Patents Examined by Phutthiwat Wongwian
  • Patent number: 10352204
    Abstract: A camshaft adjusting device, including a vane cell adjuster is provided. The vane cell adjuster includes a stator-that can be connected to a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine, a rotor, which is rotatably supported in the stator and can be connected to a camshaft and has a plurality of working chambers, which are provided between the stator and the rotor and to which a pressure medium can be applied, and a central screw for clamping the rotor to the camshaft by clamping surfaces of the rotor and of the camshaft facing each other. At least one of the clamping surfaces of the rotor and/or of the camshaft is profiled at least in some sections in order to create a form-closed connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ali Bayrakdar
  • Patent number: 10344659
    Abstract: Generator assembly systems and methods of manufacturing and operating generator assembly systems. The generator assembly system includes a generator enclosure, a diesel engine, an aftertreatment exhaust system, a primary diesel exhaust fluid system, and an auxiliary diesel exhaust fluid system. The primary diesel exhaust fluid system includes a primary diesel exhaust fluid storage tank fluidly coupled to the aftertreatment exhaust system. The auxiliary diesel exhaust fluid system includes an auxiliary diesel exhaust fluid storage tank and a transfer pump fluidly coupled to the auxiliary diesel exhaust fluid storage tank. The auxiliary diesel exhaust fluid system is housed in an auxiliary enclosure positioned outside of the generator enclosure. At least one fluid conduit fluidly couples the transfer pump to the primary diesel exhaust fluid storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Power Generation IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Turbak, Madhukar R. Mahishi, Neeraj M. Bapat, Pushkar U. Vaidya, Brandon Kallies, Warren R. Peltier, Ndaga S. Mwakabuta, Shalini Volety, James Wygralak
  • Patent number: 10337379
    Abstract: A mixer assembly includes an outer housing having an inlet area that receives exhaust gas from an upstream exhaust component and an outlet area that directs exhaust gas to a downstream exhaust component. The outer housing includes an outer wall extending outwardly from the base wall about a periphery of the base wall and a deflector wall that directs exhaust gas from the inlet area to the outlet area. The deflector wall has a portion spaced from the outer wall to define a flow guide path that first directs exhaust gas flow from the inlet area in a first direction against a first portion of the outer wall and then directs exhaust gas flow in a second direction against a second portion of the outer wall that is transverse to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA EMISSIONS CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES, USA, LLC
    Inventors: Philip M. Dimpelfeld, Eduardo Alano
  • Patent number: 10323530
    Abstract: A magnetic seal system adapted for use within a support structure mounted around a rotatable shaft. The magnetic seal system includes two annular seal assemblies configured to be surrounding the shaft to rotate therewith and be axially displaceable along the shaft. Each annular seal assembly includes an annular member adjacent to an annular seal. The magnetic seal system also includes an annular magnet configured to be sealingly connected to the support structure and surrounding the shaft The magnet being disposed between the two annular seals in a non-contacting relationship with the shaft and biasing the two annular members along the shaft towards the magnet, wherein adjacent contacting surfaces between each of the two annular seals and the magnet biasingly mate to form sealing interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventor: Julien De La Bruere Terreault
  • Patent number: 10323603
    Abstract: A free-piston Stirling engine that limits piston amplitude and reduces engine power as the piston amplitude increases beyond its maximum power. The inward edge of the heat rejecter cylinder port is located outward of the most inward excursion of the inward end of the piston sidewall during a part of the piston's reciprocation cycle so that the heat rejecter cylinder port is entirely covered by the piston sidewall during an inward portion of the piston reciprocation when the engine is operating at the selected maximum engine power. A leaker port extends from a gas bearing cavity through the piston sidewall and is positioned axially outward from the gas bearing pads of the engine's gas bearing system and vents working gas to the engine's back space at a piston amplitude of reciprocation that exceeds the piston's amplitude of reciprocation at maximum engine power. A resilient damping bumper is attached to the outward end of the piston and a displacer gas cushion is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Sunpower, Inc.
    Inventor: James Gary Wood
  • Patent number: 10316779
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis system of an air-fuel ratio sensor is provided with an exhaust purification catalyst, an upstream side air-fuel ratio sensor which is provided at an upstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst, a downstream side air-fuel ratio sensor which is provided at a downstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst, and a diagnosis device which uses the outputs of these air-fuel ratio sensors as the basis to diagnose abnormality of the downstream side air-fuel ratio sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyamoto, Toru Kidokoro, Yasushi Iwazaki, Kenji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10316760
    Abstract: A system and methods are provided for controlling turboshaft engines. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving input signals for a collective lever angle (CLA) command and real-time power turbine speed (NP) of an engine, determining system data for engine effectors by the control unit based on the input signals for the collective lever angle (CLA) command and the real-time power turbine speed (NP) based on an integrated model for the turboshaft engine including a model of a gas generator section of the turboshaft engine and a model of a power turbine and rotor load section of the turboshaft engine. The method may also include determining control output based on model-based multi-variable control including optimization formulation and a constrained optimization solver. The method may also include outputting one or more control signals for control of the turboshaft engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard P. Meisner, Chaohong Cai, James W. Fuller, Timothy J. Crowley
  • Patent number: 10287921
    Abstract: A first steam turbine and a second steam turbine of a combined cycle plant are connected by a reheat steam line via a reheat section of an exhaust heat recovery boiler. The reheat steam line and a condenser are connected by a second bypass line. A control device includes: a determination unit that determines whether or not the flow rate of first steam flowing into the first steam turbine has reached a stipulated flow rate; a command output unit that, upon determining that the flow rate of the first steam flowing into the first steam turbine has reached the stipulated flow rate, outputs a close command to close a ventilator valve that is provided in the second bypass line and is open; and a threshold alteration unit that alters the threshold with which the determination unit determines whether or not the stipulated flow rate has been reached, the threshold being positively correlated with a temperature of the first steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Murakami
  • Patent number: 10274201
    Abstract: A fuel injector for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The fuel injector includes two primary tubes, a secondary tube, a primary gas gallery, and a secondary gas gallery. The two primary tubes are connected in a parallel configuration to provide a main gas fuel to the primary gas gallery. The secondary tube provides the main gas fuel to the secondary gas gallery independent from the two primary tubes and the primary gas gallery. The primary gas gallery and the secondary gas gallery provide the main gas fuel to a premix passage independently allowing for robust control of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Sean Kelly Spivey, Donald James Cramb, James Scott Piper, Michael John Ramotowski
  • Patent number: 10273860
    Abstract: Provided is an exhaust apparatus for a vehicle, being capable of performing a normal detection of a nitrogen oxide (NOx) concentration in exhaust gas without involving increase in the size and the cost. The exhaust apparatus includes an exhaust pipe having an upstream end connected to an aftertreatment device and a downstream end enclosing an exhaust port at a position higher than the upstream end, a NOx sensor to be retained in the exhaust pipe, and a water barrier wall provided inside the exhaust pipe. The water barrier wall has a shape to form a shield between the NOx sensor and the exhaust port while leaving a gas inlet that allows the exhaust gas to flow to the NOx sensor from the aftertreatment device through the gas inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisuke Ikeda, Masaaki Tateyama
  • Patent number: 10267233
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a lubrication monitoring system is disclosed that includes a fan, a gear reduction operatively coupled to the fan, and a lubrication pump that is operatively coupled to the fan and is in fluid communication with the gear reduction. A first sensor is configured to detect a windmilling condition of the fan, and a second sensor is configured to detect an operational state of the lubrication pump. A controller in communication with the first and second sensors is configured to monitor the windmilling condition and the operational state of the lubrication pump, and command a status indicator in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jacob Peter Mastro
  • Patent number: 10267270
    Abstract: A gas turbine system includes a turbine combustor, a turbine, an exhaust gas compressor, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, a carbon black recovery system, and a carbon black production controller. The carbon black production controller monitors data corresponding to a parameter of the carbon black. The carbon black production controller is also configured to adjust, based on the data, the fuel provided to the turbine combustor while maintaining a ratio of the fuel to the oxidant within a predetermined range to adjust the parameter of the carbon black.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Huntington, William N. Yunker, Ilya Aleksandrovich Slobodyanskiy
  • Patent number: 10267232
    Abstract: A gearbox assembly for a gas turbofan engine includes a sun gear rotatable about an axis and a plurality of intermediate gears driven by the sun gear. A baffle disposed between at least two of the plurality of intermediate gears includes a first gap distance within a first gap portion and a second gap distance within a second gap portion. The first gap portion is disposed between the baffle and one of the intermediate gears away from the meshed interface with the sun gear and the second gap portion is disposed near the interface with the sun gear. The first gap distance within the first gap portion is different than the second gap distance within the second gap portion to define a desired lubricant flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. McCune, Marc J. Muldoon
  • Patent number: 10260426
    Abstract: An adapter for a gas turbine engine has a first portion with a control module mount interface. A second portion with a sensor mount interface defines a sensor mount position relative to a control module. A connecting body connects the first and second portions such that the second portion provides a re-orientated sensor mount position relative to the control module. A lubrication system for a gas turbine engine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORAATION
    Inventors: Marc R. Sauerhoefer, Ryan K. Snyder, James D. Marshall, Kari L. Kisselbrack, Thomas Livingston
  • Patent number: 10260368
    Abstract: A method for starting a combustion system having a first ignition device and an at least second ignition device, a processing unit and a sensor system. To obtain a reliable ignition the method includes as a starting sequence at least the following: monitoring during a working condition of the combustion system, an operational state of the first and the at least second ignition device by the sensor system; identifying a predefined state of the first and/or the at least second ignition device by the processing unit; and as a further step: in case of an identification of the predefined state changing in at least one parameter of at least one of the ignition devices by the processing unit. A combustion system is equipped to be operable with the method as well as to a flow engine with such a combustion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Kam-Kei Lam
  • Patent number: 10260425
    Abstract: A fuel system for a gas turbine engine includes, among other things, a plurality of components defining a plurality of localized nodes at distinct locations relative to a fuel flow path, each of the plurality of localized nodes characterized by a distinct set of failure parameters. One or more fuel sensors are configured to measure at least one fuel condition relating to flow through the fuel flow path. A fuel observation assembly is coupled to one or more engine sensors configured to measure at least one engine condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy J. Crowley, Tyler J. Selstad, Sorin Bengea, Robert H. Luppold
  • Patent number: 10253720
    Abstract: A control device for an internal combustion engine for preventing a deterioration in exhaust characteristics when a change to an air-fuel ratio on a theoretical air-fuel ratio side is requested in an internal combustion engine during operation in a lean mode. The control device controls an internal combustion engine equipped with a NOx storage-reduction catalyst in an exhaust passage. When a NOx amount stored in the NOx storage-reduction catalyst reaches a release threshold value, the control device executes rich control to cause the NOx to be released. In a state in which an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture belongs to a second region that is near a lean limit, the release threshold value for determining the start of the rich control is set in the vicinity of the NOx storage capacity of the NOx storage-reduction catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shingo Korenaga
  • Patent number: 10247075
    Abstract: An aftertreatment system comprises an aftertreatment component structured to decompose constituents of an exhaust gas produced by an engine. A reductant insertion assembly is fluidly coupled to the aftertreatment component and configured to insert a reductant therein. A controller is operatively coupled to the reductant insertion assembly and configured to instruct the reductant insertion assembly to insert the reductant into the aftertreatment component for a first insertion time between first time intervals. The controller determines an operating condition of the engine, and determines if the operating condition satisfies a predetermined condition. In response to the predetermined condition being satisfied, the controller instructs the reductant insertion assembly to insert the reductant into the aftertreatment component for a second insertion time between second time intervals. The second insertion time is longer than the first insertion time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Emission Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Santosh Kumar Ratan, Bryce R. Larson, Jinqian Gong, Abhijeet Singh Chauhan, Arun Kumar Dasari, Aditi Vedantam, Frederick V. Holt, III
  • Patent number: 10247074
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system includes: an NOx reduction type catalyst, which is provided in an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine and reduces and purifies NOx in an exhaust gas; and a regeneration treatment unit, which recovers an NOx purification capacity of the NOx reduction type catalyst by lowering an excess-air-ratio of the exhaust gas to a predetermined target excess-air-ratio, wherein the regeneration treatment unit includes: a target setting unit, which sets a target intake air amount that is required for setting the exhaust gas to the target excess-air-ratio, based on a fuel injection amount of the internal combustion engine; and an air-system controller, which controls at least one of an intake air amount and an exhaust recirculating amount of the internal combustion engine, in response to the target intake air amount input from the target setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Masaaki Nishito, Teruo Nakada, Takayuki Sakamoto, Daiji Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10240532
    Abstract: A module for a gas turbine engine comprises a frame and a frame cooling system. The frame includes a circumferentially distributed plurality of radially extending struts. Each strut is joined to an outer frame section at an outer frame junction, and joined to an inner frame section at an inner frame junction. The frame cooling system comprises an inlet, a plurality of cooling air passages extending from the inlet radially through each of the plurality of frame struts; and an outlet. The outlet is in fluid communication with at least one of the cooling air passages and includes a film cooling hole formed through the frame proximate the outer frame junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ariel Scott, William Yeager