Patents Examined by Eugene G. Byrd
  • Patent number: 11662023
    Abstract: Systems and methods include providing an aircraft with a fuselage and a wing assembly rotatable relative to the fuselage about a stow axis between a flight position and a stowed position. The aircraft includes an engine reduction gearbox having a retractable driveshaft that selectively engages the mid-wing gearbox via axially translatable motion along a rotation axis when the wing assembly is in the flight position. The mid-wing gearbox includes a plunger seal that is displaced in response to contact with the retractable driveshaft. Displacement of the plunger seal allows lubricant to flow through an inner bore in the retractable driveshaft, across splines of the retractable driveshaft and the mid-wing gearbox, and through lubrication ports in the mid-wing gearbox to lubricate the engine reduction gearbox, splines of the retractable driveshaft and the mid-wing gearbox, and the mid-wing gearbox via a single lubrication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Stephen Olson, David Russell Bockmiller
  • Patent number: 11644100
    Abstract: Provided is a seal ring configured so that stable lubrication performance can be provided across a wide range of rotation speed. A seal ring for sealing a clearance between a rotary shaft and a housing includes inclined grooves formed at a sliding surface so as to be arranged in a circumferential direction, the inclined grooves being open on an outer diameter side of the seal ring to generate a drawing pressure. The seal ring further includes supply grooves being open on a sealed fluid side of the seal ring and extending in a radially outward direction toward inner diameter sides of the inclined grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Wataru Kimura, Yuichiro Tokunaga, Yoshiaki Takigahira, Toru Kono, Hidetoshi Kasahara, Jun Hiromatsu, Takafumi Ota
  • Patent number: 11635147
    Abstract: The seal ring is annular around an axis x and includes an annular outer peripheral surface facing an outer periphery side, and a plurality of recessed parts. The recessed parts are formed in such a way as to be spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction and are recessed from the outer peripheral surface toward an inner periphery side. The recessed parts expand, in the axis x direction, from one side surface to a position which does not reach another side surface. The outer peripheral surface includes a annular contact surface between the another side surface and the position, and rib surfaces respectively between mutually neighboring recessed parts in the circumferential direction. Each of the rib surfaces extends between the one side surface and the position in the axis x direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Yusuke Yoshida, Koji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11635143
    Abstract: A multi-layer head gasket having at least two active layers and a shim layer sandwiched there between. The gasket and shim layer include cylinder openings aligned with the cylinders disposed within an engine block. The shim layer incorporates a plated portion for adding topography to an otherwise flat shim layer, the areas of plating determined based on FEA and/or pressure film load testing, for improving fatigue resistance, sealing pressure, and/or loading characteristics of the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Mockenhaupt, Shaleena Daisy, Jason Tyrus
  • Patent number: 11635144
    Abstract: A multi-layered metal sheet is disclosed formed of a laminate of a plurality of metal sheets fixed to each other by a clinch formed in a concave shape from one main surface toward another main surface, the clinch has an schematic pillar shape, the clinch being defined by an open top, a pair of cut surfaces which are respectively formed from the open top toward a bottom, a pair of inclined surfaces respectively inclined from the open top toward the bottom, transitional surfaces which connect the cut surfaces and the inclined surfaces to each other, and the bottom having overlapping parts which extend over the main surface of the multi-layered metal sheet on a lower side immediately below the cut surfaces, and lengthwise end portions of a cut formed in each of upper edge portions of the cut surfaces are disposed on upper edge portions of the transitional surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Hironobu Imanaka, Takeshi Murata, Shinya Wasada, Futoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11629785
    Abstract: A radial lip seal includes a sealing lip body having a contact point defining an inner diameter of the radial lip seal, and a heelstock body defining an outer diameter and having a supporting section arranged radially inwardly relative to the outer diameter and extending along a boundary of the sealing lip body toward the contact point. The heelstock body is formed of a heelstock material that is flexible, and the heelstock material is stiffer relative to a material of the sealing lip body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Jesse D. Slagell
  • Patent number: 11621453
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a seal for sealing an inner chamber of a housing from an exterior of the housing, comprising at least one sealing layer that has: at least two rigid sealing layer portions having a respective support element, wherein the rigid sealing layer portions are interconnected by a flexible sealing layer portion, which consists of or comprises at least in part an elastomer; and at least one sealing contour, which extends continuously over the different sealing layer portions, wherein the support elements each comprise, in an end region adjoining the flexible sealing layer portion, at least one through-opening, through which the elastomer of the flexible sealing layer portion extends, and the end region of each support element is coined in at least one first end-side coining region and is enclosed by the elastomer in the first end-side coining region at least in some regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Reinz-Dichtungs-GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Ruopp, Tobias Wolf, Johann Waldvogel, Michael Heuschmid
  • Patent number: 11619305
    Abstract: A seal to prevent fluid transfer using double diameters to provide a tighter seal is disclosed. The double diameter seal has a body with a first diameter containing an upper contact area and a second diameter forming a lower contact point. A notch extends into the body between the upper contact area and the lower contact point for a predetermined distance to form a transition point. In use, the first diameter is dimensioned to place a portion of the length of the upper contact area in sliding engagement adjacent to a length of the first surface. The second diameter dimensioned to place the lower contact point contacting an angled second surface of a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventor: Israel Olegnowicz
  • Patent number: 11619331
    Abstract: Gasket seals for high pressure applications include retaining elements with inner diameter seal elements that interlock with the retaining element to provide resistance to movement in both axial and radial directions between the retaining element and seal element. High pressure sealing may be accomplished using a metallic core retaining element to which an electrically isolating material is bonded on either or both sides. Sealing is achieved through an inner diameter dielectric sealing element, such as a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) inner diameter sealing ring. Flanges of a joint in a fluid flow ling may be bolted together with the gasket seal interposed therebetween. In the event of pressure changes, the inner diameter seal resists being drawn into the flow line, and resists axial movement relative to the retaining element, through dual locking members that secure the seal to the retaining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Garlock Pipeline Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Brown, Ryan M. Buttimer, T. Scott Tanner, Christopher Remley
  • Patent number: 11614169
    Abstract: A seal ring has, on an outer peripheral surface side thereof, a pair of recessed parts 140 extending in a circumferential direction on both sides in a width direction thereof to form a projection part 120 between the pair of recessed parts 140, and has a plurality of ribs 130 connected to the projection part 120 and extending to lateral surfaces of the seal ring at intervals in the circumferential direction inside the pair of recessed parts 140, and a plurality of ribs 130 arranged on a sealed region side among the plurality of ribs 130 have lateral-wall surfaces on an upstream side in a relative rotation direction of a housing with respect to a shaft, each of the lateral-wall surfaces having inclined surfaces inclined from the upstream side to a downstream side in the relative rotation direction of the housing from the projection part 120 toward the lateral surfaces of the seal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Yusuke Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11608894
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of replacing a failed pump seal of a pump having a pump housing and a rotating pump shaft. As part of the method, there is provided a specially configured rescue seal. The rescue seal is placed on the pump shaft above the failed seal so that the pump shaft extends through both the failed seal and the rescue seal. In order to affix the rescue seal to the pump shaft and above the failed seal, a plurality of studs are first attached to the pump housing after removing some of the bolts that fasten the failed seal to the pump housing. The failed seal is then secured to the studs with nuts. Nuts are then placed on the studs to secure the rescue seal to the studs above the failed seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: S. Elwood Yandle, II
  • Patent number: 11608893
    Abstract: A hole plug includes a main body having an inner surface, a perimeter, and which further includes a center axis that is substantially perpendicular to the inner surface and defines an axial direction. Additionally, a securing member extends axially from the inner surface and includes a base directly secured to the inner surface of the main body and a cantilevered protuberance at least partially axially spaced from the inner surface. Furthermore, the protuberance at least partially extends along a circumferential path that is a parallel curve of the perimeter positioned inward from the perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Chlystek, Tao Wang, Gregory Mamelson
  • Patent number: 11603929
    Abstract: In a surface of a wire, a first side surface forming an outer circumferential surface in a piston ring includes a tapered surface and a protruding surface, the protruding surface is divided into a first part and a second part by a first virtual surface extending from the tapered surface, and the first part includes a top and is formed in a protruding shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: TPR Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakazawa, Satoshi Minemura, Masahide Hama
  • Patent number: 11603933
    Abstract: A radial shaft seal for a shaft to be sealed operating at high rotational speeds and circumferential speeds in both rotational directions has a sealing lip with a first circumferential ring and a second circumferential ring. The first circumferential ring is resting seal-tightly against the shaft to be sealed and seals the medium side. At the side of the first circumferential ring facing the air side, there are first return elements that convey leakage medium back to the medium side. The second circumferential ring is provided at the side of the first circumferential ring facing the air side and second return elements are provided at its air side. The second return elements guide medium that has passed underneath the second circumferential ring back underneath the second circumferential ring to the medium side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: KACO GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Wunder, Konstantin Rempel
  • Patent number: 11598420
    Abstract: A seal ring (26) configured to be employed with a cross shaft (16) including a center section (17) and four shaft sections (18a, 18b, 18c, 18d) extending in four directions from the center section and formed with step faces (17a) where the center section widens out from base ends of the shaft sections outward in radial directions of the shaft sections, and with bearings (21) for mounting to leading end portions of the shaft sections. The seal ring is fitted over the shaft section and interposed between the bearing and the step face. The seal ring includes a seal lip (34) configured to contact the step face around the entire circumference, and an indentation (36) the seal lip enters by deforming when mounted to the cross shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Seiichi Moriyama, Masaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11592107
    Abstract: A gasket for sealing a gap between a through hole formed on a wall body and a pipe to be inserted into the through hole, the gasket being provided for the pipe and made of tubular elastic material, the gasket having an inner circumferential lip portion which elastically contacts an outer circumferential face of the pipe; and an outer circumferential lip portion which elastically contacts an inner circumferential face of the through hole; an inner seal area on an inner circumferential side where the inner circumferential lip portion is provided is located at a position so that the inner seal area does not overlap in a radial direction with an outer seal area of an outer circumferential side where the outer circumferential lip portion is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Keita Yamamoto, Takefumi Tanaka, Ryusuke Baba
  • Patent number: 11592108
    Abstract: A seal includes an annular seal body formed of an elastomeric material and has opposing first and second circumferential surfaces and a sealing projection extending radially from the first circumferential surface. The projection has a frustoconical primary sealing surface with first and second axial ends and an axial length between the first and second ends. The projection is sealingly engageable with the inner surface of the outer member when the seal body is coupled with the inner member, such that substantially the entire axial length of the primary sealing surface is disposed against the inner surface of the outer member. Alternatively, the projection is sealingly engageable with the outer surface of the inner member when the seal body is coupled with the outer member, such that substantially the entire axial length of the primary sealing surface is disposed against the outer surface of the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Robert D. Pecak, Daniel J. Levy, Timothy Patterson
  • Patent number: 11591046
    Abstract: The present invention concerns in particular the nautical equipment sector, with particular reference to the installation of pipes on board of boats of any size and kind. In particular, the present invention deals with safety devices for routing pipes between different sectors of the hull, passing through the bulkheads separating the various vans/spaces/housings of a boat. More specifically, the present invention describes a device (1) for the passage of pipes (5) for liquids or gases through bulkheads and decks of yachts, mega yachts and naval vessels in general with fireproof characteristics preferably and in a particularly innovative way, even watertight/tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Barbara Spita, Luciano Lombardi
  • Patent number: 11585440
    Abstract: A hole plug attachment structure includes: a first attachment-target member is formed with a first attachment hole; a second attachment-target member is formed with a second attachment hole; and a hole plug that includes a tube-shaped outer peripheral wall, a blocking portion, a ring shaped flange jutting out toward a radial direction outer side of the outer peripheral wall from an end portion of the outer peripheral wall on an opposite side from an insertion direction so as to cover a location surrounding the second attachment hole, and a hook portion, a location of the flange that abuts an edge of the second attachment hole being thicker than a location of the flange that abuts the edge of the first attachment hole, in a state in which a back face of the flange abuts both the edge of the first attachment hole and the edge of the second attachment hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kabeya, Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 11578800
    Abstract: A sealing plug (100) for a panel opening, the plug having an axis (132) and including a head portion (110) having a first diameter larger than of the panel opening and a leg portion (120) concentric to the head portion (110) and having a second diameter shorter than the first diameter, the leg includes at least two latches (130) extending radially towards the head portion (110), and wherein the passing of the leg portion (120) and the at least two latches (130) through the panel opening causes resilient deformation of each latch (130), such that each latch (130) deforms and recovers thereby causing the panel to be retained by the at least two latches (130) and between the at least two latches (130) and the head portion (110) of the plug (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Josep Ventallo, Francisco Cuervas, Javier Arteta