Patents Examined by Edward Look
  • Patent number: 9234529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a helico-axial pump (1) for conveying a multiphase mixture (M), which helico-axial pump (1) includes a rotor (2) rotatably journalled about a longitudinal axis (A) in a pump housing (6) and having a first part rotor (21) and a second part rotor (22), wherein the first part rotor (21) and the second part rotor (22) include a compression stage (K, K1E, K1A, K2E K2A) having a helico-axial impeller (3) and a stator (4) for the compression of the multiphase mixture (M). In accordance with the invention, a hydrodynamic stabilization bush (70) having a stabilization surface (700) is provided and formed between the first part rotor (21) and the second part rotor (22) such that a stabilization gap (8) is formed before the stabilization surface (700) so that a hydrodynamic stabilization layer (S) is formed from a stabilization medium (M) in the stabilization gap (8) in the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 9234430
    Abstract: A ceramic matrix composite article and a process of fabricating a ceramic matrix composite are disclosed. The ceramic matrix composite article includes a matrix distribution pattern formed by a manifold and ceramic matrix composite plies laid up on the matrix distribution pattern, includes the manifold, or a combination thereof. The manifold includes one or more matrix distribution channels operably connected to a delivery interface, the delivery interface configured for providing matrix material to one or more of the ceramic matrix composite plies. The process includes providing the manifold, forming the matrix distribution pattern by transporting the matrix material through the manifold, and contacting the ceramic matrix composite plies with the matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ronald Ralph Cairo, Paul Stephen DiMascio, Jason Robert Parolini
  • Patent number: 9234522
    Abstract: A turbomachine includes a housing and a rotatable shaft, where at least a portion of the rotatable shaft is located in the housing. The turbomachine also includes a magnetic thrust bearing that axially positions the rotatable shaft and a radial bearing that centers the rotatable shaft. The turbomachine includes a flexure including a first portion secured to the housing and a second portion axially moveable relative to the first portion. The second portion of the flexure is connected to the radial bearing, and the second portion moves axially to eliminate thrust loads on the radial bearing and allow the magnetic thrust bearing to carry axial loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf J. Jonsson, Bruce P. Biederman, Frederick J. Cogswell
  • Patent number: 9234532
    Abstract: An electro-hydraulic actuation system (901) includes an unbalanced hydraulic actuator (902) capable of motion in retraction and extension directions during movement of a load (904). A pump (204) provides a flow of fluid to the actuator. A displacement of the pump controls a velocity of the actuator during motion in the retraction and extension directions. An electric motor (202) drives the pump. Speed and direction of the electric motor affects the displacement of the pump. A controller (802) controls the speed and direction of the electric motor. A feedback device (228,248) is operable for sensing a system condition and for providing a feedback signal indicative of the sensed system condition to the controller. The controller is responsive to the feedback signal for determining an occurrence of an over-center load condition and for modifying the speed of the electric motor in response to the occurrence in an attempt to maintain the velocity of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Vanderlaan, Ralf Gomm
  • Patent number: 9228599
    Abstract: A hydraulic circuit for construction equipment is provided, which supplements hydraulic fluid of a hydraulic pump for a cooling fan and hydraulic fluid of a main hydraulic pump and uses the supplemented hydraulic fluid as a hydraulic source of a RCV in order to supply signal pressure to a control valve that controls the driving of a hydraulic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Young-Jin Son, Jae-Whan Ok
  • Patent number: 9228572
    Abstract: A hydraulic apparatus is provided with a return to neutral mechanism for returning a trunnion control bracket arm to a neutral position. The return to neutral mechanism comprises a pair of springs, one spring connecting a fixed bracket to a first rotatable bracket and the other spring connecting the fixed bracket to a second rotatable bracket. The mechanism uses springs with different spring constants and the springs are attached to the brackets in a single plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Scot Richardson, Jason Lee Emmette, Richard C. Hynes, Brook Cutshaw, Somer R. Malone, Michael T. Crosby
  • Patent number: 9227277
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments of a method of repairing a diaphragm found in a turbine, and a diaphragm assembly resulting from the same, that does not require welds in between the partitions. The method inserts a replacement part in place of certain machine-removed portions of the existing partitions on the diaphragm. The replacement part includes coupons that work in combination with the remaining portions of the partitions to form the aerodynamic shape of the original partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Matthew Sassatelli, James Michael Kostrubanic, Joseph Paul Turley, Sheldon Dirk Westwood
  • Patent number: 9228440
    Abstract: Turbine blade airfoils, showerhead film cooling systems thereof, and methods for cooling the turbine blade airfoils using the same are provided. The airfoil has a leading edge and a trailing edge, a pressure sidewall and a suction sidewall both extending between the leading and the trailing edges, and an internal cavity for supplying cooling air. A showerhead of film cooling holes is connected to the internal cavity. Each film cooling hole has an inlet connected to the internal cavity and an outlet opening onto an external wall surface at the leading edge of the airfoil. A plurality of surface connectors is formed in the external wall surface. Each surface connector of the plurality of surface connectors interconnects the outlets of at least one selected pair of the film cooling holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Vighneswara Rao Kollati, Balamurugan Srinivasan, Jong Liu, Daniel Cregg Crites, Luis Tapia, Malak Fouad Malak, Rajiv Rana
  • Patent number: 9222365
    Abstract: A bearing arrangement for supporting a shaft in a turbocharger housing. The bearing arrangement includes a sleeve element and the sleeve element is formed with a flange section at each end for fastening the bearing arrangement in the turbocharger housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Boening, Dirk Frankenstein
  • Patent number: 9222485
    Abstract: A system, in certain embodiments, includes a centrifugal compressor diffuser vane including a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a constant thickness section extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge. A radius of curvature of the leading edge and a radius of curvature of the trailing edge vary along a span of the vane. A ratio of a length of the constant thickness section to a chord length of the vane is at least approximately 50%, and the ratio is substantially constant along the span of the vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Paul C. Brown, Mikhail Grigoriev, Chester V. Swiatek
  • Patent number: 9222476
    Abstract: A rotary pump has a pump housing enclosing a flow space and provided with an intake opening and a discharge opening, wherein the intake opening and the discharge opening are connected to each other by the flow space. An impeller wheel is disposed in the flow space and is driven in rotation. An expansion body is provided that is fluidically connected to the flow space. A spiral casing surrounds, in a mounted position in the pump housing, an outer circumference of the impeller wheel, wherein the spiral casing is a single-part or multi-part shaped component and is embodied separate from the pump housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: OASE GmbH
    Inventors: Enno Hanisch, Reinhard Henbrock
  • Patent number: 9222166
    Abstract: It is an objective of the invention to provide a slide part in which a seal member formed of an elastic body is in sliding contact with a hard member. There is provided a slide part comprising: a hard member having an amorphous carbon coating containing nitrogen formed on an outermost surface of a substrate; and a seal member formed of an elastic body, the seal member being in sliding contact with the hard member, wherein: content of the nitrogen in the coating is 3 at. % or more and 25 at. % or less, taking a total content of the carbon and the nitrogen in the coating as 100 at. %; the seal member contains fluorine at least in a sliding contact surface region thereof; and content of the fluorine in the surface region of the seal member is equal to or more than the nitrogen content in the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Itto Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9222575
    Abstract: A system for lubricating transmission components with hydraulic fluid includes a pump and a motor coupled to the pump. The pump has an inlet port that receives hydraulic fluid and an outlet port from which hydraulic fluid is pumped to the transmission components. A pump pressure is regulated by adjusting a motor torque of the motor, and the motor torque is set by commands based on a look-up table or a formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Zhe Xie
  • Patent number: 9222486
    Abstract: A power distribution system includes a prime mover and a hydraulic drive system. The hydraulic drive system includes an accumulator to store energy and supplement that available from the prime mover. A control monitors torque imposed on the prime mover and utilizes energy stored in the accumulator to offload the prime mover when its operating conditions are to be changed. Effecting a change under reduced load conditions mitigates inefficient operation of the prime mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Concentric Rockford Inc.
    Inventors: George Kadlicko, John Gregorio, Tobin Gimber, Jeffrey Maney
  • Patent number: 9217421
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a modified drag based wind turbine apparatus, a method of making the wind turbine and a method of using the wind turbine apparatus. The apparatus is based on a modified drag based concept whereby during a complete turn of the rotor, there will be an augmentation of a positive torque and a decrease of a negative torque resulting in double effect enhancement. The disclosed wind turbine can capture more wind kinetic energy than that energy captured by the traditional drag based wind turbines. The wind turbine apparatus comprises of a turbine supporting frame, a turbine rotor, a sail supporting arm, a sail rotational axis along with sail swinging rods, and extendable and/or shrinkable turbine sails. A simple design and construction is made for cost-effectiveness, and has small as well as large scale scalability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Alfaisal University
    Inventor: Hassan Zohair Hassan Ahmed
  • Patent number: 9217443
    Abstract: An energy saving fan comprising a pellet (1), a hub (2) connected with the pellet (1) and a plurality of curve shaped blades (3) extended radially outward from the hub (2). The roots (31) of the adjacent blades (3) are connected by a curved shaped connecting part (32) extending from the trailing edge (33) of a previous blade to the leading edge (34) of a subsequent blade. A first reinforcing rib (41) is formed on a windward surface (35) of each blade (3) from a trailing edge corner (331) to the hub (2), a second reinforcing rib (42) is formed on a leeward surface (36) of each blade (3) from a leading edge corner (341) to the hub (2), and a third reinforcing rib (43) is formed on the leeward surface (36) of each blade (3) from the hub (2) to the trailing edge (33). These reinforcing ribs improve the strength of the blade roots and prolong the service life of the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Xuelong Group Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Pinyan He
  • Patent number: 9217369
    Abstract: A compressor inlet manifold for directing air from a radial airflow inlet into an axial compressor inlet of a compressor of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The compressor inlet manifold provides air flow to the compressor with reduced distortion to the compressor which enables the required design surge margin to be reduced, thereby increasing gas turbine engine efficiency. The improved air flow has reduced distortion, turbulence and unsteadiness. The compressor inlet manifold body may have at least one annular opening extending axially downstream from an upstream wall. Air flow into the compressor inlet manifold may be conditioned with one or more of a flow improvement projection extending radially inward relative to other aspects of a compressor inlet outer wall, a conically shaped inner sidewall, and a baffle positioned at an acute angle relative to an axis aligned with a radially inward air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jose L. Rodriguez, James W. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9217412
    Abstract: A wind energy system comprising a wind turbine comprising a cowling surrounded by a diffuser and a plurality of inner rotor blades located inside of the cowling that rotate about an inner hub, a plurality of outer rotor blades positioned between the diffuser and the cowling that are counter-rotating relative to the plurality of inner rotor blades, a drive mechanism located within the inner rotor hub, a dynamic telescopic tower, and a tower support that connects the wind turbine to the dynamic telescopic tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: LGT Advanced Technology Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Blake, George Harold Ryton, Hassan Mansir, Nicholas James Hemingway
  • Patent number: 9217481
    Abstract: A hydraulically-operated actuator for a braking mechanism on a cable drawworks is provided. The actuator can have an enclosed tubular main body capable of being connected to an external hydraulic system. The main body can further contain a spring-opposed hydraulic piston connected to an actuator rod. The actuator rod can extend out of the main body and can connect to a braking system for the drawworks. In operation, the springs can push on the hydraulic piston and hold the actuator rod in a fully extended position to engage the braking system. When pressure from the external hydraulic system is applied to the hydraulic piston, the hydraulic piston can compress the springs and retract the actuator rod into the main body, which can disengage the braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald Lesko
  • Patent number: 9217439
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low-cost composite-type vacuum pump having a strength capable of withstanding high loads and using a cylindrical rotor formed from a fiber-reinforced plastic material. Having a turbo-molecular pump section (14) and a thread groove pump section (15), the composite vacuum pump is formed by press-fitting a joint portion (20a) of a rotor (17) of the turbo-molecular pump section (14) into the upper end section of a cylindrical rotor (21) formed from the fiber-reinforced plastic material of the thread groove pump section (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Japan Limited
    Inventor: Takashi Kabasawa