Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Donald W. Walk
  • Patent number: 6298520
    Abstract: A door closer and mounting bracket for attaching the door closer to either the door or the door frame. The door closer includes two pins at one end for engaging corresponding holes on the mounting bracket and the mounting bracket includes a resilient clip for engaging the body of the door closer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Blickhahn, Scott C. Perry, James E. Jensen, Andy Current, Craig L. Lucas
  • Patent number: 5906244
    Abstract: The invention is an improved rotary impact tool that uses a motor driven mechanism well known in the art as the Maurer mechanism comprising a hammer anvil frame and pins to cause impact loads applied through a rotary output shaft. The improvement is an improved striking surface geometry formed on the impact delivering jaw surface forming an involute profile generated from a base circle having an axis that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Scott C. Thompson, Timothy R. Cooper
  • Patent number: 4613087
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting scrap tires and other waste products is disclosed. The apparatus includes a frame having a cylindrical anvil roll rotatably mounted therein. A pair of blade rolls are also mounted in the frame for rotation about corresponding axes which are parallel to the rotational axis of the anvil roll, the blade rolls being angularly spaced from one another relative to the axis of the anvil roll and being positioned about the periphery of the anvil roll. The blade rolls are each provided with a plurality of blades of predetermined diameter fixed thereto and rotatable therewith, the blades of one blade roll being at a low angle to the axis of that roll and the blades of the other blade roll being at a high angle to the axis of that roll, so that a tire passing between both blade rolls and the anvil roll will be cut into rhomboidal pieces that are nearly rectangular in shape during a single pass through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: Uniroyal Tire Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4593557
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for the evaluation and diagnosis of tire contributions to annoying erratic motions of a vehicle, which motions are induced when the vehicle travels over longitudinally grooved pavement. The apparatus utilizes a vehicle the forward end of which is supported on a laterally movable carriage, with freedom to yaw, and the rear end of which carries a loaded test tire and an axially spaced companion tire on respective curcumferentially grooved and circumferentially smooth tire driving means. Sensor means are provided to measure transverse or angular motions or displacements generated as the test tire moves laterally across the grooved drive surfaces in response to lateral movement of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Assignee: Uniroyal Tire Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Oblizajek, Cornelius Lauer, Eugene H. Culp
  • Patent number: 4576339
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting scrap tires and other waste products is disclosed. The apparatus includes a frame having a cylindrical anvil roll rotatably mounted therein. A blade roll is also mounted in the frame for rotation about an axis parallel to the rotational axis of the anvil roll, and a plurality of axially spaced roller blades of predetermined diameter are fixed to the blade roll and rotatable therewith. The blade roll is also provided with a pair of axially spaced thrust wheels, with the thrust wheels being positioned outboard of the blades and being equal to or slightly greater in diameter than the predetermined diameter of the blades. Driving means are provided in the apparatus for rotating the anvil roll and the blade roll in opposite directions in such a manner that scrap tires fed to the rolls will be drawn inwardly into the nip formed between the rolls and will be cut between the blades and the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Uniroyal, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Snyder, Eric O. Tolonen
  • Patent number: 4575125
    Abstract: An article (e.g., a tire, a package, a label) having upon a surface thereof one or more identifying words composed of a plurality of letters chosen from an alphabet of distinctive letters. The letters, when uninverted, are readily distinguishable from one another upon comparison of the characteristic features of one letter with those of the remaining letters in the alphabet. In the particular embodiment illustrated, twenty-four of the twenty-six letters in the alphabet are invertible and form, when inverted, either the same letters or other letters of the alphabet. This allows uninverted words or groups of words to be selectively composed from the letters, which words, when inverted, form either the same words as or different words from the uninverted words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: Uniroyal, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre J. Augier
  • Patent number: 4482963
    Abstract: A balancing method is provided for dynamically balancing parts intended for use in rotating machines. The method is most advantageous when used on parts that are originally cut on a numerically controlled cutting machine or are easily defined by a part cutting program. The method begins with rotating the part and producing electrical error signals proportional to the part's imbalance. The error signals are used to determine in digital format an amount and location of material that must be removed from the part to render it rotationally balanced. The part cutting program is then appropriately modified so that if the part is remachined, the necessary material will automatically be removed. The part is then properly positioned in a numerically controlled cutter, remachined using the modified part cutting program, and the necessary material is automatically removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Lenahan, Arnold A. Baier
  • Patent number: 4424989
    Abstract: An improved drain hole is provided for a pneumatic line of a gas turbine engine. The improvement is essentially comprised of an enlargement that prevents liquid surface tension at the drain hole outer opening from inducing buildup of liquid inside the pneumatic line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William R. Spencer, George F. Whitley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4410150
    Abstract: A wing-mounted gas turbofan engine is provided with an exhaust system that reduces airflow drag during subsonic aircraft flight operation. The system reduces drag by turning the engine bypass exhaust stream away from the underside of the airplane wing to lessen its tendency to reduce air pressure under the wing. Low pressure below the airplane wing has a detrimental effect on wing lift which, in turn, causes greater airflow drag. The exhaust system construction lessens its pressure lowering influence by first, inwardly curving the exhaust system exit to turn the bypass flow away from the airplane wing; second, by predetermining the location of a nozzle throat within the bypass stream to control exit exhaust pressure so as to match outside air pressure and third, by decreasing the diameter of a portion of the engine nacelle just downstream of the bypass exhaust stream exit to provide a flow region for the exhaust that is further from the airplane wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Daniel J. Lahti
  • Patent number: 4363599
    Abstract: A system is provided inside a turbomachine for controlling operational clearance between a turbine rotor and a surrounding turbine shroud. The system comprises a plurality of control rings, integrated into the turbine casing, that are thermally expanded and contracted to control radial positioning of the turbine shroud. Compressor air is directed through internal passages in the rings to cause the expansion and contraction. The system utilizes the pressure and temperature of compressor air, in combination with size, location, and structure of the control rings to match thermal growth of the control rings and turbine shroud to thermal growth of the turbine rotors, thereby controlling clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Larry D. Cline, Ambrose A. Hauser, James E. Sidenstick, Mark S. Zlatic
  • Patent number: 4363602
    Abstract: An integral composite airfoil and disc assembly for use in a turbomachine is provided wherein the assembly includes an airfoil portion having a plurality of axially adjacent first filaments extending in a first direction. The assembly further includes a hub portion having at least one second filament extending in a second direction and a matrix material dispersed between filaments of the first plurality and the second filament. The first and second filaments are disposed so as to extend in the direction of principal stress in the airfoil and disc portions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jack R. Martin
  • Patent number: 4314681
    Abstract: A drag-reducing structure is provided on a pylon that suspends a wing-mounted engine. The structure reduces drag by preventing ambient airflow, in a region between the wing, pylon, and engine, from accelerating to supersonic velocities and causing shock waves resulting in excessive drag. In one embodiment, the structure is a broad fairing on the inboard vertical surface of the pylon. In another embodiment, the structure is a tapered bump mounted at the inboard intersection between the wing and pylon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John T. Kutney
  • Patent number: 4313167
    Abstract: An improved thrust control system is provided for controlling thrust output of a gas turbine engine in a manner which automatically compensates for engine deterioration and corresponding changes in engine performance. The system is further adapted to control the thrust output with at least a pair of thrust-indicating parameters, such as engine speed and temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Harold Brown
  • Patent number: 4309147
    Abstract: A particle separator for the air cooling system of a gas turbine engine is provided in the form of a rotating chamber having an inlet disposed radially outward of the engine centerline at a distance greater than the distance of the chamber outlet from the engine centerline. The rotation of the chamber centrifuges foreign particles away from the chamber outlet to provide for separation of the particles from the air exiting the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Walter E. Koster, William E. Ludke, Frank A. Lastrina
  • Patent number: 4309145
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine cooling air seal is provided for preventing high temperature mainstream gas from directly impinging upon critical rotor components during periods of maximum engine output power operation or of rapid increases in engine output power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Olivo L. Viola
  • Patent number: 4304093
    Abstract: Clearance control between an outer air seal of a gas turbine engine and an internal, turbine section of the engine is controlled by selectively modulating a cooling air supply that is directed to selected portions of the air seal supporting structure to control its thermal growth. Impingement of the cooling air causes contraction of the seal structure, thereby lessening the clearance for the purpose of improving engine performance. The flow of cooling air is modulated in response to engine speed and engine altitude to maintain relatively low clearance during critical periods of engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Wallace M. Schulze
  • Patent number: 4303374
    Abstract: A film cooled airfoil body is provided wherein radially spaced apart cooling passages discharge cooling air in a thin continuous film of cooling air along the exterior wall surface of the airfoil body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bruce T. Braddy
  • Patent number: 4295332
    Abstract: An infrared suppressor system for gas turbine engine is provided for suppressing infrared radiation associated with the hot metal parts of the engine and with the hot exhaust gases exhausted from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Steyer, Robert J. Duffy
  • Patent number: 4289360
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting a rotating member such as a shaft associated with a gas turbine engine, is provided wherein the relative movement between a bearing assembly and a bearing support is prevented during a first mode of operation wherein the rotating member is rotating in a normal balance condition and relative movement is permitted during a second mode of operation wherein the rotating member is rotating in an abnormal balance condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Louis I. Zirin
  • Patent number: D280982
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1985
    Assignee: Uniroyal, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Hutz