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9038983 Active drain plug for high voltage battery applications  
A drain plug assembly that has particular application for sealing a drain hole in a high voltage battery compartment on a vehicle. The plug assembly includes a plug that inserted into the drain...
9033304 Methods, devices, and mediums associated with optical lift mechanism  
An apparatus includes a light foil device configured to move based on radiation pressure associated with light received by the light foil device. The apparatus includes a mechanism configured to...
9027903 Power-efficient actuator assemblies and methods of manufacture  
Power-efficient actuator apparatus and methods. In one exemplary embodiment, the actuator assembly utilizes a shape memory alloy (SMA) filament driven by an electronic power source to induce...
8991191 Thermally actuated passive gas turbine engine compartment venting  
A thermally actuated venting system includes a thermally actuated vent for opening a vent outlet in a gas turbine engine associated compartment with a passive thermal actuator located in the...
8988065 Microprobe and microprobe manufacturing method  
According to an embodiment, a microprobe includes a base and a lever. The base includes a first electrode provided on a surface thereof. The lever is supported by the base and includes a second...
8958139 Thermo-pneumatic actuator and method for producing same  
The invention relates to a thermo-pneumatic actuator having a cavity defined by walls and being hermetically sealed, which is inflated with a working medium that alters the gas pressure thereof...
8939427 Arrangement for adjusting a valve  
An arrangement is disclosed for adjusting a valve which has a tappet which is under the effect of a restoring spring. In a housing (9) which is to be attached to the valve, a temperature-dependent...
8939165 Microvalve, micropump and manufacturing method  
A microvalve, in particular for a micropump, is described, which includes a valve member which is adjustable between an open position and a closed position, in contact with a valve seat in its...
8863740 Heat pipe for a solar collector  
A heat pipe comprises an evaporator section 5 having a radiation absorbing plate 6 a portion of an elongate tube 7, and a condenser section 10 at a distal end of the elongate tube 7 remote from...
8857785 Thermo-hydraulically actuated process control valve  
A thermo-hydraulically actuated valve including a housing; a closure member capable of preventing and permitting fluid flow through the housing. An actuation fluid chamber disposed at the housing...
8851443 Memory alloy-actuated apparatus and methods for making and using the same  
Actuator apparatus having a multi-stable element actuated by memory alloy actuating elements. In one embodiment, the multi-stable actuator comprises a bistable (two-state) diaphragm element...
8800590 Thermally-actuated gas lift safety valve  
In one embodiment, a valve comprising a valve body; an orifice disposed within the valve body; a fluid flow restraining member located at a first location of the orifice, the fluid flow...
8740182 Flow rate accuracy of a fluidic delivery system  
Improving the accuracy of the flow rate of a valve in a fluidic delivery device in which a desired flow rate may be achieved by varying the duty cycle of the valve. The flow rate of fluid delivery...
8714199 Method and apparatus for actuating a valve  
A valve (100) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The valve (100) comprises a body (102) including a plurality of ports (204, 205, 206). The valve (100) also comprises a valve...
8701702 Fluid delivery device including a thermoelectric module  
The fluid distribution device includes a first cavity at a first pressure and a second cavity at a second pressure lower than the first pressure. A partition separates the first cavity from the...
8667983 Relief valve for oil pump  
A relief valve for an oil pump can prevent a main gallery from being damaged by largely decreasing peak pressure of an oil pump by using bypass flow according to oil pressure of the main gallery...
8662468 Microvalve device  
A microvalve device includes a body, a valve element supported for movement relative to the body, and an actuator operatively coupled to the valve element for moving the valve element in a normal...
8651451 Microfluidic device with fluid driving capability  
A microfluidic device includes: a shape memory substrate having a shape memory polymer matrix and a plurality of particles embedded in the shape memory polymer matrix, the shape memory polymer...
8646747 Methods, devices, and mediums associated with optical lift mechanism  
An apparatus includes a light foil device configured to move based on radiation pressure associated with light received by the light foil device. The apparatus includes a mechanism configured to...
8602047 Gas regulator fitting  
A gas regulator fitting is to be devised that prevents distortions of the temperature value to be regulated caused by ambient temperature fluctuations. Retrofitting without intervention into the...
8593811 Method and structure for optimizing heat exchanger performance  
A heat exchanger structure including multiple fluid circuits, through which respective streams of a first fluid pass from a stream inlet to a stream outlet to transfer heat to or from a second...
8551599 Reconfigurable microactuator and method of configuring same  
A microactuator may be configured by activating a source of electromagnetic radiation to heat and melt a selected set of phase-change plugs embedded in a substrate of the microactuator,...
8550119 Microfabricated elastomeric valve and pump systems  
A method of fabricating an elastomeric structure, comprising: forming a first elastomeric layer on top of a first micromachined mold, the first micromachined mold having a first raised protrusion...
8549864 Temperature activated valves for gas turbines  
A system for modulating the amount of air supplied through a pressure boundary in a gas turbine is disclosed that includes a passageway located on the pressure boundary. Additionally, a...
8540206 Multi-stable actuation apparatus and methods for making and using the same  
Actuator apparatus having a multi-stable element actuated by memory alloy actuating elements. In one embodiment, the multi-stable actuator comprises a bistable (two-state) diaphragm element...
8523138 Vacuum processing apparatus  
A grease supply mechanism is provided inside a vacuum transfer chamber. The grease supply mechanism includes: a grease storage part in a bottomed cylindrical shape storing grease therein; and a...
8499779 Systems, methods and apparatus of a nitinol valve  
Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some embodiments a non-pyrotechnic valve includes an inlet piece, an actuator comprising a shape-memory metal, and an outlet attached...
8499793 Valve unit and reaction apparatus having the same  
Provided are a valve unit and a reaction apparatus having the valve unit. The valve unit includes a phase transition material, which melts and expands upon an application of the electromagnetic...
8490655 Valve unit, microfluidic device having the same, and method of driving the valve unit  
A normally open valve unit to close a channel, a microfluidic device equipped with the same, and a method of driving the valve unit are provided. The valve unit includes a valve substance...
8464760 Valve unit, reaction apparatus with the same, and method of forming valve in channel  
A valve unit, a reaction apparatus with the same, and a method of forming a valve by injecting a valve material into a channel are provided. The valve unit comprises a fluid channel constituting a...
8448446 Actuating device, bypass air bleed system equipped therewith, and turbojet engine comprising these  
An actuating device for opening and closing at least one shutter in a gas turbine engine, such as a turbojet engine, includes at least one actuator made of a two-way shape memory alloy having a...
8439063 Heat and/or steam activated valve and method therefor  
A valve (10) is disclosed which is operable to automatically transition from a closed state to an open state in response to heat. The valve (10) includes: a cover (12) having at least one opening...
8403292 Microvalve having magnetic wax plug and flux control method using magnetic wax  
Provided is a microvalve having a magnetic wax plug which includes a micro fluidic structure having an inlet portion and an outlet portion, a magnetic wax plug provided at a predetermined 5...
8356792 Sub sea actuator  
A sub sea actuator including an actuator housing. An activating element is movably arranged between activating and deactivating positions, respectively. A return spring is supported in the...
8333286 Baby bottle having temperature sensitive valve with shape memory actuator  
A valve for preventing the flow of fluid when the temperature of the fluid is above a predetermined threshold, the valve including: a body having at least one opening for allowing the fluid to...
8316873 Single use valve  
A single use valve (10) comprises a plate (12) having an internal filter structure (28). A sealing substance (20) covers an inlet (14) to the filter structure (28). A heater arrangement (16) is...
8302930 Device for the controlled operation of a switching element, in particular of a valve and actuator for use in automotive engineering  
An actuator having a linearly movable push rod for use in automotive engineering, which may be for operating a switching element of a valve, in particular a container control valve of a commercial...
8281815 Microfluidic valve filler and valve unit including the same  
Provided are a valve filler and a valve unit including the valve filler. The valve filler includes: a phase transition material; and a heating fluid comprising a carrier oil and a plurality of...
8235073 Microfluidic valve unit for controlling flow of fluid and method of fabricating the same  
A microfluidic valve unit for controlling the flow of fluid flowing along a channel, and a method of fabricating the same are provided. The valve unit includes a channel formed in a platform; a...
8205855 Electric control valve  
An electric control valve provided in the present invention has a valve gate and a control actuator including a middle seat (10), a setting part (9), a thermal sensitive element (7), a pushing rod...
8167265 Microvalve having magnetic wax plug and flux control method using magnetic wax  
Provided is a microvalve having a magnetic wax plug which includes a micro fluidic structure having an inlet portion and an outlet portion, a magnetic wax plug provided at a predetermined section...
8141575 Valve and production method thereof  
A valve includes a silicon substrate having first and second surfaces, a channel having an opening extending between both surfaces of the silicon substrate, and a metal pattern on the first...
8092761 Mechanically-actuated microfluidic diaphragm valve  
A microfluidic diaphragm valve. The valve comprises: an inlet port; an outlet port; a weir positioned between the inlet and outlet ports, the weir having a sealing surface; a diaphragm membrane...
8083209 By-pass valve for heat exchanger  
A valve that includes a housing defining first and second bores having a central axis, and a peripheral valve seat. An actuator is located in the first bore and has a reciprocating seal disposed...
8070126 Device for actuation of a valve  
A valve operating device defined by the following features: a slider supported in axially displaceable manner in a housing and linked by an actuation segment to the valve, a first biasing spring...
8066031 Electro-hydraulic devices  
A microfluidic device includes a substrate including multiple electro-hydraulic valves and/or electro-hydraulic pumps that each include a flow channel and one or more hydraulic control channels,...
8062612 MEMS integrated circuit comprising microfluidic diaphragm valve  
A MEMS integrated circuit comprising one or more microfluidic diaphragm valves and control circuitry for the valves. Each valve comprises: an inlet port; an outlet port; a weir positioned between...
8025074 Micro-machined temperature dependent one-shot valve and process for production thereof  
A micro-machined temperature dependent one-shot valve is provided which has an operation temperature adjustable readily, causing no leakage below the operation temperature even at a high pressure...
8002235 Electrically actuated valves made from shape memory alloy wires embedded in elastomer  
Microfluidic valves constructed from elastomeric materials as the valve body components and employing shape memory alloy in wire form as the valve actuator. Various configurations of individual...
7981386 Mechanically-actuated microfluidic valve  
A mechanically-actuated microfluidic valve. The valve comprises an inlet port; an outlet port; a thermal bend actuator; and a valve closure member cooperating with the actuator. Actuation of the...