Patents Examined by Michael Sehn
  • Patent number: 9945389
    Abstract: A modular fan assembly includes a center hub assembly and a first blade attached to the center hub assembly. The center hub assembly includes a first plate having an outer edge, and a second plate having an outer edge. The first blade has a mounting pad and a working portion. The mounting pad is positioned in between the first plate and the second plate. The working portion extends beyond the outer edges of the first and second plates of the center hub assembly. A thickness of the first blade is smaller proximate the outer edge of the first plate than at the mounting pad to create a first gap between the first blade and the first plate at the outer edge of the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Horton, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Cahill, Eric Strauss, Doug Burchett, Hooshang Didandeh, Charles Mark Shogren
  • Patent number: 9945358
    Abstract: A blade adjusting device for a wind turbine is connected to a plant safety chain and can open and close the plant safety chain by activating a switch. If a fault is detected in one of the blade adjusting devices, the respective control unit can open the plant safety chain. By opening the safety chain, a signal is sent to the blade adjusting devices, and so all the blade adjusting devices initiate a synchronous safety operation of at least two rotor blades when the signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AE ROTOR HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Reinhard Vilbrandt, Ingo Ibendorf
  • Patent number: 9938978
    Abstract: The invention is a device which uses stored pressure to pump waste and a corresponding method of use. Waste is stored in a first chamber and the chamber is subsequently sealed by a valve and pressurized prior to a second valve opening. The pressurized waste is thereby ejected from the pressure chamber down an outlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Khalil Abu Al-Rubb
  • Patent number: 9932965
    Abstract: A vertical wind generator with at least two blades which are rotatably mounted with regard to a central vertical rotation axis, wherein the blades each comprise a main blade with a longitudinal side and a fore blade attached to the longitudinal side of the main blade, wherein the fore blade is movable between a first position and a second position each with regard to the main blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Thorsten RATH
    Inventor: Thorsten Rath
  • Patent number: 9932896
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exhaust-gas turbocharger (1) having a compressor housing (3), having a bearing housing (28) which can be connected at one end to the compressor housing (3) by means of a first fastening device (19), and having a turbine housing (2) which can be connected to the bearing housing (28) at the other end of the latter by means of a second fastening device (20), with the compressor housing (3), the bearing housing (28) and the turbine housing (2) extending along an exhaust-gas turbocharger longitudinal axis (R), wherein the first fastening device (19) is designed as a plug-and-twist connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Lischer
  • Patent number: 9926058
    Abstract: A propeller having a means for creating fluid flow in a non-axial direction and redirecting it in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory Charles Sharrow
  • Patent number: 9926789
    Abstract: A flow splitting baffle for separating a main cooling flow through an inner channel of a component includes a tubular structure defining a tubular cavity and having a longitudinal axis. The flow splitting baffle also includes an inner ring coupled to the tubular structure and extending away from the tubular structure along a plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The flow splitting baffle also includes an outer ring parallel to the plane, positioned a first distance from the tubular structure, extending away from the tubular structure and positioned a second distance from the inner ring. The flow splitting baffle also includes a strut perpendicular to the plane, extending from the inner ring to the outer ring and coupled to the inner ring and the outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Hagan, Ryan Alan Waite, Dominic J. Mongillo
  • Patent number: 9919500
    Abstract: An inner bypass duct of a gas turbine engine includes a plurality of non-structural front panels arranged circumferentially. Each front panel has an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface is at least partially covered by a composite structure. The composite structure includes a fireproof layer and an acoustic layer disposed between the fireproof layer and the inner surface. A non-structural panel for an inner bypass duct and a method of forming such panel are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Ljubisa Vrljes, Kin-Leung Cheung, Mathieu Poulin, Michael Haddock
  • Patent number: 9920636
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turbine blade, including a blade having a front edge and a rear edge, which blade transitions by means of a shaft into a blade root designed for fastening the turbine blade, and including a platform, which is arranged at the lower end of the blade in order to bound a flow channel. The platform is designed as a separate component and can be connected to the blade in a form-fit manner. Flexible application is achieved in that the platform is composed of several individual platform elements, which enclose the blade in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Herbert Brandl
  • Patent number: 9920642
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods of a vane design utilizing welding techniques. The present invention concerns a method for preventing cracking within a vane assembly utilizing full penetration welding. Additional embodiments concern a vane design that, when assembled with another vane, comprises an axial slot that prevents cracking within a vane assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Orsatti, Edward Len Miller
  • Patent number: 9915154
    Abstract: A Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) airfoil segment for a gas turbine engine includes a box-shape fiber geometry which defines a rectilinear pressure side bond line and a rectilinear suction side bond line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Douglas M. Berczik, Gabriel L. Suciu, Brian D. Merry, Alvanos Ioannis, Christopher M. Dye
  • Patent number: 9903390
    Abstract: An intake box of an air supply system in a compressor arrangement, having an intake grill and an air intake pipe arranged on the compressor side, wherein the intake grill and the air intake pipe are arranged between a lower lid and an upper lid, wherein, in addition, a sound damping box for minimizing noise emissions is arranged between the intake grill and the air intake pipe, wherein the longitudinal dimension and width dimension of the sound damping box are each at least three times as large as the depth dimension of the sound damping box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse System Fur Schienefahrzeuge GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Fritz, Melanie Gibson
  • Patent number: 9903206
    Abstract: An impeller includes a hub and a plurality of blades. The blades are disposed around an outer periphery of the hub. Each of the blades includes a connecting end, a sweep-back part and a sweep-forward part. The connecting end is coupled with the hub. The sweep-back part is disposed at an edge of the blade and extended from the connecting end. An extending direction of the sweep-back part is opposed to a rotating direction of the impeller. The sweep-forward part is extended from the sweep-back part. An extending direction of the sweep-forward part is the same as the rotating direction of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Po-Hao Yu, Shir-Harn Yeh
  • Patent number: 9897110
    Abstract: The centrifugal compressor (1) includes: an impeller (3); and a casing (2) accommodating the impeller (3). The casing (2) includes: an inlet (6); an impeller-accommodating portion (14) in which the impeller (3) is disposed; an annular flow passageway (5) formed around the impeller (3); an outlet (9) communicating with the annular flow passageway (5); and an annular chamber (11) formed around at least one of the inlet (6) and the impeller-accommodating portion (14). An inner circumferential surface (2a) of the casing (2) facing the impeller-accommodating portion (14) is provided with a groove (12) which communicates the impeller-accommodating portion (14) and the annular chamber (11) with each other and which is formed over the entire circumference of the inner circumferential surface (2a). In addition, the annular chamber (11) communicates with another space only through the groove (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Hideaki Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9896952
    Abstract: A steam turbine through which a fluid flows along an axis is equipped with: a tip shroud for turbine blades that are provided on a shaft that extends with the axis as a center; an outer partition plate ring that is provided on a casing so as to face the tip shroud in a radial direction and be capable of rotating relative to the tip shroud around the axis; seal fins that extend radially inward from the outer partition plate ring and that, with the tip shroud, form minute gaps therebetween; and steam introduction surfaces that are formed on downstream sides of the seal fins and are provided so as to face the seal fins within cavities where a main vortex, generated from a leakage flow passing through a minute gap, is generated, and that guide the flow, generated from the main vortex, toward the minute gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Kuwamura, Hiroharu Oyama, Yoshinori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9897054
    Abstract: A fuel flow control system includes a centrifugal pump, a gas inlet valve, and a control. The centrifugal pump has a fuel inlet, a gas inlet, and an outlet. The gas inlet valve is disposed upstream of the gas inlet and is responsive to valve position commands to move between a closed position, in which inert gas is prevented from flowing into the gas inlet, and a plurality of open positions, in which inert gas may flow into the gas inlet. The control is coupled to the gas inlet valve and is configured to supply the valve position commands to the gas inlet valve to command the gas inlet valve to selectively move to the closed position, such that the centrifugal pump is configured to operate as a fuel pump, or any open position, such that the centrifugal pump is configured to operate as a fuel-gas mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Lo, Dan Laboda
  • Patent number: 9890767
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wind energy system with at least one pitch adjustment system for adjusting the pitch of at least one rotor blade of the wind energy system, wherein the pitch adjustment system comprises at least one electrohydraulic drive that comprises an unregulated electromotor rotating in one direction of rotation for generating pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH
    Inventors: Anton Gaile, Anton Staimer, Oliver Wennheller, Hans-Peter Lavergne
  • Patent number: 9879651
    Abstract: A vane device is adapted for use in a turbine apparatus, and includes a rotary shaft and a plurality of angularly spaced-apart vane units. The rotary shaft is rotatable in a rotational direction. The vane units are connected to the rotary shaft. Each of the vane units includes a grid frame and a plurality of spaced-apart cup members. The grid frame is connected to the rotary shaft. The cup members are arranged in an array and are connected to the grid frame. Each of the cup members has an inner surface that defines a receiving space, and an outer surface that is opposite to the inner surface and that faces toward the rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Kuo-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9874218
    Abstract: An impeller shroud for a mechanical system has a hyperboloid shape with a rim at the air-inlet end. The face of the inlet rim is perpendicular to the flow direction. A plurality of slots through which air is allowed to pass is disposed symmetrically about the rim. A plurality of solid areas extends along the circumference of the rim between the adjacent slots. The ratio of the sum of the plurality of slots in degrees and the sum of the solid areas in degrees disposed about the rim is between 3:1 and 11:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy C. Shafer, Samantha Elizabeth Stoneman, Frank Cantor
  • Patent number: 9863275
    Abstract: A turbocharger turbine having a blade-gap zone between the blades and the shroud wall. The blade-gap zone is larger at and near the exducer than at an upstream location where the shroud wall is at its minimum radius. Also disclosed is a method of customizing and manufacturing a turbine by establishing an optimized blade-gap zone at the exducer, and machining it into a turbine housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Alexander