Patents Examined by Leda Pham
  • Patent number: 9231448
    Abstract: A motor includes a base, a stator, and a rotor. The base includes a shaft tube having an open end and receiving an inner assembly. The stator is mounted to an outer periphery of the shaft tube. The rotor is rotatably coupled to the inner assembly. The stator includes an insulating bobbin unit having an extension extending in a radial direction to the open end of the shaft tube. The extension includes an engagement hole. The shaft tube includes a positioning member having an engaging section engaged in the engagement hole. The insulating bobbin unit is fixed by an end of the engaging section. The engagement stability of the stator is enhanced by engagement of the positioning member of the base and the insulating bobbin unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alex Horng, Ko-Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 9231495
    Abstract: A four-wire electrostatic actuator including: a stator having a substrate with two surfaces and at least four main-movement linear electrodes separately provided on one surface of the substrate and arranged in parallel at regular intervals; and a movable element disposed on the stator. The first and third main-movement linear electrodes of the four main-movement linear electrodes are supplied with rectangular wave signals or sine wave signals with reversed phases. The second and fourth main-movement linear electrodes are supplied with rectangular wave signals or sine wave signals with reversed phases. The two signals inputted to the adjacent two electrodes are shifted from each other by a quarter of a period with identical strength. The stator further includes a plurality of one-side auxiliary-movement linear electrodes on one side of the four main-movement linear electrodes, the auxiliary-movement linear electrodes being extended perpendicularly to the four main-movement linear electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9231457
    Abstract: A switched reluctance apparatus and method of operating the same. The apparatus has an inner stator having a plurality of poles, a rotor disposed radially outward of the inner stator and having a plurality of segments serving as poles, and an outer stator disposed radially outward of the rotor and having a plurality of poles. A respective winding is disposed between every pair of adjacent poles of either stator. The apparatus operates with a plurality of separately excitable phases, a given phase being excited by energizing the windings corresponding to the given phase. Excitation of a given phase causes induction of magnetic fluxes traversing a region substantially confined to the region of the stators and rotor segments corresponding to the given phase, and causes a substantial amount of flux to enter rotor segments not in the radial direction but perpendicular to the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Mohammadali Abbasian, Mehdi Moallem, Babak Fahimi
  • Patent number: 9225218
    Abstract: The winding overhang of the rotor of an electrical machine is subject to strong centrifugal forces during operation, especially when the machines run at high speed. The winding overhang support prevents the production of relative movements between the winding overhang and the rotor base. These movements result in strong mechanical stresses on the winding bars. The winding overhang support includes an inner ring and an outer ring between which the winding bars are arranged in the region of the winding overhang, the outer ring being shrunk on the inner ring and both the outer ring and the inner ring being interspaced from the lamination stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Andritz Hydro GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Lexer, Stefan Helmlinger
  • Patent number: 9219403
    Abstract: A magnetic shear force transfer device for transferring shear forces across a non-magnetic gap includes a first magnetic structure comprising concentric circular tracks of magnetic sources magnetically printed into a first magnetizable material a second magnetic structure comprising concentric circular tracks of magnetic sources magnetically printed into a second magnetizable material. Each concentric circular track has an even number of magnetic sources where adjoining magnetic sources alternate in polarity. One or more tracks of the first magnetic structure are rotated relative to one or more tracks of the second magnetic structure such that a maximum torque condition coincides to one angular orientation between the first and second magnetic structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
    Inventor: Robert S. Evans
  • Patent number: 9214846
    Abstract: A permanent magnet includes two or more separate permanent magnet pieces each having a rectangular parallelepiped shape with a fractured surface formed when a permanent magnet block is fractured. The separate permanent magnet pieces include a first separate permanent magnet piece and a second separate permanent magnet piece. At the time when the permanent magnet block is fractured, the first and second separate permanent magnet pieces are adjacently located and a first fractured surface of the first separate permanent magnet piece and a second fractured surface of the second separate permanent magnet piece are adjacent to each other. The permanent magnet is configured such that the first fractured surface of the first separate permanent magnet piece and the second fractured surface of the second separate permanent magnet piece are located in positions out of contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Shingo Fubuki
  • Patent number: 9209661
    Abstract: An electric machine housing includes a housing body having an outer surface provided with a plurality of materially integrally formed ribs defining a plurality of coolant channels. Each of the plurality of materially integrally formed ribs has an outer surface portion. A sleeve is provided on the housing body extending about the outer surface. The sleeve has an inner surface section that is matingly engaged with the outer surface portion of each of the materially integrally formed ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Dragon, Colin Hamer
  • Patent number: 9209671
    Abstract: A stator module and a motor including the stator module are provided. The motor includes a stator and a stator module. The rotor includes a rotor core and a plurality of rotor poles arranged around a circumference of the rotor core, each generating a magnetic flux. The stator module includes a first stator and a second stator disposed coaxially with each other, each being rotatable in a circumferential direction and each having a coil wound thereon, and a rotation driving unit which controls a rotation of the first stator and the second stator through the same angle in opposite directions, thereby controlling a flux linkage of a rotor according to the rotational angle of each of the first stator and the second stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Tae-Sang Park, Hong-Soon Choi, Won-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9203273
    Abstract: A rotating electrical machine includes: a stator that includes a stator core and a stator coil; a rotor that rotates with respect to the stator; a refrigerant supply port through which a cooling medium is supplied to a coil end protruding from the stator core; and a guide member, disposed along at least a part of the coil end, for causing the cooling medium supplied through the refrigerant supply port to flow along the coil end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Itsuro Sawada, Kenichi Nakayama, Tomoaki Kaimori
  • Patent number: 9195054
    Abstract: A cascaded micromechanical actuator structure for rotating a micromechanical component about a rotation axis is described. The structure includes a torsion spring device which, on the one hand, is attached to a mount and to which, on the other hand, the micromechanical component is attachable. The torsion spring device has a plurality of torsion springs which run along or parallel to the rotation axis. The structure includes a rotary drive device having a plurality of rotary drives which are connected to the torsion spring device in such a way that each rotary drive contributes a fraction to an overall rotation angle of a micromechanical component about the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Tjalf Pirk, Stefan Pinter, Joerg Muchow, Joachim Fritz, Christoph Friese
  • Patent number: 9190881
    Abstract: Counterpart discs with respective sets of permanent magnets disposed at their periphery are rotated through an alternating sequence of repulsive and attractive positions to yield a repeating cycle of attractive and repulsive forces. At least one of the discs is freed to travel along the axis of relative rotation in response to the cyclical attractive/repulsive forces, thereby producing mechanical oscillation at a frequency determined by the number of magnetic positions in the two discs and the relative rotational speed of the discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tooltek Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Hooshang Jahani, Pegah M. Jamshidi
  • Patent number: 9190878
    Abstract: A permanently magnetizable rotor having a central rotor structure including a rotor shaft supporting a cylindrical backiron. The rotor further includes a multi-pole structure comprising circumferentially alternating pole elements, and a rotor cover extending longitudinally over the multi-pole structure. The rotor additionally includes an endcap including an engagement surface positioned in engagement with an end of the backiron. The endcap defines first and second anti-rotation features for preventing circumferential rotation of one or more of the pole elements about the backiron. The first anti-rotation feature is configured differently than the second anti-rotation feature and each anti-rotation feature defines a torque transmitting feature for transmitting a torque from different locations on the multi-pole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Globe Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Kottmyer, Robert J. Marks, Manuel António Fernandes Dias
  • Patent number: 9184636
    Abstract: An electric rotating machine includes a stator having a plurality of stator teeth facing a rotor. The rotor has a plurality of pairs of permanent magnets. Permanent magnets of each pair are located in a “V” shape configuration and form a magnetic pole. Every other tooth of the plurality of stator teeth is a long stator teeth and an adjacent tooth is a short stator teeth. Adjusting recesses formed in the rotor are at symmetrical, about a d-axis of each magnetic pole, locations in a way that each of the adjusting recesses has a width made equal to a width of one of the stator teeth and their deepest levels are equidistant from a d-axis of the magnetic pole in one and the opposite circumferential directions angularly about the axis of the rotor by 56° in electrical degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Masahiro Aoyama
  • Patent number: 9134168
    Abstract: A vibration sensor has a first substrate, a second substrate relatively movable by an external vibration while opposed to the first substrate, an electret group having a plurality of electrets that are arrayed in a relative movement direction on a side of one of surfaces of the first substrate, and an electrode group having a plurality of electrodes that are arrayed in the relative movement direction on a side of a surface of the second substrate. The surface of the second substrate is opposed to the electret group. A positional relationship between the electret group and the electrode group changes with a relative change in position of the first and second substrates by the external vibration to output an external vibration detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuakira Masaki, Toru Yokoyama, Keiki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9130422
    Abstract: A rotor core for an internal permanent magnet machine includes at least one ferrite pole and at least one rare earth pole, arranged radially about an axis in alternating relationship. The ferrite poles define a plurality of first pole cavities, and the rare earth poles define a plurality of second pole cavities. One of a plurality of ferrite magnets is disposed within each of the first pole cavities of the ferrite poles, and one of a plurality of rare earth magnets is disposed within each of the second pole cavities of the rare earth poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Khwaja M. Rahman, Sinisa Jurkovic
  • Patent number: 9118232
    Abstract: A cooling system for an electric machine is provided. The cooling system includes an airflow restriction feature configured to provide airflow to a radial air channel of the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventors: Qubo Li, Joel Hetrick
  • Patent number: 9103353
    Abstract: In a radiator module for a motor vehicle, a detachable connection is required between a housing of an electric motor and a retaining structure, which connection allows economic and secure assembly and cannot be loosened or detached by alternating reaction forces at the electric motor. To achieve this, an arrangement is proposed of a retaining structure and detachably connected therewith a housing for an electric motor, in which the housing has a number of radiating protruding tabs on the base side which can be inserted by successive tilt and shift movements in corresponding recesses of the retaining structure. Furthermore various methods for assembly are proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA Electronics Europe GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Paul McLennan, Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 9106109
    Abstract: A generator includes a stationary stator and a rotor disposed rotatably about an axis of rotation. The stator has a fan drawing air from the ambient air around the generator, wherein the inlet channel is disposed such that air drawn in by the fan is distributed at the core of the stator by the channel over the length of the core in the direction of the axis of rotation. Cooling channels running in the circumferential direction of the core and distributed over the length of the core are disposed on the core, wherein the stator comprises an outlet channel disposed offset in the circumferential direction of the core with respect to the inlet channel. The inlet channel is connected to the outlet channel by the cooling channels, such that air from the inlet channel flows through the cooling channels into the outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Seibicke, Joachim Mucha, Jörg Waschek
  • Patent number: 9099908
    Abstract: Particular embodiment of the invention relates to motors that produce reaction force cancellation and are thus well suited to applications where accelerations and reaction forces are relatively large. Such motors are particularly well suited to precision machinery that can benefit from fast accelerations with short settling times. In particular, the motors include movable and counter-movable motor members, where the counter-movable motor member has a reaction mass to counter the reaction force of the first movable motor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Eyekon Systems LLC
    Inventor: Paul Konkola
  • Patent number: 9059627
    Abstract: The invention relates to a permanent magnet coupling for the synchronous transmission of torque, comprising a first member (1) having permanent magnets (4a, 4b) and a second member (2), the members being designed as inner rotor and outer rotors and separated by an air gap (3) extending between the members (1, 2), wherein the members (1, 2) are coupled to enable a synchronous movement by forces generated by the permanent magnets (4a, 4b) by the interaction with the second member (2), wherein the first member (1) comprises a first group of permanent magnets (4a) having magnetizing directions parallel to the air gap (3) and a second group of permanent magnets (4b) having magnetizing directions perpendicular to the air gap (3), wherein the permanent magnets (4a, 4b) of the first group and of the second group of the first member (1) are alternately arranged in the circumferential direction, and wherein, as viewed in the circumferential direction, the consecutive permanent magnets (4a) of the first group and the co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Englert