Patents Examined by Lenard A. Footland
  • Patent number: 7329048
    Abstract: A fluid damping system for damping a shaft within a gas turbine engine component. The fluid damping system including a damping liquid and a pressurized gas in a closed self contained system. In one aspect the damping liquid is cooled by being disposed in a heat transfer relationship with a fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Arlen Klusman, Mark Stephen Henry
  • Patent number: 7314313
    Abstract: In a balancing machine for the measurement of, and compensation for, any unbalance of rotors, with a sliding bearing for rotatably mounting a rotor to be balanced and a supply device for supplying the sliding bearing with a fluid, the sliding bearing includes a bearing shell with a hollow cylindrical bearing face mounting a rotor section having a cylindrical sliding face. The bearing shell is made of a hard ceramic material and the supply device is designed to supply the fluid in minimum amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Schenck RoTec GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Rogalla, Werner Kissel, Juergen Muenzel
  • Patent number: 7305765
    Abstract: Respective constituent members of a wheel bearing unit 5 are assembled and also a cover 74 is fixed to an inner end portion of an outer ring 6. The wheel bearing unit 5 is fitted to a turning machine 38 in a state that a space in which an encoder 72 is provided is sealed tightly from an outside by fitting a stop plug 96 into an insertion hole 84 provided in the cover 74. A top end portion of a rotating shaft 40 of a turning machine 38 is engaged with an engaged concave portion 102 provided to a hub 8a. A turning process is applied to an outer side surface of a rotary flange 13 while turning the hub 8a around the outer ring 6 by the rotating shaft 40, and thus the outer side surface is processed in predetermined shape and dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Mitsue, Junshi Sakamoto, Yuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7296931
    Abstract: An inner space of a housing sealed with a seal member as well as internal pores of a bearing member (pores in a porous structure) are filled with a lubricating oil without the presence of air, so that the oil surface of the lubricating oil is within a seal space. Under a reduced pressure of 100 Torr, no lubricating oil leaks outside of the housing even at any attitude of the fluid lubricated bearing device such as normal, inverted, or horizontal attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kurimura, Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Tatsuo Kawase
  • Patent number: 7296929
    Abstract: The invention proposes a linear guide unit comprising a guide carriage (1) that is mounted through rollers (3) for sliding on a guide rail (2), and further comprising a roller chain (8) comprising a cage (8a) for receiving the rollers (3), said cage being formed by spacers (16) arranged between adjacent rollers (3) and flexible belts (17) arranged at two front ends of the rollers (3) for connecting the spacers (16) to one another, said roller chain (8) being arranged for rotating in an endless roller channel (7) comprising a load-bearing section (10), in which the rollers (3) roll under load on raceways (4, 11) of the guide carriage (1) and of the guide rail (2), a return section (12), that is arranged substantially parallel to the load-bearing section (10) and in which the rollers (3) of the roller chain (8) are unloaded, and two deflecting sections (13) that connect the return section (12) and the load-bearing section (10) endlessly to each other, said endless roller channel (7) comprising lateral rims (14)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Ina-Schaeffler KG
    Inventors: Stefan Hantke, Peter Lutz, Martin Menges
  • Patent number: 7293920
    Abstract: A self-aligning bearing assembly is disclosed which is capable of reacting both radial and axial loads. An inner bearing race is connected to a rotatable shaft that is subjected to such loads. An outer bearing race is installed within a housing and is capable of movement in multiple directions with respect to the housing. The outer bearing race can rotate in planes corresponding to longitudinal sections of the outer race, i.e., rotational displacement. In addition, the outer bearing race can translate with respect to an inner wall of the housing in an axial direction of the housing, i.e., axial displacement. Such movement is enabled by the use of radially displaceable thrust rings which contact the outer bearing race, and control of the geometry of the outer bearing race and inner wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: Aldo Arena
  • Patent number: 7290937
    Abstract: A slide bearing is proposed which rotatably supports a rotary shaft of an impeller in a cooling water circulation pump mounted to a fuel cell. The slide bearing is formed of a synthetic resin containing no metal ions such as polyetherketone resin. This prevents impurities originating from the slide bearing from being dissolved into cooling water for the fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Hayashi Takumi, Fukuzawa Satoru
  • Patent number: 7290931
    Abstract: A pneumatic bearing for supporting a payload is disclosed. The pneumatic bearing comprises a bearing body having an active surface divided into a lift portion and a pre-load portion. A plurality of gas distribution channels are formed in the bearing body, wherein a first channel receives a compressed gas, a second channel supplies a vacuum to the pre-load portion of the active surface, and a third channel supplies a positive pressure gas to the lift portion of the active surface. The bearing body has an integral, pneumatically powered, vacuum generator having an inlet coupled to the first channel, a vacuum aperture coupled to the second channel, and an exhaust. The compressed gas may be supplied to the lift portion of the active surface either in parallel, in series, or in a series-parallel configuration, with the integrated vacuum generator. In an embodiment, the pneumatic bearing is reconfigurable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Wardman, Santiago E. del Puerto
  • Patent number: 7290933
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydrodynamic bearing, particularly for a spindle motor, comprising a shaft, a thrust plate connected to the shaft and a bearing sleeve closed at one end by a cover plate, the bearing sleeve enclosing the shaft and the thrust plate with a slight radial spacing forming a concentric bearing gap filled with a lubricant. As is already known, the surfaces of the bearing sleeve and the shaft facing each other form at least one radial bearing region and the surfaces of the bearing sleeve, the cover plate and the thrust plate facing each other form at least one axial bearing region. In the hydrodynamic bearing according to the invention, at least one connecting channel is provided which connects a section between the bearing sleeve and the shaft abutting the radial bearing region and a section of the bearing gap abutting the axial bearing region to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dieter Braun, Joerg Hoffmann, Andreas Kull
  • Patent number: 7290936
    Abstract: In a slide member such as a slide bearing, the invention can make a height of a bank portion around an oil keeping concave portion small, whereby it is possible to improve an initial conformability and improve an anti-seizure performance. A plurality of holes are formed on a slide surface with respect to an opposing member by a fiber laser apparatus. At this time, in the case that a height of a bank portion generated in the periphery of the concave portions in accordance with the laser processing so as to bulge from a slide surface is set to t, and a depth of the concave portions from the slide surface is set to h, an energy density of the laser beam is adjusted such that a value t is equal to or less than 3 ?m, and a rate t/h is between 0.1 and 0.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Daido Metal Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Tsuji, Masahito Fujita
  • Patent number: 7290932
    Abstract: A bearing stave for use in a water-lubricated bearing having a discontinuous surface with a plurality of discrete, separated contact locations for contacting the shaft, the discontinuous surface being made of slippery polymer alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Duramax Marine, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Lee Orndorff, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7287909
    Abstract: In a wheel supporting rolling bearing unit, an inner end opening out of both end openings of a space in which balls 14, 14 are provided is sealed with a cap 17a. An outer end opening is sealed with a seal ring 16c having three seal lips. A rolling resistance that changes based on a preload is regulated in a range of 0.15 to 0.45 N·m, and a running resistance of the seal ring 16c based on a friction between the seal ring and a counter surface is regulated in a range of 0.03 to 0.2 N·m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Junshi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 7287911
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bearing device for supporting a pinion shaft so as to freely rotate with respect to a case. The bearing device comprises a first tilt-contact rolling bearing provided on the connecting-flange-side outer peripheral surface of the pinion shaft and a second tilt-contact rolling bearing formed from an angular ball bearing provided on the pinion-gear-side outer peripheral surface of the pinion shaft, wherein lines of action of the first and second tilt-contact rolling bearings intersect with one another on an outer diameter side, the connecting-flange-side end portion of the first tilt-contact rolling bearing and the pinion-gear-side end portion of the second tilt-contact rolling bearing are respectively sealed with seal members, a sealed space between the seal members is infilled with grease, and the connecting flange is fastened in the pinion-gear direction to thereby preload the first and second tilt-contact rolling bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Dodoro, Akiyuki Suzuki, Kanichi Kouda, Motoshi Kawamura, Kunihiko Yokota, Toshirou Fukuda
  • Patent number: 7287908
    Abstract: An arrangement of a sensor on a wheel bearing unit, the sensor is fixed to an outer wheel bearing ring of the wheel bearing unit, and at the sensor is located opposite an encoder of the wheel bearing unit which encoder can rotate with respect to the sensor about an axis of rotation of the wheel bearing unit. The wheel bearing unit has at least a first row of roller bodies and has a second row of roller bodies which is adjacent to the first row in the axial direction of the axis of rotation. The bearing ring engages at the same time around at least one of the rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: FAG Kugelfischer AG
    Inventors: Peter Niebling, Jens Heim, Heinrich Hofmann, Darius Dlugai, Roland Langer
  • Patent number: 7284906
    Abstract: An exhaust apparatus for a differential exhaust mechanism having a labyrinth seal and a plurality of vacuum pockets includes a differential exhaust system for evacuating the vacuum pockets and an exhaust system for evacuating a chamber of exhaust gas. The differential exhaust system and the exhaust system are connected by control valves that can be opened and closed, enabling communication between the vacuum pockets and the interior of the chamber to be opened and closed (or connected and disconnected) as well. The valves are opened when a vacuum is being formed inside the chamber or when a malfunction occurs in the exhaust system, thus connecting the vacuum pockets and the chamber and preventing excessive pressure from building up on the hydrostatic bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignees: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Emoto, Katsunori Onuki
  • Patent number: 7284909
    Abstract: Hybrid orbital fluid dynamic bearing motors are disclosed. The motors achieve improved efficiency advantages observed in fluid dynamic bearing motors containing an orbital ring. In addition, the hybrid orbital FDB motor has serial thrust bearings and traditional style journal bearings, which provide typically higher radial and angular stiffness not observed in previous orbital fluid dynamic bearing motor designs. Designs for centering orbital rings are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Aiello, Hans Leuthold, Klaus D. Kloeppel, Paco Flores, Alan L. Grantz
  • Patent number: 7273317
    Abstract: A thrust sliding bearing (1) includes an upper casing (3) having an annular surface (2); an annular lower casing (5) which is superposed on the upper casing (3) so as to be rotatable about an axis (0) of the upper casing (3) and has an annular surface (4) opposed to the annular surface (2) of the upper casing (3); and an annular thrust sliding bearing piece (6) and an elastic ring (7) which are superposed on top of each other and are interposed between the annular surfaces (2) and (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Oiles Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Miyata, Ryohei Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7270484
    Abstract: The present invention provides a split outer race for use in a rolling bearing. The split outer race is formed by bending a strip-shaped metallic plate into a substantially semicircle shape. At least one end of the split outer race in a circumferential direction has a concave-and-convex shape including a first slope portion which is inclined to an axial direction and a second slope portion inclined in a direction opposite to a direction in which the first slope portion is inclined. An edge portion formed on an inner surface of the one end in the circumferential direction has a round shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Waseda
  • Patent number: 7267485
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an annular disk for sliding bearing, with a first annular element 12 and a seal 23 arranged on the first end face 17 of the first annular element 12. A second annular element is attached to the second end face 19 of the first annual element 12. The two annular elements 12, 13 are made of different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Keit Wagener, Thomas Fangmann, Michael Fangmann
  • Patent number: 7267488
    Abstract: A grease-lubricated rolling bearing has an outer ring having an outer ring race in an inner peripheral surface thereof, an inner ring having an inner ring race on an outer peripheral surface thereof, rolling elements rollably provided between the outer ring race and the inner ring race, and a grease supply element for supplying an additional grease in the rolling bearing. The amount of the additional grease to be supplied at a time is predetermined to be from 0.1 to 4% of the volume of space in the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Saburo Azumi, Yasushi Morita, Naoki Matsuyama, Takaaki Anzai