Patents Examined by Matthew T Largi
  • Patent number: 10731525
    Abstract: A method for flexible operation of a power plant having a recovery steam generator having heat exchanger stages for generating live steam and/or reheater steam for a steam turbine from an exhaust flow of a gas turbine, wherein auxiliary firing is arranged in a flue gas channel of the recovery steam generator in the region of the heat exchanger stages. In order to regulate the live steam and/or the reheater steam, at least one injection cooling device is brought online directly upon using the auxiliary firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Brückner, Frank Thomas
  • Patent number: 10731513
    Abstract: A multi-stage, torispherical drilled-hole dump device which mounts on the surface of an air cooled condenser (ACC) duct, and provides a compact and lightweight method for discharging steam into the duct by presenting a large surface area which minimizes noise and vibration, while also having a low-profile shape which minimizes projection into the duct and flow disturbance in the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CONTROL COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Poopak Mousavi
  • Patent number: 10723438
    Abstract: A composite assembly has an outer spar component having an outer spar component inner profile, an inner spar component having an inner spar component outer profile substantially complementary to the outer spar component inner profile, and an adhesive disposed between the outer spar component and the inner spar component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Measom, Mitchell Elvin Rains
  • Patent number: 10724413
    Abstract: A method for operating an exhaust gas system is provided. The method includes determining an amount of a reducing agent to be supplied to the exhaust gas of an engine and evaluating measurements which indicate a content of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas downstream of a catalytic device adapted to diminish the content of nitrogen oxides. A magnitude and a frequency of the measurements are taken into account in determining the amount of the reducing agent to be supplied. A plurality of measurements is captured during a predetermined period of time. A magnitude of a measurement captured within this period of time is related to a quantity derived from the respective magnitudes of the plurality of measurements. The related measurement is utilized to determine the amount of the reducing agent to be supplied. A control assembly for operating an exhaust gas system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dailer AG
    Inventors: Zhiping Han, Bryant Pham
  • Patent number: 10724417
    Abstract: A control system for use in a fluid flow application is provided. The control system includes a heater having at least one resistive heating element. The heater is adapted to heat the fluid flow. The control system further includes a control device that uses heat loss from at least one resistive heating element to determine flow characteristics of the fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cal Swanson, Mark D. Everly, David P. Culbertson, James N. Pradun, Jeremy J. Quandt, Mark L. G. Hoven, Jeremy Ohse, Sanhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10711741
    Abstract: In one aspect, an aspiration system for a work vehicle may include an exhaust tube extending defining an exhaust passage therein. The exhaust tube may include a venturi portion, with the exhaust tube further defining an aperture within the venturi portion of the exhaust tube. The system may also include an aspiration tube configured to be coupled between the exhaust tube and a separate component of the work vehicle. The aspiration tube may define an aspiration passage extending between the separate component and the exhaust tube. The aperture defined by the exhaust tube may fluidly couple the aspiration passage and the exhaust passage. Furthermore, the system may include a restrictor body positioned within the exhaust passage. As such, the restrictor body and the venturi portion may be configured to adjust a flow parameter of exhaust gases flowing through the exhaust passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Samrendra K. Singh
  • Patent number: 10711774
    Abstract: A membrane pump (1, 1?, 1?), in particular for use in the exhaust gas tract of a combustion engine (70), comprising a pressure housing (2), the internal volume (4) of which is subdivided by a number of resiliently deformable membranes (6) into a plurality of sub-volumes (8, 10) separated from one another on the gas side, wherein a biasing force is applied to the or each membrane (6) in such a way that in the pressure-free state the sub-volume (8) forming the primary side has a minimum value in relation to the deformability of the or each membrane (6), is to act so as particularly to increase effectiveness during use in the exhaust system of a combustion engine (70). For this purpose, according to the invention, a leaf spring (36) is provided as a restoring spring for applying the biasing force to the membrane (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Arno Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10704444
    Abstract: An injector for injecting a reagent includes an axially translatable valve member positioned within a housing. A flux sleeve is surrounded by a coil of an electromagnet. A pole piece defines a return passageway for reagent to flow. A filter surrounds the pole piece and includes a cage and a mesh fixed to the cage. The cage includes a deformable first seal biasedly engaging an outer surface of the pole piece. The cage includes a second seal biasedly engaging the housing. The first and second seals define a closed volume such that all of the reagent flowing through the injector passes through the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Olaf Enke
  • Patent number: 10690073
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system includes: an NOx reduction type catalyst; an MAF sensor; an SOx purge control unit that uses an air system control having an intake air amount feedback-controlled based on a target intake air amount and an injection system control for a target injection increase amount set based on the target intake air amount, and a fuel injection amount feedback-controlled based on the target injection increase amount; an SOx purge prohibition processing unit that prohibits an SOx purge control; and a warming mode control unit that open-loop controls an air system when the SOx purge control is prohibited, controls the fuel injection amount, and maintains the exhaust gas at a temperature. The SOx purge control unit executes the injection system control by switching the target intake air amount into an actual intake air amount when starting the SOx purge control after a warming mode control is ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Teruo Nakada, Takayuki Sakamoto, Daiji Nagaoka, Tomohiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 10683776
    Abstract: A device for converting heat into mechanical energy is disclosed. The device includes a channel flow boiler having at least one channel adapted to heat a working fluid for generating a liquid-gas mixture; an expansion device adapted to expand the liquid-gas mixture; and a movable element arranged such that the expanding liquid-gas mixture at least partially converts an internal and/or kinetic energy of the liquid-gas mixture into mechanical energy associated with the movable element; wherein the channel flow boiler and/or the expansion device is adapted to supply heat to the liquid-gas mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Burg, Bruno Michel, Chin Lee Ong, Stephan Paredes, Patrick Ruch
  • Patent number: 10677152
    Abstract: A hydraulic servo device includes: a servo piston configured to move in an axial direction with respect to a device main body; and a stroke sensor configured to detect an amount of movement of the servo piston with respect to the device main body. The hydraulic servo device is configured to change a supply flow rate of exhaust gas to a turbine of a turbocharger by moving the servo piston according to applied hydraulic pressure. A cooling water channel through which cooling water is to be supplied is provided at a part between the turbocharger and the stroke sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Orita, Yuuki Muranaka, Shigemori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10677162
    Abstract: Electrical power systems, including generating capacity of a gas turbine, where additional power is generated from an air expander and gas turbine simultaneously from a stored compressed air and thermal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: POWERPHASE LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Kraft, Matthew Kraft
  • Patent number: 10677231
    Abstract: A hydraulic system comprises a fluid tank and a pump, including a pump reservoir, fluidly coupled to the tank via a supply line. A valve is in fluidic communication with the pump reservoir via a pressure line. A backflow line fluidly couples the pump reservoir to the fluid tank via a timer reservoir and an orifice included in the timer reservoir. The hydraulic system transitions between a normal state and a purge state. In the normal state in which the pump is on, a first portion of the fluid is communicated from the pump reservoir to the valve and a second portion of the fluid is communicated from the pump reservoir to the tank. In the purge state, the pressure line and valve are purged followed by the backflow line and the pump reservoir such that no fluid remains in the pump reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Cummins Emission Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Young
  • Patent number: 10677123
    Abstract: There is provided a first PM sensor provided upstream of a filter and including a first sensor filter having a plurality of first cells collecting PM in the exhaust gas to be introduced into the filter, and a first pair of electrodes arranged to face each other with the first cell interposed therebetween, a second PM sensor provided downstream of the filter and including a second sensor filter having a plurality of second cells collecting PM in the exhaust gas discharged from the filter, and a second pair of electrodes arranged to face each other with the second cell interposed therebetween, and a filter state determination unit for acquiring an efficiency of collecting the PM in the filter, based on a first electrostatic capacitance between the first pair of electrodes and a second electrostatic capacitance between the second pair of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Tadashi Uchiyama, Satoshi Hanawa
  • Patent number: 10677126
    Abstract: An electrically heatable catalytic converter (100, 200, 300, 400) for treating a gas stream, especially of the exhaust gas stream of an internal combustion engine, the electrically heatable catalytic converter (100, 200, 300, 400) has a tubular housing (101, 201, 301, 401), an interior space enclosed by the tubular housing (101, 201, 301, 401), and a porous structure, which is arranged in the interior space of the tubular housing (101, 201, 301, 401) and can be heated by an electric heater, in which the electric heater is a mineral-insulated heater (103, 203, 303, 403) with a heat conductor (104, 204, 304, 404), with at least one front-side connection opening (109, 209, 210, 309, 409) and with at least one outer metal jacket (108, 208, 308, 408), the mineral-insulated heater (103, 203, 303, 403) has at least one section (103, 203a, 203b, 303a), which is passed through a housing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TÜRK & HILLINGER GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10677135
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery system is provided. The system includes a branch pipe that has branch fluid passages that are formed to be connected with an exhaust gas source emitting emit exhaust gas. a valve at least partially opens or closes the branch fluid passages to selectively introduce the exhaust gas into at least one of the branch fluid passages. Additionally, a thermoelectric module performs thermoelectric power generation by selectively using exhaust heat of the exhaust gas passing through a specific branch fluid passage of the branch fluid passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Byung Wook Kim, Hoo Dam Lee, Jin Woo Kwak
  • Patent number: 10677132
    Abstract: The invention relates to an injector assembly for metering a fluid, in particular a reductant, into an exhaust line (9) of an internal combustion engine, comprising an injector (2), a housing (3) which surrounds the injector (2), a first opening (5) which is provided on the housing (3) in order to allow access for a fluid connection (4) in order to supply the fluid to the injector (2), a second opening (6) which is provided on the housing (3), and an electric connection assembly (7) which is arranged in the housing (3) and which is led from an electric connection (20) of the injector to the second opening (6). The electric connection assembly (7) comprises a line portion (70) and a plug socket (71), and the plug socket (71) is arranged in the housing (3) in a sealed manner on the second opening (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Thoemmes
  • Patent number: 10677136
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine control device including an oxidation catalyst heating value estimation unit 88A, a NOx catalyst heating value estimation unit 88B, an oxidation catalyst temperature estimation unit 88C, a NOx catalyst temperature estimation unit 88D, and switches 801, 802, 803 that switch between an enabled state in which processing performed by the oxidation catalyst heating value estimation unit 88A and the oxidation catalyst temperature estimation unit 88C is executed and a disabled state in which the processing performed by the oxidation catalyst heating value estimation unit 88A and the oxidation catalyst temperature estimation unit 88C is not executed, wherein the control device is configured to be applied to both an exhaust gas purification system including an NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst and an oxidation catalyst and an exhaust gas purification system including the NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst and not including the oxidation catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Teruo Nakada, Takayuki Sakamoto, Daiji Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10679834
    Abstract: A solar generator can include a photon-enhanced thermionic emission generator with a cathode to receive solar radiation. The photon-enhanced thermionic emission generator can include an anode that in conjunction with the cathode generates a first current and waste heat from the solar radiation. A thermoelectric generator can be thermally coupled to the anode and can convert the waste heat from the anode into a second current. A circuit can connect to the photon-enhanced thermionic emission generator and to the thermoelectric generator and can combine the first and the second currents into an output current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: John Xiaozhong Wang
  • Patent number: 10675587
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system including a NOx catalyst 32 provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine 10 and purifying NOx in exhaust; a MAF sensor 40 for acquiring an air flow-rate of the internal-combustion engine 10; a control unit 60, 70 that execute catalyst regeneration treatment of recovering a NOx purification ability of the NOx catalyst 32 by performing, in combination, air-based control of reducing air flow-rate of the internal-combustion engine 10 to a predetermined target air flow-rate and injection-based control of increasing a fuel injection amount, wherein, in a case of executing the catalyst regeneration treatment, the control unit 60, 70 starts with the air-based control and starts the injection-based control when the air flow-rate acquired by the MAF sensor 40 is reduced to the target air flow-rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Teruo Nakada, Takayuki Sakamoto, Daiji Nagaoka, Hiroyuki Yuza