Patents Examined by Christopher Verdier
  • Patent number: 11643934
    Abstract: A turbine blade is provided. The turbine blade may include an airfoil having an airfoil tip, a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a pressure side and a suction side extending from the leading edge to the trailing edge and defining an airfoil cavity, a squealer tip arranged at the airfoil tip part and comprising a trailing edge tip portion disposed at the trailing edge of the airfoil and a pressure side rail and a suction side rail meeting at the trailing edge tip portion and defining a squealer tip pocket at the airfoil tip, and at least one tip cooling hole disposed at the squealer tip pocket to provide cooling air from the airfoil cavity to the squealer tip pocket, wherein the trailing edge tip portion of the squealer tip includes a chamfer disposed towards the pressure side of the airfoil and a groove extending from the squealer tip pocket to the chamfer to provide cooling air from the squealer tip pocket to the chamfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Joerg Krueckels, Herbert Brandl, Ulrich Rathmann, Willy H Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11643216
    Abstract: An anti-icing protection system for an aircraft engine nacelle, the nacelle comprising an inner shroud, an air intake lip forming a leading edge of the nacelle, the protection system comprising a heat exchanger device including at least one heat pipe configured to transfer heat emitted by a heat source to the inner shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Alain Porte, François Pons, Gregory Albet, Maxime Zebian
  • Patent number: 11639665
    Abstract: A turbomachine blade including a body that extends mainly in a plane defined by a main axis and a longitudinal direction, which is defined by a lower surface wall, an upper surface wall, a leading edge located at a first longitudinal end of the body and a trailing edge located at a second longitudinal end of the body, wherein the body of the blade includes a plurality of first pipes that extend mainly along the direction of the main axis, for circulation of a gas flow, and a plurality of second pipes that extend mainly along the longitudinal direction, for circulation of a second gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Cédric Zaccardi, Christophe Marcel Lucien Perdrigeon, Catherine Pikovsky
  • Patent number: 11639726
    Abstract: A blower may include a fan, a casing including a discharge port and housing the fan, and a nozzle attachable to the discharge port. The nozzle may include a nozzle tube in which air flows, and a plate member disposed within the nozzle tube. A rear end surface of the plate member may be inclined to a flow direction in which air flows within the nozzle tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Masaki Sakuragi, Atsushi Yamamoto, Shinpei Inagawa
  • Patent number: 11629601
    Abstract: A rotor blade for a turbomachine is provided. The rotor blade includes a platform, an airfoil extending from the platform, and a cooling circuit extending within the platform and the airfoil. The cooling circuit includes a plurality of cooling passages defined by a plurality of ribs. The plurality of ribs includes an offset rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Steven Honkomp, William Scott Zemitis, Melbourne James Myers, Jacob Charles Perry, II
  • Patent number: 11608747
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed. A split shroud for an inner shroud of a gas turbine engine includes: at least one forward shroud segment and at least one aft shroud segment to couple to the at least one forward shroud segment, the at least one forward shroud segment and the at least one aft shroud segment forming a split line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Sam J. Stoughton, Kevin Lee Kirkeng, Jacob P. Miller, Reddi Hari Prasad Reddy Mylapalli, Paul Trimby, Jaeyong Kim
  • Patent number: 11608809
    Abstract: A startup method of a Francis turbine according to an embodiment includes: a bypass-valve opening step of opening the bypass valve with the inlet valve closed; an inlet-valve opening step of opening the inlet valve after the bypass-valve opening step; and a first rotation-speed increasing step of increasing a rotation speed of the runner by opening the guide vane at an opening that is 50% or more of a maximum opening before a flow velocity of a swirling flow flowing around the runner reaches 90 m/sec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Masahiko Nakazono, Takero Mukai, Yoshitaka Arihara
  • Patent number: 11603766
    Abstract: A stator of a turbine section, has: vanes distributed around a central axis, a vane of the vanes extending along a spanwise axis and defining an internal passage; an insert received within the internal passage, the insert defining a cavity for receiving cooling air and defining impingement cooling apertures facing an inner face of the vane; a splitter plate secured within the cavity and being transverse to the spanwise axis, the splitter plate having a base secured to the insert and a tip protruding from the base; and a flow passage defined between the tip and the insert, the flow passage fluidly connecting a first section of the cavity to a second section of the cavity, the tip of the splitter plate secured to the insert at at least one location along a perimeter of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Christophe Tremblay, Patricia Phutthavong, Farzad Ashrafi
  • Patent number: 11598539
    Abstract: An air moving device has a housing with a primary flow path and a secondary flow path that extends from a secondary inlet of the housing and empties into an inner outlet adjacent the primary flow path. An impeller assembly rotates a blade to cause air to enter the housing and flow along the primary flow path. The flow of air through the primary flow path creates a low pressure region at the inner outlet of the secondary flow path, causing air to flow through the secondary flow path and mix with the air in the primary flow path. The mixture of air flows through a downstream portion of the primary flow path having an expanded width compared to an upstream portion of the primary flow path and exits the housing. Stator vanes may extend longitudinally within the housing to cause columnar air flow. The device may be used for destratification of thermal gradients of air within an enclosure, such as a home or warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Airius IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond B. Avedon
  • Patent number: 11591927
    Abstract: A fan case assembly is adapted to extend around blades of a fan rotor included in a gas turbine engine. The fan case assembly includes an annular case that extends around an axis, a fan track liner coupled to the annular case and extending circumferentially at least partway about the axis, and a bolting arrangement that couples the fan track liner to the annular case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Hall, Robert W. Heeter, Daniel E. Molnar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11591913
    Abstract: A variable-pitch bladed disc including a plurality of blades, each at a variable pitch in relation to a rotation axis of the blade and each having a root, the plurality of blades including at least one first blade and at least one second blade, a plurality of rotor connecting shafts, each having a root and a tip, each root being mounted at the tip of a corresponding rotor connecting shaft by way of a pivot so as to allow each blade to rotate about the blade rotation axis, the first blade having a first blade inclination, such that the first blade is inclined in a fixed manner with respect to the blade rotation axis of the first blade, and the second blade having a second blade inclination different from the first blade inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Safran Aircraft Engines
    Inventors: Clement Marcel Maurice Dejeu, Jonathan Evert Vlastuin, Mathieu Simon Paul Gruber
  • Patent number: 11591079
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present disclosure, there is provided a drive tube and swashplate trunnion assembly. The drive tube and swashplate trunnion assembly includes a drive tube having a plurality of grooves formed on an outer surface of the drive tube; a swashplate trunnion having a plurality of grooves formed on an inner surface of the swashplate trunnion, wherein individual grooves of the plurality of grooves on the swashplate trunnion mate with individual grooves of the plurality of grooves on the drive tube to form a plurality of channels; and a plurality of cylindrical bearings, wherein each of said cylindrical bearings is disposed within an individual channel of the plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Ken Shundo, Bryan Baskin
  • Patent number: 11592003
    Abstract: A yaw braking assembly of a wind turbine is presented. Accordingly, the yaw braking assembly includes a bedplate support frame having an annular flange defining a plurality of recesses formed into a lower-most annular surface of the annular flange and extending at least partially through an axial thickness of the annular flange. Each of the plurality recesses define an open exterior circumferential side. The yaw braking assembly also includes a plurality of brake pads which are positioned within the plurality of recesses and configured to engage at least one race of an adjacent yaw bearing. The yaw braking assembly further includes a plurality of actuators for driving the plurality of brake pads to engage the yaw bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron P. Janicz, Ryan Spencer Close
  • Patent number: 11588376
    Abstract: An adaptor is disclosed for connecting a rotating electrical machine 12 to a prime mover 10. The adaptor comprises at least one air outlet. The adaptor is arranged to provide an increase in a cross-sectional area of air flow towards the outlet. In this way part of the dynamic pressure can be converted into additional static pressure rise through steady expansion of the air flow cross-section. This in turn may help to improve the overall amount of cooling air passing through the machine for a given fan input power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Cummins Generator Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Himanshu Agrawal, Abhishek Kakade, Mark Jason Riley, Robert Mitchell Rolston, Haider Ali Abbas
  • Patent number: 11577820
    Abstract: A propeller blade arrangement comprising a propeller blade attached to and rotatable with a hub, via a retention bearing, the blade being rotatable about a center line of the blade, the retention bearing configured to tilt the blade such that its center line is tilted with respect to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventor: Bruno Seminel
  • Patent number: 11578659
    Abstract: A cooling structure for a turbine airfoil includes: a lattice structure body formed such that a first rib set and a second rib set arranged in a cooling passage are stacked on each other in a lattice pattern; and lattice communication portions that allow passages formed between ribs of the first rib set to communicate with passages formed between ribs of the second rib set. Each of the first and second rib sets has rib walls each including a pair of ribs that are inclined in directions opposite to each other relative to an imaginary boundary line extending in a movement direction of a cooling medium and that are in contact with each other on the imaginary boundary line. A plurality of lattice communication portions are formed between two lattice communication portions at opposite end portions of each rib that forms the rib wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Tomoko Tsuru, Katsuhiko Ishida
  • Patent number: 11572882
    Abstract: A centrifugal gas compressor fed with a gas and a processing liquid comprises a rotor rotated by a prime mover. The rotor defines an internal axial cavity with a cylindrical surface, an annular peripheral collection cavity, and a tapered radial channel fluidly connecting the internal axial cavity and the annular peripheral collection cavity. With each rotation of the rotor, a portion of the processing fluid is swept into the inlet of the tapered radial channel and travels radially as a fluid piston under centrifugal force pushing and compressing a column of gas entrained in front of said fluid piston, and is expelled into the annular peripheral collection cavity where it undergoes centrifugal separation, leaving the compressed gas to be drawn off through the compressed gas outlet for downstream use. A method for compressing a gas is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Pecheanu Air Compressors Inc.
    Inventor: Cristinel Antoniu Pecheanu
  • Patent number: 11572889
    Abstract: A blade pivot of adjustable orientation for a turbomachine fan hub includes: a block having a retaining device configured to retain a fan blade root and a coupling device for the transmission of a torque; a ball type rolling bearing for taking up centrifugal forces having an inner ring; a clamping nut screwed onto an external thread of the block in order to clamp the inner ring of the ball type rolling bearing for taking up centrifugal forces to the block; a rolling bearing for taking up transverse forces; a pitch setting transmission ring positioned inside the inner radial end of the block and equipped with a coupling device cooperating with the coupling device of the block, and a device for locking the pitch setting transmission ring on the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Vincent François Georges Millier, Caroline Marie Frantz, Gilles Alain Marie Charier, Olivier Belmonte
  • Patent number: 11565810
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a flying body having a new structure capable of improving flight efficiency. [Solution] The problem is addressed by a flying body capable of traveling along at least a first direction and comprising an airframe part and an auxiliary part wherein the airframe part has a body part and a lift generating part, the body part having a right part and a left part extending along the first direction and a connecting part whereby the ends of the right part and the left part in a second direction opposing to the first direction are connected. The flying body is thus configured so as to create a surrounded space surrounded by the left part, the right part, and the connecting part when seen from a third direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: AERONEXT INC.
    Inventor: Yoichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11560874
    Abstract: A method for determining a yaw position offset of a wind turbine (1) is provided. A neighbouring wind turbine (2) of the wind farm is identified, the neighbouring wind turbine (2) being arranged in the vicinity of the wind turbine (1). Produced power data and/or wind speed data from the wind turbine (1) and from the neighbouring wind turbine (2), is obtained during a period of time, and a yaw position offset of the wind turbine (1) is derived, based on the obtained produced power data and/or wind speed data, and based on the geographical positions of the wind turbine (1) and the neighbouring wind turbine (2). A local maximum and a local minimum being separated by an angular difference in yaw position being substantially equal to 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Brian Melgaard Christensen