Patents Represented by Attorney K. Bach
  • Patent number: 7260933
    Abstract: In a method for limiting a boost pressure of an internal combustion engine which is supercharged by the compressor of an exhaust gas turbocharger including a control unit in which a desired boost pressure value is compared with a limiting value and when the desired boost pressure value exceeds the limiting value, the boost pressure is limited to the limiting value, and the limiting value is determined by a simulation model in the form of a group of a characteristic curves established as a function of an existing operating state of the internal combustion engine, a temperature, a pressure (p1), and a air mass flow rate which occur upstream of a compressor of the exhaust gas turbocharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Christian Barba, Gunter Moll, Joachim Zeger
  • Patent number: 7186077
    Abstract: In a compressor particularly of an exhaust gas turbocharger of an internal combustion engine having a compressor wheel rotatably supported in a compressor housing which includes a diffuser structure with an adjustable diffuser geometry comprising guide vanes pivotally supported, an adjustment ring is provided with engagement elements which engage forked end structures of the guide vanes at the outer ends of the guide vanes opposite the pivotal guide vane support so that the pivot position of the guide vanes can be adjusted by rotation of the adjustment ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler A G
    Inventors: Helmut Daudel, Paul Löffler, Stephan Schenkel, Joseph Spurk
  • Patent number: 6957658
    Abstract: In a fuel tank installation including a fuel tank with an expansion volume, a filler neck connected to the fuel tank below a maximum fuel level of the tank for refueling the tank, a fill vent line for venting the fuel tank during refueling and an operating vent line for venting an expansion volume of the tank, the operating vent line extends within the fuel tank from the expansion volume of the fuel tank to a central penetration location and, at the central penetration location, through the wall of the tank together with the fill vent line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Barbara Aschoff, legal representative, Dorothea Aschoff, legal representative, Henning Aschoff, legal representative, Jürgen Kraus, Wolfgang Liebhart, Wolfgang Aschoff, deceased
  • Patent number: 6840485
    Abstract: In a support device for supporting an article, particularly in a motor vehicle, wherein the support device comprises a support arm having at one end thereof a clamping element, the clamping element includes a cylindrical bushing of an elastic material for reception in a cylindrical opening and means are provided for expanding the bushing into firm engagement with the wall of the opening for securely supporting the support arm in the cylindrical opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Herbert Richter
  • Patent number: 6669003
    Abstract: In a transport diverter for diverting plate material from a supply conveyer to take-off conveyor branches, the transport diverter comprises a series of short conveyor segments, which can be raised in unison for the transfer of a plate from the supply conveyor to a conveyor takeoff branch, which extends at a higher level than the supply conveyer, and which can subsequently be lowered individually one after the other to the level of the supply conveyor as the plate moves off the conveyor segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Donald T. Vassel
  • Patent number: 5845736
    Abstract: In a hydraulic power steering for motor vehicles having a steering control element, a position setting unit connected to the steering control element, a control motor connected to the position setting unit by way of a control circuit and a servo valve having control parts which are supported so as to be rotatable relative to each other but operatively interconnected by spring means retaining them in a central open position relative to each other, one of the control parts is operatively connected to the control motor and the other is connected to a steering gear mechanism associated with the steered wheels of the motor vehicle, and a hydraulic servomotor is associated with the vehicle wheel steering mechanism and hydraulically connected to the servo valve to receive hydraulic fluid therefrom depending on the relative rotary positions of the servo valve control parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Hubert Bohner, Martin Moser
  • Patent number: 5699884
    Abstract: In an automatic play compensation arrangement for a cable-operated parking brake including a brake operating element and a cable extending between the brake operating element and a vehicle brake for actuating the vehicle brake, a support bracket is mounted for movement with the brake operating element and has a spring-loaded clamping lever supported therein through which a cable end extends and by which the cable end is firmly engaged with the support bracket when the brake operating element is actuated, and a spring is provided for tensioning the cable when the brake operating element is in a brake-releasing rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Norbert Koch, Kurt Bohm, Nikolaus Schefcsik, Jurgen Eipper
  • Patent number: 5222357
    Abstract: In a gas turbine dual fuel nozzle including a main nozzle body with a support flange having a liquid fuel and atomizing air nozzle structure centrally extending therethrough with a fuel and atomizing air discharge structure arranged at its free end and a fuel gas supply structure arranged around the free end of the fuel and atomizing air discharge structure wherein the fuel gas supply structure has a front face extending inwardly adjacent the fuel and atomizing air discharge structure and having a central opening permitting the discharge of liquid fuel and atomizing air therethrough, the front face has bores extending therethrough in radial symmetry in a circular array and radial slots formed therein between said bores and the central opening so as to eliminate hoop stresses in the front face around its central opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Eddy, J. Wayne Myers
  • Patent number: 5156529
    Abstract: An integral shroud blade comprising a root portion for mounting the blade in a row on a turbine rotor; a platform portion; an airfoil portion extending upwardly from the platform portion and having a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a tip; a shroud formed on the tip of the airfoil portion and having two opposite tangential side surfaces and a top surface; and at least one pair of holes extending into the shroud, each of the two tangential sides having one hole of each pair being formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Jurek Ferleger, Harry F. Martin
  • Patent number: 5146945
    Abstract: A removably securable guide ring (33) for a valve plug (30) in a control valve. The removably securable guide ring (33) also serves as a retainer for a pressure seal ring. The guide ring (33) includes the surface (40) which, upon the guide ring (33) being secured with a valve plug (30), forms a seal ring groove with a stepped portion (34) of the valve plug (30). A seal ring may be installed by removing the guide ring (33) from the valve plug (30), placing the seal ring within the stepped portion (34) of the valve plug (30), and by securing the guide ring (33) with the valve plug (30). As a result, the seal ring is disposed within a seal ring groove formed by a stepped indentation (34) of the valve plug (30) and a surface (40) of the guide ring (33). The guide ring (33) also includes a surface (38) which faces and may abut the inside surface of a valve bonnet (12) during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Joachim A. La Rosa, Joseph W. Ross, Frank J. Heymann
  • Patent number: 5133641
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for increasing the bending flexibility of the horizontal joint flange of a low pressure steam turbine. The radial width of the horizontal joint flange in the support area where the turbine inner cylinder rests on the outer cylinder has been significantly reduced. In order to accommodate a reduction in the radial width of the flange in this area, the present invention provides a novel arrangement of the functional features of the cylinder support area. In a preferred embodiment the horizontal joint flange is capable of being narrowed in the radial direction due to the strategic rearrangement of the functional components in the support area. The present invention also provides retrofit steps for modifying existing turbines in order to provide the features and benefits of the improved apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: John C. Groenendaal, Jr., John J. Anemone
  • Patent number: 5109675
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and corresponding apparatus for detecting open and short circuit faults in a valve position sensor. According to one aspect of the invention, a fuel or steam valve (2) in a turbine system is automatically opened and closed by a positioner/sensor combination (1, 36, 32). In the event a fault occurs in the position sensing circuitry, a fault signal is immediately produced which allows appropriate action to be taken, e.g., closing the valve, before the turbine is damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Edward Y. C. Hwang
  • Patent number: 5110035
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating and repairing heat exchange tubing are provided including depositing an integral solderable coating onto a surface oxide of a tubular member and then soldering a plurality of spaced fins onto the integral solderable coating. The methods described herein provide economical techniques for fabricating heat exchange tubing suitable for use in extremely corrosive environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Reynolds, Jr., Homer G. Hargrove
  • Patent number: 5079922
    Abstract: A steam turbine system has a plurality of moisture-separator-reheaters (MSR) each connected via a respective drain line to a corresponding drain receiver. Each drain receiver includes a further drain line coupled through a flow control valve to a common line. The common line empties into a drain cooler connected at the highest pressure end of a series of feedwater reheaters. The drain cooler dumps through another flow control valve to one of the feedwater heaters. Each of the drain receivers includes a pressure sensor and liquid level sensor. A control processor monitors the pressure sensors and selects the drain receiver subjected to the lowest pressure. The processor then fully opens the valve associated with the selected drain receiver and thereafter regulates the liquid level in the others of the drain receivers by adjustment of their respective flow control valves in response to their respective level sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Paul W. Viscovich, George J. Silvestri, Jr., Richard M. Stephani, Homer G. Hargrove
  • Patent number: 5080558
    Abstract: For steam turbines capable of being operated in partial arc operation, the primary arc of admission is provided with nozzle vanes having a thicker trailing edge as compared to the trailing edges of the remaining nozzle vanes, so that chipping and erosion due to a large pressure load during partial load operation is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Mank H. Tran
  • Patent number: 5065635
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting an item having grooves machined therein includes a main housing having longitudinal grooves formed in opposite sides thereof. The main housing defines an underside for contacting the item to be inspected. A carriage has opposite sides adapted for slidably engaging the longitudinal grooves in the main housing. A sensor is provided for inspecting the item. A mechanism is provided for connecting the sensor to the carriage such that the sensor extends beyond the underside of the main housing. The mechanism is adjustable so that the degree of extension of the sensor beyond the underside of the main housing may be controlled. A reference member is adjustably connected to, and extends from, the underside of the main housing for enabling the main housing to smoothly follow each groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Lee W. Burtner, David A. Chizmar
  • Patent number: 5061364
    Abstract: A diagnostic filter device for monitoring electrically conductive and semiconductive particles entrained by a fluid, composed of:a filter element (4) disposed to receive the fluid and to permit passage of the fluid while retaining particles entrained in the fluid;a component (8) disposed for producing an alternating electromagnetic field which extends across at least one region of the filter element (4); andan eddy current detecting instrument (12) connected to the electromagnetic field producing component (8) for detecting the influence on the field of particles in the filter element region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Michael J. Metala, William G. Clark, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5060842
    Abstract: Nozzle block vanes having damaged trailing edge sections are repaired by removing the damaged section and replacing it by a new forged replacement trailing end section. The replacement section is coated with an erosion resistant coating leaving an uncoated border on three sides, preferably beveled. The coated section is welded to the vane and walls of the nozzle block and the weld portion ground to give a uniform contour between the vane and replacement section. The block is heat treated or the heat affected zone heat treated to provide a repaired vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Javaid I. Qureshi, Michael E. Anderson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5055783
    Abstract: A field strength indicator for a magnetic particle inspection process is used to determine field strength and direction sufficient to identify real flaws in a test piece. The field strength indicator is a substantially flat shim having at least one series of artificial flaws formed therein by electric discharge machining. The artificial flaws have a geometry which render them compatible with real flaws and thus enable the magnetic field strength and direction to be properly set for conducting a magnetic particle inspection procedure. The surface containing the artifical flaws must be covered with a thin inert and non-magnetic coating for proper operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: William F. Jones, Alfred E. Hinton, Frederick M. Hibbert, Ernest E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5039060
    Abstract: A damper/isolator device having four ring segments (38) which are retained in slots (36) in an upper guide (31). The four segments (38) are forced radially outward against a valve bonnet liner (30) and are retained and centered within the slot (36) by serpentine or buggy type springs (44). The natural frequency of the damper and spring system is designed to be significantly higher than the frequency of the applied vibration induced by steam flow across a valve seat. This provides for the isolation of the valve plug (13) from the liner (30) and bonnet bore (11). The surface interaction between the ring segments (38) and the upper guide (31) provides for added friction damping to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Ross