Abstract: A canned motor pump having improved dielectric strength at a high temperature above 200.degree. C. is disclosed in which a jacket is arranged on an outer wall of the canned motor section, to an inlet port of which jacket is supplied a portion of pressurized liquid to be treated, while an outlet port of said jacket is connected to a lower pressure zone of the pump section or pump tubing system to circulate the liquid thereto. In accordance with the canned motor pump, the efficient cooling of the canned motor and the economically advantageous pump system without energy loss may be achieved.
Abstract: A tubing coupling device constructed in accordance with this invention is comprised of a rigid body having cavity therein, an aperture communicating with the smaller end of said cavity and a tapered ferrule having an axial passageway that is aligned with the aperture. Means such as a nut that is in threaded engagement with the end of the rigid body opposite the aperture forces the ferrule into the cavity. The relative shapes and dimensions of the cavity and the ferrule are such that as the ferrule is forced into the cavity it is subjected to radial compression so as to attain intimate contact with the exterior surfaces of the end portions of tubes that are inside the ferrule.
Abstract: A rotary shaft assembly including a cylindrical ceramic shaft having first and second axially spaced apart and annular outer surface portions, the first surface portion defining a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart irregularities; a metal boss surrounding the first and second surface portions and having an axial opening defined by a first annular inner surface portion juxtaposed to the first outer surface portion and a second annular inner surface portion juxtaposed to the second outer surface portion and uniformly spaced therefrom, the first inner surface portion being deformed so as to intimately engage the irregularities in the first outer surface portion; and a metal collar disposed between the second inner and outer surface portions and sealed thereto so as to form a fluid tight seal therebetween.
Abstract: A engageable joint having male pipe end and a female pipe end. The male and female pipe ends are removably engaged with gaskets. The gaskets are inflatable and arranged in a plurality of stages in the axial direction to inflatably seal a clearance between the pipe ends, and the joint has a clamp device for clamping the two pipe ends so that the pipe ends can be engaged and disengaged readily and reliably.
Abstract: An apparatus and method for laying conduit within a trench, using a separable boxlike structure with end walls, side walls, a fill bin compartment internal of the boxlike structure for receiving fill material and dispensing fill material onto the bottom of the trench, and a conduit laying compartment through which conduit is fed for positioning on the bottom of the trench. The boxlike structure has a rigidly mounted tow bar which facilitates application of vertical, longitudinal and lateral forces on the boxlike structure to thereby enable an operator of the apparatus to maneuver it on-grade and in alignment along the bottom of the trench. The boxlike structure is maintained on-grade and in alignment with the assistance of a laser transmitter/receiver assembly and several grade-maintenance features, including a shearing blade which automatically adjusts its vertical position in response to the laser.
Abstract: A gripper with leaf springs having fingers near their ends to engage and disengage work. The springs are respectively connected in an annular array to the end of a cylindrical support. The springs are diverged or expanded to cause the fingers to engage the work and are converged or collapsed to cause the fingers to disengage the work. During the diverging and the converging each spring is pivoted about its junction with the support. The diverging and the converging of the springs is effected by an actuator or mandrel including a rod having a nose at its outer end. The actuator is reciprocable within the springs between advanced and retracted positions. Near its outer end the rod has a conical cam surface which engages cooperative internal cam-follower surfaces on the springs to diverge the springs when the actuator is in advanced position. The nose has a skirt which engages the outer ends of the springs, i.e. the fingers, to converge the springs near the ends when the actuator is in retracted position.
Abstract: A method for rehabilitating an existing bulkhead located between a body of water and land is disclosed. The method includes the steps of installing a plurality of tiebacks attached directly to the existing bulkhead, and a new bulkhead facing is connected to the existing bulkhead which has been supported by the tiebacks. An alternate method includes the steps of installing a plurality of substantially vertical piles at horizontally spaced locations in front of, i.e. on the water side of, the existing bulkhead; connecting the vertical piles to the existing bulkhead; installing tiebacks through the existing bulkhead and into the land behind the existing bulkheads; and connecting the tiebacks to the vertical piles. In situations where use of piles and tiebacks alone are not sufficient to rehabilitate the bulkhead, a new bulkhead facing is installed in front of the existing bulkhead and connected to and supported by the piles and tieback supported existing bulkhead.
Abstract: A connector assembly and an installation method therefor provides a fluid-tight joint between a nozzle and a column concentrically supported within the nozzle. An annular seal assembly is disposed above a flange formed on the interior of the nozzle. A spacer sleeve is threaded to the nozzle for engagement with a ledge formed on the column. A clamp assembly is mounted to the column at a fixed position and includes means for raising the column in relation to the nozzle to fix the axial position of the column. A nut threaded to the column is rotatable for forcing a drive sleeve into compressive engagement with the seal assembly to produce a fluid-tight seal between the column and the nozzle.
Abstract: Apparatus is provided for adjustably supporting an object, such as a surgical light, between two points on a yoke-type frame. A housing having a cylindrical cavity and a threaded axial bore therethrough is secured to one of two hubs provided on the legs of the yoke. An adjustment screw having a face plate passes through the aperture. Wave washers and a spherical washer having a spherically concave friction surface are provided within the housing's cavity. A shaft is supported within the housing by a spherical bearing and terminates in a nut having a spherically convex friction surface. A keyway and recessed area on the shaft serve to secure the light to the shaft. The hub on the other leg is provided with a spherical bearing which supports a second shaft. The second shaft has a keyway and a recessed area which are engaged by a key and adjusting screw on a second mounting bracket in the opposite side of the light.
Abstract: A shift mechanism in a power transfer device includes first and second shift rods axially slidably mounted in parallel to each other within a housing of the transfer device, an interlock mechanism arranged to selectively retain the shift rods in their shifted positions, an operation rod extending through the wall of the housing and rotatably supported therethrough, the operation rod having an outer end operatively connected to a manually operated transfer lever and an inner end located in the interior of the housing, and a swing lever pivoted to the inner end of the operation rod at a position displaced in a predetermined distance from the axis of the operation rod, the swing lever having one end portion engaged with the first shift rod and the other end portion engaged with the second shift rod.
Abstract: Apparatus and a method for progressively forming a subsea trench and for laying a pipeline in that trench are provided. The apparatus includes a towable sled for supporting the pipeline as it is being laid in a subsea trench that is being created by fluid jetting, mechanical cutting or a combination of both, using jetting and cutting devices mounted on the sled. In the preferred embodiment, the jet device proceeds the mechanical cutter on the sled and is vertically adjustably mounted so it can be raised out of the way while the mechanical cutter is in use.
Abstract: An expansion seal assembly in which a corrugated plate extends between two members that are subjected to differential thermal expansion and contraction. An expansion joint connects the upper and lower edges of the corrugated plate with the two members respectively to accommodate differential thermal expansion and contraction between two members in an axial direction. The expansion joint acts as hinges to accommodate the lateral movement.
Abstract: A dynamic damper comprising at least one elastic member and mass member is mounted within a conventional shaft housing eccentrically with respect to an axis center of a steering shaft. The elastic member of the dynamic damper gives a spring constant which is maintained at a constant value designed to provide a required resonant frequency at the mass member for suppresing a vibration transmitted to a steering wheel via the steering shaft since the vibration transmitted from the steering shaft to the steering wheel is always applied to the dynamic damper in the shear direction of said elastic member regardlessly of the steering wheel angular position.
Abstract: Apparatus for producing a propulsion force comprises a pair of counter-rotating externally geared flywheels which are mounted on shafts for rotation in a housing and are balanced for high speed rotation. Each flywheel carries a mass slideable thereon in a radial slot but constrained to rotate angularly with the flywheel. The mass is constrained to rotate eccentrically of the flywheel by a stationary cam surface surrounding the path of rotation of the mass. The cam surface is provided on a plate slideable relative to the flywheels to adjust the degree of eccentricity of the cam track relative to the flywheel. A vibration isolation unit is connected between the housing of the flywheels and the frame of the device including a pair of airbags positioned between plates so as to communicate only the net unidirectional force from the housing to the chassis.
Abstract: A method of installing an offshore construction, includes fabricating platform support columns from a plurality of interconnected column sections. The method comprises placing a first column section at the surface of a body of water, at least partly submerging the first column section by a certain amount, placing a second column section on top of the first column section whereby the top of the first column section is joined to the bottom of the second section near the waters' surface, the second column section thereafter being at least partly submerged as was the first column section. Additional column sections are placed on top of and joined to successive partly submerged column sections near the waters' surface, until a finished column of desired height is formed by the joined column sections. A base may be initially connected to the bottom of the first column section. The finished column may then be anchored to the seabed to maintain the finished column in a fixed vertical position.
Abstract: A key for transferring rotating driving force between a driven and driving member. The key has a leg portion and a cross portion wider than and integral with the leg portion. The leg portion is positioned in a keyway of a first rotatable member and the cross portion is positioned in a keyway of a second rotable member. Rotating force applied to one of the rotating members is transferred to the other member through the keyways and the leg and cross portions of the key.
Abstract: Disclosed herein in a mount structure where a shift lever retainer for spherically supporting a shift lever is mounted through a vibration damping member to a transmission case by a bolt, a vibration damping structure comprising a stopper means for preventing horizontal and vertical deformations of the vibration damping member greater than a predetermined amount. With this arrangement, there is no possibility that rigid feeling in operating of the shift lever is decreased, that is, shift feeling is deteriorated. Further, vibration of the shift lever and associated noise may be greatly reduced.
Abstract: A linear coupling device is disclosed for a play-free, safe and dust-protected transmission of large tractive, alternating or radial forces by means of coupling members comprising of fir tree-shaped cones. The coupling members are secured together in combination with corresponding connection members comprising of a plurality of segments and a locking member comprising of a sliding coupling sleeve.
Abstract: A guideline connector (30) capable of being inserted over the top of a guide post (12) and has releasable locking means (40) which responds to the guide post contour to resiliently lock the connector onto the guide post profile (22). The locking means includes means (82, 84) for inactivating the locking means to free the connector of the guide post (12) and for automatically resetting (80, 86) (reactivating) the locking means (40) for further use. The locking means is functionally responsive to the outer contour of the guide post (12).
Abstract: The end portion of a hose is or can be bonded to the front section of a tubular connector whose rear section surrounds the end portion of the hose and has integral pallets with teeth engaging a circumferentially extending external rib of a nipple which receives the front section of the connector with the interposition of an annular sealing device. A deformable sleeve in the end portion of the hose biases the hose radially outwardly against the internal surface of the rear section of the connector.