Patents Examined by Ajay Vasudeva
  • Patent number: 10370066
    Abstract: A separable buoy includes a center float having a top surface that includes an upper peripheral end and an engagement bevel provided on the upper peripheral end that extends below the top surface; a separable float unit detachably disposed at the center float and including a dome wall that is provided in a lower central portion thereof and that has a peripheral edge configured to detachably engage the engagement bevel: and a chamber defined between the dome wall of the separable float unit and the top surface of the center float when the separable float unit engages the center float, wherein the center float has a vertical height that substantially equals or exceeds that of a lower portion of the separable float unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Shih-Ying Chiang, Shih-Sheng Hsu, Yi-Chieh Huang, Heng-Chu Peng, Tzu-Hung Huang, Yi-Chen Li
  • Patent number: 10371306
    Abstract: A robotic device for inspecting a pipe includes at least one pair of propulsion elements each including a rotary drum, an outer surface of which has a screw thread. The device also includes a body associated with at least one pair of propulsion elements and in which are inserted sensor, at least one pair of electric motors each capable of rotating a rotary drum, and at least one pair of electric power sources each capable of powering an electric motor. The body is shaped such that a ventral portion and a dorsal portion of the device are symmetrical with one another relative to a median frontal plane of the device, thus allowing the device to move indistinctly on the belly or on the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Florent Souvestre
  • Patent number: 10358194
    Abstract: A board can have an upward-facing side arranged to enable a person to stand on the board while surfing. A motor can be attached to a downward-facing side of the board to propel the board. A computer system can use data from sensors and a steering system to actively respond to actions from the person riding on the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Shelby Jean Wengreen, Eric John Wengreen
  • Patent number: 10358192
    Abstract: The object of the invention is an inflatable watercraft (1) (SUP—stand up paddling) with an embedded drive and having a specially shaped recess in the center, preferably in the center of gravity of the watercraft (1), into which a housing (2, 2?) of a drive assembly is inserted before the watercraft is filled with air. While the watercraft (1) is filled with air, the air pressure firmly fixes the housing (2, 2?) of the drive assembly to a proper position. The housing (2, 2?) accommodates the drive assembly that comprises a storage battery (4), an electric motor (5), a compressor (3) and an electronic circuit (8), wherein the drive assembly is provided with a flow-through channel (6), in which a drive screw (7) is arranged, and both the input and the output sides of the flow-through channel (6) are protected by grates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: 3S Sport D.O.O.
    Inventor: Sebastjan Sitar
  • Patent number: 10357112
    Abstract: A floating assembly for suspending a person on water has a foldable frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, the frame member defining a periphery for the assembly. A sheet material covers portions of the frame member when the frame member is in the unfolded orientation. A plurality of floatation sleeves are attached to the periphery. A plurality of floatation devices are removably inserted into each of the floatation sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 10358193
    Abstract: Hydrofoil assemblies that can be attached to a board used for watersports are disclosed herein. A hydrofoil assembly may include, for example, a mast a coupleable to a fuselage at a lower portion of the mast and coupleable to a board at an upper portion of the mast, and front and rear wings coupleable to the fuselage. A hydrofoil mast may include, for example, first and second composite sections bonded together to form a hollow load-bearing mast structure. Leading and trailing elements made of a material that is softer than the composite mast structure may be adhered to the mast structure to complete a hydrodynamic profile of the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Adherend Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: G. Kyle Lobisser
  • Patent number: 10351213
    Abstract: A self-deploying float assembly to support mechanical equipment such as aerators and mixers for use in water, wastewater and process water stream treatment basins and a method of installing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Knight
  • Patent number: 10336430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pod propulsion unit of a ship. The pod propulsion unit comprises a pod housing arranged at least partly below a hull of the ship, an electric propeller motor within a motor gondola of the pod housing, an annular gap between a rotor and a stator of the electric propeller motor, and gas channels extending through the rotor, a closed cooling gas circuit, and a fan for circulating gas in the closed cooling gas circuit. The closed cooling gas circuit comprising a feeding duct extending between the return duct and the first motor end face of the electrical propeller motor, and a return duct extending between the feeding duct and the opposite second motor end face of the electrical propeller motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Antto Kosso, Lasse Lahtinen, Petri Säkkinen
  • Patent number: 10322778
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable device, pivotally arranged about a pivot axis by means of a rotating electric motor having a rotor and a stator via a reduction gearing for reducing the rotation of the motor to an adjustment movement of the adjustable device, wherein the reduction gearing is a planetary gearing, the axis of the electric motor is coaxial with the axis of the reduction gearing and with the pivot axis of the adjustable device and the reduction gearing and the electric motor to form a compact construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HUMPHREE AB
    Inventors: Christer Widmark, Björn Holmene, Gunnar Hallnéus
  • Patent number: 10315741
    Abstract: An underwater propulsion apparatus 1 according to an embodiment includes a main body 2 having a conical tail portion, a channel 4 having an inlet 6 in the outer circumferential surface of the main body 2 and a nozzle 7 on the side downstream of the inlet 6 and in the tail portion, at least one pump 3 having an impeller 5 provided in the channel 4, a diffuser 8 attached to the main body 2 so as to surround the outer circumference of the nozzle 7, and a plurality of direction control wings 9 attached to the outer surface of the main body 2 and located in positions downstream of the nozzle 7 and close thereto, each of the plurality of direction control wings 9 having an upstream end pivotally supported by the main body 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: National University Corporation Tokyo University Of Marine Science And Technology
    Inventors: Hayato Kondo, Masahiro Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10300995
    Abstract: Marine bypass systems and assemblies. In one embodiment, a bypass system includes a non-marine water supply injection assembly, a bypass solenoid valve, and a non-marine injector. In particular examples, the assembly comprises a heated non-marine water supply injection assembly and a non-heated, non-marine water supply injection assembly. The result is an improved device and method for enhancing the removal, and elimination, of marine growth from a marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Clyde Willis Harrelson, II
  • Patent number: 10293887
    Abstract: A high speed ship configuration for achieving a plane state efficiently, with threshold power available in fully loaded cargo ship. The system may include a boost phase assist structure to assist in the achievement of a plane state. The boost assist may be external or internal to the ship. The boost assist may provide power and/or lift assist. One embodiment may include a launch rail. In one embodiment, the configuration includes a retractable lateral wing structure disposed toward the stern of the vessel and containing auxiliary power providing thrust for the vessel. The wing structure is deployed during an initial boost phase acceleration and may be stowed in the vessel once the vessel achieves full plane operation. In one embodiment, the boost power structure may include propeller drive, paddle drive, or waterjet drive. The boost power structure may provide buoyancy and/or hydrodynamic trim to assist in achieving plane state operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Paul D. Kennamer, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10293892
    Abstract: The invention concerns a sealed tank including adjacent first and second walls each comprising a corrugated sealing membrane. The sealing membranes of the first and second walls join at the level of an edge, wherein the sealing membrane of the first wall includes a first series of corrugations and a second series of corrugations intersecting at the edge, and the sealing membrane of the second wall includes a third series of corrugations intersecting at the edge. The tank further includes a corner arrangement comprising a sealing membrane that is welded in sealed manner to the sealing membrane of the first wall and to the sealing membrane of the second wall, such that the corrugations of the first series of corrugations are connected to corrugations of the third series of corrugations and the corrugations of the second series of corrugations are connected to the corrugations of the third series of corrugations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GAZTRANSPORT ET TECHNIGAZ
    Inventors: Sebastien Delanoe, Francois Durand, Vincent Berger, Mohammed Oulalite, Guillaume Le Roux
  • Patent number: 10293910
    Abstract: A cooling system is for a marine engine. The cooling system has a cooling fluid conduit that is configured to convey cooling fluid for cooling at least one component of the marine engine; a strainer disposed in the cooling fluid conduit and configured to strain the cooling fluid; and a quick connector that is manually operable to connect and disconnect the strainer from the cooling fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Torgerud, Pankaj Ankush Jagadale
  • Patent number: 10286985
    Abstract: A catamaran lifting apparatus is disclosed for lifting objects in a marine environment. The apparatus includes first and second vessels that are spaced apart during use. A first frame spans between the vessels. A second frame spans between the vessels. The frames are spaced apart and connected to the vessels in a configuration that spaces the vessels apart. The first frame connects to the first vessel with a universal joint and to the second vessel with a hinged connection. The second frame connects to the second vessel with a universal joint and to the first vessel with a hinged or pinned connection. The catamaran hull arrangement provides longitudinal flexibility in a quartering sea state due to the unique universal joint and hinge placement between the frames or trusses and the hulls or barges. Each of the frames extends upwardly in an inverted u-shape, providing a space under the frame and in between the barges that enables a marine vessel to be positioned in between the barges and under the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VERSABAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Khachaturian
  • Patent number: 10279870
    Abstract: An emergency vessel towing system includes a vessel attachment system, a retrieving system, and a towing line. The vessel attachment system is configured to connect to a vessel at sea, and includes a bridle system and a hawser line. The bridle system is operatively connected to the hawser line's proximal end. The bridle system is configured to engage at least four fittings on a foredeck of the vessel to distribute the load over the foredeck. The retrieving system includes a retrieving line with a proximal end that is detachably connected to the hawser line's distal end in a setup position. The towing line is detachably connected to the hawser line's distal end in a towing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network
    Inventors: James N. Butler, III, David Scott DeVilbiss, Kenneth Lee FitzGerald, Kristofer Lindberg, John Phillip Reed, Peter Scott Soles
  • Patent number: 10279639
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle according to the present invention includes a vehicle body, a traveling portion which causes the vehicle body to travel on land, a propulsion portion which causes the vehicle body to travel on water, a power portion which provides power to the traveling portion and the propulsion portion, and a cooling portion which cools the power portion. The cooling portion includes a first cooling source introducing portion which takes in air from the outside and a second cooling source introducing portion which takes in water from the outside. The second cooling source introducing portion includes an opening which takes in water. The opening is opened on a rear side of a center of gravity of the entire vehicle body and in a draft portion in an outer surface of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Sato, Mitsuo Onoue, Takashi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10272981
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a chassis, a drive, a hydrofoil and a drive transfer arm. The drive is operatively connected to a first end of the drive transfer arm. The hydrofoil is pivotably connected to a second end of the drive transfer arm. The watercraft is configured such that operation of the drive causes the hydrofoil to oscillate, to provide thrust. The hydrofoil is pivotably connected to the second end of the drive transfer arm with an adjustable connection mechanism. The adjustable connection mechanism is such that the distance between a leading edge of the hydrofoil and a rotational axis of a pivoting connection point to the drive transfer arm is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Alex Caccia, Adrian Thomas
  • Patent number: 10273915
    Abstract: Combustion air intake ports are provided on left and right side faces of an upper part of an engine cover. An outer louver is disposed to confront the combustion air intake port, and an inner louver is disposed inward of the outer louver at a predetermined interval to face the outer louver. The combustion air received from the combustion air intake port passes through the outer louver and the inner louver and is guided to the engine unit from the guide hole. In this case, a splash of water is dispersed in the outer louver, and a large-sized water droplet falls down due to its self-weight before the combustion air reaches the inner louver, so that a small-sized water droplet can be collected and removed using inertial impaction at the inner louver. Therefore, it is possible to effectively separate water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jiro Saiga, Keisuke Daikoku
  • Patent number: 10272970
    Abstract: A system for automatically modifying the lean of a catamaran during a turn includes a pair of fins, each substantially permanently affixed to the inside edge of the left and right hull, plus a pair of vertically displacing plates that extend, one at a time, from the left or right hull, into the body of water. Individually, the fins or plates modify the lean of a catamaran during a turn such that the tilt is neutral or inboard, versus outboard without either. The cumulative effect of using both is substantial and synergistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Charles E Watts, Barry LeRay, Adrian Ronald Sanderson