Patents Examined by Igor Kershteyn
  • Patent number: 11828188
    Abstract: Flow control devices and structures for turbomachines. In some examples, the flow control devices and structures include various arrangements of flow guiding channels, partial height vanes, and other treatments located on one or both of a shroud and hub side of a turbomachine to redirect, guide, or otherwise influence portions of a turbomachine flow field to thereby improve the performance of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Concepts NREC, LLC
    Inventor: David Japikse
  • Patent number: 11828196
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine article includes a substrate that has a pre-bond surface that includes a serpentine groove. A coating is disposed on the pre-bond surface and mechanically interlocks with the serpentine groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Zhigang Wang, Tahany El-Wardany, Xia Tang, Gajawalli V. Srinivasan, Anthony G. Ruglio, Xiaomei Fang
  • Patent number: 11814174
    Abstract: An aircraft defining a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction is provided. The aircraft includes: a fuselage; an engine mounted at a location spaced from the fuselage of the aircraft, the engine comprising a plurality of rotor blades; and a fuselage shield attached to or formed integrally with the fuselage at a location in alignment with the plurality of rotor blades along the lateral direction, the fuselage shield comprising a first layer defining a first density and a second layer defining a second density, the first density being different than the second density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David William Crall, Nicholas Joseph Kray, Douglas Duane Ward, Brandon Wayne Miller
  • Patent number: 11808275
    Abstract: A blower includes a lower case provided with an inlet; a first tower that extends upward from the lower case and is formed with a first outlet; a second tower that extends upward from the lower case and is provided with a second outlet; a fan that is rotatably disposed on the lower case; a first air flow converter that is disposed at the first tower; and a second air flow converter that is disposed at the second tower, each of the first air flow converter and the second air flow converter including: a guide board that is disposed inside the first tower or the second tower or protrudes through a first wall or a second wall; an upper gear that rotates in engagement with an upper portion of the guide board; a lower gear that rotates in engagement with a lower portion of the guide board; a shaft that is connected to each of the upper gear and the lower gear to rotate together; and a motor that is connected to one of the upper gear and the lower gear to provide a driving force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Kunyoung Lee, Keunman Park, Bohyun Kim, Myungjin Ku
  • Patent number: 11808274
    Abstract: A blower includes a first tower and a second tower spaced apart from each other each having discharge ports that face each other. A gate is movably installed in at least one of the first tower or the second tower to protrude into and out of the space between the first and second towers to change a flow of air discharged out of the discharge ports. A guide motor may be configured to move the gate. The discharge ports may be provided at a rear side of the space to discharge air toward a front of the space, while the gate may be moved to cover the front side of the space to guide air upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Jung, Kidong Kim, Hyungho Park, Hoojin Kim, Haein Jung, Yongmin Kim, Chiyoung Choi
  • Patent number: 11808156
    Abstract: A secondary flow suppression structure includes: a turbine rotor blade including an outer shroud; a turbine stator vane located rearward of the turbine rotor blade and including an outer band; a seal surface facing the outer shroud at a radial outside of the outer shroud; a fin projecting from the outer shroud toward the seal surface; and a cavity formed between the seal surface and the turbine stator vane, formed in an annular shape extending in a circumferential direction, and provided with an opening portion opening radially inward on a virtual surface of the seal surface extending rearward. A front end of the outer band is positioned at the same height as the virtual surface in a radial direction, or positioned radially inward of the virtual surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Nishii, Masaaki Hamabe
  • Patent number: 11802540
    Abstract: A rotor blade for a wind turbine, comprising a rotor blade root for fixing the rotor blade to the hub of a wind turbine, an inner blade portion which extends from the rotor blade root in the direction of a longitudinal extension of the rotor blade, and a rear edge segment for increasing the depth of the rotor blade in the profile depth direction in the region of the inner blade portion, wherein the rear edge segment is fixed to the inner blade portion and has an edge facing the inner blade portion. A cover lip is proposed which overlaps with the edge and is arranged in a transition region from the inner blade portion to the edge of the rear edge segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventor: Falk Spieth
  • Patent number: 11802515
    Abstract: A propulsion system includes a drive shaft, a fan, a fan shaft, and a reduction device coupling the drive and fan shafts. The reduction device includes a first reduction stage and a second reduction state, and include a sun gear, centered on an axis of rotation of the drive and fan shafts and driven in rotation by the drive shaft, a ring gear, coaxial with the sun gear and that drives the fan shaft in rotation about the axis, and planet gears distributed circumferentially about the axis between the sun and ring gears, each planet gear including a first portion which is meshed with the sun gear and a second portion which is meshed with the ring gear, a diameter of the first portion being different from a diameter of the second portion, and an oil transfer bearing positioned between the fan and the reduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventors: Caroline Marie Frantz, Gilles Alain Marie Charier, Maeva Daphné Gros-Borot, Matthieu Bruno François Foglia, Adrien Louis Simon
  • Patent number: 11802483
    Abstract: Embodiments of bladed rotors and methods for manufacturing bladed rotors are provided herein. The method for manufacturing bladed rotors includes providing a workpiece including a first rotor blade segment. The first rotor blade segment includes a first platform portion on a radially outward end portion of the first rotor blade segment. Further, the method includes forming a second rotor blade segment, by additive manufacturing, removing a side portion of the first platform portion, and removing a side portion of the second rotor blade segment, whereby a second platform portion remains on a radially outward end portion of the second rotor blade segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Turbo Systems Switzerland LTD.
    Inventors: Timo Schudeleit, Ralf Hock
  • Patent number: 11802491
    Abstract: A method of determining the location and size of a crack in a blade includes measuring a time of arrival of a tip of the blade at an angular position in a rotation, using the time of arrival to calculate a displacement of the tip of the blade, and using the displacements to calculate a first vibration condition and a second vibration condition for the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Manish Kumar, Roger W. Heinig
  • Patent number: 11795920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wind turbine blade comprising a first blade section and a second blade section connected to the first blade section. The wind turbine blade comprises a first down conductor for conducting lightning current to ground. The blade further comprises one or more lightning receptors at or in proximity of an external surface of the wind turbine blade. A smallest distance from a first lightning receptor of the one or more lightning receptors to an interface between the first blade section and the second blade section may be less than or equal to a chord length of a chord of the wind turbine blade at the interface between the first blade section and the second blade section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: LM WIND POWER A/S
    Inventors: Mathilde Aubrion, Boas Eiriksson
  • Patent number: 11786718
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid pump device, in particular for the medical application, with a compressible pump housing and rotor, as well as with an actuation means which runs in the sleeve and on whose end the fluid pump is arranged. In order to utilize all possibilities of a space-saving arrangement of the respective pump housing of the rotor, which is compressible per se, and as the case may be, a bearing arrangement, the mentioned elements are displaceable to one another in the axial direction compared to an operation position. In particular these elements may be end-configured by way of an axial movement of the drive shaft after the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventor: Reiner Liebing
  • Patent number: 11788474
    Abstract: A pericritical fluid system for a thermal management system associated with a turbine engine may include one or more sensors configured to generate sensor outputs corresponding to one or more phase properties of a pericritical fluid flowing through a cooling circuit of the thermal management system, and a controller configured to generate control commands configured to control one or more controllable components of the thermal management system based at least in part on the sensor outputs. The one or more sensors may include one or more phase detection sensors, such as an acoustic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Arthur William Sibbach
  • Patent number: 11788434
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a casing of an aircraft turbomachine, the casing including an annular shell extending about an axis A and made of a composite material including fibres that are woven and immersed in a resin, the annular layer including an abradable material arranged inside the shell, and covering a first inner annular surface of an intermediate section of the shell, the method including a step of gluing the layer on the first surface, during which the casing is heated and compressed by a system that is present at least partially inside the casing, wherein, prior to the heating and compression of the casing, a forming tool is mounted inside the casing and is made of two rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Vincent Pascal Fiore, Gatien Frisoni, Foster Alexander Maxwell, Steven Meserve, Jeffrey Steven Sherman
  • Patent number: 11788424
    Abstract: Sealing ring for a wheel of an aircraft turbomachine turbine, the ring having an annular body extending around an axis of revolution and including an outer surface and an inner surface which is coated with an annular layer of an abradable material, the ring further including an annular wall extending around the annular body and at a radial distance from the body, the annular wall including openings through which cooling air flows by impact on the outer surface, wherein the body and the wall are integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas Louis Guedot, Fabien Hourquet, Eloi Duflos, Patrice Postel
  • Patent number: 11788435
    Abstract: A pin member is proposed for a turbo-machine having a shroud arranged to rotate within a turbine housing. The pin member is configured to limit this rotation. It is a one-piece element comprising a cylindrical body and a limit surface for opposing motion of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: CUMMINS LTD.
    Inventors: Simon David Moore, Karl Conlon, Matthew William Edwards
  • Patent number: 11781441
    Abstract: An air cycle machine includes an air inlet connected to an air cycle compressor. Air downstream of the air cycle compressor is connected to be delivered across a first turbine. The air cycle compressor is driven by the first turbine through a shaft. Air downstream of the first turbine is connected to a second turbine. The second turbine is connected to deliver air downstream. The second turbine is connected with a second shaft to drive a fan rotor. The fan rotor delivers a source of air across a primary heat exchanger positioned between the inlet and the air cycle compressor. The air cycle compressor and the first turbine are formed of a metal. The second turbine and the fan rotor are formed of non-metallic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Craig M. Beers, Donald E. Army
  • Patent number: 11772135
    Abstract: An air nozzle includes a main body having a compressed air passageway to allow a compressed air to flow therethrough and a compensation air passageway in communication with the compressed air passageway. An external air is sucked into the compressed air passageway through the compensation air passageway and ejected together with the compressed air when the compressed air flows through the compressed air passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jialin Zhang, Jinlong Li, Dan Li, Zhongxi Huang, Jiankun Zhou, Daiqiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11773828
    Abstract: Provided is a blade for a wind turbine including a trailing edge and a leading edge, a lightning protection system with at least one lightning receptor on the blade tip for receiving lightning and at least one lightning down conductor for conducting a lightning current received by the lightning receptor to the blade root, and an ice formation prevention system with a conductive layer arranged along the leading edge, and a first connection terminal on the first end and a second connection terminal on the second end for connecting the layer with a power supply unit, the first connection terminal is connected with the lightning down conductor, wherein the first connection terminal partially contacts the layer and have a rear section connected to the layer and a front section that longitudinally extends towards the blade tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventor: Victor March Nomen
  • Patent number: 11773748
    Abstract: A high temperature flange joint in a gas turbine engine includes a first flange formed on a first component abutting a second flange formed on a second component. The flange joint includes multiple adjacently spaced bolt connections. Each bolt connection includes a first spacer plate bearing against the first flange and a second spacer plate bearing against the second flange. First and second lock washers are provided that bear against the first and second spacer plates respectively. A bolt is inserted through the first and second flanges, the first and second spacer plates and the first and second lock washers. The bolt is preloaded to clamp the first flange to the second flange. Each spacer plate has a respective thickness and is sized to enhance a bearing surface in contact with the respective flange. Thereby, a bolt preload is maintained during operation of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventors: John William Farabow, III, William J. Curtin