Patents Assigned to SKF Marine GmbH
  • Patent number: 11148768
    Abstract: An active stabilizing device for a primary damping of rolling movements of a ship or other watercraft including a hull including at least one positioning device having a drive journal and a stabilizing fin with a stabilizing surface and a root, the drive journal being attached to the stabilizing fin at the root, the stabilizing surface having a leading edge and a trailing edge and being configured to be disposed underwater. The positioning device is configured to set an angle of attack of the stabilizing fin by rotating the drive journal about a first axis of rotation and to pivot the drive journal about a second axis of rotation to move the stabilizing fin between a forward position and a rearward position relative to a bow of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventor: Holger Spardel
  • Patent number: 11052979
    Abstract: An active stabilizing device for a primary damping of rolling movements of a ship or other watercraft includes at least one positioning device including a drive journal and a stabilizing fin having a stabilizing surface and a root, the drive journal being attached to the stabilizing fin at the root, the stabilizing surface having a leading edge and a trailing edge and being configured to be disposed underwater. The positioning device is configured to simultaneously pivot the stabilizing fin about a pivot axis by a pivot angle and rotate the stabilizing fin about an axis of rotation. Also, a method of operating the active stabilizing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventors: Holger Spardel, Christian Thieme
  • Patent number: 10988220
    Abstract: A cover device for at least partially closing an underwater opening in a hull of a watercraft includes a variable-volume hollow-chamber lip assembly including at least two hollow-chamber lips and one buoyancy body. The at least one hollow-chamber lip is volume-variable by supplying a fluid to or removing a fluid from an interior thereof, and the at least one hollow-chamber lip assembly is shiftable between an expanded state and a contracted state by supplying or removing the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventors: Holger Spardel, Frank Albrecht, Ulrich Albrecht, Kai Danneberg, Uwe Leitloff
  • Patent number: 10941054
    Abstract: A method for treating a liquid loaded with ingredients includes injecting the liquid into a reactor vessel such that a circular movement is imparted to the liquid and such that a concentration of the ingredients in a region of a peripheral wall of the reactor vessel increases in a direction from a reactor inlet to a reactor outlet, impinging ultrasound waves having a first intensity and/or ultraviolet radiation having a first intensity on the liquid in a first portion of the reactor vessel, and impinging ultrasound waves having a second intensity and/or ultraviolet radiation having a second intensity on the liquid in a second portion of the reactor vessel. The concentration of the ingredients in the first portion is less than the concentration of the ingredients in the second portion and the first intensity is less than the second intensity. Also a reactor vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventor: Olaf Streich
  • Patent number: 10617970
    Abstract: An evaporating system for separating at least two liquids mixed with one another includes a reactor vessel for receiving the mixture from an inlet, the mixture having a mixture level in the reactor vessel, a blowing-in device for blowing a gaseous aerating agent into the mixture and absorbing the first liquid, a heating device for heating the mixture, an outlet for discharging the aerating agent and the absorbed first liquid, and an inlet for introducing a gaseous fluid above the mixture level to generate a gaseous transport stream to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SKF Marine GmbH
    Inventors: Mathias Rusch, Wolfgang Brandt, Nils Boettcher, Carlos Fangauf, Detlef Hammerschmidt, Andreas Konieczny, Christian Preissler, Marko Wrage, Lars Ziemen
  • Patent number: 10550890
    Abstract: A seal assembly for sealing a shaft bearing includes a seal housing, first and second seal rings retained by the seal housing, an annular chamber formed between the first and second seal rings and a connecting channel configured to place the annular chamber in fluid communication with a bearing-housing-side oil space. When the seal assembly is installed on a shaft, the connecting channel is configured to permit a fill-level equalization between the oil space and the annular chamber when the oil space is filled to a first possible fill level (N1) and to prevent the fill-level equalization between oil space and annular chamber when the oil space is filled to a second possible fill level (N2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventors: Carlos Fangauf, Jörg Brand
  • Patent number: 10421522
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover device for at least sectional closing of an underwater opening in a hull of a watercraft, in particular an opening of a transverse channel of a thruster. According to the invention the cover device includes at least one variable-volume hollow chamber lip including at least one buoyancy body, and the at least one hollow chamber lip is shiftable into an expansion state or into a shrinkage state by supplying or removing a fluid, in particular air. As a result of the variable-volume or inflatable cover device a more reliable and simultaneously lower-maintenance operation of the cover device is given. In addition, the invention has a thruster, in particular a bow or stern-thruster, as subject matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SKF Marine GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Zollenkopf, Frank Albrecht, Ulrich Albrecht, Kai Danneberg, Uwe Leitloff, Thomas Siebrecht, Holger Spardel
  • Patent number: 10220923
    Abstract: A fin stabilizer for stabilizing watercraft includes a pivotable stabilizer fin and a receiving space for receiving the stabilizer fin. The stabilizer fin is shiftable from a retracted state in which the stabilizer fin is received in the receiving space to an extended state in which the stabilizer fin extends from the receiving space. Also at least one flexible cover element for at least partially covering an opening of the receiving space, through which opening the stabilizer fin enters and exits the receiving space during retracting and extending, respectively. The stabilizer fin does not contact the at least one cover element when shifting from the retracted state to the extended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SKF Marine GmbH
    Inventors: Kai Danneberg, Michael Zollenkopf, Frank Albrecht, Ulrich Albrecht, Uwe Leitloff, Thomas Siebrecht, Holger Spardel
  • Patent number: 10024360
    Abstract: A thrust bearing configured to support axial loads that act on a rotating body includes a thrust shaft rotatably supportable in a bearing housing, a thrust collar, and a retainer connected to the thrust shaft and configured to support a plurality of thrust pieces. The thrust pieces each have a front sliding surface in sliding contact with the thrust collar, and the retainer includes a disk having a central opening and an outer circumference and a plurality of radial incisions extending radially inwardly from the outer circumference which incisions have inner ends radially spaced from the central opening. The radial incisions define circumferentially adjacent spring sections each of the which is individually axially flexible against and away from the bearing housing to open and close a spring gap between each of the spring sections and the bearing housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GmbH
    Inventors: Detlef Hammerschmidt, Mathias Rusch, Marko Wrage
  • Patent number: 9937991
    Abstract: A sealing system for sealing a shaft located under water includes a bush mountable on the shaft and fixed to the shaft, a housing fixed with respect to the bush and surrounding a first portion of the bush, a lubricant chamber and an air chamber in the housing and open to the bush, the lubricant chamber being sealed with respect to the air chamber by a seal ring, a mechanical seal outside the housing and surrounding a second portion of the bush, an air supply line and an air discharge line connected to the air chamber, and a quantity of lubricating oil in the lubricant chamber, the lubricating oil being in fluid communication with a lubricant tank via at least one oil line, wherein an air pressure in the air chamber is greater than an oil pressure in the lubricant chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GmbH
    Inventors: Carlos Fangauf, Joerg Brand
  • Patent number: 9869394
    Abstract: A sealing system for sealing shafts against liquid media, for example propeller shafts, impeller shafts, rudder stocks of ships and the like. Opposing corner regions of the sealing system that are located radially inside of a clamping space, for clamping at least one sealing ring, are formed by inclined run-on surfaces that diverge when viewed radially from the inside towards the outside. For accommodation in the clamping space, a clamping section of the sealing ring comprises two opposite edge regions that are formed by inclined surfaces that correspond to the run-on surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: SKF MARINE GMBH, SKF USA INC.
    Inventors: Ernst-Peter Von Bergen, Carlos Fangauf, Lars Ziemen, Dieter Von Borstel, Ivan Ristic, Guido Wuestenhagen
  • Publication number: 20170051832
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a component supported rotatably in relation to a further component includes a bellows, a fixed seal element, and a rotatable seal element supported in sliding contact with the fixed seal element, and the bellows is configured to generate a pressure force causing a seal effect between the fixed seal element and the rotatable seal element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicants: Aktiebolaget SKF, SKF Marine GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Pascal Ehret, Pascal Mandou, Lars Ziemen