Patents Examined by Arnold Castro
  • Patent number: 10774792
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions isolation module system configured to manage venting on a fuel tank system is disclosed. The isolation module system includes a carbon canister, a multi-valve assembly and a controller. The carbon canister is adapted to collect fuel vapor emitted by the fuel tank and to subsequently release the fuel vapor to the engine. The multi-valve assembly includes a motor drive that rotates a camshaft having at least a first cam and a second cam housed in a manifold. The multi-valve assembly has a first valve and a second valve. The first valve selectively fluidly connects the fuel tank and the carbon canister. The second valve fluidly connects the carbon canister with a vent port defined in the manifold that vents to atmosphere. The controller sends signals to the multi-valve assembly based on operating conditions to open and close at least one of the first and second valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer
  • Patent number: 10738743
    Abstract: A fuel tank, an engine to which fuel is supplied from the fuel tank through a suction path, a canister for absorbing fuel vapor from the fuel tank, a guide pipe for supplying fuel vapor to the suction path, and a control valve for controlling a flowing state of fuel vapor in the guide pipe are provided. The canister and the control valve are integrally attached to the support member, and the support member is supported by a vehicle body fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kuramoto, Junichi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10718287
    Abstract: An injection control device controls a fuel injection valve driven by an electric power. The injection control device includes a current detection unit to detect a driving current supplied to a solenoid of the fuel injection valve, an identification unit to identify a theoretical model of the driving current in a state where a movable core moved by an electromagnetic force generated by the solenoid is at rest, and a state detection unit to detect a state of the movable core. The state detection unit detects the state of the movable core, based on a deviation between the driving current detected by the current detection unit and the theoretical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Makoto Tanaka, Syohei Fujita
  • Patent number: 10718310
    Abstract: An ignition apparatus includes a plasma device, a first circuit, a second circuit, and a control unit. The plasma device produces a plasma discharge in an air-fuel mixture before an arc discharge is produced. The first circuit causes an ignition plug to start the arc discharge. The second circuit energizes a primary coil in a direction opposite to the direction of the energization by the first circuit during the arc discharge, to maintain energization of the secondary coil in the same direction as the direction of the energization started by an operation of the first circuit, to cause continuation of the arc discharge. The control unit controls operations of the first circuit, the second circuit, and the plasma device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Masaaki Kono, Daisuke Tanaka, Takaaki Sato, Akimitsu Sugiura, Mitsuhiro Tsue, Shinji Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10655584
    Abstract: To obtain a gasoline direct injection rail that enables plating treatment to be easily and reliably performed on the inside of a rail body and an inlet part, also, that includes an orifice, and that has excellent mechanical properties. In a gasoline direct injection rail comprising a steel rail body 4, an inlet part 6 provided integrally with or separately from a first end 5 of the rail body 4 and comprising therein a communication passage 7 in communication with a fuel passage of the rail body 4, and a plurality of injector holders in communication with the fuel passage, a stainless orifice member 1 formed separately from the rail body 4 is securely disposed in the communication passage 7 of the inlet part 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: USUI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nishizawa, Shuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10604245
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle is provided including rotor units connected to the aerial vehicle, and a control system configured to operate at least one of the rotor units. The rotor unit includes rotor blades, wherein each rotor blade includes a surface area, and wherein an asymmetric parameter is defined, at least in part, by the relationship between the surface areas of the rotor blades. The value of the asymmetric parameter is selected such that the operation of the rotor unit: (i) moves the rotor blades such that each rotor blade produces a respective vortex and (ii) the respective vortices cause the rotor unit to produce a sound output having an energy distribution defined, at least in part, by a set of frequencies, wherein the set of frequencies includes a fundamental frequency, one or more harmonic frequencies, and one or more non-harmonic frequencies having a respective strength greater than a threshold strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Giulia Pantalone, Adam Woodworth
  • Patent number: 10598030
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a process treats a turbine component. The turbine component includes an article and a wear component brazed to the article. The process includes applying a braze tape on at least a portion of the wear component and thermal processing the turbine component while the braze tape is on the at least a portion of the wear component to treat the turbine component. In some embodiments, an assembly includes a turbine component. The turbine component includes an article and a pre-sintered preform brazed to a surface of the article. The assembly also includes a braze tape on at least a portion of the pre-sintered preform. In some embodiments, a treated turbine component includes a treated article and a pre-sintered preform brazed to a surface of the treated article. The treated turbine component has been thermally processed with the pre-sintered preform being substantially free of re-flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Yan Cui, Brian Lee Tollison
  • Patent number: 10533581
    Abstract: A vane stage assembly includes an airfoil including a leading edge and a trailing edge. An inner shroud extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge for supporting the airfoil. The shroud includes a forward portion including an axial width and a forward thickness extending in a radial direction. A ratio of the forward radial thickness divided by the forward axial thickness is between 0.64 and 1.11 for defining a natural frequency of the airfoil. A gas turbine engine and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Edwards, Charles H. Warner
  • Patent number: 10526941
    Abstract: A positive crankcase ventilation gas diversion and reclamation system comprises a positive crankcase ventilation gas diversion line to divert oil laden positive crankcase ventilation gases from the air intake manifold of an internal combustion engine. A positive crankcase ventilation gas diversion line directs oil laden positive crankcase ventilation gases into a vapor headspace of a fuel tank. A pressure sensor measures a vapor pressure in a vapor headspace of a fuel tank, and a fuel tank vent valve is operative with a fuel tank vent line. A controller actuates the fuel tank vent valve into an open position and discharges fuel enriched vapor to the air intake manifold of the internal combustion engine. A method permits diverting positive crankcase ventilation gasses from the air intake manifold of an engine, and reclaiming oil laden fuel components and/or particulates from positive crankcase ventilation gasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Gilberto Mesa
  • Patent number: 10519781
    Abstract: Airfoils having hollow bodies defining first and second airfoil cavities and having inner and outer diameter ends, a first airfoil platform at one end of the hollow body having a gaspath surface and a non-gaspath surface, wherein the hollow body extends from the gaspath surface. A first cavity opening is formed in the non-gaspath surface of the platform to fluidly connect to the first airfoil cavity and a second cavity opening in the platform is fluidly connected to the second airfoil cavity. A first turn cap is fixedly attached to the first airfoil platform on the non-gaspath surface covering the first and second cavity openings of the first airfoil platform and defines a first turning cavity such that the first cavity opening in the first airfoil platform is fluidly connected to the second cavity opening in the first airfoil platform by the first turning cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Brandon W. Spangler
  • Patent number: 10513934
    Abstract: A turbine blade includes an airfoil having a tip shroud. The tip shroud has an edge, and the edge has a profile substantially in accordance with values of X and Y in a Cartesian coordinate system set forth in Table 1 at points 1-30. The X and Y values represent distances that may be proportionally scaled by a common multiplier which, once scaled and connected, define the profile of the edge of the tip shroud. The profile of the edge lies in an envelope within +/?20%, +/?10% or +/?0% in a direction normal to any location along the edge set forth by the points in Table 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Scott Zemitis, Antonio Rodriguez, Jason Adam Neville
  • Patent number: 10513252
    Abstract: In a control system having at least one electronic control unit for controlling an internal combustion engine in a hybrid vehicle, the control unit is designed in such a way that it evaluates input signals for detecting data for identifying a current situation and for identifying at least one situation prevailing in the near future with regard to an expected speed and load curve. The control system controls, in a manner that is adaptive to the situation, the restart and shutoff of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ferdinand Wiesbeck, Mark Van Gelikum
  • Patent number: 10487748
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine has a fan driven by a fan drive turbine through a gear reduction, a low pressure compressor and a high pressure compressor. The high pressure compressor is driven by a high pressure turbine and the low pressure compressor is driven by a low pressure compressor drive turbine through a mechanical transmission that increases the speed of the low pressure compressor relative to the low pressure compressor drive turbine. A tap taps air from the low pressure compressor and delivers the tapped air as cooling air to the high pressure turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Steven W. Trinks
  • Patent number: 10465704
    Abstract: An air flow assembly, such as a fan assembly, and associated methods are shown that may include one or more media dispensing nozzles. Examples of assemblies and methods are shown that include nozzles located within hollow vanes. Other examples of fan assemblies and methods are shown that create multiple cross sectional vortices that may be useful to concentrate a dispersed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Twin City Companies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Khalitov, Radha Krishna Ganesh
  • Patent number: 10451029
    Abstract: The invention relates to propeller-type horizontal-axis wind turbine assemblies. All of the present assembly variants comprise, mounted on a tower, a wind turbine with two coaxial wind propellers on a rotating platform, a gearbox, systems for controlling the pitch angles of the blades and the position of the platform, and an electric generator. The design of the assemblies additionally includes improvements which make it possible to increase the efficiency with which the energy of the wind is utilized, increase electricity output, reduce service time, simplify manufacture and use, increase reliability and working life, and eliminate infrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Anatoly Georgievich Bakanov, Elena L'vovna Tikhonova
  • Patent number: 10450996
    Abstract: During rapid warm-up operation, a CPU executes full lift injection processing, in which a nozzle needle reaches a maximum lift amount, in an intake stroke of each cylinder of a four-cylinder internal combustion engine, and then executes partial lift injection processing, in which the nozzle needle does not reach the maximum lift amount, in a compression stroke. On the other hand, during learning of injection characteristics of partial lift injection processing, the CPU executes full lift injection processing after executing partial lift injection processing, both of which are executed within a predetermined period in an intake stroke. The CPU learns the injection characteristics based on an inflection point in the temporal change of the induced electromotive force in a coil following the end of the partial lift injection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Tomohiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 10428889
    Abstract: A torsion spring that is used in a throttle valve device increasing and decreasing an opening degree of an intake passage or an exhaust passage of an internal-combustion engine includes: two coil springs connected with each other so that torsion directions are opposite from each other; and a hook disposed between the two coil springs. Of the two coil springs, one side spring arranged at one side in an axial direction biases a valve object to a closing side, and the other side spring arranged at the other side in the axial direction biases the valve object to an opening side. In at least one coil spring of the two coil springs, a dimension of a clearance between the at least one coil spring and the hook connected with each other is larger than an average value of clearances between coil turns of the at least one coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Higuchi, Tohru Shimizu, Tadashi Komiyama
  • Patent number: 10415471
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine may include at least one of a fan inlet case and a bypass duct case. Additionally, the gas turbine engine may include a variable volume acoustic damper coupled to the at least one of the fan inlet case and the bypass duct case, wherein the variable volume acoustic damper is configured to damp acoustic energy. The variable volume acoustic damper may include a case and a diaphragm movably coupled within the case. An acoustic volume may be defined by a position of the diaphragm relative to the case and the acoustic volume may correspond to and may be configured to damp acoustic energy of a gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Ian T. Marchaj
  • Patent number: 10408155
    Abstract: An onboard control device has a drive manipulated variable detection unit (101) for determining a drive manipulated variable manipulated by a driver to impart a propulsive force to a vehicle, a command value calculation unit (109) for calculating a command value for a drive source of the vehicle based on the drive manipulated variable, a propulsive force control unit (115) for controlling the propulsive force based on the command value, operating state detection units (102, 103) for determining the operating states of the drive source, a drive manipulation rate of change calculation unit (110) for calculating the rate of change in drive manipulation, an operating state rate of change calculation unit (111) for calculating the rate of change in the operating state, and an abnormality detection unit (112) for detecting abnormalities in the drive source based on the rates of change in drive manipulation and the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigemi Oono, Shinsaku Tsukada, Yoshihiko Akagi, Sadato Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 10400699
    Abstract: An abnormality determination device includes an injection instructor that realizes a rich state of an air-fuel ratio in an exhaust gas by sending an instruction of (i) stopping an application of bias to a plus terminal and (ii) adjusting a fuel injection amount from an injector. The abnormality determination device also includes an abnormality determiner that distinctively determines abnormality of, i.e., in terms of which one of, the plus terminal or a minus terminal having a short circuit to a power supply or a ground failure by detecting an electromotive force of an air-fuel ratio sensor when the air-fuel ratio in the exhaust gas is in the rich state according to the instruction of the injection instructor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yuto Kamiya, Shohei Fujita