Patents Assigned to United Technologies Corporation
  • Patent number: 9976851
    Abstract: Inspecting features of an object including measuring features of the master part that represents a desired nominal dimensions to obtain a preliminary set of dimensional data. The preliminary set of data becomes a master data set. The same master part is measured on a second machine to obtain another set of data on the master part. The two data sets are compared and correction data is generated representing differences between the different data sets for the same master part measured on different machines. Subsequent parts are then measured on the second machine to obtain measurement data that is corrected based on the correction data. The application of the correction information provides for the use of 5-axis machines within a desired measurement capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Drescher, Erik M. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9976435
    Abstract: A rotating blade tip clearance system includes a control ring carrier defining a centerline axis. The control ring carrier has a connecting portion, a retaining portion radially inward of the connecting portion, and a flange connecting radially between the connecting portion and the retaining portion. The flange isolates the retaining portion of the control ring carrier from the thermal deflection of a case and assists in keeping the control ring carrier aligned about centerline axis A during thermal deflection. The retaining portion includes radially inner and outer diameter sides defining a retaining cavity therebetween. The system includes a control ring within the retaining cavity. The control ring has a different thermal response rate from the control ring carrier so that the control ring thermally deflects slower than the control ring carrier, thereby controlling the rate and/or extent of thermal deflection of the control ring carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Borja, Paul W. Palmer
  • Patent number: 9976490
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprises a fan drive turbine for driving a gear reduction. The gear reduction drives a fan rotor. A lubrication system supplies oil to the gear reduction. The lubrication system includes a lubricant pump supplying a mixed air and oil to a deaerator inlet. The deaerator includes a separator that for separating oil, and delivering separated air to an air outlet, and for delivering separated oil back into an oil tank. The separator includes a member having lubricant flow paths on both of two opposed sides. A method of designing a gas turbine engine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: William G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9976971
    Abstract: An x-ray diffraction system includes an x-ray source having a first interchangeable x-ray generating component, a second interchangeable x-ray generating component, an actuator and a controller operatively connected to the actuator. The first and second interchangeable x-ray generating components are interchangeable with one another. The actuator is operatively connected to the first and second interchangeable x-ray generating components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Iuliana Cernatescu, David U. Furrer
  • Patent number: 9975173
    Abstract: A method includes casting a metallic material (56) in a mold (20) containing a core, the core having a substrate (40, 44) coated with a coating (42). A removing of the metallic material from the mold and decoring leaves a casting having a layer formed by the coating. The coating has a ceramic having a porosity in a zone (50) near the substrate less than a porosity in a zone (52) away from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Prete, John J. Marcin, Jr., Russell A. Beers
  • Patent number: 9976437
    Abstract: A turbine engine has a fan shaft. At least one tapered bearing is mounted on the fan shaft. The fan shaft includes at least one passage extending in a direction having at least a radial component, and adjacent the at least one tapered bearing. A fan is mounted for rotation on the tapered bearing. An epicyclic gear train is coupled to drive the fan. The epicyclic gear train includes a carrier supporting intermediate gears that mesh with a sun gear. A ring gear surrounds and meshes with the intermediate gears. Each of the intermediate gears are supported on a respective journal bearing. The epicyclic gear train defines a gear reduction ratio of greater than or equal to about 2.3. A turbine section is coupled to drive the fan through the epicyclic gear train. The turbine section has a fan drive turbine that includes a pressure ratio that is greater than about 5. The fan includes a pressure ratio that is less than about 1.45, and the fan has a bypass ratio of greater than about ten (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. McCune, Lawrence E. Portlock, Frederick M. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9976484
    Abstract: A core compartment ventilation device is provided. The core compartment ventilation device comprises a fireproof sealing member for substantially sealing a core compartment in a nacelle for a gas turbine engine and a chimney configured to be in fluid communication with the fireproof sealing member for conducting hot air from the core compartment to the external atmosphere via the fireproof sealing member. A gas turbine engine and nacelle including the core compartment ventilation device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nigel David Sawyers-Abbott
  • Patent number: 9976489
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprises a fan for delivering air into a bypass duct as bypass flow, into a core housing as core flow, with the core housing containing an upstream compressor rotor and a downstream compressor rotor. An overall pressure ratio is defined across the upstream and downstream compressor rotors. A bypass ratio is defined as a volume of air delivered as bypass flow compared to a volume of air delivered into the core housing. The overall pressure ratio is greater than or equal to about 45.0, and the bypass ratio is greater than or equal to about 11.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick M. Schwarz, Gabriel L. Suciu
  • Patent number: 9976423
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein adapt the orientation, position and/or diffusion angles of showerhead cooling holes depending on the external gas/streamline flow direction. In regions, for example, where the stagnation line is on the pressure side, the breakouts of the showerhead holes substantially face aft (e.g., primarily towards the suction side). The location and positioning of the holes may be oriented according to the direction of incoming gas flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: San Quach, Christopher King, Steven Bruce Gautschi, David J. Candelori
  • Patent number: 9976485
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat with a bleed airflow to provide a conditioned airflow. A bearing compartment is in fluid communication with the heat exchanger, and a first passageway communicates the conditioned airflow to the bearing compartment. The conditioned airflow is communicated radially between a bearing housing of the bearing compartment and a diffuser case and a nozzle assembly in fluid communication with the bearing compartment. A second passageway communicates the conditioned airflow from the bearing compartment and then through a plurality of openings of the nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel L. Suciu, Ioannis Alvanos
  • Patent number: 9976422
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiments utilize flow from a higher-energy portion of flow within the impeller flow path and inject it into the lower-energy portion of the flow path to re-energize the flow, delaying the onset of, or minimizing, large (and inefficient, entropy-generating) re-circulation zones in the flow field. By making a spanwise cut along the chord length of the splitter blade (variable blade clearance from leading edge to trailing edge), additional secondary flow occurs within the flow passages as the higher pressure flow on the pressure side of the blade can now spill over into the low-pressure suction side of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Benjamin E. Fishler
  • Patent number: 9975169
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fuel component for a gas turbine engine combustor includes additive manufacturing a sacrificial core and manufacturing a fuel component body at least partially around the sacrificial core. The sacrificial core is at least partially removed to at least partially define an internal geometry of the fuel component. An additively manufactured sacrificial core for a fuel component of a gas turbine engine combustor includes a first structure and a second structure. The first structure at least partially defines a first passage of the fuel component. The second structure at least partially defines a second passage of the fuel component. The second structure at least partially surrounds the first structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: JinQuan Xu
  • Patent number: 9976426
    Abstract: A fan blade platform is provided. The fan blade platform may include a wall, a first sidewall extending from the flowpath to a circular member, and a second sidewall extending from the flowpath to the circular member. A stiffening member may also extend from the circular member to the flowpath and be formed integrally with the first sidewall, the second sidewall, and the flowpath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew A. Turner, Royce E. Tatton, Kristin Wood, Matthew Satterwhite
  • Patent number: 9976743
    Abstract: A dilution hole assembly is provided for a combustor. The dilution hole assembly includes a first wall and at least one outer vane. The first wall extends continuously about a centerline and defines a radially inward hole. The at least one outer vane projects radially inward from the first wall for swirling at least a portion of air flowing through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley, Dominic J. Mongillo, Jr., Stanislav Kostka, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9976428
    Abstract: An attachment root of an airfoil is provided. The attachment root may comprise a serration profile, a symmetry plane bisecting the serration profile, and a line perpendicular to the symmetry plane. A first lobe of the serration profile may have a first contact face angled 135 degrees from the line. A second lobe of the serration profile may have a second contact face angled 135 degrees from the line. A third lobe of the serration profile may have a third contact face angled 135 degrees from the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel Snyder
  • Patent number: 9976431
    Abstract: A mid-turbine frame for a gas turbine engine ducts gases between a high pressure turbine and a low pressure turbine. The mid-turbine frame may include an outer flowpath ring, an inner flowpath ring, and a plurality of vanes extending therebetween. The outer flowpath ring comprises a unitary structure, while the inner flowpath ring and the plurality of vanes comprises a plurality of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: John E. Wilber
  • Patent number: 9976427
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems for preventing improper installation of a damper seal. In various embodiments, an airfoil assembly may comprise a platform, an airfoil extending from the platform, and a platform tab. The airfoil may comprise a gaspath face and a non-gaspath face. The non-gaspath face may at least partially define a cavity. The airfoil may comprise a pressure side and a suction side. The platform tab may be located adjacent to the suction side of the airfoil. The platform tab may extend from the platform in the opposite direction as the airfoil and may be configured to prevent a damper seal tab from being inserted radially inwards of the platform tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Daniel Winn, David A. Niezelski
  • Patent number: 9976433
    Abstract: A rotor blade for a gas turbine engine includes a platform section between a root section and an airfoil section, the platform section having a non-axisymmetric surface contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Praisner, Eric A. Grover
  • Patent number: 9976442
    Abstract: A turbine exhaust case employed in an industrial gas turbine engine includes a frame, a fairing and a heat shield. The frame includes an outer ring, an inner ring, and struts connected between the outer ring and the inner ring. The fairing includes a fairing outer ring, a fairing inner ring, and fairing struts connected between the fairing outer ring and the fairing inner ring. The heat shield is located between the frame outer ring and the fairing outer ring and provides a thermal barrier between the fairing outer ring and the frame outer ring, wherein the heat shield includes an aft portion having a flange that interfaces with the frame outer ring to form an air dam that directs cooling airflow forward along the frame outer ring within an outer diameter cavity formed between the frame outer ring and the heat shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William Yeager, Conway Chuong, Matthew Budnick
  • Patent number: 9976436
    Abstract: A blade tip clearance control system for an engine case of a gas turbine engine according to one disclosed non-limiting embodiment of the present disclosure includes an air seal segment within the engine case. A drive link extends through the engine case, the drive link mounted to the air seal segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Brad Powell