Patents Examined by Loren C. Edwards
  • Patent number: 11958620
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hydrogen electric hybrid power plant for a hovercar. The hydrogen electric hybrid power plant comprises a first-stage duct, a transition duct and a second-stage duct. An air outlet end of the first-stage duct is connected to the second-stage duct through the transition duct. A hydrogen reactor is arranged in the first-stage duct, and the hydrogen reactor is fixed with the first-stage duct through a plurality of supporting pieces A. A primary filter screen is arranged at a front end of the first-stage duct and fixed on the first-stage duct through a hoop, so that low-altitude sundries and dust are prevented from entering the reactor. A return pipe is arranged, and the problems of oxygen supply, heat dissipation and cooling and the like of the hydrogen reactor are solved through ducted airflow. A motor power supply requirement of a ducted fan is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Xinfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 11959419
    Abstract: An exhaust energy recovery system (EERS) and associated methods for an engine are disclosed. An embodiment of an EERS, for example, includes an inlet duct that is configured to divert exhaust gas from an exhaust duct of the engine into the recovery system and an outlet duct configured to return the exhaust gas to the exhaust duct downstream of the inlet duct. The recovery system is configured to heat components or fluids associated with engine to operating temperatures. The recovery system may be part of a mobile power system that is mounted to a single trailer and includes an engine and a power unit such as a high pressure pump or generator mounted to the trailer. Methods of operating and purging recovery systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BJ Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Yeung, Ricardo Rodriguez-Ramon, Joseph Foster
  • Patent number: 11959388
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turbocharger which contains a bearing device which is arranged between a compressor and a turbine and which is designed to support a shaft. This bearing device has a bearing housing, in which an oil-lubricated bearing for supporting the shaft is arranged. The shaft has a slinger element extending in the circumferential direction for centrifugally dispersing lubricating oil. The bearing housing has an oil drainage channel for discharging the lubricating oil from the bearing housing. The inner region of the bearing housing forms an oil delimitation chamber, which is sealed off by seals arranged between the shaft and the bearing housing. The oil delimitation chamber has a deflection means which is formed in such a way that, during operation of the turbocharger, lubricating oil that is centrifugally dispersed by the slinger element is deflected by the deflection means and is conducted in the opposite direction to the seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Turbo Systems Switzerland Ltd
    Inventors: Christian Kreienkamp, Florian Maurer
  • Patent number: 11946411
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an improved vehicle wheel rotation apparatus. The apparatus 300 comprises a combustion chamber 301, one or more turbines (302,311) and at least one non-return valve 306. An auxiliary attachment 305 is retrofitted at surface of each bar 304 present in each turbine. The auxiliary attachment 305 comprises 3-tube arrangement, wherein two tubes (305a, 305b) of the attachment 305 enable entry of jet of exhaust gases into the attachment 305 and further facilitate the plurality of bars 304 for initiating rotation of the runner 303. The jet of exhaust gases, exiting the attachment 305 through last tube 305c, comprises reducing cross-section near opening, enabling further increment in velocity of exhaust gas, resulting in thrust to the bar 304 to which the attachment 305 is already fitted, thus providing additional rotations to the runner 303 and eventually to one or more wheels of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Pramod Laddha
  • Patent number: 11946383
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a first bearing compartment and a seal assembly within the first bearing compartment that includes a rotatable seal seat, a gutter radially outward of the seal seat and fixed against rotation. The gutter includes a channel on its radially inner face. A second bearing compartment is also included. A scavenge pump is in communication with a first supply line configured to supply the first bearing compartment and a second supply line configured to supply the second bearing compartment. The gutter is in communication with the scavenge pump through a gutter scavenge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: RTX Corporation
    Inventors: Todd A. Davis, Christopher M. Valva
  • Patent number: 11946540
    Abstract: A fan drive gear system for a turbofan engine according to an exemplary embodiment of this disclosure, among other possible things includes a sun gear that is rotatable about an axis, a plurality of intermediate gears driven by the sun gear, and a baffle that is disposed between at least two of the plurality of intermediate gears for defining a lubricant flow path from an interface between the sun gear and at least one of the plurality of intermediate gears. The baffle includes a channel with at least one ramp portion directing lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Janice Jabido, Michael E. McCune
  • Patent number: 11939901
    Abstract: An oxidizing reactor apparatus having a heat exchange reactor having an input port, an entry channel in fluid communication with the input port, an exit channel in fluid communication with the entry channel via a plurality of pores and an output port in fluid communication with the exit channel, wherein the exit channel is in thermal communication with the entry channel, an engine in fluid communication with the heat exchange reactor and a heater engaged with the heat exchange reactor to initiate and maintain the oxidation of fuel within the heat exchange reactor. The disclosed heat exchange reactor may be configured to receive engine exhaust from the engine and oxidize fuel within the engine exhaust prior to expelling the engine exhaust. The heat exchange reactor may be further configured to utilize heat released by the oxidation of un-combusted fuel to increase the temperature of the engine exhaust leaving the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Edan Prabhu
  • Patent number: 11939891
    Abstract: A combustion engine for a vehicle includes a first centrifugal device for varying timing of a first plurality of suction or relief valves with respect to the drive shaft. A driving disc is mounted idle on a first camshaft which controls the valves, and at least one driven disc is integral with the camshaft. Drive elements for transmitting motion from the driving disc to the driven disc are interposed between the two discs causing a relative rotation of the driven disc with respect to the driving disc when the rotation speed of the discs exceeds a predetermined threshold. A distribution system connects the drive shaft with the driving disc so as to cause the rotation thereof. A second gear meshes with a first gear so that rotation of the driving disc mounted on the first camshaft causes the rotation of the second camshaft to control other valves of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Walter Mariotti
  • Patent number: 11927369
    Abstract: A method and system may be used for storing energy in a geothermal system and recovering both the stored energy as well as thermal energy on demand. The geothermal system may include injection and production wells that are hydraulically coupled in a geothermal energy reservoir that behaves as a confined reservoir system with thermal energy transferring to fluid injected into the injection well and removed via the production well. Injection flow rate, injection pressure, production flow rate, production backpressure, or fluid residence time may be managed to control energy consumption or energy generation profiles of the geothermal system. During an energy storage mode, the injection flow rate exceeds the production flow rate thereby storing energy in the geothermal reservoir. During an energy recovery mode, production backpressure is reduced thereby releasing the stored energy and electricity is generated by removing the thermal energy from the fluid in a heat engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Fervo Energy Company
    Inventors: Jack Norbeck, Timothy Latimer, Christian Gradl
  • Patent number: 11927179
    Abstract: A bi-metal actuator includes a shape memory alloy layer thermally actuated, a superelastic alloy layer fixed along to at least a part of the shape memory alloy layer, and at least one deformation sensor. The shape memory alloy layer has an initial shape at or below a transition start temperature TS and a final shape at or above a transition end temperature TE, has transitional shapes between the initial shape and the final shape which is formed according to the temperature between the transition start temperature TS and the transition end temperature TE of the shape memory alloy layer. The at least one deformation sensor is provided along at least a part of the superelastic alloy layer for measuring strain values of the superelastic alloy layer indicating the current form of the shape memory alloy layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Guney Guven Yapici
  • Patent number: 11920672
    Abstract: An air turbine starter that includes a housing with a divider structure dividing the housing into a wet chamber and an air chamber. The air turbine starter further including a bearing assembly, a turbine member, a first drive shaft, and a second drive shaft connecting the turbine member with a rotating assembly. A lubricant supply portion having at least one supply inlet fluidly coupled to the wet chamber and at least one supply outlet fluidly coupled to the bearing assembly whereby lubricant from the wet chamber can be supplied to the bearing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignees: Unison Industries, LLC, General Electric Company
    Inventors: Roberto Karpik, Eliel Fresco Rodriguez, David Allan Dranschak, Shiloh Montegomery Meyers, Marcin Bialas
  • Patent number: 11913357
    Abstract: A gas turbine sealing interface to seal a gap between a transition duct and a turbine section component is provided. The transition duct includes an outlet exit frame including at least one fastener hole. The turbine section component includes a first stage vane structure including an upstream lip. A seal couples the outlet exit frame to the first stage turbine vane structure. An L-shaped rail including a flat portion and a lipped portion disposed perpendicularly to the flat portion. The seal is secured to the outlet exit frame via the L-shaped rail. An upstream portion of the seal includes a U-shaped cross section forming a first groove. A downstream portion of the seal comprises a groove which engages the upstream lip of the first stage turbine vane structure. A gas turbine engine including a radially inner sealing interface and a radially outer sealing interface is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Charalambos Polyzopoulos
  • Patent number: 11912421
    Abstract: The machine, such as an aircraft, is provided with a powertrain which comprises a vaned propulsion system (3), and a thermal drive system (1), including a first thermal engine (1A) and a second thermal engine (1B), which is configured to allow the vaned propulsion system (3) to be driven. The powertrain also includes an electric drive system (2) which allows the vaned propulsion system (3) to be driven, an electrical power supply system (4) including a battery (40) which allows the electric drive system (2) to be supplied with power. A clutch system (10) allows any or each of the thermal engines (1A, 1B) to be engaged in order to drive the vaned propulsion system (3), the clutch system (10) also being configured to allow any or each of the thermal engines (1A, 1B) to be disengaged from the vaned propulsion system (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: VOLTAERO
    Inventors: Jean Botti, Didier Esteyne
  • Patent number: 11904971
    Abstract: A straddled vehicle having an engine unit. The engine unit includes an engine body having a cylinder axis tilting forward, a radiator including a radiator core, a turbocharger including a turbine wheel and a compressor wheel, and an intercooler including an intercooler core. In a side view, at least a part of the intercooler core, a part of the turbine wheel and a part of the radiator core are within an area enclosed by a first connecting line, a second connecting line, an engine-body front-surface and a wheel rear-surface. In an upward-downward or forward-backward direction of the cylinder axis, the intercooler-core upper end is more upward than the turbine-wheel upper end, the intercooler-core front end is more frontward than the turbine-wheel front end, the intercooler-core lower end is more upward than the radiator-core upper end, and the radiator-core rear end is more frontward than both the turbine-wheel rear end and the intercooler-core rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Naoki Makita, Hayatoshi Sato, Masaki Torigoshi, Makoto Kuroiwa, Naoto Tajima
  • Patent number: 11891926
    Abstract: A recess hole is connected to a radially outer side of an oil passage portion and forms an oil supply passage. A check valve part has: a valve seat portion provided in the oil passage portion to form a valve seat; a sleeve having one end connected to the valve seat portion; a lateral hole to communicate an internal space of the sleeve with outside of the sleeve; and a valve body provided in the sleeve so as to be separated from the valve seat or in contact with the valve seat. The lateral hole has an opening exposed to outside of the sleeve, and a range of the opening overlaps with a range of the recess hole in an axial direction of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Yuuki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 11892003
    Abstract: A control system for active stability management of a compressor element of a turbine engine is provided. In one example aspect, the control system includes one or more computing devices configured to receive data indicative of an operating characteristic associated with the compressor element. For instance, the data can be received from a high frequency sensor operable to sense pressure at the compressor element. The computing devices are also configured to determine, by a machine-learned model, a stall margin remaining of the compressor element based at least in part on the received data. The machine-learned model is trained to recognize certain characteristics of the received data and associate the characteristics with a stall margin remaining of the compressor element. The computing devices are also configured to cause adjustment of one or more engine systems based at least in part on the determined stall margin remaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Ryan Reepmeyer, Johan Michael Reimann, Gagan Adibhatla, Evin Nathaniel Barber, Stefan Joseph Cafaro, Rahim Panjwani, Frederick John Menditto, III, Aaron James Schmitz, Suchot Kongsomboonvech, Richard Anthony Zelinski
  • Patent number: 11885232
    Abstract: A gas turbine system includes: a compressor configured to compress external air to generate compressed air; a combustor configured to burn the compressed air together with fuel to generate a combustion gas; a turbine configured to be driven by the combustion gas; an exhaust unit configured to guide the combustion gas, which has passed through the turbine, to outside; a shell having a cylindrical shape and extending along an axis line about which the turbine is configured to rotate and being arranged so as to cover the compressor, the combustor, the turbine, and the exhaust unit; and an exit unit configured to guide the combustion gas, which has passed through the turbine, to a discharge port in the surface of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Yuichi Nakatani, Yuki Morisaki, Yasuhiro Saiki
  • Patent number: 11878918
    Abstract: A system for water desalination and power generation. The system includes a power generation section and a desalination section. The power generation section includes a first tank, a second tank, and a first channel. The desalination section includes a third tank, a fourth tank, and a second channel. The system utilizes waste energy in power plants to desalinate water and generate power. The disclosed system is able to improve the performance of power plants, by utilizing the wasted power of the exit steam, to desalinate seawater and even generate electricity. The disclosed system alleviates requirements for cooling towers and introduces thermal exchange tanks, radiators, and sprinkles instead of cooling towers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: AmirAbbas Tarassoli
  • Patent number: 11879379
    Abstract: An actuating device for actuating a valve element of an exhaust gas turbocharger includes a pressure chamber which is delimited in part by a first housing element and in part by a diaphragm formed separately from the first housing element. A fluid is introducible into the pressure chamber. The diaphragm is reversibly deformable in order to actuate the valve element and the diaphragm is held on the first housing element by a first cooling ring in which sodium is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Daimler Truck AG
    Inventors: Sven Skorupa, Martin Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 11873890
    Abstract: Oil system for a turbomachine, making it possible to continue the supply of oil to the pieces of equipment of the turbomachine in case of occurrence of a fire within the turbomachine, including an oil circuit, at least one oil-consuming piece of equipment, supplied by the oil circuit, a pumping unit, including at least one speed-pilotable electrically driven pump, supplying the oil circuit, and an electronic control unit, configured to pilot the electrically driven pump, wherein the electronic control unit includes two separate logics of piloting the electrically driven pump, and wherein the electronic control unit is configured to pilot the electrically driven pump according to the first logic by default and to switch to the second logic in case of receipt of a signal representative of the presence of a fire or of an overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Bruno Robert Gaully, Germain Michel Emmanuel Bertho, Yves Emprin