n?2N?1 and 1?i?N, wherein each configuration cycle j?{1, . . . , n} is associated with a subset j?{1, . . . , n} and a speed ?j,
wherein the communication interface is configured to receive signals indicative of operational parameters from each subset j during the associated configuration cycle j,
wherein the processing module is configured to determine an approximated pump characteristic ?p=f(q, ?j) based on the received signals for each subset j and under an assumption that the i pumps of each subset j share the same part q/i of a reference flow q, and
wherein the storage module is configured to store the approximated pump characteristic ?p=f(q, ?j) or parameters indicative thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,794,383

VARIABLE SPEED PUMPING SYSTEM WITH PRESSURE INDEPENDENT CONTROL VALVES

James M. Pleasants Co., I...

1. A closed-loop hydronic system comprising,a variable-speed pumping device further comprising an inlet and an outlet, the variable-speed pumping device configured for operation with the closed-loop hydronic system,
pressure-independent control valve (PICV) including an internal differential pressure regulator configured to absorb change(s) in pressure via a spring-loaded compartment, the pressure-independent control valve defining a predetermined control pressure operating range including a minimum required differential pressure, a controller,
at least one flow sensing device in communication with the variable-speed pumping device, wherein the variable-speed pumping device inlet is in fluid communication with one or more conduits, the pressure-independent control valve and the at least one flow sensing device are in fluid communication with the one or more conduits, and the variable-speed pumping device outlet is in fluid communication with the one or more conduits, so as to define the closed-loop hydronic system,
wherein the at least one flow sensing device detects a first system measurement, and
wherein a speed of the variable-speed pump is decreased, and
wherein the at least one flow sensing device detects a second system measurement, and
wherein the controller is configured to determine whether to increase or decrease the speed of the variable-speed pump in response to a comparison of the first system measurement and the second system measurement indicating whether a differential pressure across the pressure-independent control valve is less than the minimum required differential pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,794,382

SCREW COMPRESSOR WITH CONTROL SLIDER AND DETECTOR

Bitzer Kuehlmaschinebau G...

1. A screw compressor, including a compressor housing having a screw rotor chamber arranged therein, two screw rotors that are arranged in the screw rotor chamber and are mounted on the compressor housing, each rotatably about a respective screw rotor axis, and engage in each other by means of their helical contours and each cooperate with compression wall surfaces which are adjacent thereto and partly surround them in order to receive gaseous medium that is supplied by way of a low-pressure chamber arranged in the compressor housing and to discharge it in a region of a high-pressure chamber that is arranged in the compressor housing, wherein the gaseous medium is enclosed in compression chambers that are formed between the helical contours and compression wall surfaces that are adjacent to the latter with an intake volume at low pressure and is compressed to a final volume at high pressure, and including at least one control slider that is arranged in a slider channel of the compressor housing and is adjacent to both screw rotors by means of slider compression wall surfaces and is movable in a direction of displacement parallel to the screw rotor axes and take a form that affects at least one of the final volume and an initial volume,a position determining device is provided for the at least one control slider, the position determining device has at least one position indicator that is coupled to the at least one control slider, the at least one position indicator cooperates with a detector that extends parallel to the direction of displacement of the at least one control slider and along which the position indicator is movable to indicate the positions of the position indicator along the detector, wherein the detector is arranged in a detector channel that extends along the compressor housing parallel to and radially outward of the slider channel in overlapping relation with the slider channel, parallel to the direction of displacement of the at least one slider.

US Pat. No. 10,794,381

RECIPROCATING PUMP WITH IMPROVED CROSS-BORE

GARDNER DENVER PETROLEUM ...

1. A well servicing pump comprising:a power end;
a fluid end operably coupled to the power end, the fluid end comprising:
a casing that defines at least one pumping chamber, the pumping chamber at least partially defined by a spherical wall;
a first cylindrical wall extending along a first axis and defining a portion of a power end bore, the first cylindrical wall intersecting the spherical wall to define a first interface edge;
a second cylindrical wall extending along a second axis and defining a portion of a discharge bore, the second cylindrical wall intersecting the spherical wall to define a second interface edge; and
a third cylindrical wall extending along a third axis and defining a portion of a suction bore, the third cylindrical wall intersecting the spherical wall to define a third interface edge, wherein the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis are arranged between 100 and 140 degrees with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,794,380

PUMP DEVICE

KYB CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A pump device for supplying a working fluid to a drive actuator for driving a drive subject through a control valve, comprising:a variable capacity first pump configured to supply the working fluid to the drive actuator, the first pump having a discharge capacity that varies in accordance with a tilt angle of a swash plate;
a tilt actuator configured to control the tilt angle of the swash plate of the first pump in accordance with a control pressure supplied thereto;
a first regulator configured to regulate the control pressure in accordance with a front-rear differential pressure of the control valve;
a fixed capacity second pump configured to be driven by a drive source that drives the first pump;
a resistor provided in a pump passage through which the working fluid discharged from the second pump is led;
a control actuator configured to operate in accordance with a front-rear differential pressure of the resistor so as to drive the first regulator to reduce the control pressure in response to an increase in the front-rear differential pressure of the resistor;
an auxiliary passage configured to lead an auxiliary pressure to the control actuator independently from other flow of the working fluid led to the control actuator, the auxiliary pressure acting on the control actuator against either an upstream side pressure or a downstream side pressure of the resistor; and
a switch valve configured to switch between a state in which the auxiliary pressure is supplied to the control actuator through the auxiliary passage and a state in which the auxiliary pressure is shut off.

US Pat. No. 10,794,379

SUMP PUMP CONTROL

Alderon Industries, Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for turning a sump pump on and off, the apparatus comprising:a housing;
a switch housed by the housing and including an actuating tab;
an arm housed by the housing and carrying an arm magnet, the arm magnet including first and second opposed surfaces and an edge surface; and
a rod carrying a float and a rod magnet, the rod magnet including a facing surface, the rod being movable between a first rod position and a second rod position, with the rod magnet being in the housing when the rod is in the second rod position,
wherein the first surface of the arm magnet is positioned nearer to the actuating tab than is the second surface of the arm magnet, and the facing surface of the rod magnet repels the first surface of the arm magnet and attracts the second surface of the arm magnet, and
wherein:
as the rod moves from the first rod position to the second rod position, the edge surface of the arm magnet is configured to move across the facing surface of the rod magnet, thereby moving the arm from a first arm position in which the arm does not actuate the actuating tab to a second arm position in which the arm actuates the actuating tab, and
as the rod moves from the second rod position to the first rod position, the arm is configured to move from the second arm position to the first arm position.

US Pat. No. 10,794,378

FLUID CONTROL DEVICE, DECOMPRESSION DEVICE, AND COMPRESSION DEVICE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A fluid control device comprising:a case having a flat plate structure, the case including a top plate, a side plate, and a bottom plate each surrounding an internal space and having an inlet and an outlet allowing the internal space to communicate with an external space;
a valve portion dividing the internal space into a first air chamber communicating with the inlet and a second air chamber communicating with the outlet; and
a fixing member fixing the case in place,
wherein one of the first air chamber and the second air chamber is located closer to the bottom plate of the case, and another one of the first air chamber and the second air chamber is located closer to the top plate of the case,
wherein the case is mounted on the fixing member by using the top plate or the bottom plate as a mounting surface, and
wherein the fixing member is a circuit board, a battery, a heat sink, a heat pipe, or a housing of the fluid control device.

US Pat. No. 10,794,377

TUBE PUMP AND PRINTER PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tube pump comprising:a tube through which fluid is flowed;
a housing member comprising a cylindrical chamber in which the tube is accommodated, the cylindrical chamber including an inner peripheral surface along which the tube is arranged;
a rotator comprising a first shaft and a first portion provided on the first shaft, the first portion including a guide having first and second ends, the first end positioned a first distance from the first shaft, the second end positioned a second distance from the first shaft, the second distance being greater than the first distance; and
a roller having a first shank received by the guide, the roller configured to selectively press the tube to deform the tube,
wherein the guide comprises a curved groove defined by the first portion of the rotator,
wherein the guide includes a guide wall formed in an inside of the curved groove in a radial direction of the cylindrical chamber,
wherein a shape of the guide wall is determined according to
? wherein ? is a pressure angle which is formed between a direction in which the guide wall presses the first shank forms and a direction in which the first shank moves,
wherein ? is a rolling friction between the roller and the tube, and
wherein ? is an angle which is formed between a direction orthogonal to a diameter direction of the rotator forms and a direction in which a surface of the tube extends.

US Pat. No. 10,794,376

PUMPING SYSTEM

Altra, Inc., Las Vegas, ...

1. A disposable cassette for use with an infusion pumping system, the disposable cassette comprising:(a) a body having:
a sealed top side,
an open bottom side,
an inlet port which is configured for attachment to external upstream tubing for fluid communication with an external fluid reservoir and which is disposed on a proximal end of the cassette, and
an outlet port which is configured for attachment to external downstream tubing for infusion administration to a subject and which is disposed on a distal end of the cassette;
(b) a first inlet valve and a second inlet valve, the first inlet valve and the second inlet valve being in discrete fluid communication with the inlet port;
(c) a first outlet valve and a second outlet valve, the first outlet valve and the second outlet valve being in discrete fluid communication with the outlet port;
(d) a first pumping chamber which is partially defined by a portion of the sealed top side of the body and which is in discrete fluid communication with the first inlet valve and the first outlet valve;
(e) a second pumping chamber which is partially defined by another portion of the sealed top side of the body and which is in discrete fluid communication with the second inlet valve and the second outlet valve; and
(f) a membrane sealing the open bottom side of the body to define, in combination with the first and second pumping chambers, dual fluid paths between the inlet port and the outlet port,
wherein the first pumping chamber and the second pumping chamber are positioned on opposing sides of a central axis of the body extending from the inlet port to the outlet port,
the disposable cassette is configured such that, during a pumping cycle of the infusion pumping system, fluid from the external fluid reservoir will flow through the inlet port to fill the first pumping chamber, contact the portion of the sealed top side of the body, and exit through the outlet port,
the disposable cassette is configured such that, during the pumping cycle of the infusion pumping system, fluid from the external fluid reservoir will flow through the inlet port to fill the second pumping chamber, contact the another portion of the sealed top side of the body, and exit through the outlet port, and
when the membrane is supported by drive arms of the infusion pumping system during the pumping cycle, the membrane is non-compliant and has no effective spring rate.

US Pat. No. 10,794,375

MINIATURE VACUUM/PRESSURE DIAPHRAGM PUMPS WITH NOISE MITIGATION BOOT

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A diaphragm pump assembly comprising:a diaphragm pump; and
a muffler wall disposed on at least one side of the diaphragm pump;
wherein the diaphragm pump includes a housing having first and second ports and an interior chamber, a pumping diaphragm disposed in the interior chamber and dividing the interior chamber into a pumping chamber and a backside chamber, a motor for reciprocating the pumping diaphragm for drawing air into and pumping air out of the pumping chamber, and flow passages connecting the pumping chamber to the first and second ports,
wherein the second port opens to an exterior surface of the housing; and wherein the muffler wall overlies the exterior surface of the housing, the wall having formed therein a passage extending from the second port to the backside chamber for effecting fluid communication between the second port and the backside chamber, and
wherein the muffler wall is part of a noise mitigation boot attached to the diaphragm pump.

US Pat. No. 10,794,374

MICROFABRICATED GAS FLOW STRUCTURE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of microfabricating a gas flow structure comprising an array of gas flow channels supported between first and second support layers at opposite inlet and outlet ends of the gas flow channels, the method comprising the steps of:(a) forming trenches in a substrate at desired locations of some of the gas flow channels such that unremoved substrate material remains between the trenches at desired locations of more of the gas flow channels;
(b) forming a layer of dielectric material along walls of the trenches such that portions of the dielectric material face each other across each trench;
(c) filling each trench with an etchable material;
(d) removing, after step (c), the substrate material remaining between the trenches such that each of said portions of dielectric material forms a wall shared by adjacent gas flow channels of the array;
(e) forming one or more heat sink channels in the first support layer such that the etchable material is exposed in the formed heat sink channels;
(f) coating walls of the formed heat sink channels with an etch-resistant material; and
(g) etching the etchable material from between the walls of each trench, wherein the etch-resistant material prevents the first support layer from being etched.

US Pat. No. 10,794,373

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:a shell having a cylindrical shape;
a frame fixed inside the shell;
a cylinder inserted to pass through the frame;
a piston provided in the cylinder;
a motor that linearly reciprocates the piston; and
a stator cover coupled to the motor, wherein the stator cover includes:
a cover body including a plurality of frame coupling holes which are defined along an outer edge of the cover body, spaced equidistant apart around the cover body in a circumferential direction of the cover body, and configured to allow cover coupling members to pass through the plurality of frame coupling holes and be coupled to the frame; and
a reinforcement sleeve that extends from the outer edge of the cover body in an axial direction of the shell, the reinforcement sleeve extending away from the motor, wherein the reinforcement sleeve includes a plurality of protrusions that outwardly protrudes in a radial direction of the shell from the reinforcement sleeve at positions corresponding to the plurality of frame coupling holes, whereby, via the plurality of protrusions, the outer edge of the cover body in which the plurality of frame coupling holes is defined is expanded in the radial direction of the shell to prevent the cover coupling members from interfering with the motor, wherein portions of the shell corresponding to the positions of the plurality of protrusions include bulges that outwardly protrude in the radial direction of the shell and are recessed by a predetermined depth from an inner circumferential surface of the shell to an outer circumferential surface of the shell to prevent inner surfaces of the bulges from being scratched by the plurality of protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,794,372

SHOE FOR COMPRESSOR

Taiho Kogyo Co., Ltd., T...

1. A shoe for a compressor comprising:a first sliding face that slides on a piston;
a second sliding face that slides on a swash plate; and
a recess formed in the second sliding face,
wherein, in a section along a height direction of the shoe and scaled up 1000 times in the height direction and 10 times in a radial direction of the shoe, a connecting portion between the second sliding face and the recess is formed in a rounded shape with a radius of curvature larger than 5 mm, and the radius of curvature of the connecting portion between the second sliding face and the recess is larger than a radius of curvature of a connecting portion between the second sliding face and the first sliding face.

US Pat. No. 10,794,371

MICRO-THRUSTER CATHODE ASSEMBLY

E BEAM INC., Beaverton, ...

1. A plasma cathode for micro-thruster, comprising:a gas inlet;
an insulating support member adapted for passing gas therethrough;
a non-hollow cathode positioned in a discharge chamber in which a plasma is generated, said cathode mounted by said insulating member;
an exit orifice from the discharge chamber spaced away from the cathode;
an anode positioned beyond the exit orifice relative to the cathode for extracting electrons from the cathode; and
a keeper plate positioned between the exit orifice and the anode.

US Pat. No. 10,794,370

THERMAL HYDRAULIC PROPULSION SYSTEM

1. A thermal hydraulic propulsion system, comprising:a thermal unit including a heat exchanger thermally coupled to a heat source and to a first conduit carrying a dilating hydraulic fluid, wherein the heat exchanger exchanges heat between the heat source and the dilating hydraulic fluid, the first conduit having a first inlet and a first outlet; and
an integrated hydraulic power and control unit including a hydraulic motor hydraulically coupled to a mechanical device and to a second conduit carrying a working hydraulic fluid that is different than the dilating hydraulic fluid, wherein the hydraulic motor transfers hydraulic energy from the working hydraulic fluid to mechanical power of the mechanical device, the second conduit having a second inlet and a second outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,794,369

SOLAR POWERED CLOSED LOOP SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWERING A COOLING DEVICE

9. A solar powered closed loop system for powering a cooling unit, the system comprising:a solar energy collecting device disposed to receive solar energy, the solar energy collecting device generating a vapor, or a heated liquid in a thermodynamic state such as to produce or become a vapor;
a primary vapor expander receiving the vapor through a solar collector conduit, the primary vapor expander generating energy and exhaust;
a primary load receiving the energy from the primary vapor expander, the primary load generating electricity as a result;
a vapor condenser receiving the exhaust from the primary vapor expander through a vapor expander exhaust conduit, the vapor condenser condensing the exhaust to form a condensate;
a compressor compressing a gas with the energy generated by the vapor expander, whereby the compression of the gas raises the temperature of the gas;
a gas-liquid heat exchanger receiving the compressed and heated gas through a heated gas transfer conduit to a heat exchanger, whereby the compressed and heated the gas releases heat and consequently cools to a cooled gas while passing through the gas-liquid heat exchanger;
a receiver accumulator receiving a first portion of the cooled gas that has passed through the gas-liquid heat exchanger through a cooled gas transfer conduit, whereby the gas is stored;
a gas expander receiving re-heated gas through a re-heated gas conduit, the gas expander expanding the re-heated gas to produce energy for driving a gas expander load; and
an air-to-air heat exchanger receiving at least a portion of the cooled gas through the cooled gas transfer conduit, the air-to-air heat exchanger comprising an ambient air inlet for introduction of ambient air, whereby the ambient air is warmer than the cooled air in the air-to-air heat exchanger, whereby heat from the ambient air transfers to the cooled expanding air, the air-to-air heat exchanger further comprising a cooled air outlet through which the cooled ambient air egresses the air-to-air heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,794,368

RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CREATING RENEWABLE ENERGY

1. A renewable energy device, comprising:a base;
a wheel rotatably mounted on the base to spin about an axis of, rotation and comprising a plurality of hollow fluid subassemblies fixed to the wheel symmetrically about the axis of rotation, the fluid subassemblies each having:
a longitudinal axis radiating away from the axis of rotation;
a hollow outer end defining a circular, ring-shaped, outer travel path when rotated about the axis of rotation;
a hollow inner end defining a circular, ring-shaped, inner travel path disposed within the outer travel path when rotated about the axis of rotation;
a hollow conduit fluidically connecting the outer and inner ends to define an interior cavity; and
a fluid disposed in the interior cavity, the fluid having a boiling point substantially equal to the temperature of the environment surrounding the fluid subassembly;
an outer shield covering approximately half of the outer travel path on at least one side of the wheel; and
an inner shield covering approximately half of the inner travel path on at least the one side of the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,794,367

DEVICE FOR MEASURING MOMENTS OF A WIND TURBINE, METHOD FOR OPERATING A WIND TURBINE, AND WIND TURBINE

SENVION GMBH, Hamburg (D...

1. A device for measuring moments of a wind turbine, comprising:a carrier pin that is configured to be connected to a bedplate of a nacelle of the wind turbine, which is arranged on a tower and which can be adjusted in respect of yaw, a torque support of a gearbox of the wind turbine being mountable or mounted on the carrier pin, wherein the carrier pin is provided with one or more sensors that are designed and arranged to detect strains and/or shears of the carrier pin, and
a signal processing and/or evaluation unit connected to the one or more sensors, wherein the signal processing and/or evaluation unit is designed to determine pitch moments and/or yaw moments that act upon the torque support from measurement signals of the one or more sensors measuring deflections and/or shears of the carrier pin during operation of the wind turbine, and
wherein the one or more sensors comprise one or more strain gauges attached to the carrier pin.

US Pat. No. 10,794,366

METHOD FOR MONITORING AND ASSESSING POWER PERFORMANCE CHANGES OF A WIND TURBINE

1. A method for monitoring and assessing power performance changes of one or more wind turbines of a wind farm, the method comprising:for each wind turbine to be monitored, defining a group of reference wind turbines, the group of reference wind turbines comprising two or more wind turbines,
operating the wind turbines of the wind farm, while obtaining locally measured wind speeds at each of the wind turbines, during a training period,
obtaining the power performance data in relation to the locally measured wind speed for each of the monitored wind turbines, during the training period,
for each of the monitored wind turbines, generating a wind speed transfer function establishing a relationship between the locally measured wind speeds at each of the reference wind turbines and the locally measured wind speed at the monitored wind turbine, based on the locally measured wind speeds obtained during the training period,
operating the wind turbines of the wind farm, while obtaining locally measured wind speeds, at least at the reference wind turbines during one or more test periods following the training period,
estimating the wind speed for the monitored wind turbines during the test periods based on the measured wind speeds at the reference wind turbines during the test period(s), and the transfer function generated during the training period for the monitored wind turbine,
obtaining, during each of the test period(s), power performance data for each of the monitored wind turbines in relation to the estimated wind speed,
comparing, for each of the monitored wind turbines, the power performance data obtained during the test periods with the power performance data obtained during the training period, and
assessing power performance for each of the monitored wind turbines, based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,794,365

TOWER SEGMENT, TOWER SECTION, TOWER, WIND TURBINE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A TOWER SEGMENT AND FOR CONNECTING TOWER SEGMENTS

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A tower segment of a tower of a wind turbine, the tower segment comprising:a compression element; and
a tension element coupled to the compression element by an intermediate element, wherein the tension element has a longitudinal length arranged substantially horizontally in an installation state and is spaced from an inner surface of the compression element in a direction that is orthogonal to the longitudinal length, the tension element having a clamping element configured to hold the tension element in tension.

US Pat. No. 10,794,364

METHOD FOR FEEDING ELECTRICAL POWER INTO AN ELECTRIC SUPPLY NETWORK

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A method for feeding electrical power, by at least one wind power installation or a power plant, into an electrical supply grid having a grid voltage and an associated grid frequency at a grid connection point, the method comprising:specifying a reference system including a reference frequency, a reference phasor having a reference angle, and a reference amplitude of an output voltage to be generated, wherein the reference angle revolves at the reference frequency and the reference frequency substantially corresponds to the grid frequency,
specifying a phase angle between the output voltage and the grid voltage,
determining a feed-in angle, which revolves with the reference angle, from the specified phase angle, wherein when the reference frequency corresponds to the grid frequency, the specified phase angle becomes a phase angle between the output voltage generated at the feed-in angle and the grid voltage,
generating the output voltage having a voltage amplitude that depends on the reference amplitude, a frequency that depends on the reference frequency, and the feed-in angle, and
performing delay tracking of the reference system by at least causing the reference system to track a behavior of the grid voltage in a delayed manner, wherein causing the reference system to track the behavior of the grid voltage in the delayed manner includes:
causing the reference amplitude to track the grid voltage in a delayed manner, or
causing the reference frequency to track the grid frequency in a delayed manner, wherein causing the reference frequency to track the grid frequency in the delayed manner includes:
detecting a phase angle between the generated output voltage and the grid voltage,
determining a difference between the specified phase angle and the detected phase angle,
changing the reference angle to reduce the difference according to a magnitude using a delay function, and
adjusting the reference frequency to the changed reference angle.

US Pat. No. 10,794,363

WIND TURBINE CURTAILMENT CONTROL FOR VOLANT ANIMALS

INVENTUS HOLDINGS, LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:a data server that calculates a risk level of each of a plurality of wind turbines at a turbine site based at least in part on a base risk level and mortality data that characterizes a mortality rate of a volant animal caused by a given wind turbine of the plurality of wind turbines and a mortality rate per wind turbine threshold associated with a site risk level, the site risk level comprising the risk level of each of the plurality of wind turbines at the turbine site;
a turbine monitor server that stores the risk level of each wind turbine and the site risk level in a database and generates a graphical dashboard based on data in the database;
and a turbine site control server that retrieves the risk level of each wind turbine and the site risk level from the database, the turbine site control server being configured to set a cut-in speed for each of the plurality of wind turbines based on the risk level of a respective one of the plurality of wind turbines and the site risk level retrieved from the database and to reduce the corresponding cut-in speed of at least one of the plurality of wind turbines before the mortality rate per wind turbine threshold associated with the site risk level has been reached to reduce the idle time of the corresponding wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,794,362

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIAGNOSING WIND TURBINE POWER GENERATING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method of diagnosing a wind turbine power generating apparatus, comprising:an operation step of operating a pitch actuator corresponding to one of a plurality of wind turbine blades of the wind turbine power generating apparatus, without operating a pitch actuator corresponding to each of the wind turbine blades other than the one of the plurality of wind turbine blades; and
a measurement step of measuring response values indicating a response to operation of the pitch actuator corresponding to the one of the plurality of wind turbine blades,
wherein the operation step and the measurement step are performed repeatedly for each of the plurality of wind turbine blades, and the response values are obtained as data for health check of a blade pitch mechanism of the wind turbine power generating apparatus, wherein
the pitch actuator of said one of the plurality of wind turbine blades is driven to change a pitch angle of said one of the plurality of wind turbines to a first target value under a constant current condition where a driving current for driving the pitch actuator is maintained to be constant, and
the data for the health check includes at least a first period of time required for the pitch angle to reach the first target value under the constant current condition.

US Pat. No. 10,794,361

ADJUSTMENT UNIT FOR ADJUSTING THE PITCH OF A ROTOR BLADE, AND WIND TURBINE WITH SUCH AN ADJUSTMENT UNIT

LIEBHERR-COMPONENTS BIBER...

1. An adjustment unit comprising:a pivot bearing including two coaxial bearing rings that are rotatable with respect to one another,
at least one adjustment actuator for rotating the two bearing rings with respect to one another, and
a supply unit for supplying the at least one adjustment actuator with energy, the supply unit connected to at least one pressurized-media channel,
wherein the at least one adjustment actuator and the supply unit are disposed on an adjustment drive carrier part which is directly or indirectly rotatably connected with one of the bearing rings, and has a rotatable common support bearing for rotatably supporting the at least one adjustment actuator,
wherein the supply unit is rotatably mounted together with the at least one adjustment actuator rotatably at the carrier part such that the supply unit and the at least one adjustment actuator are rotatable and/or pivotable together with respect to the carrier part without any relative rotation with respect to one another,
wherein the support bearing comprises a bearing journal that passes through the carrier part and is rotatably supported at the carrier part, and the at least one adjustment actuator and supply unit each being rotatably fixedly supported on the bearing journal at oppositely disposed end sections of said bearing journal.

US Pat. No. 10,794,360

METHOD OF REDUCING LOADS ACTING ON A WIND TURBINE YAW SYSTEM

ACCIONA WINDPOWER, S.A., ...

1. A method of reducing loads acting on a yaw system of a wind turbine wherein the method comprises the steps of:detecting a yaw misalignment,
performing a pitch control in a pitch control system of at least one blade of a rotor acting on the wind turbine once the yaw misalignment is detected, and
enabling a yaw maneuver, the yaw maneuver comprising starting drive units of the yaw system of the wind turbine,
wherein the pitch control is performed prior to enabling the yaw maneuver, and wherein the pitch control comprises
establishing a pitch set point for reducing an estimated yaw moment to a point that can be handled by the drive units of the yaw system, and
setting a pitch angle of the at least one blade to the established set point and thereby reducing the yaw moment acting on the wind turbine and induced by aerodynamic forces acting on the at least one blade of the wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,794,359

JOINTED WIND TURBINE BLADE WITH NOISE REDUCTION TAPE

General Electric Company,...

1. A jointed wind turbine rotor blade, comprising:a first blade segment and a second blade segment extending in opposite directions from a chord-wise joint line, each of the blade segments having a pressure side shell member and a suction side shell member;
a sealing tape applied over the pressure side shell member and the suction side shell member along the chord-wise joint line; and
the sealing tape comprising side edges that are aligned parallel with airflow over the pressure side shell member and the suction side shell member at the chord-wise joint line at a defined load and operational condition on the jointed wind turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 10,794,358

HIGH TORQUE WIND TURBINE BLADE, TURBINE, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Primo Energy, Inc., San ...

1. A wind turbine system comprising a mounting element and a plurality of turbine blades, wherein at least one turbine blade of the plurality of turbine blades comprises:an elongated and curved sheet having
a first edge,
a second edge positioned opposite the first edge,
a third edge connecting the first edge to the second edge,
a fourth edge positioned opposite the third edge,
a generally concave surface between the first edge and the second edge, the concave surface being oriented to face a generally upstream direction, and
one or more strip elements spanning at least a portion of a distance between the first edge and the second edge and extending upstream and away from the concave surface, wherein at least one strip element is positioned away from the third edge and the fourth edge.

US Pat. No. 10,794,357

CONICAL WIND TURBINE ASSEMBLY

1. A conical wind turbine assembly for harnessing wind power to produce electrical energy, said assembly comprising:a stand being positionable in an area known for regularly occurring windy conditions, said stand including a rotatable supporting element, said rotatable supporting element being rotatable around said stand wherein said rotatable element is configured to be aligned with a direction of the wind;
a generator being coupled to said stand, said generator being in mechanical communication with said rotatable supporting element; and
a plurality of fins, each of said fins being coupled to said rotatable supporting element wherein each of said fins is configured to be exposed to the wind, each of said fins radiating around said rotatable supporting element wherein said fins are configured to capture the wind thereby rotating said fins, each of said fins being oriented to angle outwardly and away from said rotatable supporting element such that said plurality of fins forms a cone, each of said fins being in mechanical communication with said generator such that said generator is rotated when said fins are rotated wherein said generator is configured to convert wind energy into electrical energy;wherein said stand comprises:a ring having a top side and an inwardly facing side, said ring being positionable to lie on a support surface; and
a plurality of supports, each of said supports being coupled to said inwardly facing side of said ring, each of said supports extending across a full diameter of said ring for supporting a circular shape of said ring, each of said supports intersecting each other at a center point of said ring;
andwherein said rotatable supporting element comprises:a first gear box being coupled to said supports, said first gear box being aligned with said center point of said ring, said first gear box having an input gear and an output gear, said input gear having a rotational axis being oriented perpendicular to a rotational axis of said output gear;
a first tube having a lower end and an upper end, said lower end engaging said first gear box such that said first tube is vertically oriented; and
a first shaft being rotatably positioned within said first tube, said first shaft rotatably engaging said input gear of said first gear box.

US Pat. No. 10,794,356

WAVE POWER GENERATION DEVICE INCLUDING WIRE

INGINE INC., Seoul (KR)

1. A wave power generation device comprising:a buoy floating on the sea;
a power generator generating electrical energy or hydraulic energy;
a power transmitter connecting the buoy and the power generator to each other; and
a wire connected to the buoy or the power transmitter and changing in tension by motions of the buoy;
wherein the tension of the wire is input to the power generator through the power transmitter and a plurality of wires is connected to the buoy in different directions;
the wire includes pluralities of first wires, second wires, and third wires that are connected to the buoy, and
when a first axis, a second axis, and a third axis are defined as virtual rectangular coordinate axes that are perpendicular to one another, translational motion energy of the buoy on the first axis, translational motion energy of the buoy on the second axis, translational motion energy of the buoy on the third axis, rotational motion energy of the buoy about the first axis, rotational motion energy of the buoy about the second axis, and rotational motion energy of the buoy about the third axis are transmitted to the power transmitter through at least one of the first wires, the second wires, and the third wires.