Patents Examined by Jesse Prager
  • Patent number: 10125622
    Abstract: A system for directing the flow of a fluid and controlling the rate of flow of the fluid. The system comprises a channel for directing the flow of the fluid; at least a pair of articulating vanes positioned within the channel for controlling the flow rate of the fluid within the channel; and a linkage between the vanes coupling the articulation of each of the vanes to the other of the vanes, wherein each vane imparts a force on the linkage when the relative angle of attack is greater than zero, wherein the force imparted on the linkage by one of the vanes is at least partially cancelled by the force imparted on the linkage by the other of the vanes during the articulation of the vanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Edward C. Rice, Bradley S. Sumner
  • Patent number: 10113441
    Abstract: A thermally driven spring valve for turbine gas path parts is disclosed herein. A thermally driven spring valve includes a bimetallic sheet comprising a base, a first finger portion extending from the base and a second finger portion extending from the base, the first finger portion having a first curvature vector and the second finger portion have a second curvature vector, wherein an exterior surface extends from the base through the first finger portion and the second finger portion and an interior surface extends from the base through the first finger portion and the second finger portion, wherein the exterior surface of the first finger portion is disposed proximate the interior surface of the base wherein the exterior surface of the second finger portion is disposed proximate the interior surface of the base. A thermally driven spring valve may include perforations through a finger portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley, Lane M. Thornton
  • Patent number: 10100846
    Abstract: A fan design method and fan structure is described, enabling independent control of the volume of airflow and the amount of noise produced. The noise produced is a close approximation to a pleasing red noise spectrum, and is generated solely by the interaction of the rotating fan blades with a petal assembly or a fan enclosure in several embodiments. A petal assembly may be positioned at varying spacings behind the rotating fan blades to control the level of noise production with minimal effect on the volume of airflow. Various aspects of the fan blade configuration, such as the blade pitch, camber, span, chord, etc., may be manipulated to control the ratio of airflow volume to the amount of noise produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Envision Strategy Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Peery, David W. Furnace, James M. Peden
  • Patent number: 10072522
    Abstract: A compressor includes a rotor platform; a rotor blade; and a casing having an inner surface surrounding the tip and spaced radially outwardly from the tip to define a gap. A secondary air flow system includes a bleed inlet configured to remove secondary air flow from the primary air flow; an injection opening disposed in the inner surface of the casing upstream of the bleed inlet; an accessory conduit; and a plenum fluidly coupled to the bleed inlet, the injection opening, and the accessory conduit. The bleed inlet and plenum at least partially define a secondary air flow path such that a first portion of the secondary air flow is directed in through the bleed inlet, through the plenum, and out through the injection opening and a second portion of the secondary air flow is directed in through the bleed inlet, through the plenum, and out through the accessory conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Nick Nolcheff, Jong Lee
  • Patent number: 10047607
    Abstract: A component for a turbocharger can include a shaft made of a first material where the shaft includes a turbine wheel end and a shaft axis; a turbine wheel made of a second material where the turbine wheel includes a shaft end and a turbine wheel axis; a weld joint formed by solidification of at least a portion of a weld pool that includes the first material and the second material, where the weld joint joins the turbine wheel end of the shaft and the shaft end of the turbine wheel and where the weld joint includes an inner radial border and an outer radial border; a reservoir disposed radially inwardly of the inner radial border of the weld joint; and a solidified portion of the weld pool disposed in the reservoir. Various other examples of devices, assemblies, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Maurice Thirion, Brent Zollinger, Nicolas Vazeille, Marc Wilson, Didier Horlaville, Dominique Armand, Andrei Minculescu
  • Patent number: 10024172
    Abstract: An airfoil includes an airfoil wall including an exterior airfoil surface and at least partially defines an airfoil cavity. A fillet is on the exterior airfoil surface. A recess is in an interior surface of the airfoil wall adjacent the fillet. A baffle tube is located in the airfoil cavity spaced from the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Mark A. Boeke, Richard M. Salzillo, Jeffrey J. DeGray, Shawn J. Gregg
  • Patent number: 10024330
    Abstract: A bladeless cooling light includes an airflow assembly, a light assembly, and a housing. The airflow assembly includes an air circulation assembly positioned within the housing and an air passage structure connected to the housing, wherein the air circulation assembly draws air through the housing into the air passage structure. The air passage structure has a separation wall that delineates the air passage structure into an inflow air channel and an outflow air channel to improve the airflow through the air passage structure. A cone-tip hole grid and a wired heater within the air passage structure further improve airflow characteristics; the cone-tip hole grid constricts the flow, while the wired heater increases internal pressure by heating the air. The lighting assembly is mounted to the housing with the air passage structure being positioned around the lighting assembly, such that the light and expelled airflow are projected in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Jianhui Xie, Yifan Wu, Robert Eric Schell
  • Patent number: 10024327
    Abstract: A turbomolecular pump includes: a rotor (4) on which rotary vanes (19) in multiple stages are formed; fixed vanes (21) in multiple stages; and a pump casing (7) in which a pump inlet opening (7a) is defined, and that houses the rotor (4) and the fixed vanes (21) in multiple stages; wherein: a surface of the rotor (4) facing the inlet opening has a first emissivity; a surface of one vane stage that is visible from the inlet opening, among a plurality of vane stages including the rotary vanes (19) and the fixed vanes (21), has the first emissivity; and a surface of one vane stage, among the plurality of vane stages, that is not visible from the inlet opening has a second emissivity that is greater than the first emissivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Shingo Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10018206
    Abstract: The invention relates to an impeller (1) for a fan, in particular an axial or radial fan having a hub (2) for connecting the impeller (1) to a drive motor and having fan blades (6) which are arranged circumferentially around the hub (2) and having pockets (9) in the hub region, having balance weights (15) which can be fastened therein, aligned in the axial direction. The balance weights (15) are made of U-shaped, bent weight clips made of spring-elastic material, having at least two opposite clip legs extending parallel to each other which are connected to each other via a bend section, and comprise a clamping gap between the clip legs. One of the clip legs extends within the pockets (9) and the other clip leg extends outside of the pockets (9), such that there is a clamping seat on a pocket wall (12) extending in the clamping gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Jürgen Moll, Christian Hammel
  • Patent number: 10012211
    Abstract: A wind turbine including a rotatable part, at least one absorber element secured to the rotatable part within an interior of the wind turbine, the at least one absorber element at least partly comprising lubricant absorbing material, wherein the absorber element is configured to absorb emerging lubricant inside the wind turbine is provided. Further, a rotor hub for a wind turbine, an absorber element for a wind turbine and a method for maintaining a clean environment in a wind turbine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Kaufmann Carlsen, Henning Ebbesen, Torben Lauritsen
  • Patent number: 10012110
    Abstract: A turbomachine assembly including first and second bodies, in which one of the bodies is rotating relative to the other body around the axis of rotation of the turbomachine, is provided. A tight zone is formed between the bodies and includes a sealing gasket. A flowing fluid, in particular lubricant oil, is able to circulate inside the first and second bodies and to be driven toward the one rotating body from the other body. The one rotating body includes a device for guiding the rotation, in the direction of rotation of the one rotating body, of the flow of fluid inside the one rotating body so as to drive the flowing fluid away from the tight zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Catherine Pikovsky, Dominik Igel, Boris Lemattre
  • Patent number: 10006309
    Abstract: An exhaust diffuser for a gas turbine includes an annular duct. A row of struts is arranged in the duct. In a region downstream of the trailing edges of the struts, the cross-sectional area of the duct decreases to a local minimum and then increases again towards the outlet end of the duct. Thereby the gas flow is locally accelerated downstream of the struts. This stabilizes the boundary layer of the flow in this region and leads to a marked increase in pressure recovery for a wide range of operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Willy Heinz Hofmann, Philipp Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9994310
    Abstract: Rotor assembly apparatus are disclosed. An example rotor assembly includes a twist actuator to drive a first rotation of a first shaft about a first axis, the twist actuator positioned at a center of rotation of the rotor assembly; and a first gear assembly to convert the first rotation into a plurality of second rotations of a plurality of second shafts, each of the second shafts to provide torque to a respective blade coupled to the rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Daniel M. Podgurski
  • Patent number: 9976421
    Abstract: A lifting foil having a configuration with a leading course and trailing course which is rotated about an axis of rotation into a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald G. Houck, II
  • Patent number: 9964121
    Abstract: A vacuum pump, in particular to a turbomolecular pump, has a pump inlet, a pump outlet and a pump space for a gas to be pumped arranged between the pump inlet and the pump outlet, and at least one cooling gas inlet for a cooling gas for cooling the vacuum pump, the pump further having one or more hollow regions for the cooling gas connected in a gas conducting manner to the cooling gas inlet and arranged outside the pump space, wherein the or each hollow region is bounded by at least one component of the vacuum pump to be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Schill
  • Patent number: 9964435
    Abstract: A dynamic characteristic measurement device of the present invention includes magnetic force generators (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b) that are arranged on the back side of impellers (4, 5), the magnetic force, an oscillation controller (12) that drives these magnetic force generators, and vibration sensors (13, 14) that detect vibration of a rotation shaft (3). The dynamic characteristic measurement device further includes an arithmetic device (16) that calculates a dynamic characteristic of a rotor (6) by implementing a frequency analysis and a mode analysis based on an oscillation signal from the oscillation controller (12) and a vibration signal from the vibration sensors (13, 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Arihara
  • Patent number: 9957973
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a subsonic rotor and/or stator blade profile of an axial turbomachine compressor, such as a turbojet. The blade comprises a leading edge with an S-shaped lateral profile in its mid-plane. Specifically, the profile includes, from its inner end to the outer end, a first convex portion including the foremost point of the blade, and a second concave portion including the rearmost area of the blade. This profile enables the fluid flow between 20% and 80% of the blade's length to be redistributed. This so-called “sweep” profile increases the performance of the stage with such blades because it reduces blade tip vortex losses as well as secondary losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Safran Aero Boosters SA
    Inventor: Vasiliki Iliopoulou
  • Patent number: 9932851
    Abstract: An improved system, apparatus and method for controlling vane angles in a gas turbine engine, and more specifically, for correcting vane angle error in a gas turbine engine. An active synchronization ring comprises a plurality of micro-actuators coupled to the synchronization ring to correct distortion in the synchronization ring. The micro-actuators apply a bending moment to the synchronization ring to cancel or compensate for synchronization ring distortion. The micro-actuators may be controlled open loop or closed loop. Strain sensors measure ring distortion and provide signals to the controller for closed loop control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce NOrth American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Dougherty
  • Patent number: 9926941
    Abstract: An assembly can include a compressor backplate; a bearing boss that extends axially from the compressor backplate and that includes an outer surface and male coupling features disposed along the outer surface; and a casing that includes a compressor end, a bearing boss opening at the compressor end, a turbine end, an inner surface located between the compressor end and the turbine end and female coupling features disposed along a portion of the inner surface, the male coupling features and the female coupling features configured to couple the bearing boss to the casing. Various other examples of devices, assemblies, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Santosh V, Suryakant Gupta, Parikshit I Mulani, Poomkuzhimannil Zachariah John, Sunil Dayalan, Maltesh Kolur, Prithivi Karthikeyan, Chris Groves, Peter Davies, Mark Groskreutz
  • Patent number: 9920649
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the acoustic signature of a turbomachine having a plurality of valves wherein an operating load is identified and an arc of admission across a plurality of nozzles is associated therewith. A valve sequencing scheme is selected and implemented to activate the arc of admission for a particular operating load so as to minimize valve noise by adjusting valves simultaneously rather than consecutively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Andrew Tecza, Stephen Samuel Rashid