Patents Represented by Attorney F. J. Baehr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4825657
    Abstract: An improved method of heating feedwater streams in a steam-to-steam reheating system for turbine generators is disclosed in which a drain cooler is located to receive the reheater drain and pass it in heat exchange relationship with the discharge of the highest pressure feedwater heater. By use of the drain cooler, heat rate improvement is effected on both single stage reheat plants and two-stage reheat plants. Cycle impairment from moisture carryover in the moisture separator/reheater is also reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: George J. Silvestri, Jr., Paul W. Viscovich
  • Patent number: 4784604
    Abstract: A combustor for burning MSW (municipal solid waste) having a porous wall drum in which burning takes place with combustion air supplied from outside of the drum, in which air driven through the drum into the material being burned is supplied in pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Chadwell O'Connor
  • Patent number: 4783191
    Abstract: A nozzle chamber assembly comprising an upper nozzle chamber resting on a lower nozzle chamber wherein the nozzle chambers are neither bolted nor pinned at their horizontal juncture but are held together by gravitational and pressure forces. A removable bolt which passes through the upper portion of the inner cylinder during assembly of the turbine and threads into the upper portion of the nozzle chamber to fasten the upper nozzle chamber in the upper portion of the inner cylinder during assembly and is removable once the inner cylinder is assembled. The inlet nozzles for the turbine and nozzle chambers are slidably received and sealed in a common bore which extends through the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Walter Halberg, George W. Y. Chang, David M. Parker
  • Patent number: 4769065
    Abstract: A safe and effected method of starting up operating and shutting down a plasma fired cupola. The starting up and shutting down procedures incorporated interlocks and warning signals that insure the safety of the operators and equipment and the controls utilize the temperature of the iron in the spout as a focal point to control the torch output by separately changing field current, arc current, and torch air supply, to compensate for changes in charge make-up, particulate feed, percentage of shroud air to shroud recirculating gases to produce different irons at various melt rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Electric Power Research Institute
    Inventors: Shyam V. Dighe, Paul E. Martin
  • Patent number: 4741205
    Abstract: Notches are placed between adjacent shroud portions of integrally shrouded rotating blades of a steam turbine forming a turbine rotor blade row generally 90.degree. apart and a predetermined wedging force is applied to each notch to wedge adjacent shroud segments apart, the width of the gap formed is measured, recorded and compared with future measurements made after the turbine has been in service to determine wear on the shroud portions; also, a wedging force is applied to open a gap at each notch to receive a predetermined sized shim, the wedging force is relieved clamping the shim in the gap and then generally increased until the shim can be pulled from the gap by hand, the wedging force at which the shim can be pulled is recorded and compared with future similar recordings after the rotor has been in service to provide an indication of wear on the shroud portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Bobby R. Keller
  • Patent number: 4735156
    Abstract: A rotary combustor formed of water cooled tubes in an inclined cylindrical array with the lower portion being conical so as to reduce the incline at the lower end. The combustor extends into the cooperating furnace, and is formed with openings between the tubes that increase in size toward the lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Joel W. Johnson, John T. Healy
  • Patent number: 4729962
    Abstract: The process of the invention includes applying precursors 6 with N- and P-type dopants therein to a silicon web 2, with the web 2 then being baked in an oven 10 to drive off excessive solvents, and the web 2 is then heated using a pulsed high intensity light in a mechanism 12 at 1100.degree.-1150.degree. C. for about 10 seconds to simultaneously form semiconductor junctions in both faces of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Robert B. Campbell
  • Patent number: 4726765
    Abstract: A combustor formed of a plurality of water cooled pipes secured as a drum by members defining a plurality of holes between the pipes, the drum being mounted for rotation at an angle, with there being low U-shaped walls surrounding the sides and high ends of the holes so that aluminum melted by burning material in the drum is guided around the holes while that material flows to the lower end of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Chadwell O'Connor
  • Patent number: 4724778
    Abstract: A rotary combustor, in which material is burned in a gas porous cylinder, having a sectioned and compartmented wind box permitting selective delivery of air through the burning material, above the burning material, at the start of the burning process, and after burning has been well initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: John T. Healy
  • Patent number: 4714410
    Abstract: A side entry rotatable control stage blade with a wedge shape trailing edge support on the root portion which is formed to have two generally right trapezoidal surfaces which converge and a notch disposed on the opposite side of the platform with a trapezoidal surface which registers with one of the trapezoidal surfaces on the trailing edge support of the adjacent blade when the blades are disposed in a circular array in a steam turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Bynum V. Hancock
  • Patent number: 4714054
    Abstract: A trough is formed above the moisture separators in a moisture separator reheater for a power plant and drain conduits are connected to the trough to direct moisture collected in the trough to the bottom of the shell where it joins other collected moisture and is drained from the lower portion of the shell via drain nozzles disposed therein preventing droplets from forming above the separator and dripping down into the flow path of motive steam, becoming reentrained, and resulting in erosion of the separators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Paul G. Minard, James Alba, David A. Pacyna
  • Patent number: 4714031
    Abstract: An arrangement for feeding material to the open end of a combustor including a vertical chute leading to a doorway to the combustor which is normally closed by a biased door, and a stepped ram reciprocating at the bottom of the chute for feeding material through the door and into the combustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: John T. Healy, Joel W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4709785
    Abstract: A retrofit emergency lubrication system utilizing friction-hydrostatic drive is disclosed. The retrofit system provides an emergency lubrication system backup to existing bearing lubrication systems such as for turbine-generator rotors. The retrofit system utilizes actuators to detect low bearing oil pressure and to activate resilient wheels to contact the rotor which drive high pressure pumps. The high pressure pumps in turn drive a hydraulic motor pump which in turn drives an oil supply tank pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Michael Csanady, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4701231
    Abstract: A method of making a composite to metal joint between a metal ring and a tubular composite formed from crossing helical windings of high strength fibers including the steps of winding the fiber on a mandrel at a helical angle equal to or greater than the slip angle of the fiber and providing the metal ring with a surface in the form of a hyperboloid of one sheet and a pair of isotensoidal surfaces of revolution contiguous with the hyperboloidal surface to form a concave portion in the ring over which the helical fibers form straight lines without bridging and hug these concave surfaces to form an interference fit between the composite and the metal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Stanley T. Peters, Robert L. Kolek, Rolf A. Guenther, Jeffrey J. Anderson, Clarence F. Marshall
  • Patent number: 4701102
    Abstract: A stationary blade assembly with a segmented inner shroud to permit radial expansion and contraction of the blades and circumferential expansion and contraction of the shroud segments and a seal plate which fits into a circumferential groove in the shroud segments and is held therein by pinned keys which slide in kerfs in the outer edge of the seal plate and a labyrinth seal strip disposed in a circumferential groove in the inner edge of the seal plate to provide a small clearance seal not affected by thermal gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Frank A. Pisz, William S. Agliano
  • Patent number: 4699008
    Abstract: A shipping and storage enclosure for an ultrasonic inspection system used to inspect turbine and generator rotors from the bore which is flooded with water and which enclosure can be expanded into an operating enclosure in which the environment is controlled to provide for affective operation of the equipment and provide for alignment of the ultrasonic sensing head with the bore of the rotor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Herbert E. Ferree, Lawrence D. Nottingham
  • Patent number: 4699070
    Abstract: In a combustor assembly having a main water cooled rotary combustor in which material is burned and which discharges into a furnace, a generally cylindruical secondary grate formed of water cooled pipes positioned in the furnace for receiving and holding material discharged from the main combustor so as to complete the burning while the secondary grate is slowly rotated to eventually discharge ashes and unburnable material from the furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Chadwell O'Connor
  • Patent number: 4699566
    Abstract: A blade ring for a steam turbine having an outer generally cylindrical casing, an inner generally cylindrical casing disposed within the outer casing and supported by the outer casing and a blade ring to which are affixed a plurality of circular arrays of stationary blades forming stationary blade rows, the blade ring being disposed partially within the inner casing and partially within the outer casing and having a support arm which extends outerwardly to and is supported by the outer casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Lewis J. Miller
  • Patent number: 4698200
    Abstract: A self-actuated shutdown system incorporated into a reactivity control assembly in a nuclear reactor includes pumping means for creating an auxiliary downward flow of a portion of the heated coolant exiting from the fuel assemblies disposed adjacent to the control assembly. The shutdown system includes a hollow tubular member which extends through the outlet of the control assembly top nozzle so as to define an outer annular flow channel through the top nozzle outlet separate from an inner flow channel for primary coolant flow through the control assembly. Also, a latching mechanism is disposed in an inner duct of the control assembly and is operable for holding absorber bundles in a raised position in the control assembly and for releasing them to drop them into the core of the reactor for shutdown purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Robert K. Sievers, Martin H. Cooper, Robert B. Tupper
  • Patent number: 4683365
    Abstract: A laser welding beam transport system is provided in which the laser beam 14 emanating from the laser generator 10 is expanded in diameter in an expander 16 at a location close to the generator, and then is transported in its expanded diameter to a remote location where the beam is reduced in diameter in a beam reducer 26 at a location close to the welding station 28 for the purpose of maintaining a relatively constant power density of the beam at the station over a significant range of working travel of the working station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: William H. Kasner, Martin H. Cooper, Clark E. Swenson, Albert P. Ciez, Katherine M. Andrews