Patents Examined by Charles J Brauch
  • Patent number: 11905865
    Abstract: An oil change cap and system are described. A removable oil cap kit includes a removable oil cap and an oil retention bag. The removable oil cap incudes a sidewall and an interior surface, the interior surface has an opening extending therethrough. The sidewall includes an inner portion and an outer portion. The outer portion of the sidewall includes a channel formed therein for retaining an oil retention bag. The inner portion of the sidewall includes one or more protrusions to couple the removable oil cap with the oil receptacle of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Jed H. Brown
  • Patent number: 11898457
    Abstract: A bearing includes: an annular main body through which a shaft is inserted; a plurality of oil supply grooves included on an inner curved surface of the main body and extending in an axial direction of the main body; a thrust bearing surface included on an end surface of the main body; a plurality of tapered portions included on the thrust bearing surface separated from an outer peripheral edge of the thrust bearing surface at intervals in a circumferential direction of the main body and communicating with the oil supply grooves, the tapered portions each becoming shallower as it extends in the circumferential direction; and an oil discharge groove included on the thrust bearing surface, passing through one tapered portion among the plurality of tapered portions, and connecting an oil supply groove and the outer peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 11898575
    Abstract: A housing of a centrifugal fan, a centrifugal fan and a clothes dryer; a layered structure is provided within an air duct of the housing, and the layered structure is configured to be able to divide at least a part of the air duct into at least two air layers, the width of an air layer close to a strong air end being greater than the width of an air layer close to a weak air end. Also disclosed are a centrifugal fan having the housing and a clothes dryer having the centrifugal fan. By the layered structure being disposed within the air duct, the air duct is divided into at least two air layers, and the width of the wind layer close to the strong wind end is greater than the width of the wind layer close to the weak wind end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD., Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Li, Long Yang, Jindong Bing, Quan Liang, Dongdong Zhu, Zhenjia Chu
  • Patent number: 11897055
    Abstract: A balance adjustment method for a rotor includes an imbalance acquisition step of acquiring imbalance position and amount of the rotor after a first balance correction step of correcting balance of the rotor by cutting a compressor wheel side, an excision target section determination step of determining, based on the imbalance position and amount of the rotor, an excision target range including an imbalance correction position of the turbine wheel and a removal amount in the excision target range, and a second balance correction step of correcting the balance of the rotor by repeatedly irradiating the excision target range determined in the excision target section determination step with laser light from a laser marker device to remove by the removal amount from the turbine wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINE & TURBOCHARGER, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Matsushita, Hideyuki Kumagai, Hiroyuki Kadono
  • Patent number: 11898499
    Abstract: An example aircraft engine includes a fan and a gas turbine engine to drive the fan. The gas turbine engine has a low-pressure drive shaft operatively coupling a low-pressure turbine and a low-pressure compressor and a high-pressure drive shaft operatively coupling a high-pressure turbine and a high-pressure compressor. The aircraft engine includes a power transfer system including a differential having an input shaft, a first output shaft in gear with the low-pressure drive shaft, and a second output shaft in gear with the high-pressure drive shaft, and a gearbox between the low-pressure drive shaft of the gas turbine engine and the first output shaft of the differential. The gearbox is configured to provide power transfer through the differential from the low-pressure drive shaft to the high-pressure drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Joseph M. Dirusso
  • Patent number: 11891909
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for electric turbochargers. In one example, a turbocharger comprises a shaft coupling a compressor wheel to a turbine wheel, an electric machine including a stator encircling the shaft between the compressor wheel and the turbine wheel, and an oil supply passage formed in a housing of the electric machine and fluidly coupled to a first oil nozzle oriented toward the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Felton, Christopher Homison, Louis Kobielski
  • Patent number: 11891930
    Abstract: A method of operating an exhaust valve of a two-stroke internal combustion engine is disclosed. The engine has a cylinder and a piston movably disposed within the cylinder. The cylinder defines at least one exhaust port for discharging exhaust fluid from the cylinder. The exhaust valve is configured to cyclically obstruct the exhaust port. The method includes: rotating the exhaust valve in a first direction for clearing the exhaust port before the piston uncovers the exhaust port during a downstroke of the piston, the first direction being opposite a direction of rotation of a crankshaft of the engine; and rotating the exhaust valve in the first direction for at least partially closing the exhaust port before the piston fully covers the exhaust port during an upstroke of the piston, said rotating of the exhaust valve relative to the rotation of the crankshaft at least partially counterbalancing the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: BRP-ROTAX GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Nigel Foxhall, Markus Doppelbauer, Heinz Kusel, Matthias Zarhuber, Roland Kirchberger, Franz Winkler, Andrea Abis
  • Patent number: 11894666
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a conduit or pipe retention assembly for a vehicle. A vehicle fluid conduit outer perimeter surface includes one or more protrusions mechanically printed on the outer perimeter surface of the conduit or pipe. A mounting clip is mounted to the fluid conduit adjacent to one of the protrusions. The mounting clip includes retention devices for attaching the conduit to a vehicular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Cooper Standard Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis G. Kreft, Alex Grant
  • Patent number: 11891180
    Abstract: A seat control system of an air vehicle for urban air mobility (UAM)UAM is provided. When the air vehicle turns strongly to one side during rotor failure of the air vehicle for UAM, side pads and air cells prevent the head and the body of a passenger seated on a seat in the air vehicle from being sharply tilted to the one side. Additionally, air bags of the side pads prevent and cushion impact energy applied to the head of the passenger at the moment when the air vehicle lands on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Jin Hyuck Heo
  • Patent number: 11885026
    Abstract: A component for an electrochemical device, the component including: a metallic substrate; and a plurality of particles bonded to a surface of the substrate by a metallurgical bond, wherein the particles include a metal, carbon, or a combination thereof, wherein the metallurgical bond is between the particles and the substrate, wherein a total projected area of the metallurgical bond is less than 90% of a total projected area of the substrate, and wherein the metallurgical bond has a composition which is a combination of a composition of the metallic substrate and a composition of the particle, a reaction product of the metallic substrate and the particle, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: TREADSTONE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Conghua Wang
  • Patent number: 11879710
    Abstract: A mitigation control system, for performing an active hazard mitigation method, is arranged in an environment containing an energetic material and includes an abnormal temperature sensor for detecting an abnormal temperature of the environment, a power source that is mechanically actuated by the abnormal temperature sensor when the abnormal temperature exceeds a predetermined abnormal temperature threshold, a mitigation controller that is actuated by the power source, and a plurality of local temperature sensors that are communicatively coupled to the mitigation controller and are arranged for detecting critical temperatures in specific regions of the environment. The mitigation controller executes a mitigation action when one of the critical temperatures exceeds a predetermined critical temperature threshold for the corresponding specific region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Dennis D. Barents, Kim L. Christianson, Aaron C. Lattimore, Andrew K. Knight
  • Patent number: 11879411
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a casing, a rotor assembly rotatably mounted within the casing, the rotor assembly comprising a forward rotor portion defining a forward rotor cavity and an aft rotor portion defining an aft rotor cavity, the aft rotor cavity being fluidly isolated from the forward rotor cavity, and a cooling system. The cooling system includes a forward cooling fluid supply, a forward supply line providing fluid communication between the forward cooling fluid supply and the forward rotor cavity, an aft cooling fluid supply, an aft supply line providing fluid communication between the aft cooling fluid supply and the aft rotor cavity, and a flow control system fluidly coupled to the forward supply line and the aft supply line for regulating a flow of forward cooling fluid and a flow of aft cooling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar, Prateek Jalan, Kudum Shinde, Atanu Saha, Hiranya Kumar Nath, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger
  • Patent number: 11879337
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermodynamic cycle process, performing transfer between mechanical and heat energies, by changing a state of a fluid, including: an expansion of the fluid, an energy retrieval from the fluid expansion, a step of powering a liquid pump or a gas compressor with the retrieved energy, using a cyclic free piston expander which alternatively changes direction of the free piston sliding: by alternatively: closing the fluidic communication between the both opposite sides of the free piston, to make different from each other the pressures applied respectively thereon, so the free piston slides in a first direction, opening a fluidic communication between both opposite sides of the free piston, to make equal to each other the pressures applied respectively thereon, so the free piston slides in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the free piston sliding, directly and mechanically, opening and closing, the fluidic communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: SARUS
    Inventors: Quentin Danel, Madhav Rathour
  • Patent number: 11873833
    Abstract: An axial-flow fan includes a hub that is to be rotated and defines a rotation axis, and a vane provided on a circumference of the hub. The vane includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, an outer circumferential edge, and an inner circumferential edge. The vane is shaped such that a first line chart in a first diagram includes a downward convex portion that is convex further downward than a first virtual line chart, the first virtual line chart being a linear line connecting a point representing a size of an outlet angle formed at a point of the trailing edge that is at the inner circumferential edge and a point representing a size of the outlet angle formed at a point of the trailing edge that is at the outer circumferential edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Yamamoto, Takahide Tadokoro
  • Patent number: 11867127
    Abstract: The invention concerns a planetary gear box with a flow guidance device for a planet gear lubricant stream in the planetary gear box, which is directed at least partially along a planet gear after an engagement with a sun gear, characterized by a collecting region of the flow guidance device in which the planet gear lubricant stream between the planet gear and the flow guidance device can be at least partially captured, and wherein the collecting region has an outlet region between the flow guidance device and the tooth face of the planet gear for at least a part of the planet gear lubricant stream, and an edge is arranged at the outlet region for defined constriction of the passage for the planet gear lubricant stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventor: Ivo Martin
  • Patent number: 11866911
    Abstract: A control method for a fan of a work vehicle includes supplying, when an engine is started, a first current to a solenoid of a variable relief valve such that the hydraulic fluid flows by a first flow rate, supplying, when a rotational speed of the engine becomes larger than a first rotational speed threshold value, a second current larger than the first current to the solenoid such that the hydraulic fluid flows by a second flow rate smaller than the first flow rate to reduce the rotational speed of the fan, and supplying, when the rotational speed of the engine becomes larger than a second rotational speed threshold value that is larger than the first rotational speed threshold value, a current to the solenoid to change the rotational speed of the fan, the current corresponding to a temperature of liquid flowing in the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Fukuda, Hiroaki Nakagawa, Ryota Hamamoto, Yasuhiro Nishida, Daiki Abe
  • Patent number: 11866058
    Abstract: The assumption that every participating vehicle control unit (VCU) or engine control unit (ECU) in a V2X network is synchronized to GNSS time or GPS time (or some other time base) is discarded. An error is assumed for every time entry. For all messages received from a dedicated communication node, a time compensation offset is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 11860295
    Abstract: An enclosure for electronics comprises a shell. The shell defines an exterior of the enclosure and accommodated a main chamber inside the shell. The enclosure comprises a partition defining a relief chamber extending inwardly of the shell. The partition has a relief aperture communicating between the relief chamber and the main chamber. The partition has a gas-permeable barrier membrane arranged to cover the aperture. The shell has an opening communicating between the relief chamber and the exterior of the enclosure. The enclosure is suitable for vehicle-mounted radar sensor electronics. The enclosure may provide IP6K6K environmental sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Grzegorz Tkaczyk, Maciej Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 11845501
    Abstract: Method for controlling a control motor, including an engine and an engine arranged in parallel, implementing: a distribution step determining a distributed torque, and a distributed torque from a target torque; a step adding a compensation request to the first distributed torque so as to determine a target motor torque; a step adding a compensation request to the distributed torque so as to determine a target motor torque; a production step in which the engine exerts a motor torque depending on the target motor torque; a step in which the engine exerts a motor torque depending on the target motor torque; the controlling method also including a permission step, configured to limit, or respectively authorize, the compensation request of a disturbance, or respectively of a failure, of the engine, and/or the compensation request, for a disturbance, or respectively a failure, of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventors: Xavier Palandre, Tahar Slama
  • Patent number: 11846192
    Abstract: An airfoil assembly and a method of forming the airfoil assembly, the airfoil assembly having a trunnion, a spar, and a set of inserts. The trunnion having a flared socket with an open top. The spar extending from the flared socket and through the open top. The spar having a first end located within the flared socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ming Xie, Mitchell Harold Boyer, Tod Winton Davis