Using Yieldable Or Fluent Solid Or Semisolid Patents (Class 188/268)
  • Patent number: 10906611
    Abstract: A motorcycle engine mount includes a frame plate to fit into a frame of the motorcycle; a power train unit plate to connect to an engine assembly of the motorcycle; an elastomer element secured between the frame plate and the power train unit plate; and a thrust block element secured between the frame plate and the power train unit plate; the elastomer element allows for vertical and longitudinal movement of the power train unit relative to the frame; and the thrust block element inhibits compression of the elastomer element from lateral forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Timothy Ross Stone
  • Patent number: 10900532
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for energy absorption and vibrational dampening in a horizontal plane. According to a first preferred embodiment, the present invention discloses an apparatus for damping vibration of a pole which includes a housing with a horizontal floor having an inward curved surface for achieving vibration attenuation at a middle portion thereof to form an enclosed chamber. According to a further aspect of the first embodiment, at least one damping weight is preferably disposed in the inward curved surface and is preferably substantially spherical in shape. According to a further preferred embodiment, at least one dampening weight of the present may preferably include a hollow, inner cavity. According to further aspects of the present invention, the dampening weight preferably may further include a granular material located within the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl J. Macchietto, Richard E. Christenson
  • Patent number: 10844929
    Abstract: A mass damper system has a damper mass carrier and a damper mass movably received at the damper mass carrier a lubricant supply, a lubricant collector, and a lubricant distributor radially offset to one another with the damper mass carrier, the lubricant supply arranged at a shorter radial distance from a central axis than the lubricant collector, and the lubricant distributor arranged at a greater radial distance from the central axis than the lubricant collector to collect lubricant supplied by the lubricant supply and to guide the lubricant through the lubricant distributor to the damper mass. A stop arrangement limits a deflection path of the damper mass relative to the damper mass carrier, and the lubricant distributor has a lubricant feed that leads from the lubricant collector to a constructional unit requiring intensive lubrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Kyrill Siemens, Andreas Orlamünder, Paul Weber, Peter Hammer, Daniel Pittner
  • Patent number: 10801329
    Abstract: A vibration-damping component, a gas turbine engine having the vibration-damping component and a method for forming such component are disclosed. The vibration-damping component comprises a body formed from an additive manufacturing material by an additive manufacturing process and defining a cavity within the body, and a vibration damper disposed within the cavity. The vibration damper comprises a damping element and a damping medium containing a viscoelastic material surrounding the damping element. The damping element has a relative motion when the component vibrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Terrence Garay, Drew Michael Capps, Yoon Choi
  • Patent number: 10801574
    Abstract: A vibration damping system employs a component having a directionally sensitive element thereon, mounted to an aircraft, which experiences dynamic excitation that induces bending deflection in the component that will reorient the directionally sensitive element. At least one tuned mass damper is mounted on the component in an orientation in which an internal mass of the tuned mass damper is moveable such that the tuned massed damper absorbs and attenuates at least a portion of the deflective motion, to thereby suppress bending deflection of the component in the particular axial direction and generally maintain the linearity of the directionally sensitive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven F. Griffin, Guy D. Granger
  • Patent number: 10788095
    Abstract: An isolator configured to isolate a payload from unwanted vibrations and shocks. The isolator includes a housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a primary chamber defined in the housing, a backpressure chamber defined in the housing, a conduit placing the primary chamber in fluid communication with the backpressure chamber, a backpressure membrane in the housing proximate the first end, an elastomer dome in the housing proximate the second end, and a shaft connected to the elastomer dome. The primary chamber and the backpressure chamber are between the backpressure membrane and the elastomer dome. The shaft is configured to be connected to the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Shahan, Sloan P. Smith, Adam E. Sorensen, Casey J. Sennott, Christopher P. Henry, Geoffrey P. McKnight
  • Patent number: 10744870
    Abstract: Operating fluid container made of thermoplastic for a motor vehicle, with the following features: the operating fluid container has two openings in opposite container walls of the operating fluid container, and a stiffening element extending through both openings; and two stiffening element ends engage behind the container walls from the outside, such that the stiffening element counteracts a deformation caused by internal pressure of the operating fluid container, wherein the operating fluid container is characterized by the following features: a stabilizing element is arranged between at least one stiffening element end and a container wall; the stabilizing element has a through-opening through which the stiffening element extends; the stabilizing element has a first and a second thermoplastic; and the stabilizing element is welded to a container wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Dieter Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10703185
    Abstract: A rear impact system for an electric vehicle, the rear impact system includes a rear crash element extending laterally along a rear of the electric vehicle. The rear crash element defines an interior having a number of ribs extending between a front surface and a rear surface of the rear crash element. The system includes a left crash beam coupled between a rear portion of a rear wheel arch of the electric vehicle and the rear crash element of the electric vehicle and a right crash beam coupled between the rear portion of the rear wheel arch and the rear crash element of the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER ELECTRIC VEHICLE LIMITED
    Inventor: Jens Maier
  • Patent number: 10570980
    Abstract: An assembly for damping the movement of a vibrating body includes an energy dissipating material, a vessel, and a seal. The energy dissipating material may include one or more types of loose particles. The loose particles may include similar and/or dissimilar materials or a mixture thereof. The loose particles may at least partially fill the vessel. The vessel may be configured to conform to requirements of an environment of the vibrating body and to retain and/or store the loose particles. The seal may include a molded material, a plate, and/or a flange. In an embodiment, the plate may be at least partially encompassed within the seal, and the seal, plate, and/or flange may be configured to engage the vessel and/or to retain the loose particles within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: VIBRACOUSTIC NORTH AMERICA L.P.
    Inventors: Brandon M. Nyboer, Otto J. Preikszas, Mark A. Shand, Paul D. Cottrell
  • Patent number: 10543914
    Abstract: A rotor blade configured to fold about a blade fold axis includes a first section and a second section. The first section is configured to mount to a rotor hub and includes a first connector having at least one first opening. The second section includes a second connector having at least one second opening. The second section is rotatably coupled to the first section and is configured to rotate about the blade fold axis between an aligned position and a rotated position. A linkage is operably coupled to the first section and the second section. The linkage includes a plurality of links loosely connected such that the linkage is configured to support the second section of the rotor blade only when the second section is in the rotated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Darrow, Jr., Frank P. D'Anna
  • Patent number: 10532778
    Abstract: A weldless connection for connecting two components together, including first and second components having respective first faces which are disposed in flush engagement with each other, and having respective second faces which are planar and are substantially aligned with each other along a same plane, and a plate which is disposed so as overlap portions of the aligned second faces of the components. One edge of the plate is curved into a hook shape, a recess is formed into the second face of the first component and receives the curved edge of the plate therein for connecting the plate to the first component while permitting some relative movement between the plate and first component, and a portion of the plate which overlaps the second face of the second component is fixed thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Walter Peter DeMonte, Timothy Paul DeMonte, Sheri Lyn LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 10514078
    Abstract: A vibration control pad (5) comprises a gel elastic body (7) made of an elastic-viscous material and heavy-object support members (8) embedded in the gel elastic body (7). A protrusion (11) is formed only on either the top or bottom surface of the gel elastic body (7) or formed on each of the top and bottom surfaces of the gel elastic body (7) in such a manner as to cover part of the support bodies (8). The protrusion (11) securely contains the support bodies (8) in the gel elastic body (7) to prevent the support bodies (8) from being detached or separated from the gel elastic body (7) when the vibration control pad (5) is taken out of its packaging member for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ANSHIN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kikuo Sugita
  • Patent number: 10500648
    Abstract: An elongated tool holder includes a tool anti-vibration component having a component housing portion and an anti-vibration arrangement. The anti-vibration arrangement includes an enclosed interior component cavity formed in the component housing portion. The anti-vibration arrangement also includes a vibration absorber portion disposed within the component cavity that is integrally formed with the component housing portion to have unitary one-piece construction therewith. The vibration absorber portion includes a vibration absorbing mass and at least one elastic suspension member through which the vibration absorbing mass is connected to the component housing portion. The component cavity includes an oscillating space located between an inner surface of the component housing portion and the vibration absorber portion. The vibration absorbing mass is configured to oscillate within the oscillating space upon elastic deformation of the at least one suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Iscar, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jony Saffouri
  • Patent number: 10479492
    Abstract: A rotor comprising a hub and a plurality of lift assemblies. Each lift assembly is connected to two adjacent lift assemblies respectively by a first damper and a second damper. The first damper is hinged to a lift assembly about a first axis, and the second damper is hinged to said lift assembly about a second axis. A first plane contains a lead-lag axis of the lift assembly and orthogonally to the pitch axis of the lift assembly. The first axis is situated in a volume lying between the first plane and an axis of rotation of the rotor, the second axis being positioned outside said volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Olivier Honnorat, Jean-Pierre Jalaguier
  • Patent number: 10480603
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an shock absorber based on the cutting, inward-folding and crushing of composite tube, comprising a destructing cap, a flat-pressing cap, a cutter and a positioning tube. The cutter is positioned in the destructing cap, and has a lower end connected to an inner flange of the destructing cap and an upper end connected to the positioning tube. The positioning tube is positioned in the destructing cap and closely connected to the inner wall of the destructing cap, and has a lower surface in contact with the cutter. The destructing cap, the positioning tube and the composite tube are respectively provided with aligned pin holes, and bound together with a pin. Energy is absorbed through destruction generated due to cutting and inward-folding of the composition tube. Energy can also be absorbed through destruction generated due to the inward-folding of the composite tube, without using the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zhefeng Yu, Yi Fu
  • Patent number: 10451139
    Abstract: Damping coefficient-regulating inductive heating systems are provided, as are isolator assemblies containing such inductive heating systems. In embodiments, the isolator assembly includes a damper coefficient-regulating inductive heating system and at least one isolator, which contains a hydraulic damper fillable with a damping fluid. The damper coefficient-regulating inductive heating system includes, in turn, an inductive heating device, a controller, and a sensor for monitoring data indicative of damping fluid temperature. The inductive heating device is positioned around a periphery of the hydraulic damper, such as the outer periphery of the damper, in a non-contacting relationship. During isolator operation, the controller receives data from the sensor and, in response thereto, controls the inductive heating device to selectively generate a varying magnetic field to induce heating of one or more damper components, such as metal bellows, in contact with the damping fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Tim Daniel Barber, Timothy Hindle, Ken Young
  • Patent number: 10426152
    Abstract: The spool brake device is equipped with a brake unit, a detector, and a controller. The controller controls the braking force by the brake unit based on the rotational speed of the spool detected by the detector. When the rotational speed is less than the predetermined rotational speed, the controller controls the braking force by the brake unit in the regular braking mode. In the regular braking mode, the controller changes the braking force by the brake unit according to the rotational speed. On the other hand, when the rotational speed is equal to or higher than the predetermined rotational speed, the controller controls the braking force by the brake unit in the emergency braking mode, during the period of predetermined time. In the emergency braking mode, the controller makes the braking force by the brake unit larger than the braking force in the regular braking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Hiroki Ogose, Akira Niitsuma, Yuichiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10428876
    Abstract: A torsion damper with at least one torque input disk and at least one torque output disk, wherein the torque input disk can move in circumferential direction relative to the torque output disk against the force of at least one spring storage, wherein the relative movement is damped by a friction device which generates a smaller friction torque in a first swivel angle range than in a second swivel angle range in that the friction device has at least two friction ring pairs which are rotatable opposite one another and which are activated depending on the swivel angle via a driving connection of at least one friction ring with the torque input disk. The driving connection has a spring element which is arranged functionally in series with the friction device and functionally in parallel with the spring storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Dominik Bühl
  • Patent number: 10422397
    Abstract: A variable stiffness structure configured to isolate a mass from unwanted vibrations includes a negative stiffness element and an actuator operatively coupled to the negative stiffness element. The actuator is configured to be actuated to control a stiffness of the negative stiffness element. The variable stiffness structure may also include a positive stiffness element coupled to the negative stiffness element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey P. McKnight, Christopher B. Churchill, Christopher P. Henry
  • Patent number: 10393220
    Abstract: A crankshaft damper for attachment to one end of a crankshaft of an engine. The crankshaft damper includes an elastomeric member attached to a hub, and an inertia ring connected to the hub through the elastomeric member. Several different structures for cooling the elastomeric member are disclosed that dissipate heat away from the elastomeric member. Air flow is induced near the elastomeric member by providing air flow openings in the inertia ring or the elastomeric member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: APROTECH POWERTRAIN LLC
    Inventors: Scott K. Thompson, Larry George
  • Patent number: 10393218
    Abstract: A damping mechanism configured for use with a coupling of a power transmission assembly is provided including a cylindrical body having a first end and a second opposite end. The first end is configured for attachment to a first component of a power transmission assembly. A groove is formed in an exterior surface of the cylindrical body adjacent the second end. A cylindrical ring generally complementary to the groove is positioned partially within the groove such that a void exists between an inner surface of the cylindrical ring and the cylindrical body within the groove. A viscous material is arranged within the void such that non-concentric movement of the cylindrical ring relative to the cylindrical body causes displacement of the viscous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert Charles Whitmore
  • Patent number: 10376000
    Abstract: Disclosed is a panel that is produced by assembling a plurality of adjacent individual absorption blocks; each block in the panel is in the shape of a polyhedral pyramid frustum, of which the base is a regular six-sided polygon; each individual block including six lateral walls surrounded by a lower peripheral lip of which each section is provided with a complementary tenon or a mortise arranged so as to allow two adjacent individual blocks to be assembled, in particular by engagement, in the vertical direction, of a tenon and a mortise belonging respectively to one and the other of the two adjacent individual blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HOLDIPROTEC
    Inventor: Stephane Desnoyers
  • Patent number: 10369958
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a head-on collision, a deformation element is provided and includes a crossmember holder for mounting to a crossmember and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a centrifugal force-operated release element for adjusting and locking the distance of the crossmember holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the crossmember holder. A first distance of the bumper plate from the crossmember holder, starting from a normal position, is greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10371097
    Abstract: A component is provided for a turbine engine. The component can include an airfoil defining a surface, and an energy absorbing composite positioned on the surface of the airfoil or within the airfoil. The energy absorbing composite includes a shear thickening fluid distributed through a matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron Todd Sellinger, Nicholas Joseph Kray
  • Patent number: 10358101
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a fronted collision, a deformation element is provided and has a cross-beam holder for mounting to a cross-beam and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a friction device for adjusting and fixing the distance of the cross-beam holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the cross-beam holder, a first distance of the bumper plate from the cross-beam holder, starting from a normal position, being greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10343501
    Abstract: A main body (2) has door attaching portions respectively formed on both end sides of a long longitudinal direction thereof and a bending deformation generation portion (3) disposed between the door attaching portions, and the bending deformation generation portion (3) has a groove bottom portion (4), two edge line portions (5a, 5b), two vertical wall portions (6a, 6b), two curved portions (7a, 7b), and two flanges (8a, 8b). There is provided a bead (13) which is formed toward the longitudinal direction of the main body (2) in a part of the groove bottom portion (4) in a manner to project in a shape having a curved surface toward the outside of a cross-sectional shape of the bending deformation generation portion (3) so as to oppose an impact load acting on a door impact beam (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Sawa, Yoshiaki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10305017
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a highly sensitive piezoelectric sensor in which mixing of electromagnetic noise into signals output from a piezoelectric device is suppressed. The present disclosure provides a piezoelectric sensor including a piezoelectric device which includes a piezoelectric film having an insulating film and a piezoelectric layer stacked on one principal surface of the insulating film and a signal electrode layer stacked on one principal surface of the piezoelectric film, an amplifier electrically connected to the signal electrode layer, and a shield member which is not electrically connected to the signal electrode layer and is composed of a grounded conductor, wherein the piezoelectric film, the signal electrode layer, and the amplifier are accommodated inside the shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 10300972
    Abstract: A bicycle seat includes a deformation space that corresponds to a pressure deformation of a bicycle rider. Wherein, a plurality of filler particles is filled in the deformation space. Therefore, the plurality of filler particles in the deformation space is sliding and rolling under pressure, and the bicycle seat can average support the body of the rider and bring lower friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Wu, Che-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 10294719
    Abstract: A shielding device for opening and closing a shielding member by rotation of a winding shaft, the shielding device including a speed controller configured to control an automatic movement speed of the shielding member, wherein the speed controller includes: a housing containing a viscous fluid; and a moving member contained in the housing and configured to move by rotation of the winding shaft, and the speed controller is configured so that resistance the moving member receives from the viscous fluid varies with movement of the moving member, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TACHIKAWA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamagishi, Masaya Yamaguchi, Tsubasa Asaka, Takenobu Ebato
  • Patent number: 10267032
    Abstract: A resilient bearing to be positioned between a first structure and a second structure including a central connection point for connecting the resilient bearing to the first structure and a plurality of limbs extending outwardly from the central connection point to distal connection points. The resilient bearing may be formed from a single piece of elastic material adapted to dampen forces due to environmental events. A functional property of the elastic material may vary along at least some of the plurality of limbs. The angle between each of at least some of the plurality of limbs and the second structure may be between 20 and 70 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ISO Systems Limited
    Inventors: Glen Hooker, John Tocker
  • Patent number: 10260588
    Abstract: A method and a device for damping relative motion between structural elements (4a, 4b, 5), and in particular for damping oscillations in a stay cable of a building or a civil engineering structure. A damping device is disclosed which provides motion damping by means of frictional engagement (1a, 1b) between friction surfaces composed of low-friction polymeric material (2a, 2b, 3a, 3b). The polymeric material preferably includes a dispersed lubricant. The use of low friction polymers results in a constant damping which is effective over a broad range of displacements and forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VSL International AG
    Inventor: Yves Bournand
  • Patent number: 10238162
    Abstract: Protective gear such as a helmet includes multiple shell layers connected through energy and impact transformer layers. The energy and impact transformer layers may include conical structures used to dissipate mechanical energy applied to an outer shell layer while allowing an outer shell layer the ability to rotate with respect to a middle or inner shell layer. The conical structures may be three dimensional pyramids, three dimensional parabolic structures, and may be outwardly or inwardly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brainguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Knight
  • Patent number: 10179346
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a transducer controller is configured to form a drive signal with a first frequency to drive a transducer. The drive signal has a period and a half-period and drives the transducer for a first portion of the half-period. The transducer controller is configured to, for a second portion of the half-period, sense a voltage formed by the transducer, measure portions of the voltage and estimate a phase error between the first frequency and a resonant frequency of the transducer, and to adjust the first frequency to a second frequency that reduces the phase error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jiri Kutej, Pavel Horsky
  • Patent number: 10144262
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension having a frame attachment portion attached to a saddle, first and second bolster springs mounted to spring mounts on an outboard side of the saddle and mounted on walls of a spring mount on an outboard side of an equalizing beam, and third and fourth bolster springs mounted to walls of a spring mount on an inboard side of the saddle and mounted to spring mounts on an inboard side of the equalizing beam, wherein upwardly extending flanges on the bottom of the first and second bolster sprints are mounted to each other using a common fastener, and wherein upwardly extending flanges on the bottom of the third and fourth bolster springs are mounted to each other with a common fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Noble, Matthew J. Van Meter, Randy Joseph Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10138972
    Abstract: Each of an assembly for air spring, an air spring, and a carriage for vehicle includes: a first supporting member; a second supporting member arranged to be spaced away from the first supporting member in a main load direction; and an adjusting member connected to the first supporting member and the second supporting member in a plane crossing the main load direction, the adjusting member having anisotropy in elastic property in the plane crossing the main load direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokazu Haraguchi, Jun Yoshida, Kazuo Isomura, Takanori Tojo, Masahiro Sakahira, Jun Shirasaki, Tomohide Maeba, Naoki Hikosaka
  • Patent number: 10130380
    Abstract: Ultrasound catheter devices and methods of the present invention generally provide for ablation and/or disruption of vascular occlusions. An ultrasound transmission member, such as a wire, transmits vibrational energy from an ultrasound transducer to a distal head of the catheter to disrupt vascular occlusions. An absorber member is disposed on or around the ultrasound transmission wire at a location adjacent the sonic connector of the catheter. The absorber member absorbs heat, vibrations, and/or the like from the ultrasound transmission wire at or near the area where the transmission wire is coupled with the sonic connector. The absorptive function typically slows the process of wear and tear on the transmission wire, thus extending the useful life of the ultrasound catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Flowcardia, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Nita, Jeff Sarge, Simon Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10125838
    Abstract: A vehicle vibration damper assembly may include a bracket, a canister, and steel shot. The bracket is for mounting to an engine compartment rail in mechanical contact with an engine. The canister is mounted to the bracket and defines a cavity. The steel shot is disposed within the canister in an amount selected to reduce an amplitude of a vibration of the engine during operation. The bracket may be mounted to an engine compartment rail. The bracket may be secured proximate an engine compartment rail such that the canister is mechanically connected to the engine. The amount of the steel shot may be such that energy generated by the engine during operation is dissipated into heat energy or impact energy by the steel shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Kilian, Kevin Zenkai Chow, Louis Delellis
  • Patent number: 10117424
    Abstract: A spool brake device for a fishing reel includes an electric spool brake, a rotation detector, and a controller. The rotation detector detects a rotation of the spool. The controller calculates a rotational velocity of the spool based on the rotation of the spool, determines whether the fishing reel is in a casting state based on the rotational velocity, controls the spool brake to brake the spool upon a determination that the fishing reel is in the casting state, and controls the spool brake to not brake the spool upon a determination that the fishing reel is not in the casting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Komemushi, Yuichiro Ishikawa, Akira Niitsuma
  • Patent number: 10105768
    Abstract: A cutter holder has a body and a damping assembly. The damping assembly is contained inside the body. The damping assembly has a central damping pole and six auxiliary damping poles. The six auxiliary damping poles are arranged around the central damping pole. The body has a specific weight. The central damping pole has a specific weight larger than the specific weight of the body. Each one of the six auxiliary damping poles has a specific weight larger than the specific weight of the body. The damping assembly is utilized to reduce vibrations caused by machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Ching-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 10094440
    Abstract: The invention concerns a suspension thrust bearing for use with a suspension spring in an automotive suspension strut. The suspension thrust bearing provides a bearing with an annular upper part and a annular lower part in relative rotation one to the other, a lower support surface being provided by the lower part that axially supports an upper end of a suspension spring by the intermediate of a damping device made from resilient material. The resilient material of the damping device is molten in its preformed state with gas. After being molded, the molten material of the damping device provides an outer skinny layer and an inner foam body, the density of the outer skinny layer being strictly greater than the density of the inner foam body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Thomas Lepine, Charles Bedeau, Cedric Brouty, Jean-Marc Soudee
  • Patent number: 10082189
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a vibration-isolating case comprises a resilient, plastic-composite walled case and vibration-damping footing located at the bottom side of the case. Each vibration-damping footing comprises a mounting plate, cushions, and a damping system. The mounting plate has a flat surface and side surfaces extending from the flat surface to form a channel-shaped structure. The flat surface is positioned proximate a bottom outer surface of the case and couples to at least one brace within the case. The cushions are positioned within the channel-shaped structure such that the side surfaces of the mounting plate protect at least a top portion of each cushion. The damping system is positioned between the cushions and comprises a tray containing a quantity of inelastic particulate. A mechanical path exists between the vibration-damping footing and a platform mounted within the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Supporting Organization for the Georgia O'Keefe Museum
    Inventors: Dale Kronkright, Robert Chave, Gregory Bearman
  • Patent number: 10054333
    Abstract: An outdoor equipment support platform. The outdoor support platform includes an upper side that can support outdoor equipment thereon, such as an air conditioning unit. A plurality of channels are disposed on the upper side of the support platform that guide liquid away from the upper side of the platform to a support surface. The plurality of channels define a plurality of unrecessed portions. At least four of the plurality of unrecessed portions are located at a perimeter of the platform. At least one aperture is disposed on the upper side to receive a fastener therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Lee Colvin
  • Patent number: 10040128
    Abstract: A tool arrangement containing a tool holder and a tool having a tool head for processing workpieces and a shaft supporting the tool head, wherein the tool holder and the shaft each have a planar surface oriented transversely with respect to the axial direction of the tool holder and the shaft, the planar surfaces lying opposite one another. The tool holder and the shaft are connected non-rotatably and releasably to one another by a connecting mechanism which has a journal projecting in the axial direction and a receptacle which receives the journal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: KOMET GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Benno Spors, Hendrik Nitzsche, Manuel Mayer
  • Patent number: 10041161
    Abstract: A method and device for producing motor vehicle chassis parts is provided. The motor vehicle chassis parts can be subjected to tensile stress, compressive stress and torsion and the mechanical strength of the motor vehicle chassis parts can be adjusted over the respective cross-section. The motor vehicle chassis parts have high ductility and temperature stability and are made of an AlSiZnMg alloy by permanent mold casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: TRIMET Aluminium SE, KSM Castings Group GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Koch, Andreas Kleine, Erhard Stark, Manikandan Loganathan, Klaus Greven, Roland Golz
  • Patent number: 10039272
    Abstract: A spool brake device for a fishing reel includes a velocity detector, a spool controller and a spool brake. The velocity detector is configured to detect a rotational velocity of a spool. The spool controller includes an acceleration generator, an acceleration determiner and a brake time predictor. The accelerator generator is configured to generate time-series data of a rotational acceleration based on the rotational velocity. The acceleration determiner is configured to determine whether the rotational acceleration has satisfied a predetermined condition based on the time-series data of the rotational acceleration. The brake time predictor is configured to set a prediction starting time based on a point of time at which the rotational acceleration has satisfied the predetermined condition and to predict a brake starting time of the spool based on the prediction starting time. The spool brake is configured to start braking the spool at the brake starting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Komemushi, Akira Niitsuma, Yuichiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10040127
    Abstract: A tunable or tuned boring bar having increased stiffness is provided. Increasing the stiffness of the bar increases the natural frequency, thereby reducing directional deformation of the bar during use. The tunable boring bar includes a distal portion configured to support a tool, a proximal portion configured for attachment to a support structure of a metalworking machine, and a body, which is at least partially tubular, extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion. The tubular portion of the body has an elongated cylindrical cavity. The body of the boring bar includes a core layer formed from a first material and a coating layer formed from a second material. The second material has a higher modulus of elasticity than the first material. In certain configurations, the coating layer is bonded to the core layer by cladding, welding, chemical adhesives, chemical vapor deposition, pulsated plasma diffusion, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: KENNAMETAL INC.
    Inventor: Ruy Frota de Souza Filho
  • Patent number: 10036176
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method, system and apparatus for resisting and restraining potentially destructive movement within a building structure while introducing little or no obstruction with respect to how a building structure is designed and how it is intended to function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: TAYLOR DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas P. Taylor, Michael C. Constantinou, John C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 10029526
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spring arm device (1) for a motor vehicle, comprising two flanges (2) arranged at a distance from each other and which are made of a first fiber composite material (4) having fibers (6) each oriented in a longitudinal direction (5) of the flanges (2). The spring arm device (1) also comprises a web (3) which connects the flanges (2) and is made of a second fiber composite material (7) having the fibers (8) oriented at positive angles to the longitudinal directions (5) of the flanges (2). The spring arm device (1) can be fastened in end regions (15) opposite to each other to vehicle parts as part of a wheel suspension. The end regions (15) comprise end segments (14) of the two flanges (2) associated with each other and each comprise an end segment (9) of the web (3) that connects the end segments (14) of the flanges (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Tobias Keller
  • Patent number: 10024380
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to tunable damper embodiments and methods of using the same for damping resonant and non-resonant vibrations present within an object that the tunable damper is secured to. In some cases, the tunable damper may be tuned before, during or after being secured to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NEWPORT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vyacheslav M. Ryaboy
  • Patent number: 10024382
    Abstract: An apparatus for damping machining vibrations includes a first dampener having a viscoelastic material, the first dampener to be inserted into an object defining a cavity therein; and a compressor to compress the first dampener in a first dimension to cause the first dampener to expand in a second dimension to engage an interior wall of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Shaoming Yao