Patents Examined by R. J. McCarry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9951800
    Abstract: A surface plasma actuator includes a conducting wire attached to a surface of a target object and electrically insulated from the target object. Surface plasma is generated along a neighborhood of the conducting wire by applying a pulse voltage between the conducting wire and a conductive portion on a side of the target object. An induced gas flow is generated by the surface plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Takehiko Segawa, Takayuki Matsunuma, Timothy Jukes
  • Patent number: 9909602
    Abstract: A surface plasma actuator includes a conducting wire attached to a surface of a target object and electrically insulated from the target object. Surface plasma is generated along a neighborhood of the conducting wire by applying a pulse voltage between the conducting wire and a conductive portion on a side of the target object. An induced gas flow is generated by the surface plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Takehiko Segawa, Takayuki Matsunuma, Timothy Jukes
  • Patent number: 9869610
    Abstract: A method for detecting a vibration of a driven axle system of a rail vehicle includes a sensor system detecting a parameter indicating the vibration of an element of the axle system and an evaluating unit evaluating a signal of the sensor system. In order to reliably detect the vibration of the driven axle system of the rail vehicle, the sensor system includes a motion sensor which detects a motion of the element as the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Hassler, Wolfgang Rulka, Thorsten Stuetzle
  • Patent number: 9862277
    Abstract: An inductive power transfer system (10) for roadways includes at least one drive unit arrangement (50) coupled to at least one drive coil arrangement (40) disposed along a roadway (20) for generating a magnetic field extending upwardly from the roadway (20), and at least one vehicle (30) including a corresponding pickup coil arrangement (60) coupled to a power conditioning circuit arrangement (80, 200) for receiving the extending magnetic field for providing power to operate the at least one vehicle (30). The at least one drive unit arrangement (50) is operable to excite, for example at resonance, the at least one drive coil arrangement (40) at a fundamental frequency (f0) of at least 30 kHz, preferably at least 50 kHz, more preferably at least 100 kHz, and most preferably at least 140 kHz. The at least one drive coil arrangement (40) is implemented to be substantially devoid of ferromagnetic components for providing a path for the extending magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Nicholas Dames, Andrew Howe, Timothy Sweyn Norris
  • Patent number: 9855848
    Abstract: A current collector for a rail-mounted vehicle includes a collector arm and an insulation system which has insulating posts for the electrically insulating fastening of the collector arm on a vehicle roof element above an electrically grounded roof surface. In order to achieve a flatter roof structure, the insulation system includes an electrically insulating layer, which is disposed between the roof surface and the collector arm and is spaced apart from the roof surface by an air gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Glinka
  • Patent number: 9845098
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a bogie frame including a cross beam supporting a carbody of a railcar; a pair of axles respectively arranged at both sides of the cross beam in a car longitudinal direction and extending in a car width direction; bearings provided at both car width direction sides of each of the axles and rotatably supporting the axles; axle boxes respectively accommodating the bearings; and coupling devices coupling the axle boxes and the bogie frame to one another, each of the coupling devices including a first member projecting from the axle box to the bogie frame, a second member projecting from the bogie frame to the first member, and a coupling portion coupling the first member and the second member to each other, and the second member being formed separately from the bogie frame and positioned by contacting the bogie frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9847626
    Abstract: A by-pass module for power lines includes a container having a housing space, three reels rotatable around rotation axes and housed into the housing space, single phase link for each reel having a first end termination and a second end termination, each single phase link being wound on a respective reel for being unwound from the first end termination, a driving unit for each reel designed for rotating the reel in an unwinding direction allowing the relevant single phase link to be unwound from the reel, and in a winding direction allowing the relevant single phase link to be wound on the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PRYSMIAN S.P.A
    Inventor: Manuel Mauri Lopez
  • Patent number: 9839799
    Abstract: A vehicle with a partition area for passengers between two sections of the vehicle, wherein a fire protection apparatus is mounted in the ceiling region of the partition area and has a protective curtain that can be transferred from an idle position, in which the partition area is open, into a closed position in case of a fire. The protective curtain has at least two material webs that adjoin one another and partially overlap one another in the closed position, wherein the lower edge of the material webs that points toward the floor of the partition area is spaced apart from the floor in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Siegemund
  • Patent number: 9834230
    Abstract: A bottom discharge open topped hopper car has a center sill with a bottom flange having laterally protruding edges. A shed plate assembly is provided to discourage accumulation of product on the exposed upwardly facing shelf otherwise presented by the bottom flange protrusions. The shed plate assembly may be mounted to the center sill in a manner that avoids impairment of the stress performance of the flanges of the center sill, whether by mechanical fastenings to other objects, or welding to objects that are not the center sill. The shed plate assembly may have walls having upper margins that are higher than the upper extremity of the hopper discharge opening such that the shelf of the center sill bottom flange is in the lee of, or sheltered by, the shed plate. The lading may thereby move under the influence of gravity past the shed plate to its desired unloading receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Maryam Agahi, Jamal Hematian
  • Patent number: 9828008
    Abstract: A railroad car draft gear is provided which includes a housing. The housing is a unitary structure, having an open end and a closed end. Compressible spring elements are located inside the housing, with an end of the spring element located against the interior side of the closed end. A friction assembly is also located within the housing, near the open end. The friction assembly provides energy absorption during compression cycles. The spring element restores the friction assembly to its fully extended position after a compression event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Keener
  • Patent number: 9828179
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying device comprising at least one movable carriage on which at least one first group and at least one second group of track rollers are disposed, and a track rail disposed so as to be locationally fixed for guiding the carriage. The track rail has at least one track face, at least one straight portion and at least one curved portion. The track rollers are configured in such a manner that during movement of the carriage along the straight portion, exclusively the track rollers of the first group roll on the track face assigned to the straight portion, and during movement of the carriage along the curved portion, exclusively the track rollers of the second group roll on the track face assigned to the curved portion. The invention furthermore relates to a further conveying device and corresponding carriages, as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BECKHOFF AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Prüssmeier, Uwe Borchardt
  • Patent number: 9822717
    Abstract: A system and method control a powered system having an engine configured to operate using a plurality of fuel types. A first set of control signals including a first set of valve signals are communicated to each fuel tank based at least in part on a first stored engine operating profile to control amounts of fuel provided from each fuel tank to the engine. A different, second set of control signals including a second set of valve signals are communicated to the fuel tanks based at least in part on a second stored engine operating profile to control or change the amounts of fuel from each fuel tank to the engine. The system and method can switch between operating conditions associated with different external domains to alter the engine operating profile used to control the fuel or fuels supplied to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Wolfgang Daum
  • Patent number: 9822491
    Abstract: A method is provided for foaming a ballast bed of a railway track wherein the railway track comprises sleepers positioned on the ballast bed and rails positioned on the sleepers, wherein the rails are covered at least in a partial area along a region of the ballast bed to be foamed, and a foaming agent is introduced into the ballast bed while the rails are covered, wherein the ballast bed has in a sleeper bay defined by two successive sleepers an upper side facing against the gravitational direction, and the ballast bed is heaped up so that the upper side of the ballast bed reaches at least up to an underneath side of the sleeper facing in the gravitational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
    Inventors: Torsten Erwe, Thomas Gross, Thomas Kleiner
  • Patent number: 9822490
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibration absorber arrangement (2) for attaching at least one vibration absorber (4) to a rail (1), comprising: a clamping means (3) which has a clamp fastening portion (12) and a fastening portion (11) for at least one vibration absorber (4) on the outside thereof, wherein the clamp fastening portion (12) can be clamped between one end (16) of a clamp (5) and a foot (8) of the rail (1) and the fastening portion (11) presses with its inside against a web (9) of the rail (1), the clamp (5) being formed as an integral spring clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Gunther Veit
  • Patent number: 9815483
    Abstract: A device for preventing rail vehicles from riding up includes an energy absorbing element extended in longitudinal direction, having a hollow inside, a fastening side for fastening to one of the rail vehicles and an impact side facing away from the fastening side. A flange fastened to the impact side of the energy absorbing element has an impingement surface facing away from the fastening side. The flange protrudes in at least one vertical direction beyond a contour delimited by the energy absorbing element on the impact side, forming a holding web protruding beyond the energy absorbing element. The device provides effective ride-up protection for identically and differently equipped rail vehicles by equipping a free end of the holding web with at least one vertical stop extending up from the impingement surface, and providing a device for moving the vertical stop upon an impact loading in longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Koerner, Alexander Trachtenherz
  • Patent number: 9802634
    Abstract: In a method for traffic-dependent output of a control signal for at least one of a barrier and a traffic light signal at a grade crossing, a radar sensor device detects motions of traffic objects over a street traffic area of the grade crossing, a control signal is emitted to a control unit for the barrier and/or for the traffic light signal situated on the inflow side of the grade crossing, using a lead time before an expected time of arrival of a train at the grade crossing, and the lead time is determined with the aid of a curve over time of the detected motions of the traffic objects, the lead time for a slow-moving traffic being greater than for a more rapidly flowing, unimpeded traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Benedikt Lehnertz
  • Patent number: 9803323
    Abstract: A tamping unit of a machine for simultaneously tamping at least two sleepers of a track, positioned one following the other with regard to a longitudinal direction of the machine, includes inner tamping tines provided for simultaneous immersion into the same sleeper crib and, arranged at either end, a respective outer tamping tine. Each tamping lever mounted on an assembly frame for pivoting about a pivot axis is connected to a squeeze drive. Each squeeze drive is mounted on a common eccentric shaft having an eccentricity with respect to an axis of rotation. The eccentricity causing vibrations of the inner tamping tine is configured differently as compared to the eccentricity causing vibrations of the outer tamping tine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Plasser & Theurer Export von Bahnbaumaschinen Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Hofstaetter
  • Patent number: 9802758
    Abstract: A stacker crane includes a lower carriage including a lower drive wheel, a lower travel motor, and a support located apart from the lower drive wheel; an upper carriage including an upper drive wheel and an upper travel motor that drives the upper drive wheel; and a mast fixed to the lower carriage, standing upward from the lower carriage and connected to the upper carriage, and including a transfer device capable of moving up and down. A displacement mechanism that raises and lowers the support is provided on the lower carriage between a grounded position supported by a lower rail and a retracted position lifted off the lower rail. The support is lowered to the grounded position when the stacker crane is installed between the lower rail and the upper rail and when the stacker crane is stopped for maintenance, and the support is raised to the retracted position when the stacker crane is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9789883
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a two-level locking device, a hopper car bottom door and a hopper car. The device includes a first transmission shaft, a second transmission shaft, a clutch, a pressure mechanism and a reset mechanism, wherein under the pressure action of the pressure mechanism, the clutch separates the first transmission shaft from the second transmission shaft, and under the action of the reset mechanism, the clutch joints the first transmission shaft with the second transmission shaft. The bottom door includes the device. The hopper car includes the bottom door. By adopting the device, when the clutch is accidently separated by the pressure action of the pressure mechanism, the reset mechanism can re-joint the clutch to prevent the accidental rotation of the first transmission shaft and the second transmission shaft. By adopting the bottom door, the hopper car bottom door opened and closed by a planar four-bar linkage passing a dead point is more reliable to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CRRC Yangtze Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Chunjiang Shi, Mingdao Sun, Qiangjun Jiang, Fengwei Liu, Baolei Wang, Wenliang Liu, Chuqiang Tang, Ruijin Jiang, Liangcai Lin, Tiejun Fu
  • Patent number: 9789416
    Abstract: A system of interconnected flexible supports are adapted for use with a mobile device operative by a mobile computing device such as a smart phone and/or tablet for controlled movement of the mobile device in a plurality of directions. The system includes a plurality of flexible supports which may be magnetically coupled together to form a flexible layout having infinite configurations. The supports are configured to be self-aligned when coupled by the magnetic attraction between adjacent supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Anki, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Fiebig, Hanns Tappeiner, David McVicar