Patents Examined by S. Joseph Morano
  • Patent number: 11148767
    Abstract: Disclosed is a floating photovoltaic system installed over a wide area on a surface of water. The floating photovoltaic system includes a rotary bracket for connecting individual units that is able to be used for a long period of time without frequent replacement or repair by, while connecting the individual units, actively accommodating a vertical displacement, a horizontal displacement, and a rotational displacement of one individual unit relative to another individual unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SCOTRA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jongmok Lee
  • Patent number: 11148773
    Abstract: A robotic fish comprises one or more torque reaction engines and a fish body, wherein the torque reaction engine cyclically oscillates and causes a wave to propagate across the fish body, including through a flexible wing, accelerating thrust fluid and propelling the robotic fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Martin Spencer Garthwaite
  • Patent number: 11148769
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for retrieving an unmanned marine vehicle from water are disclosed. The unmanned marine vehicle includes a float and a glider connected by a tether. The apparatus includes a buoyant frame having spaced frame arms defining a receiving bay sized to receive the float, and the buoyant frame includes a front end defining an opening of the receiving bay. A glider recovery assembly is coupled to the buoyant frame and includes a first tether guide coupled to the buoyant frame, and a second tether guide coupled to the buoyant frame, wherein the first tether guide and the second tether guide are cooperatively shaped to define a tether capture gap having a tether inlet adjacent the front end of the buoyant frame and a tether stop positioned rearward of the tether inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jamie Childress
  • Patent number: 11142290
    Abstract: A self-propelled jack-up vessel has a centreline extending from a bow end to a stern end of the vessel along a central longitudinal axis, defining port and starboard sides of the vessel. The vessel comprises a hull, a deck and four retractable legs, which extend through the hull and the deck. The vessel includes a bow leg arranged on the centreline towards the bow, a stern leg arranged on the centreline towards the stern, and a starboard leg arranged at the starboard side. The diagonal placement of the legs, with respect to the centreline gives greater stability and flexibility. Further, a vessel is provided having a cruciform primary structural arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V., SeaOwls B.V.
    Inventors: Jacobus Dingeman Stroo, Sjaak Jan Jiskoot, Erik Jacobus Bernardus Snijders
  • Patent number: 11136101
    Abstract: A boat speed control device for a boat including a manual shifter and an outboard motor, includes an actuator and a controller. The outboard motor is operably connected to the manual shifter. The manual shifter includes a shift lever shiftable between a sailing position and a neutral position. The actuator is connected to the shift lever. The controller is configured or programmed to control the actuator to shift the shift lever to the sailing position and the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Mizutani
  • Patent number: 11130506
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rail vehicle. The rail vehicle includes: an underframe assembly, a side wall assembly, a vehicle roof assembly, and a vehicle end assembly. The underframe assembly includes a primary energy absorption structure and an underframe edge beam which are connected. The primary energy absorption structure has at least two energy absorbing cavities that are set at interval. The lower end of the side wall assembly is connected with the underframe assembly. The upper end of the side wall assembly is connected with the vehicle roof assembly. The vehicle end assembly includes an end energy absorption structure whose lower end is connected with the primary energy absorption structure, and upper end is connected with the vehicle roof assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiyang Yu, Senhua Lai, Xiaojie Wang, Yang Li, Haizhi Yu
  • Patent number: 11110740
    Abstract: The present application provides a composite wheel, including spokes, a rim and a central disc, one end of each spoke being connected to the central disc and the other end of each spoke being connected to the rim, each spoke includes a spoke skeleton and a spoke shell, and the spoke skeleton is wrapped by the spoke shell; and the spoke shell is made of plastic, rubber, nylon or resin. The technical solution of the present application brings the beneficial technical effects of overcoming the contradiction between the pursuit of the artistic design effect of the wheel and the pursuit of the lightweight of the wheel and meeting the strength requirement of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zuo Xu, Guoyuan Xiong, Wenlin Chen
  • Patent number: 11104408
    Abstract: There is provided a steering device of an outboard motor to be attached to a boat hull. A swivel bracket to be attached to a side of the boat hull supports a steering shaft to which an outboard motor main body is connected. A steering actuator is disposed above the swivel bracket and the steering actuator generates power in accordance with input from outside. A power transmission mechanism is disposed above the swivel bracket to connect the steering actuator to the steering shaft. The power transmission mechanism transmits the power of the steering actuator to the steering shaft. A cover member is attached to an upper portion of the swivel bracket to cover the steering actuator, the power transmission mechanism, a connection part between the steering actuator and the power transmission mechanism, and a connection part between the power transmission mechanism and the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasushi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 11105260
    Abstract: An outboard motor includes a shift switch including a shift shaft and a rotary drive provided on an axis of the shift shaft and that rotates the shift shaft, and that switches a rotation direction of a propeller shaft. An entirety of the rotary drive is disposed below a mount, and at least a portion of the rotary drive is disposed above a lower case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukio Takeda, Yuki Ikegaya
  • Patent number: 11097809
    Abstract: A method for constructing a hull of an offshore structure includes (a) welding a plurality of plates together to form a plate assembly. The method also includes (b) passing the plate assembly through a rolling machine with the plate assembly in a vertical orientation. In addition, the method includes (c) bending the plate assembly into a cylinder during (b). The cylinder includes a pair of circumferentially adjacent free ends. Further, the method includes (d) welding the free ends of the cylinder together after (c) to form a cylindrical external wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HORTON DO BRASIL TECNOLOGIA OFFSHORE LTDA.
    Inventors: Xavier Castello, Marcelo I. L. Souza, Rodrigo M. R. GuimarĂ£es, Luiz Germano Bodanese, Rafael Bodanese
  • Patent number: 11097823
    Abstract: A mount for a trolling motor pivots the trolling motor between a deployed position and a stowed position. The mount includes a base coupled to a deck of a watercraft and upper and lower arms pivotably coupled to the base. A bracket also couples the upper arm to the lower arm. The mount includes one of the following: (1) a deployed-position latch coupled to the upper arm or the base and a corresponding deployed-position striker pin configured to engage with the deployed-position latch in the deployed position of the trolling motor to lock the upper arm to the base; or (2) a pivotable latch and an associated latch blocker on the upper or lower arm or the base and a corresponding striker pin configured to engage with the pivotable latch in the deployed and/or stowed position of the trolling motor to lock the upper or lower arm to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Boks, John Witte
  • Patent number: 11084508
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a railcar comprises an underframe and at least one hopper. The hopper is configured to transport a lading material. A longitudinal sliding gate assembly is coupled to the hopper and comprises: a pair of side walls coupled to a pair of end walls forming a discharge opening; a pair of tracks, one coupled to each end wall; a sliding gate slidably coupled to the pair of tracks; and a threaded drive screw coupled to the sliding gate and to the pair of side walls. Rotation of the threaded drive screw in a first direction moves the sliding gate along the tracks to an open position that permits the lading material to discharge, and rotation of the threaded drive screw in an opposite direction moves the sliding gate along the tracks to a closed position that restricts the lading material from discharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry W. Vande Sande, Aubra D. McKisic, Joseph T. Float, Michael James Madden, Joseph L. Gagliardino
  • Patent number: 11076590
    Abstract: Some embodiments may be of spearfishing apparatus fitted with at least one magnet configured to repel sharks away from the spearfishing apparatus. The spearfishing apparatus may be one or more of: a spearfishing shaft, a spearfishing tip, and/or a spearfishing gun. Some embodiments may be of personal floatation devices (PFDs) fitted with at least one magnet configured to repel sharks away from the PFDs. Some PFDs may be fitted with a tethered drop-down magnetic apparatus to protect lower extremities of a wearer of such PFDs. Such magnets may be electromagnets powered by batteries in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Chase Watson
  • Patent number: 11072395
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a vessel body, a marine propulsion device and a guide. The marine propulsion device is attached to the vessel body and includes a water stream generator that propels the vessel body. The guide is provided on the vessel body and extends astern of the vessel body and toward a center of the vessel body in a width direction of the vessel body from a position located sideward of the water stream generator. The guide inwardly directs water flowing on one lateral side of the vessel body such that confluent timing of the water flowing on the one lateral side of the vessel body and water flowing on the other lateral side of the vessel body is caused to occur earlier than when the guide is not provided on the vessel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Susumu Shibayama, Nobuharu Ota, Takahiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 11072397
    Abstract: A suspension of axial turret bearing units in a turret bearing comprises a rail support structure mounted on a turret bearing support structure, a circular rail mounted on the rail support structure, a plurality of axial bearing units running on rail, a shaft for each axial bearing unit with the bearing unit attached to the outer end of the shaft, and an inner support structure for supporting the inner end of each shaft. The suspension further comprises an outer shaft suspension close to each bearing unit, comprising a collar with an inner width similar to the width of the shaft and an inner height higher than the height of the shaft, a transitional section connected to the collar, a plate section connected to the transitional section and fastened to a bearing support structure on the turret, wherein the plate section spreads applied loads on the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: APL TECHNOLOGY AS
    Inventor: Sigmund Askestad
  • Patent number: 11066141
    Abstract: System and methods are provided that relate to a drive arrangement for propelling a boat, in particular a kayak. In some embodiments, the drive arrangement can include an electric drive motor with a shaft and a receiving device for receiving the shaft. An arresting element can be provided for determining a first desired distance along the shaft between the receiving device and the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Torqeedo GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Despineux, Dominik Busse
  • Patent number: 11066138
    Abstract: A floating structure installation system includes, on a body capable of traveling on water, a first cradle including a first holding part capable of holding a first portion having a submersible section to be located under the water surface during installation, and a second cradle including a second holding part capable of holding a second portion connectable to the first portion. At least one of the first cradle or the second cradle is movable on the body to connect the first portion held by the first holding part and the second portion held by the second holding part. The first holding part includes a first lifting unit for lifting and lowering the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kei Sato
  • Patent number: 11066143
    Abstract: A cooling system for a boat includes at least one cooler located inside a hull of the boat and closed to the exterior of the hull. The cooler is configured for the exchange of thermal energy between a flow of coolant in the at least one cooler and a fluid flow outside of the hull via a hull wall positioned between the flow of coolant and the fluid flow. One or more coolant passages extend from the at least one cooler defining at least one coolant loop. The one or more coolant passages are configured to deliver the flow of coolant from the at least one cooler to one or more components located along the at least one coolant loop to cool the one or more components, and return the flow of coolant to the at least one cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Doremus, Trevor Fayer, Eric T. Wills
  • Patent number: 11059544
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to apparatus for semi-submersibles, including hulls of semi-submersibles. In one implementation, a hull for a semi-submersible includes a pontoon having one or more sides, and a plurality of columns extending upwards from the pontoon and configured to support a topsides. Each one of the plurality of columns has a cross section that is in a plane perpendicular to an axial centerline of the respective one of the plurality of columns. The cross section includes a first portion being rectangular in shape and a second portion being triangular in shape and having an apex that extends inboard from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: KEPPEL FLOATEC, LLC
    Inventors: Xinyu Zhang, Parthasarathy Krishnaswamy, Zhengyong Zhong, Surya P. Banumurthy
  • Patent number: 11052979
    Abstract: An active stabilizing device for a primary damping of rolling movements of a ship or other watercraft includes at least one positioning device including a drive journal and a stabilizing fin having a stabilizing surface and a root, the drive journal being attached to the stabilizing fin at the root, the stabilizing surface having a leading edge and a trailing edge and being configured to be disposed underwater. The positioning device is configured to simultaneously pivot the stabilizing fin about a pivot axis by a pivot angle and rotate the stabilizing fin about an axis of rotation. Also, a method of operating the active stabilizing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventors: Holger Spardel, Christian Thieme