Patents Examined by Kevin A Lathers
  • Patent number: 10435149
    Abstract: An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has a first blade assembly configured to rotate in a first direction about an axis of rotation and a second blade assembly configured to rotate in a second direction opposite the first direction about the axis of rotation, wherein the second blade assembly can be selectively cocked relative to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Levi Charles Hefner, Danielle Lynn Moore, Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10434677
    Abstract: A sawmill includes a four-stroke internal combustion engine having an output shaft for driving a sawblade. The output shaft has a longitudinal axis. The engine is mounted on the sawmill for rotation between a first operative position with the longitudinal axis of the output shaft extending at a first angle, and a second operative position with the longitudinal axis of the output shaft extending at a second angle transversely to the first angle. The engine has fuel injection to facilitate operation in the first and second operative positions and a lubrication system incorporating a wet sump. An oil pick up for the lubrication system is configured to pick up oil from the wet sump at both the first and second operative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: PILOT PASTORAL CO. PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Warren Geoffrey Lucas
  • Patent number: 10428863
    Abstract: A variable compression ratio (VCR) internal combustion engine having a compression stroke and an expansion stroke includes an engine block defining a cylinder and a cylinder head mounted to the engine block and defining at least a part of a combustion chamber. The VCR engine also includes a reciprocating piston arranged inside the cylinder and configured to compress a mixture of air and fuel and receive a combustion force, wherein the compression stroke of the piston defines a compression ratio of the engine. The VCR engine additionally includes a six-bar linkage mechanism configured to operatively connect the piston to the engine block, articulate on seven distinct parallel axes, decouple the compression stroke from the expansion stroke, and continuously and selectively vary the compression stroke of the piston and the compression ratio of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Akram R. Zahdeh
  • Patent number: 10428730
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a bilateral engine control system for use on a multi-cylinder opposed piston engine. The system includes first and second sets of injectors, each set mountable on first and second sides of an engine. Each injector is in fluid communication with a corresponding cylinder of the engine. First and second engine control units are each connected to a respective set of injectors. First and second crankshaft speed sensors are connected to respective engine control units. The first engine control unit independently controls the first set of injectors based on a first speed signal and the second engine control unit independently controls the second set of injectors based on a second speed signal. The first engine control unit and the second engine control unit are configured to activate corresponding injectors of the first and second sets of injectors at substantially the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FAIRBANKS MORSE, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Gosz, Omar Elkolaly
  • Patent number: 10400633
    Abstract: A pressure vessel for a turbine is disclosed. A cylindrical shape of the pressure vessel is divided into two parts in a radial direction of the pressure vessel and the pressure vessel is connected in the cylindrical shape via flanges protruding outward in the radial direction of the pressure vessel at both divided ends of the pressure vessel. Increased thickness portions are defined in a portion excluding the divided ends and circular arc center portions farthest from the divided ends. The portion is between the divided ends and the circular arc center portions and the increased thickness portions increase radial thickness of the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kohei Hatano
  • Patent number: 10400668
    Abstract: The control shaft (20) of a variable compression ratio mechanism is coordinated with the auxiliary shaft (25) of an actuator device (1) through an intermediate link (31). The housing (5) of the actuator device (1) has on the lower surface thereof an oil filter mounting seat section (36), and a stopper section (37) is formed integrally with the oil filter mounting seat section (36). A second arm (28) of the auxiliary shaft (25) comes in contact with the stopper section (37) to define the limit of the compression ratio on the low compression ratio side. The stopper section (37) has high rigidity because the oil filter mounting seat section (36) having high rigidity and the stopper section (37) are integrated together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hiyoshi, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Kishiro Nagai, Junichiro Onigata, Yoshihiko Yamada
  • Patent number: 10393070
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for fueling an engine with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). In one example, a method may comprise pumping (LPG) from a fuel tank to a direct injection rail and not to a port injection rail. The method may further comprise supplying LPG from the direct injection rail to a port injection rail without returning the LPG to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 10385773
    Abstract: A method of removing carbons from a vehicle engine is applied for a carbon removal system of the vehicle engine, and the vehicle engine contains: an atomizer, an oxy-hydrogen carbon cleaning apparatus, an additive storage container, a check valve, an electric-control stop valve, and a flow adjustment valve. The atomizer is in connection with the vehicle engine, the oxy-hydrogen carbon cleaning apparatus is coupled with the atomizer, the additive storage container is joined with the check valve, the additive storage container includes a level gauge accommodated therein, the check valve is connected with the electric control stop valve, the electric control stop valve is coupled with the flow adjustment valve, and the flow adjustment valve is in connection with the atomizer. Accordingly, the additive is added into the oxy-hydrogen carbon cleaning apparatus so as to remove the carbons from the vehicle engine effectively and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KINGKAR ECO-TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ren-Hua Huang
  • Patent number: 10385802
    Abstract: A piston of an internal combustion engine includes a crown surface, a first cavity, and a second cavity. The crown surface forms an internal wall surface of a combustion chamber. The first cavity is a depression provided in the crown surface. The second cavity is a depression provided inside the first cavity. The first cavity includes an upstream portion located upstream of the second cavity in a flow direction of a tumble flow flowing along the crown surface and a downstream portion located downstream of the second cavity in the flow direction. The upstream portion extends further in the flow direction than the downstream portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Nakaji
  • Patent number: 10378435
    Abstract: A water injection device of an internal combustion engine is provided. The water injection device includes a water tank for storing water, and a delivery element for delivering the water. The delivery element is connected to the water tank. The water injection device further includes at least one water injector for injecting water. The at least one water injector is connected to the delivery element. The water injection device further includes a pressure sensor, which is arranged in a line region between the delivery element and the water injector, and a control unit, which is designed to determine, on the basis of pressure data of the pressure sensor, a formation of vapor in the aforementioned line region when the water injector is closed and the delivery element is deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Obergfaell, Ingmar Burak, Peter Schenk
  • Patent number: 10364714
    Abstract: A device for the separation of oil droplets and/or oil mist from blow-by gases of an internal combustion engine with a valve for the control of the gas stream through the air-oil separator. The valve has a valve body with at least two or several gas passage openings as well as a valve closure for the closure of gas passage openings of the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Reinz-Dichtungs-GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Erdmann, Yagiz Yaman, Francesco Zitarosa
  • Patent number: 10352227
    Abstract: A device for convective cooling of a functional assembly for a motor vehicle includes a fan, which in operation, is designed to move air along a flow axis defined by the design and placement of the fan. A flapper valve device is provided having an air transit opening and a flapper valve assembly disposed therein, with at least one flapper valve provided to change the open-flow cross section of the air transit opening and being adjustable between a closed position and an open position. A control unit is provided. The fan and the flapper valve device are arranged at a distance from each other such that air moved due to operation of the fan then flows through the air transit opening at least when the flapper valve device is in the open position. The control unit is designed to detect at least one operating parameter of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RÖCHLING AUTOMOTIVE SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Domenico Solazzo
  • Patent number: 10344640
    Abstract: An oil strainer support structure for an internal combustion engine capable of improving the maintainability of an oil strainer is provided. In an oil strainer support structure for an internal combustion engine having an oil strainer, the oil strainer is supported by a drain bolt provided in the internal combustion engine. The oil strainer can be detached by removing the drain bolt to improve maintainability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Miyamura, Hodaka Mukohara, Tomokazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10337501
    Abstract: The invention relates to a floating platform for harnessing wind energy, comprising a tower (1) with a wind turbine (2), and two horizontal, identical cylindrical floating elements (3) parallel to the main longitudinal axis of alignment, the tower and the floating elements being interconnected by bar structures (5). The floating elements are joined to a stabilising element (4) which is situated directly beneath the floating elements (3), said stabilising element comprising two substantially rectangular first concrete slabs (4a), which are solid or more lightweight, with a ribbed structure, arranged perpendicularly to the axes of the floaters and joined to said floaters by means of auxiliary structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAITEC OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGIES S.L.U.
    Inventor: Alberto Galdos Tobalina
  • Patent number: 10330114
    Abstract: A drainage device includes a cover body formed of a top and a cylindrical body portion, an opening defined in a bottom side of said cylindrical body portion of said over body, air outlets located in a top side of the cylindrical body portion, a shoulder extended around a middle part of the cylindrical body portion, an outer wall downwardly extended from the shoulder around the cylindrical body portion, and air inlets located on the outer wall. The drainage device cover is mounted on a mounting plate of a drainage device and covered over a motor such that the cylindrical body portion has the bottom edge thereof isolated from the mounting plate, the air outlets face toward the exhaust fan of the motor, and the bottom edge of the outer wall is abutted against the top surface of the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Holimay Corporation
    Inventor: Yu-Ming Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10316769
    Abstract: An alternative fueling system configured to consume alternative fuels by renewable identification number (RIN) assignment to enforce neat consumption; or moreover and more specifically, to utilize that RIN assignment whenever neat consumption is possible, thereby lessening usage constraints upon the remaining stock(s) of renewable fuel as an example, and/or to provide purging of the alternative fuel from the engine on shutdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: IMMIXT, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Payne, Rodger Karl Williams
  • Patent number: 10309301
    Abstract: The invention relates to a constant-volume combustion engine (10; 110; 210), in particular a reciprocating engine for generating mechanical energy by the expansion of a gas or a hot gas from the combustion of a gas mixture or gas-fuel mixture, having at least one piston/cylinder unit, the piston (14; 114; 214) of which is connected to a piston rod (20; 120; 220), wherein said piston rod (20; 120; 220) is drivingly connected to at least two crankshafts (30, 40; 130, 140; 230a, 230b, 240), the first crankshaft (40; 140; 240) being mounted, such that it can rotate eccentrically, on the second crankshaft (30; 130; 230a, 230b), which is parallel thereto and is rotationally coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Baustoffwerke Gebhart & Soehne GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Friedrich Gebhart, Richard Maier
  • Patent number: 10309354
    Abstract: An air intake system for a commercial vehicle is disclosed. The air intake system includes a hood with at least one frontal intake opening through which air to be guided to an engine of the commercial vehicle can flow and with at least one plenum configured to receive air flowing through the intake opening. The air intake system further includes at least one air pipe having at least one air duct with at least one inlet opening through which the air flowing through the frontal intake opening can flow, the air duct arranged upstream of and fluidically connected with the plenum so as to guide the air to and into the plenum. The air intake system additionally includes at least one air filter and at least one silencer plate arranged upstream of the air filter, the silencer plate having a plurality of through openings through which the air can flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Nicholas Magnuski, David Reynolds, Derek O'Banion
  • Patent number: 10309266
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a valve and an actuator. The valve has a portion movably disposed within a valve pocket defined by a cylinder head of an engine. The valve is configured to move relative to the cylinder head a distance between a closed position and an opened position. The portion of the valve defines a flow opening that is in fluid communication with a cylinder of an engine when the valve is in the opened position. The actuator is configured to selectively vary the distance between the closed position and the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: JP Scope, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Price, Howard E. Moore, Kelly E. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10309277
    Abstract: A tank for a dry sump lubrication system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The tank includes a body having a first portion, a second portion, and defines an inner chamber. The tank also includes a filter housing integrally formed with the first portion and disposed inside the inner chamber. The filter housing is configured to receive a filter. Further, the body and the filter housing are formed by a blow molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Eric D. Wiebrecht