Patents Examined by S. Joseph Morano
  • Patent number: 11912354
    Abstract: Track pad includes a first link member that extends upwardly from the shoe member including a first lug member extending from the first link member in a first direction, as well as a second lug member and a third lug member both extending from the first link member in a second direction opposite of the first direction. The track pad also defines a first side cavity that extends from the first lateral end toward the second lateral end, jogging from the front end toward the rear end along the track chain traveling direction, and downwardly toward the ground engaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Isaac Jones
  • Patent number: 11912078
    Abstract: The innovation presented herein provides among its embodiments, a non-pneumatic structure such as a vehicle tire, consisting of a matrix of shape memory alloy (SMA) elements. The interlocking layering pattern provides geometries which leverage the SMA material properties to accomplish performance characteristics of traditional pneumatic structures across a spectrum of possible desired uses including normal personal use, recreational use, sport use and commercial use. Embodiments include applying structural design and material properties to provide a fixed or a variable set of performance characteristics. Similar to the fruits of other space program initiatives, the innovation leverages material science developed for extra-terrestrial purposes to accomplish advances over conventional items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: United States Government Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Colin M. Creager, Santo A. Padula, II, Calvin Young
  • Patent number: 11912115
    Abstract: A convertible wheel is described that is interchangeably used with at least two different car plate designs and tracks. In particular, there is provided a wheel for use with a bearing and a car plate in a tarpaulin system. The wheel comprises a cylindrical body with a groove, first face, an opposed second face, and a central cavity positioned therebetween for receiving the bearing therein. The first face has a first opening with a first diameter, and the second face has a second opening with a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter. Either the first face or the second face can be positioned facing the car plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: PETELKA INVESTMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Brian W. Petelka
  • Patent number: 11912355
    Abstract: An endless track vehicle with increased traction and/or installation, modification, and/or use of track cleats for traction for the endless track of the endless track vehicle. A body is mountable to the endless track exterior. The body defines bores extending from a first end of the body to a second end of the body, wherein the bores have counterbores. First and second cleats/bolts respectively having a cleat/bolt heads, the cleats/bolts mounted in respective bores and optional extending out a distance out of the second end of the body, wherein the cleat/bolt heads seat in the respective counterbores. Nuts may be used in the counterbores to optionally extend the cleats/bolts, and/or to secure and fasten the cleats/bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventor: Daniel Robert Berube
  • Patent number: 11912385
    Abstract: An apparatus that facilitates search and rescue, for example, in open water. The apparatus comprises a substrate with a particular geometry and a perimeter. The apparatus further comprises a cover positioned atop the substrate with the cover also having a particular geometry and perimeter, which correspond to the geometry and perimeter of the substrate. An air-tight seal seals the substrate perimeter to the cover perimeter and creates a sealed internal region. A breakable vessel holding an activator is located in the sealed internal region, along with illuminable dyes that are also located in the sealed internal region. When the breakable vessel is broken, the activator reacts with the illuminable dyes and illuminates the illuminable dyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Battle Sight Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Ripplinger, Christopher J. Vogt
  • Patent number: 11904559
    Abstract: A shaped preform component (200A) for a spoke portion (108A) of a composite wheel (100), the shaped preform (200A) comprising: an elongate body (215) configured to be located in a spoke (108) of a composite wheel (100), wherein the shaped preform component (200A) is formed from a cured composite fibre material having a compressibility of <2% volumetric under moulding conditions of 50 bar hydrostatic pressure and a temperature of 60 to 150° C., and wherein the density of the cured composite fibre material is selected to form a counterbalance mass for a mass addition (300) to the composite wheel (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Carbon Revolution Limited
    Inventors: Ashley James Denmead, Michael Dunbar Silcock, Timothy Corbett, Nicholas Taylor, Steven Agius, Barry Trippit
  • Patent number: 11897557
    Abstract: A work machine includes a drive wheel, a drivable track engaged with the drive wheel, a deformable spacer coupled to the drive wheel, and a secondary weight coupled to the deformable spacer. The deformable spacer facilitates oscillation of the secondary weight relative to the drive wheel to limit vibrations of the work machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Edgington, Christian P. Hellman
  • Patent number: 11897345
    Abstract: The present invention provides a three-phase power supply and collection device for a maglev train. A cross beam is arranged at the middle part of the bogie of the maglev train, and the lower surface of the cross beam is provided with three sets of longitudinal bearing seats, and three insulating bushes, three collector shoes and three power supply rails corresponding to the longitudinal bearing seats; the two ends of the horizontal part of each insulating bush is a rotating shaft structure, and the vertical part of the insulating bush is a hollow tubular structure; the upper part of each collector shoe is the shoe handle, the lower part is the shoe body, and the bottom of the shoe body is in a concave semicircular shape; the top surface of each power supply rail is in a convex semicircular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Qunzhan Li, Jiqin Wu
  • Patent number: 11897281
    Abstract: A wheel includes a boss, a rim, and a web. The rim includes a tread and a flange. The web connects the boss and the rim. When the wheel is viewed in its longitudinal section, the web has a linear plate-thickness center line that is inclined such that the plate-thickness center line approaches the flange side as it extends outward in a radial direction. When the wheel is viewed in its longitudinal section, an outer end of the plate-thickness center line is positioned between the flange and a center of the tread in an axial direction of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Kato, Yoshinari Yamamura, Shingo Abe, Jun Noguchi, Ruben De La Prida Caballero
  • Patent number: 11890894
    Abstract: The railway wheel according to the present embodiment has a chemical composition consisting of: in mass %, C: 0.80 to 1.15%, Si: 0.45% or less, Mn: 0.10 to 0.85%, P: 0.050% or less, S: 0.030% or less, Al: 0.200 to 1.500%, N: 0.0200% or less, Nb: 0.005 to 0.050%, Cr: 0 to 0.25%, and V: 0 to 0.12%, with the balance being Fe and impurities, wherein at least in the microstructure of the rim part and the web part, the amount of pro-eutectoid cementite defined by Formula (1) is 2.00 pieces/100 ?m or less: Amount of pro-eutectoid cementite(pieces/100 ?m)=a total sum of the number of pieces of pro-eutectoid cementite which intersect with two diagonal lines in a square visual field of 200 ?m×200 ?m/(5.66×100 ?m)×100??(1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taketo Maejima, Manabu Kubota
  • Patent number: 11892833
    Abstract: An agricultural amphibious bait feeding boat includes a boat body. A bait feeding device is fixed to one end of the boat body, and a propulsion device is fixed to the other end of the boat body. The boat body includes two foam floating bodies, foam fixing carbon rods, a transverse carbon rod, tube ferrule fixing assemblies, and tee joints. The two foam floating bodies include a left foam floating body and a right foam floating body, the foam fixing carbon rods parallel to each other are respectively arranged above the two foam floating bodies, and the foam floating bodies and the foam fixing carbon rods are fixed through the tube ferrule fixing assemblies. The transverse carbon rod is connected to the foam fixing carbon rods through the tee joints, and the left foam floating body and the right foam floating body are fixedly connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: JIANGSU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yue Shen, Lingfei Zhang, Zhixiang Shi, Minghui Liu, Jincheng Chu, Yayun Shen
  • Patent number: 11891135
    Abstract: A track link plate includes a main body, a first shaft hole, a second shaft hole, two through holes, a supporting rib and a first extending portion. The first shaft hole passes through a first end of the main body. The second shaft hole passes through a second end of the main body. The two through holes are arranged in an interval between the first shaft hole and the second shaft hole. The supporting rib is located between the two through holes. The first extending portion protrudes outward from a second surface of the main body. A distance of the first extending portion from the edge of the through holes to the rotating inner edge is greater than or equal to one third of a total height of the main body. Therefore, the strength of the track link plate can be strengthened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: EVERPADS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Li Chiang
  • Patent number: 11884372
    Abstract: A floatation device is provided. In some embodiments, a floatation device is provided, comprising an inflatable ring composed of a transparent material, wherein the inflatable ring includes: an outer air chamber having a first valve for inflating the outer air chamber; an inner air chamber having a second valve for inflating the inner air chamber, wherein the outer air chamber and the inner air chamber are not in communication; a cut through the outer air chamber and the inner air chamber of the inflatable ring that forms opposing ends of the inflatable ring; and a plurality of fasteners placed on a top surface and a bottom surface of the outer or inner air chamber for detachably connecting the opposing ends of the inflatable ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Tiffany An-Ting Chiu
  • Patent number: 11878777
    Abstract: A system is demonstrated for heave neutralisation of semisubmersible platforms that can be built into any conceivable configuration of such platforms. That the system is also conceivably active and predicatively can be controlled can be concluded by analysing the appended calculation models. As an example FIG. 18, column E, is mentioned, wherein the water volume increments in the rise canister are 37 cubic metres for each half metre of wave height, so that, with reference to column A, from H=10.5 m to H=12 m is 4×37 148 cubic metres more than 150 tonnes—simultaneously with the air pressure, shown in column K, increasing from 123.86 to 131.05 kPa, a difference of just 6.19 kPa (0.0619 bar or 61.9 millibars). Large ballast volumes can be moved out and in of the system at small pressure changes and short response time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: STATIONMAR AS
    Inventor: Per Andreas Vatne
  • Patent number: 11878723
    Abstract: A transport system for carrying a proppant, the system comprising a loading tower, a first transfer tower, a second transfer tower and an unloading tower. The loading tower is located proximate a loading area while the unloading tower is located proximate an unloading area. The system also includes a first transfer tower and a second transfer tower. A first aerial cable conveys a transfer container from the loading tower to the first transfer tower, while a second aerial cable conveys the transfer container from the second transfer tower to the unloading tower. The transfer container is configured to be suspended from the first and second aerial cables en route from the loading tower to the unloading area. Sand or supplies from the transfer container is received at the unloading area for use in a wellbore operation. Methods of transporting sand for use in wellbore fracturing operations are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Pavlin B. Entchev, Charles A. Hope, Jose Alberto Ortega Andrade, Michael W. Clark
  • Patent number: 11878779
    Abstract: A system for a transom-mount trim tab with a fluid hinge, including a trim tab having a planar surface, a forward section located under a hull of a watercraft, a rear portion extending aft of a transom, a pair of guiding tabs coupled to the trim tab, and a forward mounting means including fluid hinge brackets, each with a mounting plate, and a containment protrusion. The system further includes a pair of aft mounting brackets configurable for variable mounting, wherein each mounting bracket includes a vertical leg having an upper portion configurable to be angulated relative to a transom of a watercraft and a bottom portion configured in a vertical orientation. The upper portion of the vertical leg and the mounting bracket have a configurable angle there-between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: Joseph R. Langlois
  • Patent number: 11873062
    Abstract: The structure comprises a hull extending longitudinally along a longitudinal hull axis, a mooring equipment, comprising a first group of mooring lines connected to an anchor on the bottom of the body of water, the mooring lines of the first group protruding laterally beyond a first side of the hull, opposite the second side of the hull. The mooring equipment comprises a second group of mooring lines protruding laterally beyond the second side, and connected to an anchor located away from the second side on the bottom of the body of water. The mooring lines of the first group are connected on the first side of the hull, the space facing a second lateral wall of the hull being free of mooring lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: TOTAL SE
    Inventors: Alain Ledoux, Benoit Grovel
  • Patent number: 11873070
    Abstract: The present application relates to power transmission system used in marine engines and in particular to a divided gear wheel (11, 12), for a power transmission system 1,2, used in marine engines, to a power transmission system used in marine engines to a method to operate said power transmission system and to a marine engine comprising a power transmission system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Leonidas Kyros Kontopoulos
  • Patent number: 11866134
    Abstract: A small watercraft system includes: a watercraft body; a watercraft body manipulation member through which a watercraft body manipulation command is input by an operator; a drive source that allows the watercraft body to plane; a steering device that allows the watercraft body to be steered; and a control device that controls the drive source and the steering device to operate the watercraft body. The control device determines whether a mode switching condition is satisfied, the mode switching condition including an operator's absence condition that the operator is absent from the watercraft body. Upon determining that the mode switching condition is satisfied, the control device executes an operator-absent manipulation mode in which the control device moves the watercraft body by controlling the drive source and the steering device based on an operator-absent manipulation command independent of the watercraft body manipulation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: KAWASAKI MOTORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori Kato, Toshio Araki, Hiroshi Tomomori
  • Patent number: 11858607
    Abstract: The present invention provides an angle changeable apparatus and an oar such that the shaft angle is easily adjustable. Disclosed is an angle changeable apparatus 1 for variably changing an angle of a shaft 110 inserted in a sleeve 10, including: a shaft-side member 20 fixed to the shaft 110; a sleeve-side member 30 fixed to the sleeve 10; and a slider 40 configured to slide between the shaft-side member 20 and the sleeve-side member 30, wherein the shaft-side member 20 has a first guiding part extending in a shaft direction, the sleeve-side member 30 has an elongated hole 31 extending in an oblique direction relative to the shaft direction, the slider 40 has a groove 41c guided by the first guiding part and a slider main body 41 guided by the elongated hole 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: KUWANO BOATS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shingo Nishiyama, Tetsushi Ozawa