Patents Represented by Attorney Carlson, Gaskey & Olds, PC
  • Patent number: 8347945
    Abstract: A method of molding a platform opening includes the steps of providing a main body core and a platform core, with the main body core having a portion that forms a portion of the platform. The platform core has at least one side portion that will form a side opening. Molten metal is directed around the cores within a mold and solidifies. The cores are removed, leaving cavities where the cores were within the molten metal, and includes an opening in a side face formed by the side portion of the platform body core. Lost core components are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Taffet, Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley
  • Patent number: 8348801
    Abstract: An electronic differential lock assembly includes a shift collar that is movable in response to an electronic signal from an unlocked position where axle shaft speed differentiation under predetermined conditions is permitted to a locked position where a pair of axle shafts are fixed for rotation together. Speed differentiation is provided by a differential that includes a differential gear assembly supported within a differential case. A coil surrounds the shift collar and is selectively energized to move the shift collar from the unlocked position to the locked position. The shift collar is splined to one of the axle shafts and is selectively splined to the differential case to lock the axle shafts together. The electronic differential lock assembly includes a return spring that automatically disengages the shift collar from the differential case once the coil is no longer energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems Cameri SpA
    Inventors: Marco Pontanari, Marco Bassi, Giovanni Bellomi, Roberto Gianone
  • Patent number: 8347643
    Abstract: Various control methods are disclosed for removing moisture from the external surfaces of an evaporator in a refrigerant system to avoid moisture entering a conditioned space. In one embodiment, the evaporator fan is driven in a reverse direction, and the air is guided to the outdoor environment. In other embodiments, a supplemental exhaust fan is utilized in conjunction with the evaporator fan. Also, a reheat circuit, hot gas bypass circuit, or specific features of a heat pump unit may be utilized to more efficiently perform the moisture removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Taras, Alexander Lifson
  • Patent number: 8349093
    Abstract: A nitrided metal includes a metal core with a first microstructure and a nitrogen-containing solid solution region on the metal core. The nitrogen-containing solid solution region is free of nitride compounds and includes a second microstructure which is equivalent to the first microstructure. The first microstructure and the second microstructure are a tetragonal crystal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Clark VanTine Cooper, Krassimir G. Marchev, Bill C. Giessen
  • Patent number: 8347647
    Abstract: An ECS system provides an ACM which locates the compressor upon a common shaft between a first turbine and a second turbine. Each RAF is located remote from the ACM such that the turbines are located outboard on each end of the ACM to provide the highest efficiency possible with each turbine using a straight axial outlet diffuser. As the compressor is located between the turbines the bypass circuits from the turbines are less circuitous and more efficient. Integral valve ports formed into the ACM housing portions results in a weight reduced design due to increase bypass efficiencies and simplified installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher McAuliffe, Brent J. Merritt, Craig M. Beers
  • Patent number: 8348600
    Abstract: An inlet guide vane assembly includes an active control feedback system and a plurality of inlet guide vanes. The inlet guide vanes are variable between a plurality of positions. Each of the plurality of inlet guide vanes is positioned in response to an output of the activate control feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Norris, Anton G. Banks
  • Patent number: 8348614
    Abstract: An airfoil suitable for use in a gas turbine engine having at least one feed passage at least in part defined along a feed axis which is at least perpendicular to a cavity axis to reduce dirt ingestion into a trailing edge passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Piggush, William Abdel-Messeh
  • Patent number: 8351532
    Abstract: An exemplary method of communicating includes determining a first user channel estimate from a communication comprising first and second user reference sequences. The first user reference sequence is reconstructed using the determined first user channel estimate. The communication is revised based upon the reconstructed first user reference sequence. Then determining a second user channel estimate is based on the revised communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Fang-Chen Cheng, Lei Song, Henry Hui Ye
  • Patent number: 8348633
    Abstract: A stability valve assembly includes a centrifugal pump and a valve downstream of the centrifugal pump. The valve includes a valve member that is movable along a valve axis within a valve body to control a fluid flow from the centrifugal pump. The valve member has a first orifice connecting a valve input to a valve chamber, and has at least one second orifice connecting a valve outlet to the valve chamber. A reference pressure upstream of the centrifugal pump applies pressure to a stepped portion of the valve member such that an amount of negative feedback provided by the valve assembly is proportional to a rotational speed of the centrifugal pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Adams, Michael F. Cass
  • Patent number: 8348359
    Abstract: A cabinet for use in an environment in which water may be present has a structural base and a face front. The structural base has a pair of structural plastic side pieces for bearing a load of the cabinet, the side pieces each have a pair of legs, a front edge, a back edge and a pair of mounting portions, a plastic floor the floor tilting downwardly from a back of the cabinet towards the face front, the plastic floor having a first portion attaching to one of the side pieces and a second portion for attaching to another of the side pieces, a pair of cross supports for connecting the structural sides above the plastic floor, the cross supports mounting within the mounting portions. The face front is made from wood or a wood byproduct and attaches to each side piece at the front edges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Masco Builder Cabinet Group
    Inventors: Jeff DeBoer, Jim Stenz, Mike Nellenbach, Richard Ostrosky, Thomas John Linn, Dennis Hamilton, Mary Jo Mosiniak
  • Patent number: 8347630
    Abstract: An air-blast fuel nozzle assembly includes a housing having an inner surface defining an interior chamber around a central axis. The inner surface terminates in an exit aperture. An air swirler pneumatically communicates with the interior chamber and has vanes operative to impart a swirling motion to air passing across the vanes and into the interior chamber. A fuel injection assembly includes a nozzle portion extending along the central axis and having a plurality of outlets circumferentially-arranged around the central axis that are directed into the interior chamber toward the inner surface of the housing. A shield extends radially outwardly from the nozzle portion upstream of the plurality of outlets. The shield extends between a base at the nozzle section and a free tip end such that the shield extends partially across the interior chamber toward the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corp
    Inventors: Jeffery A. Lovett, Frederick C. Padget, John W. Mordosky, Shawn M. McMahon
  • Patent number: 8348613
    Abstract: An example gas turbine engine airfoil includes an airfoil wall establishing a cavity that extends axially from an airfoil leading edge portion to an airfoil trailing edge portion and extends radially from an airfoil inner end to an airfoil outer end. The cavity is configured to receive a baffle that is spaced from the airfoil leading edge portion such that an impingement cooling area is established between the airfoil leading edge portion and the baffle when the baffle is received within the cavity. An array of nonuniformly distributed features is disposed on the airfoil wall within the impingement cooling area. The features are configured to influence airflow within the impingement cooling area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn J. Gregg, Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley, Amanda Jean Learned
  • Patent number: 8341934
    Abstract: An InfraRed Suppression System (IRSS) includes a double-walled exhaust duct and double walled septum. The double walled structure provides a flow path for secondary (non-exhaust gas) cooling air flow to slots along the surfaces exposed to exhaust gases. Exhaust gas flow past these slots draws cooling air across the duct and septum surfaces. This flow cools the surfaces close to the slots and mixes with exhaust gasses downstream to cool the exhaust plume. The septum in the shape of a helix rotating 360° fully blocks line-of-sight to the turbine exit from the aft of the aircraft. The exhaust duct is intended to be shrouded by an aerodynamic fairing which provides an aerodynamic contour which minimizes aerodynamic impact on the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Chapkovich, III, Henry E. Voegeli, Nathan C. Blair, Jeffrey A. Math
  • Patent number: 8341888
    Abstract: A powered post assembly includes an enclosed actuator that supports rotation of a gate. An outer tube defines a hollow interior space. A fixed post and a rotating post are both disposed within the oval tube. The actuator is mounted within the fixed post and drives rotation of the rotating post. Because the actuator is disposed within the fixed tube, it is sheltered from the elements and from undesired tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Turnstyle Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Stull
  • Patent number: 8337147
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a low pressure compressor section and a high pressure compressor section. A low pressure turbine drives the low pressure compressor section. A gear arrangement is driven by the low pressure turbine to in turn drive a fan section. A pressure ratio across the low pressure compressor section is between about 4-8, and a pressure ratio across the high pressure compressor section is between about 8-15. In a separate feature, a compressor case includes a front compressor case portion and a rear compressor case portion, with the rear compressor case portion being axially further from an inlet case than the front compressor case portion. A support member extends between the fan section and the front compressor case portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B. Staubach, Brian D. Merry, Gabriel L. Suciu, Christopher M. Dye
  • Patent number: 8337176
    Abstract: A compressor assembly includes at least two tandem compressors. Tandem compressors have at least one common suction manifold, communicating a source of working fluid to be compressed by each of at least two compressors, and at least one common discharge manifold communicating a compressed fluid downstream for further use. A common intermediate pressure manifold communicates with intermediate pressure ports in at least two compressors. The intermediate manifold may communicate fluid to or out of the at least two compressors. There is normally no direct communication between suction and discharge manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Lifson, Michael F. Taras
  • Patent number: 8337370
    Abstract: A weightlifting system includes a weight bar frame rack which includes a multitude of openings along an upright to receive a weight support assembly at various positions along the frame rack. The support assembly includes a multitude of studs which extend from an inner surface of a U-shaped support plate to engage the openings and provide a robust weight support which will bear a significant quantity of weight. In use, the weight support assembly is pushed into and down the upright such that that the studs engage and are guided by the openings. Concurrent therewith, a spring bias is overcome until a latch member encounters a lock opening to securely lock the support into the desired position. To remove the weight support assembly a lock trigger is retracted and the weight support assembly is lifted up and out of the openings. The entire locking and unlocking of the weight support assembly is readily performed with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Rogers Athletic Company
    Inventors: Orley David Rogers, Timothy John Hockemeyer
  • Patent number: 8337149
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a fan section, a gear arrangement configured to drive the fan section, a compressor section and a turbine section. The compressor section includes a low pressure compressor section and a high pressure compressor section. The turbine section is configured to drive compressor section and the gear arrangement. An overall pressure ratio, which is provided by a combination of a pressure ratio across said low pressure compressor section and a pressure ratio across said high pressure compressor section, is greater than about 35. The pressure ratio across the high pressure compressor section is between about 7 and about 15, and a pressure ratio across the fan section is less than or equal to 1.45.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Hasel, Joseph B. Staubach, Brian D. Merry, Gabriel L. Suciu, Christopher M. Dye
  • Patent number: 8337148
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a low pressure compressor section and a high pressure compressor section. A low pressure turbine drives the low pressure compressor section. A gear arrangement is driven by the low pressure turbine to in turn drive a fan section. A pressure ratio across the low pressure compressor section is between about 4-8, and a pressure ratio across the high pressure compressor section is between about 8-15. In a separate feature, a compressor case includes a front compressor case portion and a rear compressor case portion, with the rear compressor case portion being axially further from an inlet case than the front compressor case portion. A support member extends between the fan section and the front compressor case portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B. Staubach, Brian D. Merry, Gabriel L. Suciu, Christopher M. Dye
  • Patent number: 8337183
    Abstract: A valve for selectively allowing the return of oil from a discharge plenum to a suction plenum includes a passage which is selectively opened or blocked by a valve spool. The valve spool sees a pressure from a discharge pressure location upstream of a discharge check valve on one face, and a discharge pressure from a discharge plenum on an opposed face. While the compressor is running, the two pressures should be relatively equal. The face which sees the pressure from the chamber upstream of the check valve is larger than the face which sees the pressure from the discharge plenum. Thus, when the compressor is running, the valve spool is biased to a first position at which it allows oil return from the discharge plenum to the suction plenum. However, upon shutdown of the compressor, the pressure in the chamber upstream of the discharge valve drops. The valve spool will be driven to a second position at which it blocks communication for oil return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Danfoss Scroll Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tracy L. Milliff, Thomas R. Barlto, Edward A. Tomayko, Joe T. Hill, Carlos Zamudio, Zili Sun, Gene M. Fields, Gregory W. Hahn, John R. Williams