Patents Examined by Irene Cuda
  • Patent number: 6986201
    Abstract: A method enables replacement of a gas turbine engine combustor liner. The combustor has a combustion zone formed by inner and outer liners. A plurality of cooling features are formed by overhanging portions of the inner and outer liner liners. The method comprises cutting through at least one of the combustor inner and outer liner aft of an overhanging portion, wherein the portion of the combustor liner upstream from the cut remains coupled within the combustor, removing the portion of the combustor liner that is aft of the cut, and installing a replacement liner within the combustor such that the replacement liner extends aftward from the portion of the combustor liner that is upstream from the cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: George E. Moertle, Edward John Emilianowicz, Scott Howard Pelletier
  • Patent number: 6957487
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an elongate fluid conveying tube that includes starting from a blank of metal material, wherein the fluid conveying tube is adapted to be mounted in a vehicle cooler and comprises at least two internal elongate ducts. The method of manufacturing the tube includes forming a projecting surface structure on a portion of the surface of the blank. The method also includes defining a substantially flat web portion between two upright edge portions that are formed along two opposite edges of the blank. Additionally, the method involves forming the ducts such that the edge portions are situated perpendicular to the web portion and the outer faces of said edge portions are brought into abutment against each other and against the web portion for defining said ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Valeo Engine Cooling, AB
    Inventors: Laszlo Valaszkai, Esad Celik
  • Patent number: 6922895
    Abstract: An apparatus for the production of pocketed coil springs is disclosed. The apparatus includes a coiling section in which a coil is formed from wire fed to the coiling section, the coiling section including coiling elements, whose position and/or orientation determines the form of the coil, and an encapsulation section in which the coil is inserted between juxtaposed sheets of material and in which the sheets of material are joined together to form a pocket enclosing the coil. The apparatus further includes programmable control means operably linked to the coiling elements in such a way as to control the position and/or orientation of the coiling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Springform Technology Limited
    Inventor: Ian James Whitworth
  • Patent number: 6912782
    Abstract: A multi-axial pivoting liner within the combustion system of a turbine engine allows the system to work with minimum thermal interference, especially during system operation at transient conditions, by allowing the liner to pivot and slide about its centerline and relative to the turbine scroll. The pivoting liner has the ability to control and minimize air leakage from part to part, for example, from the liner to the turbine scroll, during various operating conditions. Additionally, the liner provides for easy assembly with no flow path steps. Finally, the pivoting liner tolerates thermal and mechanical stresses and minimizes thermal wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ly D. Nguyen, Gregory O. Woodcock, Stony Kujala
  • Patent number: 6886249
    Abstract: A construction is provided for a finned heat sink constructed from a plurality of components separately formed from graphite materials. The components include a base and a plurality of fins. In one embodiment, the base is constructed from a first graphite material, and a plurality of elongated fins are constructed from a second graphite material, which may be the same material as the first graphite material. The fins each extend at least partially into the base, and have a length extending away from the base parallel to each other. The graphite material of the fins includes graphene layers aligned in planes parallel to the length of the fins. Two constructions are provided for the base. In one construction the base includes graphene layers aligned in planes parallel to the length of the fins. In another construction the base includes graphene layers aligned in planes perpendicular to the length of the fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Martin D. Smalc
  • Patent number: 6883234
    Abstract: A process for machining axial blade slots in turbine disks used in jet engines is provided. The process broadly includes the steps of providing a turbine disk, forming a roughened slot having a plurality of joined rectangular areas in the turbine disk, and machining the roughened slot to a finished slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Allan B. Packman, Bernard D. Vaillette
  • Patent number: 6875163
    Abstract: An industrial sponge device and a method of manufacturing the same. The sponge is made from a polyvinyl acetal material with a process in which the pores are formed by gas to provide an open pore structure having no fibrils. Additionally, the sponge is purified by an extracting process which includes alternating exposure of the partially cross-linked sponge to solutions of high pH and low pH. The sponge is sterilized by electron beam radiation to destroy micro organisms that can cause contamination of the final product. The resulting sponge material is formed into an industrial sponge having a cylindrical body and a plurality of projections extending from the body. The projections are tapered truncated cones having a cross-sectional radius that decreases with distance from the body. The extracting process permits residual amounts of calcium, zinc, and other elements to be 2 ppm or less, preferably 1 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Cercone, Gerald D. Ingram, Leon C. Nunier, Scott J. Quaratella
  • Patent number: 6869385
    Abstract: An oil-coating roller constituted mainly of an oil-retaining layer around a central core and an oil-coating control layer surrounding the oil-retaining layer is provided which does not require a sealing treatment for prevention of oil leakage from the roller end face, and has a long service life. The oil-retaining layer is formed by winding in layers a nonwoven fabric which exhibits an oil-sucking height of not less than 60 mm and has an oil permeability of 40 g/cm2/hr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Nichias Corporation
    Inventors: Kohichi Kimura, Tatsuo Takagi, Yousuke Suganuma, Isami Abe
  • Patent number: 6854181
    Abstract: A method of assembling a folded-fin heat sink assembly, the assembly including base plate, a folded fin-assembly and a shroud, includes positioning the folded-fin assembly on a base plate, placing the shroud over the folded-fin assembly, urging the shroud to press the folded-fin assembly against the baze plate and bonding attached to the base plate and a shroud. According to an embodiment, the resulting shroud of the folded-fin assembly acts as extension of the folded-fin heat sink providing additional fin surfaces via which heat can be dissipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Adrian Pieter Sas, Kevin O'Neil, Robert Bamsey
  • Patent number: 6851186
    Abstract: An environment protection concerned method for manufacturing a heat sink includes the steps of: (a) putting a main material with a top into a die; (b) placing a heat transfer promoting material on the top of the main material, wherein the heat transfer promoting material has a thermal conductivity larger than that of the main material; and (c) forging the heat transfer promoting material and the main material to form a heat sink having a plurality of radiation fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Malico, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Liang
  • Patent number: 6848159
    Abstract: A chopper for chopping continuous items like fiber, fiber strand, yarn, string, wire, tape or ribbon, etc. which enters the chopper in unwound form at a high linear speed is disclosed having improvements and permit the chopper to tilt to change the angle of discharge of the chopped items(s). Also disclosed is a fast acting roll retainer and a chopper having the fast acting roll retainer that permits a backup roll and a blade roll to be removed and replaced in a faster and lesser damaging manner. Methods of chopping and changing rolls on an apparatus using the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Johns Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall C. Bascom, Jeffrey James Bryant, Gary Lee Dachenhaus, Archie Mead, Mark J. Scott, Randy C. Hyter
  • Patent number: 6839967
    Abstract: A lightened disk for a wheel has a flange having an axially inboard edge. The inboard edge includes a general portion which is located in a plane perpendicular to an axis of the disk. The flange portion has a thickness less than 90% of a thickness of a disk material at at least the general portion of the inboard edge. A method for manufacturing a lightened disk for a wheel includes a drawing step during which the flange portion is drawn such than the flange portion has a thickness less than 90% of a thickness of a disk material at at least the general portion of the inboard edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Topy Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kishiro Abe, Ryoichi Watanabe, Ryo Nishibayashi, Yuji Iwakura
  • Patent number: 6832432
    Abstract: A hot-rolling mill for flat products with at least two continuous casting units, wherein the continuous casting units are followed by a shear each and a tunnel furnace with transfer car each, a common breaking-down train, a finishing train, a cooling stretch and at least one reeling device. A connecting device is arranged between the tunnel furnaces and the breaking-down train for connecting the continuously cast slabs which have been cut into the desired coil weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: SMS Schloemann-Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wilfried Bald, Dieter Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 6826834
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a muffler assembly is provided that includes the step of cutting a pipe to a length that is slightly longer than that of a muffling device. The method includes the step of forging a lower end of the pipe to form an exhaust pipe. Then, the muffling device is spirally wound and inserted in a middle portion of the pipe. An upper end of the pipe is then forged and formed as an inlet pipe. The method also includes the step of forging the inlet pipe and the exhaust pipe again to hold the muffling device in place in the middle portion of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventors: I-Long Wu, Chia-Tien Wu
  • Patent number: 6817095
    Abstract: A partial assembly process for a vane-type cam phaser. A pulley/sprocket is loaded onto a first camshaft-shaped fixture with a cam nose extending beyond the length of an actual cam nose such that a phaser rotor containing a locking bolt, when mounted onto the cam nose, is displaced axially from the pulley/sprocket by an amount sufficient to set the axial engagement of the bolt upon final assembly. A stator is loaded onto the pulley/sprocket and is rotated clockwise until it contacts the rotor, thereby removing all rotational and radial lash from the system. One or more axial holes are bored through the pulley/sprocket and stator and a locking pin such as a roll pin is inserted to permanently pin the stator to the pulley/sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Emily E. Foster, William P. Vukovich, Donald T. Truszkowski, Mark D. Lemieux, Joel B. Lemieux
  • Patent number: 6817100
    Abstract: A steering wheel having partially applied wooden outer covers, which can be produced without having the wooden outer covers scratched, and the like, and can be produced with high working efficiency, and a method for manufacturing the steering wheel are provided. Raw materials, from which wood members are formed, are attached at a rim portion of a core metal, and cores are formed in this state. Thereafter, the wood members are shaped from the raw materials. Further, resin pieces are attached in spaces between the wood members and the cores to limit displacement of the wood members. Then, the cores and the resin pieces are covered with covering portions. As described above, spaces are formed, and the cores are formed in a state in which the raw materials of the wood members are attached. This allows shaping of the wood members after formation of the cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Hiroki Mori, Hisao Yamada, Yuji Tajiri, Keizo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6817096
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heat pipe construction includes first providing a tubular pipe with an open end. A thermally conductive material, such as a metallic material or a filled polymer composite material is overmolded over or cast around the tubular pipe. Additional heat dissipating elements, such as insert molded pins, may be provided in the overmolded or cast material to enhance thermal conductivity of the heat sink assembly. The tubular pipe is then filled with heat pipe media, such as water or ammonia, and then immediately sealed therein to effectively form an embedded heat pipe within a thermally conductive cast or overmolded structure. With the method of the present invention, an heat pipes can be overmolded with or cast into other heat dissipating material structure to improve overall performance of the heat pipe without damaging the heat pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Cool Options, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin A. McCullough
  • Patent number: 6802121
    Abstract: Method for making a cylinder block for internal combustion engine, in which at least one cylinder liner (10) is arranged inside a mould and aluminium-based material is cast into the mould and cooled, so that the cylinder liner (10) is incorporated in the cylinder block. The cylinder liner (10) is made of aluminium-based material and has protuberances destined to melt in contact with the molten material cast into the mould arranged on its external surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Antonio Fuganti, Paolo Barban, Ezio Merlo, Stefano Plano
  • Patent number: 6802123
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a rolling shaft of a photo printer mainly has two rubber casings sleeved at two ends of a long cylindrical rod which is then placed horizontally; after that, the long cylindrical rod is sprayed with a layer of resin thereby forming an rubber wheel at the central position of the long cylindrical rod; finally, the rubber wheel is adhered with a layer of fine grain material with high coefficient of abrasion such that the rolling shaft has a preferred abrasiveness and causes no chemical reaction with the photo paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: Shin Soong
  • Patent number: 6793611
    Abstract: A paper-feeding roller (1) formed by cylindrically molding a thermoplastic elastomer composition containing a thermoplastic resin or a thermoplastic elastomer in which a rubber or a thermoplastic elastomer that can be crosslinked is dispersed by dynamic crosslinking. A surface layer of the paper-feeding roller (1) contains titanium oxide at not less than 1.5% nor more than 50% in a volume fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Hattori, Tetsuo Mizoguchi, Hideyuki Okuyama