Patents Assigned to Curtiss-Wright Corporation
  • Patent number: 4460037
    Abstract: A fluidized bed combustor comprises a reactor or a housing which has a windbox distributor plate adjacent the lower end thereof which contains a multiplicity of hole and air discharge nozzles for discharging air and coal into a fluidized bed which is maintained above the distributor plate and below a take-off connection or flue to a cyclone separator in which some of the products of combustion are treated to remove the dust which is returned into the fluidized bed. A windbox is spaced below the fluidized bed and it has a plurality of tubes passing therethrough with the passage of combustion air and fluidizing air which passes through an air space so that fluidizing air is discharged into the reaction chamber fluidized bed at the bottom thereof to maintain the bed in a fluidized condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo De Feo, William Hosek
  • Patent number: 4426958
    Abstract: A coal supply gun assembly for a fluidized bed combustor which includes heat exchange elements extending above the bed's distributor plate assembly and in which the gun's nozzles are disposed relative to the heat exchange elements to only discharge granular coal material between adjacent heat exchange elements and in a path which is substantially equidistant from adjacent heat exchange elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Hosek, Edward J. Garruto
  • Patent number: 4403928
    Abstract: A modular two-unit rotary piston mechanism, each unit having a rotor, and a common mainshaft having a pair of eccentrics which are rotatively offset by 120 degrees and which support the rotors; this module is especially useful in forming a triple engine by coupling a single unit rotor to the common mainshaft so that the eccentric of the single unit is rotatively offset 120 so degrees from both eccentrics of the two-unit module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Jones
  • Patent number: 4399652
    Abstract: A combustion chamber for burning low BTU fuel comprising a generally cylindrical casing having adjacent outer and inner annular spaces defined by outer, intermediate and inner walls, the spaces intercommunicating at the downstream end of the casing thereby providing a U-shaped flow path. The outer annular space traverses the entire length of the casing while the inner space extends to the approximate mid-point of the casing, thereby communicating with internally disposed combustion units. In operation, fuel as coolant is fed to the outer space at the upstream end, traverses the U-shaped flow-path thus making a double pass around the combustion zone of the combustion chamber and thence to the combustion units for ignition. Improved cooling is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1983
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Rossa W. Cole, Anthony Leto
  • Patent number: 4389172
    Abstract: The rotary compressor or expansion engine of the hypotrochoidal, two-lobe housing cavity type in which a rotor of a triangular profile is supported for planetative rotation within the housing cavity, has the meshing relationship of the timing gears angularly indexed slightly with respect to each other and from the theoretically desired position (where the apex portions of the rotor traces a path parallel to the inner surface of the housing cavity) so that the apex portions trace a path such that the apex portions are in close running-fit with the inner surface of the housing cavity in the area of highest pressure differential across the apex portions of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Griffith
  • Patent number: 4387559
    Abstract: A fuel burner and combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine has a housing within the casing of the gas turbine engine which housing defines a combustion chamber and at least one fuel burner secured to one end of the housing and extending into the combustion chamber. The other end of the fuel burner is arranged to slidably engage a fuel inlet connector extending radially inwardly from the engine casing so that fuel is supplied, from a source thereof, to the fuel burner. The fuel inlet connector and fuel burner coact to anchor the housing against axial movement relative to the engine casing while allowing relative radial movement between the engine casing and the fuel burner and, at the same time, providing fuel flow to the fuel burner. For dual fuel capability, a fuel injector is provided in said fuel burner with a flexible fuel supply pipe so that the fuel injector and fuel burner form a unitary structure which moves with the fuel burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony Leto
  • Patent number: 4386890
    Abstract: A delivery valve assembly, especially for a rotary mechanism, such as a compressor, disposed within a valve chamber of a peripheral wall of a housing, which includes a stop disposed within the chamber, a valve seat formed in an end-wall disposed across an outer end of the chamber, and a movable valve element having an open and closed position. The valve element is generally rectangularly shaped in cross-section and comprises a resilient plannar inner portion disposed against the valve seat when it is closed and against the stop when opened. Springs, in the form of a pair of strips are fixedly attached at one end to the peripheral wall and extend across the outer end of the chamber, are attached at their other ends to the inner portion via a pair of side portions. These side portions are resilient and are in substantially opposed relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1983
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Murray Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 4378744
    Abstract: A fluidized bed combustor comprises a housing having a chamber therein with a top having a discharge for the gases which are generated in the chamber and a bottom with a discharge for heated fluid. An assembly is arranged in the lower portion of the chamber and the assembly includes a lower plate which is mounted on a support flange of the housing so that it is spaced from the bottom of the chamber and defines a fluid plenum between it and the bottom of the chamber for the discharge of heated fluid. The assembly includes a heat exchanger inlet plenum having tubes therethrough for the passage of fluidizer air and a windbox above the heat exchanger plenum which has a distributor plate top wall. A portion of the chamber above the top wall defines a fluidized bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo DeFeo, William Hosek
  • Patent number: 4363504
    Abstract: A high temperature lined conduit comprising, a liner, a flexible insulating refractory blanket around and in contact with the liner, a pipe member around the blanket and spaced therefrom, and castable rigid refractory material between the pipe member and the blanket. Anchors are connected to the inside diameter of the pipe and extend into the castable material. The liner includes male and female slip joint ends for permitting thermal expansion of the liner with respect to the castable material and the pipe member. Elbows and tees of the lined conduit comprise an elbow liner wrapped with insulating refractory blanket material around which is disposed a spaced elbow pipe member with castable refractory material between the blanket material and the elbow pipe member. A reinforcing band is connected to the elbow liner at an intermediate location thereon from which extend a plurality of hollow tubes or pins which extend into the castable material to anchor the lined elbow and permit thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo De Feo, Edward Drewniany
  • Patent number: 4315400
    Abstract: In a gas turbine power plant having a pressurized fluidized bed combustor, gas turbine-air compressor subsystem and a gas clean-up subsystem interconnected for fluid flow therethrough, a pipe communicating the outlet of the compressor of the gas turbine-air compressor subsystem with the interior of the pressurized fluidized bed combustor and the gas clean-up subsystem to provide for flow of compressed air, heated by the heat of compression, therethrough. The pressurized fluidized bed combustor and gas clean-up subsystem are vented to atmosphere so that the heated compressed air flows therethrough and loses heat to the interior of those components before passing to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Rossa W. Cole, August H. Zoll
  • Patent number: 4311166
    Abstract: The valve assembly for use with high temperature and high pressure fluids has inner and outer spaced shells and a valve actuator support of inner and outer spaced members which are connected at their end portions to the inner and outer shells, respectively, to extend substantially normal to the longitudinal axis of the inner shell. A layer of resilient heat insulating material covers the outer surfaces of the inner shell and the inner actuator support member and is of a thickness to only occupy part of the spaces between the inner and outer shells and inner and outer actuator support members. The remaining portion of the space between the inner and outer shells and the space between the inner and outer members is substantially filled with a body of castable, rigid refractory material. A movable valve member is disposed in the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1982
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Angelo De Feo
  • Patent number: 4306411
    Abstract: The protective control system for a gas turbine power plant having a pressurized fluidized bed combustor provides check valve means located in the passage supplying compressed air from a compressor to the combustor so as to prevent, upon loss of load or shutdown of the plant, reverse flow of high pressure, high temperature, dirty gaseous fluid from the combustor to the compressor and thereby prevent contamination, surging and damage to the compressor. Also a vent means is provided downstream of the combustion gas clean-up system to effect blowdown or depressurization of the combustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: August H. Zoll
  • Patent number: 4292022
    Abstract: A pressurized, fluidized bed combustor including a housing having a combustor chamber therein with a distributor plate closing the lower portion of the housing and arranged above a fluidizer windbox, which, in turn, is arranged above a heat exchanger inlet plenum which is mounted above a bottom of the combustor. A coal gun is provided for discharging coal into the fluidized bed, and it comprises an outer guide tube which extends from a spaced location above the distributor plate downwardly through the bottom of the combustor chamber and it includes a portion which extends exteriorly of the combustor chamber. This exterior portion carries a ball valve which has a passage therethrough which makes it possible to insert a coal supply pipe upwardly in the interior of the outer guide pipe and through the passage of the ball valve up to substantially the top of the outer pipe at a location above the distributor plate within the reaction bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss Wright Corporation
    Inventor: William S. Hosek
  • Patent number: 4292023
    Abstract: A fluidized bed combustor comprises a housing having a chamber therein with a top having a discharge for the gases which are generated in the chamber and a bottom with a discharge for heated fluid. An assembly is arranged in the lower portion of the chamber and the assembly includes a lower plate which is mounted on a support flange of the housing so that it is spaced from the bottom of the chamber and defines a fluid plenum between it and the bottom of the chamber for the discharge of heated fluid. The assembly includes a heat exchanger inlet plenum having tubes therethrough for the passage of fluidizer air and a windbox above the heat exchanger plenum which has a distributor plate top wall. A portion of the chamber above the top wall defines a fluidized bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo DeFeo, William S. Hosek
  • Patent number: 4290387
    Abstract: A fluidized bed combustor comprises a reactor or a housing which has a windbox distributor plate adjacent the lower end thereof which contains a multiplicity of hole and air discharge nozzles for discharging air and coal into a fluidized bed which is maintained above the distributor plate and below a take-off connection or flue to a cyclone separator in which some of the products of combustion are treated to remove the dust which is returned into the fluidized bed. A windbox is spaced below the fluidized bed and it has a plurality of tubes passing therethrough with the passage of combustion air and fluidizing air which passes through an air space so that fluidizing air is discharged into the reaction chamber fluidized bed at the bottom thereof to maintain the bed in a fluidized condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo De Feo, William Hosek
  • Patent number: 4287156
    Abstract: An improved fluidized bed reactor of the type having dual shells spaced apart to define a gaseous fluid inlet passageway which is in communication with a source of gaseous fluid and a gaseous fluid distribution partition to form within the inner shell a reaction zone and having a heat exchange unit in the reaction zone for temperature control. The improvement comprises two manifolds which are disposed adjacent the gaseous fluid distribution partition and each in communication with the inlet passageway to receive gaseous fluid from the latter. One manifold communicates with the distribution partition passages while the other manifold communicates with the heat exchange unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Angelo De Feo
  • Patent number: 4268231
    Abstract: A multi-unit rotary piston mechanism having each unit separately, rotatively, dynamically balanced and connecting the mainshafts of each unit to each other by a coupling assembly which permits radial and axial flexibility relative to the mainshaft axes and provides adequate torsional capacity for torque transmission between the mainshafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Howard R. Corwin, Charles Jones
  • Patent number: 4252034
    Abstract: A planetary transmission having free-floating compound planetary gear elements in which two of the planet gears of each planetary element mesh with a pair of gears co-axial with the transmission axis. The transmission also includes selectively operable clutch and brake means for connecting either of said pair of coaxial gears to the transmission output while the other of said pair of gears is connected to a fixed structure thereby providing the transmission with a reversible output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. DeBruyne
  • Patent number: 4242865
    Abstract: A turbojet afterburner engine has an expendable nozzle portion which can be jettisoned when the afterburner is placed in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1981
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventors: Emmett S. Harrison, Anthony Leto
  • Patent number: 4187825
    Abstract: For a pilot fuel ignited stratified charge rotary, internal combustion engine, the fuel injection system and a fuel injector therefor comprises a fuel injector having plural discharge ports with at least one of the discharge ports located to emit a "pilot" fuel charge (relatively rich fuel-air mixture) into a passage in the engine housing, which passage communicates with the engine combustion chambers. An ignition element is located in the passage to ignite the "pilot" fuel (a relatively rich fuel-air mixture) flowing through the passage. At least one other discharge port of the fuel injector is in substantially direct communication with the combustion chambers of the engine to emit a main fuel charge into the latter. The ignited "pilot" fuel-air mixture, when ignited, flashes into the combustion chambers to ignite the main, relatively lean, fuel-air mixture which is in the combustion chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Loyd, Jr.