Patents Examined by Hoang M. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10801378
    Abstract: An engine including: an exhaust manifold provided near one side surface of an engine; a turbocharger having an exhaust-side inlet connected to the exhaust manifold; and a rocker-arm-chamber-integrated intake manifold disposed on a cylinder head and integrally including a rocker arm chamber and an intake manifold. The intake manifold has a wall dividing the rocker arm chamber provided near one side surface of the engine and the intake manifold provided near another side surface thereof to isolate the rocker arm chamber and the intake manifold from each other. The rocker arm chamber has, in its upper portion, a positive crankcase ventilation device protruding therefrom and returning blowby gas to an intake system. The positive crankcase ventilation device has a blowby-gas discharge port connected with a gas conduit through which blowby gas is delivered to an intake-side inlet of the turbocharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kimura, Hisato Inokuchi
  • Patent number: 10801405
    Abstract: Provided is a variable capacity turbocharger, including: a drive ring including a main body portion having an annular shape; a first projection portion and a second projection portion, which are formed on the main body portion, and are arranged apart from one another in a circumferential direction of the main body portion so as to sandwich a link plate to which a nozzle vane is mounted; and a cutout portion, which is formed in a portion of the main body portion between the first projection portion and the second projection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Asakawa, Kenichi Segawa, Takahiro Kobayashi, Ryota Sakisaka, Kazuko Takeuchi, Kenji Bunno
  • Patent number: 10794298
    Abstract: An engine promoting activation of a catalyst is provided, including an exhaust manifold, an exhaust lead-out path led out from a manifold exit of the exhaust manifold, a catalyst case provided on the exhaust lead-out path, and a catalyst housed in the catalyst case. The exhaust manifold and the catalyst case are extended in the front-back direction of crankshaft extension and disposed side by side orthogonally to the front-back direction. The engine may further include a supercharger attached to the exit of the exhaust manifold, and the catalyst case is attached to a turbine exit of the supercharger. The engine may further include an exhaust relay pipe attached to the exit of the exhaust manifold, and the catalyst case is attached to a relay pipe exit of the exhaust relay pipe. The engine may further include an exhaust throttle device provided on an exhaust downstream side of the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Kai, Katsushi Inoue, Masahiko Sugimoto, Kentaro Kita, Hideo Shimoji, Hiroki Murata, Gen Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10794255
    Abstract: An apparatus for utilizing waste heat of an internal combustion engine includes an exhaust gas manifold and a thermoelectric element. The thermoelectric element is configured to generate an electric voltage as a result of a temperature difference between a side facing away from the exhaust gas manifold and an opposite side. The thermoelectric element is arranged on the exhaust gas manifold. The apparatus additionally includes a cooling element arranged on the thermoelectric element on the side facing away from the exhaust gas manifold. The cooling element has at least one cooling passage configured to provide for the throughflow of a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GF CASTING SOLUTIONS AG
    Inventors: Ilias Papadimitriou, Christian Graf
  • Patent number: 10787956
    Abstract: A turbocharger variable speed control mechanism for a turbocharger for an engine includes a sun gear of a planetary gear set coupled to a turbocharger shaft, a planet carrier operatively connected to an engine output shaft of the engine, a brake disk coupled to and rotatable with a ring gear, and a brake actuator mechanism proximate the brake disk and mounted to a turbocharger housing. The brake actuator mechanism is selectively actuatable between a non-braking state where no braking force is applied to the brake disk so that the ring gear is free to rotate relative to the turbocharger housing, and a full braking state where a full braking force is applied to the brake disk such that the ring gear is held stationary relative to the turbocharger housing and rotation of the planet carrier is transmitted through the planetary gear set to cause rotation of the turbocharger shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Carr, Gary R. Svihla
  • Patent number: 10784567
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an antenna system is described. The antenna system includes a primary antenna on an aircraft. The primary antenna is mechanically steerable and has an asymmetric antenna beam pattern with a narrow beamwidth axis and a wide beamwidth axis at boresight. The antenna system also includes a secondary antenna on the aircraft, the secondary antenna including an array of antenna elements. The antenna system also includes an antenna selection system to control communication of a signal between the aircraft and a target satellite via the primary antenna and the secondary antenna. The antenna selection system switches communication of the signal from the primary antenna to the secondary antenna when an amount of interference with an adjacent satellite reaches a threshold due to the wide beamwidth axis of the asymmetric antenna beam pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance B Diamond, Donald L Runyon
  • Patent number: 10774733
    Abstract: A bottoming cycle power system includes an expander disposed on a crankshaft. The expander being operable to receive a flow of exhaust gas from a combustion process and to rotate the crankshaft as the exhaust gas passes through. An absorption chiller system has a generator section having a first heat exchanger to receive the flow of exhaust gas from the expander and to remove heat from the exhaust gas after the exhaust gas has passed through the expander. An evaporator section has a second heat exchanger to receive the flow of exhaust gas from the generator section and to remove heat from the exhaust gas after the exhaust gas has passed through the generator section. A compressor is disposed on the crankshaft and connected to the flow of exhaust gas. The compressor is operable to compress the exhaust gas after the exhaust gas has passed through the second heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Scuderi Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Salvatore Scuderi
  • Patent number: 10767659
    Abstract: An exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system that utilizes an insulated separation wall that separates the hot, humid EGR gas duct from the cool, dry inlet air duct in the upstream proximity of the compressor inlet of the associated turbocharger compressor. This insulated separation wall inhibits the condensation of water droplets and the formation of ice particles near the mixing point of the EGR gases and inlet air in the upstream proximity of the compressor inlet, such that the turbocharger compressor wheel, blades, and other components are not subsequently damaged by the condensed water droplets or formed ice particles. The added insulation in this cold sink area essentially thermally isolates the hot, humid EGR gas flow from the cool, dry inlet air flow until the actual mixing point of the flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ola Rolandson
  • Patent number: 10760534
    Abstract: A fuel vapor processing apparatus form an internal combustion engine provided with a turbocharger includes a canister and an ejector. The canister is configured to adsorb fuel vapor from a fuel tank. The ejector is configured to generate a negative pressure by supercharged air flowing from an intake passage on a downstream side of the turbocharger to the intake passage on an upstream side of the turbocharger, so that fuel vapor in the canister is purged by the negative pressure. The ejector includes an ejector housing extending in a discharge direction of the supercharged air. The ejector housing is welded to a tubular member defining a passage wall of the intake passage such that the supercharged air is discharged into the intake passage on the upstream side of the turbocharger and that the discharge direction of the supercharged air is parallel to a direction of flow of intake air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takanori Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10753348
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes: a plate configured to move along an underlying surface via a layer of fluid disposed in a gap between the plate and the underlying surface, where pressurized fluid forms the layer of fluid in the gap; a first rack gear coupled to the plate and meshing with a first gear; and a second rack gear coupled to a second gear. The second rack gear is fixed, and the second gear is coupled to the first gear. The pressurized fluid in the gap repels the plate away from the underlying surface, thereby causing (i) the first rack gear to move linearly and the first gear to rotate, (ii) the second gear to rotate and move along the second rack gear, and (iii) the plate to move along the underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: David V. Bolger
  • Patent number: 10753265
    Abstract: Described herein is an exhaust air pollution elimination device configured for attachment to an exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine for removing pollutants from an exhaust flow. The device comprising multiple stages configured to both power the operation of the device and treat the exhaust flow. The device configured for installation in line with existing exhaust piping and through a pair of connecting rings. The multiple stages of the device including an electrostatic precipitator, a thermoelectric generator, an electromagnetic induction device, and a second container including a UV light source and micro fibrous mesh containing titanium dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher Mark Hill
  • Patent number: 10746058
    Abstract: A steam turbine 1 of one embodiment has a side exhaust structure where a condenser 190 is installed at one side in directions perpendicular and horizontal to an axial direction of a turbine rotor 40 and supported on a foundation 70. The steam turbine 1 includes an outer casing 10 having an outer casing upper half 12 and an outer casing lower half 13; a groove part 100 formed in each of a pair of lower half end plates 17 extending perpendicular to the axial direction of the turbine rotor 40, the groove part 100 being opened upward and being recessed to an inside of the outer casing 10; and a block-shaped key member 120 fitted to both the groove parts 100 and 110, a groove part 110 being formed at a part of the foundation 70 facing the groove part 100, the groove part 110 being opened upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ENERGY SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Tsuguhisa Tashima, Shogo Iwai, Daichi Fukabori
  • Patent number: 10746206
    Abstract: An actuator includes a first enclosure, a dielectric fluid in the first enclosure, and a second enclosure in fluid communication with the first enclosure. An elastic membrane defines at least a portion of the second enclosure. A first electrical conductor is positioned along a first side of the first enclosure. A second electrical conductor is positioned along a second side of the first enclosure opposite the first side. The second conductor is spaced apart from the first conductor. The conductors are connected to a power source. Application of electrical energy to the first and second conductors produces an attractive force between the conductors. Motion of the conductors toward each other pressurizes the dielectric fluid so as to force the dielectric fluid to flow from the first enclosure into the second enclosure. The flow of the dielectric fluid exerts a force on the elastic membrane which expands the elastic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul Rowe, Jillian M. Jakubiec
  • Patent number: 10738734
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat cycle machine which operates according to the Stirling cycle and can be used as a multi-valent stand-alone power supply for households (electricity and heat), that is to say using various energy sources (sunlight, combustion of present materials). The heat cycle machine comprises at least one hot oil connection (4, 5) that can be connected to any desired heat source, at least one cold water connection (6, 7) and two chambers (2) that contain a working gas. The chambers (2) are connected to one another via at least one working gas line (18, 20) in which is integrated a working rotor (13) that can be driven by the working gas which is alternately heated in one of the chambers (2) and cooled in the other chamber (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Yves-Michael Kiffner
  • Patent number: 10738614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for operating an engine having a cylinder and a piston reciprocable therein on compressed gas. The apparatus comprises a source of compressed gas connected to a distributor which distributes the compressed gas to the cylinder. A valve is provided to selectively admit compressed gas to the cylinder when the piston is in an approximately top dead center position. Compressed gas is provided by a compressor comprising a axial compressor, a deflector blade which is located downstream of the axial compressor, a radial compressor which is located downstream of the deflector blade and a housing with a which encloses the axial compressor, deflector blade, and radial compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Leroy K. Rogers, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10731554
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to combined heat and power (CHP) systems. A CHP system can include a turbine system, a turbocharger system, and a refrigeration system. The refrigeration system can receive combustion products from the turbine system and compressed air from the turbocharger system. The refrigeration system can cool the combustion products and the compressed air to generate a cooled combustion product mixture that is provided to the turbine system. The turbine system can further comprise a fuel cell. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Lear, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10731846
    Abstract: A boiler facility includes a boiler having a combustion chamber in which a burner is installed, a fuel pipe for supplying fuel to the burner, an air duct for supplying air sucked by a blower to the boiler, an oxygen supplier having an oxygen pipe connected to the air duct and a flow rate controller provided in the oxygen pipe, and a control unit. The control unit sets an air amount that is smaller than the reference air amount for burning the fuel, and controls the blower so that the set air amount is supplied to the boiler. Further, the control unit sets an oxygen amount for fuel combustion, and controls the flow rate controller so that the set oxygen amount is supplied to the air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GEESCO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung-Ho Hong
  • Patent number: 10724427
    Abstract: Control of a quantity of air introduced into an intake of a supercharged internal combustion engine which includes a proportional valve located in a partial transfer duct which controls flow of compressed air flow through the partial transfer duct into an inlet of a turbine. The proportional valve is controlled to move between open and closed positions in accordance with strategies in accordance with stabilized phases of operation of the engine. Characteristics of stabilized phases of operation of the engine are determined and are used to control circulation of the compressed air during transitions between the stabilized phases of engine operation in accordance with the determined characteristics of the stabilized phases of the engine operation. The determined characteristics are derived from a previously completed mapping of speed and charging of the supercharged engine during a previous stabilized phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: IFP Energies nouvelles
    Inventors: Thierry Colliou, Jean-Marc Zaccardi, Olivier Baudrand
  • Patent number: 10724430
    Abstract: A pumped heat energy storage (PHES) system (100) including a charging circuit and a discharging circuit effective to balance or split a total heat rejection of the PHES system between the charging circuit and the discharging circuit. The charging circuit may include thermal storage vessels (102, 104) to store thermal energy generated from a first compressor (110). A first heat rejection system (128) is fluidly coupled with the thermal storage vessels to remove thermal energy from the charging circuit. The discharging circuit may include a first turbine (146) fluidly coupled with the thermal storage vessels to extract thermal energy stored in the thermal storage vessels and convert the thermal energy to mechanical energy via an expansion of a second working fluid. A second heat rejection system (156) is fluidly coupled with the thermal storage vessels and the first turbine to remove thermal energy from the discharging circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DRESSER-RAND COMPANY
    Inventor: Jason M. Kerth
  • Patent number: 10727577
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a first antenna system having a first antenna with a first aperture that is longitudinally aligned to a physical transmission medium, and a transmitter coupled to the first antenna that facilitates transmitting a wireless signal having at least a portion of an electromagnetic field structure that intersects the physical transmission medium. The portion of the electromagnetic field structure of the wireless signal intersecting the physical transmission medium enables the wireless signal to be guided at least in part by the physical transmission medium towards a second aperture of a second antenna longitudinally aligned with the physical transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg