Patents Examined by Richard A Edgar
  • Patent number: 11655716
    Abstract: A cooling structure for a trailing edge of a turbine blade is provided. The cooling structure for the trailing edge of the turbine blade comprising an airfoil shaped blade part including a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure surface and a suction surface connecting the leading edge and the trailing edge, and a cavity channel formed in the blade part and through which a cooling fluid flows, the cooling structure including slots and lands arranged alternately on the trailing edge along a span direction of the pressure surface by cutting a portion of the pressure surface, the slots communicating with the cavity channel and defined by adjacent lands where the pressure surface remains, wherein a pin-fin structure is disposed in the cavity channel on an upstream side of the slot, and wherein the cooling fluid is introduced through a micro-channel formed inside the pin-fin structure and is discharged through film cooling holes formed in the pressure surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: DOOSAN ENERBILITY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Yong Lee, Hyung Hee Cho, JeongJu Kim, Seungyeong Choi, Hee Seung Park
  • Patent number: 11655880
    Abstract: A gear system for a rotary wing aircraft includes a first gear including an inner gear portion having a first pitch and an outer gear portion having a second pitch that is distinct from the first pitch. A second gear includes a third pitch driven at a driving rotational speed. An actuator member is coupled to the second gear while driven at the driving rotational speed. The actuator member shifts the second gear along the first gear to engage with one of the inner gear portion and the outer gear portion to drive the first gear at a first rotational speed and engage with other one of the inner gear portion and the outer gear portion to drive the first gear at a second rotational speed. A controller is operable to control the actuator member to shift the second gear between the inner gear portion and the outer gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bruce D. Hansen
  • Patent number: 11649036
    Abstract: A propeller provided with interchangeable blades, and to a method of mounting such interchangeable blades on the propeller. The propeller comprises a hub, fastening fittings, rotation guide devices for guiding the fastening fittings in rotation relative to the hub, locking parts, and blades. The fastening fittings are configured to be assembled into the hub from the inside of the hub, and the locking parts lock respective ones of the fastening fittings onto the hub. The blades are fastened to respective ones of the fastening fittings outside the hub and can thus easily be replaced with other blades without removing the propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Scott Grant, Mathias Fournier, Sylvain Berthalon
  • Patent number: 11649037
    Abstract: Low latency pitch adjustable rotors are disclosed. A disclosed example rotor includes a rotor hub to rotate about a rotational axis, rotor blades coupled to the rotor hub, the rotor blades being pitch adjustable and having corresponding pitch angles, and a reaction hinge operatively coupled between the rotor hub and the rotor blades, the reaction hinge to move relative to the rotor hub in response to an angular acceleration or deceleration of the rotor hub to adjust the pitch angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Thomas Skyler Sartorius
  • Patent number: 11643935
    Abstract: A turbine blade includes an airfoil body, and a plurality of cooling passages extending along a blade height direction inside the airfoil body and being in communication with each other to define a serpentine flow passage. The plurality of cooling passages include first turbulators on an inner wall surface of an upstream cooling passage of the plurality of cooling passages, and second turbulators on an inner wall surface of a downstream cooling passage of the plurality of cooling passages. A second angle formed by the second turbulators with respect to a flow direction of a cooling fluid in the downstream cooling passage is smaller than a first angle formed by the first turbulators with respect to the flow direction of the cooling fluid in the upstream cooling passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo Miyahisa, Susumu Wakazono, Satoshi Hada
  • Patent number: 11644044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a side-channel compressor (1) for a fuel cell system (37) for conveying and/or compressing a gas, particularly hydrogen, comprising a housing (3), the housing (3) comprising a housing upper part (7) and a housing lower part (8), a compressor chamber (30) located in the housing (3), comprising at least one peripheral side channel (19), a compressor wheel (2) arranged in the housing (3), which is rotatably arranged about an axis of rotation (4), the compressor wheel (2) comprising blades (5) arranged on the periphery thereof in the region of the compressor chamber (30), and respectively a gas inlet (14) embodied in the housing and a gas outlet (16) which are fluidically interconnected by means of the compressor chamber (30), particularly the at least one side channel (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Leonard Fung, Alexander Hero, Thomas Wieland
  • Patent number: 11629604
    Abstract: A structure for assembling turbine blade seals, a gas turbine including the same, and a method of assembling turbine blade seals are provided. The structure for assembling turbine blade seals includes a turbine blade including an airfoil, a platform, and a root, a turbine rotor disk to which the root of the turbine blade is mounted, a seal plate mounted between the platform and one side of the turbine rotor disk to seal a cooling channel defined within the root and the platform, an insertion pin inserted through the turbine rotor disk and the seal plate to fix the seal plate to the turbine rotor disk, and a retainer configured to fix the insertion pin and to prevent the insertion pin from falling out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: DOOSAN ENERBILITY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo Hwan Kwak, Iurii Goroshchak
  • Patent number: 11629603
    Abstract: An airfoil includes a root and a tip, which define a span of the airfoil therebetween. The airfoil also includes a leading edge and a trailing edge downstream of the leading edge along a flow direction. The leading edge and the trailing edge each extend across the span of the airfoil from the root to the tip. The airfoil further includes a pressure side surface and a suction side surface. The airfoil also includes a thermal barrier coating on the pressure side surface and the suction side surface. The thermal barrier coating includes a base layer and a top coat. A thickness of the base layer varies across each of the pressure side surface and the suction side surface with a maximum thickness of the base layer at the leading edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Martin James Jasper, Jan Agudo, Melbourne James Myers, Richard Ryan Pilson, Christopher W. Kester
  • Patent number: 11629596
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a turbine shaft disposed about a longitudinal axis, a first rotor and a second rotor configured for rotation about the longitudinal axis, and an intermediate shaft positioned radially between the turbine shaft and the second rotor. The second rotor is mounted to and axially adjacent the first rotor. The intermediate shaft is mounted to the turbine shaft on an inner radial side of the intermediate shaft. The intermediate shaft is mounted to the second rotor on an outer radial side of the intermediate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Paolucci, Franco Di Paola
  • Patent number: 11629684
    Abstract: The multi-staged cowl described herein allows to increase and maximize water mass flow and pressure drop at the runner cross-section of a hydrokinetic turbine so as to maximize produced power output, while respecting dimensional constraints provided by a shallow body of water, a river for example, in which the hydrokinetic turbine can be submerged. The multi-staged cowl described herein can thus be configured so as to allow water to flow through the hydrokinetic turbine at a substantially stable water mass flow, eliminating instability, avoiding vortices, minimizing cavitation and avoiding fluid separation to negligible levels, and can include an inlet, an outlet and multiple stages which can extend between the inlet and the outlet, so that water can flow therethrough in a water flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: TELESYSTEME ENERGIE LTEE
    Inventor: Imad Hamad
  • Patent number: 11629691
    Abstract: A vertical axis turbine includes a rotatable hub assembly that is configured to be connected to an energy sink and rotatable about an axis of rotation. At least two blades are mounted on the hub assembly, each blade including a leading edge and a trailing edge, the blades being oriented so that the respective leading edges face in a common rotational direction. Each blade further includes a straight section that is substantially parallel to the axis of rotation and two helical sections, the straight section being interposed between the helical sections, and the helical sections extending at least partially around the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: AXIS ENERGY GROUP PTY LTD
    Inventor: Peter Kittel
  • Patent number: 11624286
    Abstract: Impingement insert for an airfoil of a blade/vane of a gas turbine is provided. The impingement insert includes a double-walled section having an outer and an inner walls, that defineā€”an inner channel at an inner surface of the inner wall, an outer channel at an outer surface of the outer wall and a middle channel between the outer and the inner walls. Impingement cooling holes are provided in the outer wall that use the cooling air of the middle channel to eject impingement jets into the outer channel. The impingement insert includes at least one extraction duct that extends between the outer and the inner walls across the middle channel, and has an inlet at the outer channel, and an outlet at the inner channel, for flowing the cooling air, after impingement, from the outer channel into the inner channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: DOOSAN ENERBILITY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Vincent Galoul, Simon Hauswirth, Richard Jones
  • Patent number: 11618559
    Abstract: A rotor blade system having a plurality of rotor blades, wherein at least one of the rotor blades includes an outer surface having generally opposing first and second surfaces, the rotor blade including a fluid flow altering surface positioned relative to one of the first or second surfaces which is moveable between first and second positions, wherein movement of the fluid flow altering surface is effected by an expandable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Mark Hardick, Simon Stacey
  • Patent number: 11613371
    Abstract: An electric vacuum jet engine is a more ecofriendly alternative to gas-fueled jet engines that generates the same or higher thrust than traditional gas-fueled jet engines. The jet engine includes a tubular housing, at least one first propeller assembly, and at least one second propeller assembly. The tubular housing accommodates an alternating of series of propeller assemblies formed by the at least one first propeller assembly and the at least one second propeller assembly. Together, the at least one first propeller assembly and the at least one second propeller assembly generate several vacuums along the tubular housing that increase the velocity of air flow through the tubular housing to generate the thrust necessary to propel the desired aircraft. The tubular housing also includes a housing inlet and a housing outlet corresponding to the open ends of the tubular housing through which air flow enters and exits the tubular housing, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: John Daniel Romo
  • Patent number: 11608164
    Abstract: A tilting system for a propeller of an aerial vehicle, may include a propeller provided in front of the opening portion of the housing and configured to be selectively tilted with respect to the housing; a link assembly provided in the internal space of the housing, a first end portion of which is connected to the housing and a second end portion of which is connected to the propeller, and configured to tilt up or tilt down the propeller as the link assembly is extended from the housing or retracted into the housing; and an actuator coupled to the link assembly and configured to provide power for extension or retraction to the link assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Young Choi, Sang Hyun Jung, Chung Sik Yim, Kyu Hoon Cho
  • Patent number: 11607788
    Abstract: A compressed air-driven tool having an electromagnetically operated control element (27) for controlling a pneumatic control circuit in order to maintain a load-independent torque at a constant rotational speed. The tool includes a principal valve (5), which arranged in a drive housing (1) in a manner displaceable by the supplied compressed air against the force of a helical spring (13), and a generator (43), which is mounted on the shaft (49) of a turbine wheel (51). The rotational speed of the shaft (49) is measured with a speed sensor (75) and the supply of compressed air to the principal valve (5) is controlled in the event of a drop in rotational speed as a consequence of a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: SUHNER Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Stefan Wiedemeier, Stefan Ineichen
  • Patent number: 11608159
    Abstract: A propeller assembly including a shaft having a rotational axis; a plurality of propellers connected to the shaft; means for deploying the plurality of propellers using a centrifugal force generated from a rotation of the shaft, so as to provide vertical thrust during a vertical take-off and landing of the aircraft; and means for restoring the propellers into a stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Oliver Daniel Ensslin
  • Patent number: 11603763
    Abstract: A turbine blade for a gas turbine engine has an airfoil including leading and trailing edges joined by spaced-apart pressure and suction sides to provide an external airfoil surface extending from a platform in a spanwise direction to a tip. The external airfoil surface is formed in substantial conformance with multiple cross-sectional profiles of the airfoil defined by a set of Cartesian coordinates set forth in Table 1, the Cartesian coordinates provided by an axial coordinate scaled by a local axial chord, a circumferential coordinate scaled by a local axial chord, and a span location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Abdulhalim Twahir, Panagiota Tsifourdaris, Niloofar Moradi, Daniel Lecuyer, Jocelyn Menard
  • Patent number: 11603852
    Abstract: A compressor bleed port apparatus includes: a compressor shroud which defines a boundary between a primary flowpath and a plenum; a bleed port including one or more apertures passing through the compressor shroud, each of the one or more apertures having an inlet communicating with the primary flowpath and an outlet communicating with the plenum, and extending along a respective centerline. Each of the one or more apertures is bounded by sidewalls, and includes a diffuser section in which the sidewalls diverge from each other in a downstream direction; A diffusing angle between the sidewalls varies over the length of the diffuser section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Atef Tawfik, Jeffrey Miles McMillen Prescott
  • Patent number: 11598213
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a turbine shaft disposed about a longitudinal axis, a first rotor and a second rotor configured for rotation about the longitudinal axis, and an intermediate shaft positioned radially between the turbine shaft and the second rotor. The second rotor is mounted to and axially adjacent the first rotor. The intermediate shaft is mounted to the turbine shaft on an inner radial side of the intermediate shaft. The intermediate shaft is mounted to the second rotor on an outer radial side of the intermediate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Paolucci, Franco Di Paola