Patents Examined by Eugene G. Byrd
  • Patent number: 11326311
    Abstract: A system which creates a durable seal between adjacent horizontal panels, including those that may be curved or subject to temperature expansion and contraction or mechanical shear. The durable seal system incorporates a plurality of ribs, a flexible member between the cover plate and the ribs and may incorporate a load transfer plate to provide support to the rib from below, and/or cores of differing compressibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Steven R. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11326695
    Abstract: A metal gasket (10) installed between a cylinder head and a cylinder block comprises at least one metal substrate (11) coated with a sealant (19) on its outer surface, and including a full bead (13) for cylinder bore hole sealing and a half bead (16) for liquid hole sealing. The half bead (16) includes: an inclined plate portion (16b) connected to a flat substrate body (11a) of the metal substrate (11) through a first bend portion (16a) and inclined with respect to the substrate body (11a); and an edge plate portion (16d) connected to the inclined plate portion (16b) through a second bend portion (16c) and inclined with respect to the inclined plate portion (16b). A radius at a convex surface of the first bend portion (16a) and a radius at a concave surface of the second bend portion (16c) are in a range of 2.0 mm to 3.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Kazuya Wada, Shinichi Hirayama, Akinori Sueyoshi, Ryosuke Muraoka
  • Patent number: 11320049
    Abstract: In this piston ring combination, a second outer peripheral surface, which is the outer peripheral surface of a second ring, has a second protruding surface curved into a convex shape, and a pair of third outer peripheral surfaces, which are the outer peripheral surfaces of a pair of segments, each have a third outer peripheral area in which a third protruding surface is formed, the third protruding surfaces being curved into convex shapes. In at least one of the pair of third outer peripheral surfaces, the peripheral edge on a crank-chamber side is positioned farther outward in the diametrical direction than the peripheral edge on a combustion-chamber side, and a peak of the third protruding surface is positioned nearer to the crank chamber than the center of the third outer peripheral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TPR Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Nango
  • Patent number: 11293350
    Abstract: A seal segment (11) includes a retainer (21), a seal body (13) having a thin plate seal piece (20), a high-pressure side plate (23), a low-pressure side plate, a retainer simulating section (51) further extending in the circumferential direction (Dc) from an end portion of the retainer (21) in the circumferential direction (Dc), and a block body (50) including a seal body simulation section (53) extending inward in the radial direction (Dr) from the retainer simulation section. The high-pressure side plate (23) and the low-pressure side plate cover at least a part of the seal body simulation section (53) of the block body (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Azumi Yoshida, Hidekazu Uehara, Shin Nishimoto, Naoya Tatsumi, Kohei Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11287043
    Abstract: A seal assembly includes a seal disposed about a shaft and having an annular body with a radial sealing surface and an inner circumferential sealing surface engageable with the shaft. A housing is disposed about the shaft and has a first inner circumferential surface defining a first annular chamber about the shaft, the seal being disposed within the first annular chamber, a second inner circumferential surface spaced radially inwardly from the first inner circumferential surface and spaced from the outer surface of the shaft by a radial clearance so as to define a second annular chamber. A radial seal contact surface extends between the first and second inner circumferential surfaces and is sealingly engageable by the sealing surface of the seal to prevent flow between the two chambers, and circumferential pressure groove(s) are formed in the seal contact surface and are fluidly coupled with the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: KAYDON RING & SEAL, INC.
    Inventor: Jared Daniel Manry
  • Patent number: 11287042
    Abstract: A sealing apparatus which seals an annular gap of a hole into which a shaft is to be inserted, includes a sealing apparatus body to be fitted into the hole, and a slinger to be attached to the shaft. The sealing apparatus body includes a reinforcing ring annular around an axis line, and an elastic body portion attached to the reinforcing ring and annular around the axis line. The slinger includes a flange portion extending toward an outer periphery side and annular around the axis line. The elastic body portion includes an end-face lip extending on one side in an axis line direction, contacting the flange portion from another side in the axis line direction, and annular around the axis line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Yuya Sakano, Hiroki Matsui, Kokichi Hamamoto, Takehiro Nakagawa, Hisato Yonai, Masahiko Inoue
  • Patent number: 11261969
    Abstract: A sealing assembly having a seal casing. A decreased diameter portion extends inboard from at least a portion of a first end portion of the substantially cylindrical portion and an axially extending portion extends inboard from at least a portion of a second end portion of the decreased diameter portion of the casing. One or more first sealing portions having one or more static sealing ribs extend from at least a portion of an outer surface of the substantially cylindrical portion. One or more second sealing portions are integrally connected to at least a portion of the decreased diameter portion, the axially extending portion and/or an inner surface of the substantially cylindrical portion. The one or more second sealing portions have a retaining member sealing surface with one or more sealing member retention ribs extending from at least a portion of an outer surface of the retaining member sealing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Brock, Stephen J. Carr, Cody P. Jennings
  • Patent number: 11248705
    Abstract: A flexible seal is used to seal between two adjacent gas turbine components. The flexible seal includes at least one metal ply having a forward end, an aft end axially separated from the forward end, and an intermediate portion between the forward end and the aft end. The intermediate portion defines a continuous curve in the circumferential direction, such that the aft end is circumferentially, and optionally radially, offset from the forward end. A plurality of relief cuts is defined through the at least one metal ply between the forward end and the aft end to increase flexibility and improve sealing in seal slots that are radially offset from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Christopher Walter Falcone
  • Patent number: 11242930
    Abstract: A seal structure includes an elastic body and a cap which are located in a boundary between a first component and a second component that seal and define a gas flow path. The flow path is defined by a first through hole in the first component and a second through hole in the second component, the elastic body has a loop-shaped second opening which overlaps with a first opening of the first through hole, and the cap covers the elastic body such that the first opening, the second opening, and a third opening of the cap overlap with each other. The cap is fitted into a groove in the first surface and is in close contact with the second surface. The cap and second component are in close contact with each other to have slidability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventor: Ryota Sakane
  • Patent number: 11235964
    Abstract: A sealing system for food applications that provides a housing element with two or more bolts and respective holes for clamping. A flanged element is clamped to a frame of a machine, and a rubber seal placed along the base perimeter of the housing element. The seal includes a first portion of the rubber profile placed in the areas distant from the holes and a second portion of the rubber profile adjacent to the holes. The rubber profile of the second portion has a larger cross section than that of the first portion, such that the deformations of the rubber profile are made virtually uniform to prevent the formation of fractures, and therefore of bacteria traps, in the rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Alessio Nebbia Colomba, Fausto Baracca, Fabio Falaschi, Pasquale Frezza
  • Patent number: 11236829
    Abstract: A sealing ring includes: a lip ring, with at least one sealing lip; and a supporting ring. The lip ring and the supporting ring are connected to one another. The lip ring and the supporting ring each are formed from an elastomeric material. A modulus of elasticity of the lip ring is smaller than a modulus of elasticity of the supporting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Simon Watling
  • Patent number: 11235407
    Abstract: Provided are a soldering apparatus that allows a gasket to be easily attached to and detached from the soldering apparatus, and a method of fixing the gasket to the soldering apparatus. The soldering apparatus includes: a furnace body; a gasket that is provided to at least a part of the furnace body, and that seals the furnace body; and a push rivet that fixes the gasket in an attachable/detachable manner to the furnace body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Tsutomu Hiyama
  • Patent number: 11231108
    Abstract: Provided is a composite seal member that can maintain performance such as vacuum seal performance, plasma resistance, and corrosive gas resistance over a long period. The composite seal member is mounted in a seal groove provided in a body surface of a first member, and establishes a sealed state between the first member and a second member when the second member is moved closer toward the first member. The composite seal member includes a first seal member disposed on the side of a first side wall of the seal groove and made of an elastic member, and a second seal member disposed on the side of a second side wall of the seal groove and made of a material that is harder than the first seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Valqua, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sangho Kim, Michi Kuroda, Nobuhiro Yoshida, Ippei Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11231131
    Abstract: A seal is described for sealing a fairlead of an object through a (housing) wall, wherein the seal surrounds the object with form fit at least in the area of the housing fairlead. The seal has an insulating rib encircling its circumference and a hydrophobic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: DIPL.-ING. H. HORSTMANN GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Burkhardt, Meinolf Gerick
  • Patent number: 11215021
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an anchoring and sealing tool. In one aspect, downhole tool for use in a wellbore is provided. The tool includes a tubular having a tapered outer surface. The tool further includes an expandable annular member disposed on the tubular. The expandable member has an anchor portion. The tool further includes a seal member disposed in a groove of the expandable annular member. The seal member has one or more anti-extrusion bands, wherein the seal member and the anchor portion are configured to be expandable radially outward into contact with the wellbore as the expandable annular member moves along the tapered outer surface of the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: George Givens, Rocky A. Turley
  • Patent number: 11215285
    Abstract: A seal includes an at least partially cylindrical annular body defining a radial direction, an axial direction, and a circumferential direction. The at least partially cylindrical annular body has a radially outer flange, a radially inner ring, and a resilient intermediate portion joining the radially outer flange to the radially inner ring. The radially outer flange defines a seal outer diameter and a flange axial thickness, and a ratio of the seal outer diameter to the flange axial thickness ranges from 14.0 to 15.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Patrick Morge, Pradeep Chapagain, Andrew R. Stodgel
  • Patent number: 11209086
    Abstract: A seal system has: a first member; a seal carried by the first member and having a seal face; and a second member rotatable relative to the first member about an axis. The second member has: a seat, the seat having a seat face in sliding sealing engagement with the seal face; and a circumferential array of passageway legs open to the seat face; and an oil pump for delivering oil via one or more first outlets to the passageway legs in at least a first mode of operation. The oil pump is coupled to one or more second outlets to deliver oil to a backside of the seat in at least a second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Todd A. Davis, William G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 11199263
    Abstract: A contacting seal for a gas turbine engine include a seal element rotationally fixed relative to an axis of rotation, and a seal seat configured to rotate circumferentially about an axis of rotation and contact the seal element at an interface surface of the seal seat. The seal seat includes an interface component including a seat wall including the interface surface and a seat cavity surface opposite the interface surface, such that a wall thickness of the interface component is defined therebetween. A cover component is secured to the interface component, the cover component including a cover cavity surface. The seat cavity surface and the cover cavity surface define a cooling cavity therebetween configured such that a flow of fluid therethrough cools the interface component via contact between the coolant and the seat cavity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Armando Amador, Ernest Boratgis
  • Patent number: 11193588
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a sealing ring assembly having a sealing ring and a reinforcement, configured to seal a high-pressure region from a lower pressure region of a piston and cylinder device. The sealing ring may be segmented, and a metal layer, wire, or other reinforcement may be affixed to the ring. The reinforcement is placed into tension against the sealing ring, which is correspondingly placed into compression. The composite structure of a relatively brittle sealing ring and reinforcement provides for reduced tensile loads in the sealing ring, thus extending life and reducing the likelihood of failure. The brittle portion of the sealing ring assembly may include a polymer or ceramic such as graphite, which is relatively less strong in tension than compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Mainspring Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Svrcek, Jodie Prudhomme, Jerry DeJong, Tom Hasler
  • Patent number: 11193591
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to a system comprising: a rotatable seal runner, a stationary sealing member that includes a base and a nose that extends from the base in an axial direction and interfaces with the seal runner, a carrier that supports the sealing member, and a tab coupled to the carrier, where the tab extends from the carrier in the axial direction towards the seal runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Mark T. Sommers