Patents Examined by Ryan J Walters
  • Patent number: 11460000
    Abstract: This invention relates to a root end structure, a wind turbine blade comprising such a root end structure and a method of manufacturing such a wind turbine blade. The root end structure comprises a plurality of fastening members distributed along a root end of a blade part, wherein a plurality of pultruded elements are arranged in between the fastening members. Each pultruded element has a second side surface facing a first side surface of an adjacent fastening member. Gaps are formed between the first and second side surfaces in at least the thickness direction, wherein the gaps enable an adaptive positioning of the pultruded elements relative to the outer layers during the vacuum assisted resin infusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Kristian Lehmann Madsen, Henrik Barslev, Thomas Møller
  • Patent number: 11454209
    Abstract: A method of providing an edge seal along a longitudinal edge of an add-on part mounted on the outer surface of a rotor blade is provided. The method includes determining a height at the longitudinal edge of the add-on part, choosing a width for the edge seal to be applied on the rotor blade surface, wherein the width of the edge seal is chosen to exceed the height at the longitudinal edge of the add-on part by a factor of at least twenty; and forming the edge seal by applying a sealant material to the rotor blade surface at least in a volume defined by the height at the longitudinal edge of the add-on part and the chosen edge seal width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Giridhar Ramanujam, Alex Loeven
  • Patent number: 11453183
    Abstract: A method of making a prefabricated root section (26) for a wind turbine blade (10) is described. The method comprises: providing a male mould (28) extending longitudinally in a spanwise direction between an inboard end (30) and an outboard end (32) and extending transversely in a chordwise direction between a leading edge (34) and a trailing edge (36), the male mould (28) defining a male mould surface (38) of convex curvature in the chordwise direction; providing a root plate (48) having one or more root inserts (50) projecting therefrom, the or each root insert (50) being arranged along an arcuate path; arranging one or more inner fibrous layers (40) on the male mould surface (38); arranging the root plate (48) at the inboard end (30), of the male mould (28) such that the or each root insert (50) overlays an inner fibrous layer at the root end of the mould (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Edgar Suselbeek, Bo Vermund Heinrich Jensen
  • Patent number: 11446786
    Abstract: An object is to enable accurate machining by enabling shots to be accurately blasted on a workpiece even while workpiece is being deformed. A part manufacturing system includes: a peening device including a nozzle that projects a plurality of shots toward a workpiece, and a sensor that detects a distance to the workpiece; and a machining robot including a hand to which the peening device is attached, and a control unit that adjusts a position or an orientation of the peening device by controlling the hand based on the distance detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Takashi Kozaki, Kosuke Akanuma, Hideaki Kaga, Kyoichi Iwata, Seiya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11440083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting element (10) having a hollow-cylindrical shaft (12) and a drive (16), via which the shaft (12) can be driven in a direction of rotation, wherein the hollow-cylindrical shaft (12) has at least one free end, wherein the drive (16) is arranged opposite the free end, wherein a hollow space is formed by the hollow-cylindrical shaft (12). The invention is characterized in that driver structures (22) acting in the circumferential direction of the hollow-cylindrical shaft (12) are arranged in the hollow space, which, projected on the lateral surface, are arranged to extend in the setting direction on the lateral surface, rectilinearly parallel to the element mid-axis (M) or with an angular deviation of at most 20° with respect to the element mid-axis (M), and/or are arranged at the end on the drive side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: EJOT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Marco Werkmeister, Gerhard Dubiel, Angelique Brandau-Wolff
  • Patent number: 11433632
    Abstract: A method of making a wind turbine blade is described. The blade comprises first (12) and second (14) half shells bonded together and a shear web (16) bonded inside the shells. Prior to joining the shells together, the shear web is positioned in one of the shells. A plurality of bars (70) are attached to the shear web and engaged with a plurality of mounts (80) in order to support and stabilise the shear web relative to that shell. The shells are then arranged one above the other whilst the bars remain attached to the shear web. The bars continue to support the shear web whilst the shear web is aligned with the other shell. The bars are then detached from the shear web and the shells are brought together to bond the shells to each other and to bond the shear web between the shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Peter Frans Thomsen
  • Patent number: 11420248
    Abstract: An impact-compensating bucking bar and its use to reduce impacts during riveting, where the bucking bar includes a body; a strike surface on a distal portion of the body, a compensating inertial mass coupled to the body by a flexible and resilient mass support, and a handgrip coupled to the body and configured for the user to urge the strike surface of the bucking bar against a tail of a rivet to facilitate upsetting the rivet tail during riveting. A relative movement of the compensating inertial mass of the bucking bar in response to a strike on the rivet head at least partially dissipates energy imparted to the body during riveting, reducing impact stresses on the bucking bar user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven Griffin, Darby Grant Cooper, Naval Kishore Agarwal
  • Patent number: 11420301
    Abstract: Plating systems and related methods are disclosed for prepping of structural members, such as splicing and/or pre-plating structural members. A plating system can include a splicing system and a pre-plating system. A splicing system include an infeed system, an outfeed system, and a press to affix or otherwise secure a plate to opposing surfaces of structural members to splice the structural members together. Guides are automatically positioned to guide short members through the splicing system. A pre-plating system includes a press, an infeed system configured to deliver a structural member to the press, and an outfeed system configured to remove the structural member from the press. The press is configured to secure a plate to the structural member on a surface other than the opposing surfaces used to splice the structural members together. A plate picking robot is configured to pick a plate from a plate container and position the plate on a press surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: House of Design LLC
    Inventors: Cole Jay Logemann, Shane Christopher Dittrich, Kristopher Ryan Okelberry
  • Patent number: 11408392
    Abstract: A composite material blank (190) comprising an elongate blank body (300) extending between a first end face (312a) and a second end face (312b); said blank body (300) extending in a longitudinal direction, parallel to a longitudinal axis thereof, and having four peripheral sides (341, 342, 343, 344); each said first and second end face (312a, 312b) having edges (361a-364a; 361b-364b) which define a trapezoid shape; wherein the peripheral sides (341, 342, 343, 344) of said blank body (190) connect the edges (361a-364a) of said first end face (312a) with the edges (361b-364b) of said second end face (312b); and wherein said first trapezoid end face (312a) is inverted in relation to said second trapezoid end face (312b). A method of manufacturing a composite blank (190), and a wind turbine blade root insert (105) which may be formed from a blank (190).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Jonathan Smith, James Smith, Robert Ernst, Mark Folsom
  • Patent number: 11401146
    Abstract: A mobile assembly support unit that includes an assembly line sync mechanism having a line engagement unit coupled to a rotatable sync arm, a propulsion unit having a propulsion wheel and a propulsion motor, a translation arm coupled to the propulsion unit and engageable with the rotatable sync arm, and an air cylinder coupled to the propulsion unit. The air cylinder is actuatable between a retracted position and an extended position such that when the air cylinder is in the retracted position, the translation arm is engaged with the rotatable sync arm and the propulsion unit is in a lifted position and when the air cylinder is in the extended position, the translation arm is disengaged with the rotatable sync arm and the propulsion unit is in a descended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Britton, James C. Greenlee, II
  • Patent number: 11391311
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a joined body includes at least one first plate material, one second plate material, and a self-piercing rivet where a cylinder portion projects from a head. The method includes: a test step of plastically deforming the second plate material by a load in a plate thickness direction to measure physical value information of the second plate material; a setting step of setting a joining condition based on the physical value information by the test step; and a joining step of supporting a back surface of the second plate material having a front surface on which the first plate material is stacked with a die and driving the cylinder portion from the front surface side toward a concave portion provided in the die to join the first plate material and the second plate material together based on the joining condition set by the setting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ahresty Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11389930
    Abstract: A surface treatment processing method includes: a shot processing step of performing shot processing of shooting shot media at a treatment target; a first inspection step of nondestructively inspecting at least one of a surface side state and an external dimension of the treatment target subjected to the shot processing, evaluating that the treatment target is passed when an inspection result is within a first normal range set in advance, evaluating that the treatment target is failed when the inspection result is out of a first allowable range set in advance to include the first normal range, and evaluating that the treatment target is to be additionally processed when the inspection result is out of the first normal range but within the first allowable range; and an additional processing step of performing the shot processing again on the treatment target which is evaluated to be additionally processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoichi Iwata, Takuya Koyama, Yuji Kobayashi, Akinori Matsui
  • Patent number: 11383454
    Abstract: Improvements relating to wind turbine blade manufacture A method of making wind turbine blades of variable length is described. The method involves forming first and second half shells of a main blade section in a main blade mould assembly. A pre-manufactured tip section is selected from a plurality of tip sections of different lengths according to a total length requirement for the wind turbine blade. The tip section is supported adjacent to the main blade mould assembly such that an inboard end of the tip section overlaps with an outboard end of one of the half shells of the main blade section. The main mould assembly is then closed to bond the two main half shells together and to bond the tip section to the main blade half shells. The invention allows blades of different overall length to be produced using a common main blade mould assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Jonathan Smith, John Rimmer
  • Patent number: 11370085
    Abstract: A shot treatment apparatus and a shot treatment method applicable to the mass production of a wide range of products. A shot treatment apparatus, comprising: a spinning table which has a first rotary shaft and which holds and rotates a workpiece; an ejection apparatus that ejects a shot media from a nozzle to the workpiece; a cabinet having a treatment chamber formed therein; and a control apparatus comprising a first control unit that controls the ejection apparatus, the nozzle being held so as to be positionable and three-dimensionally swingable with respect to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Asai, Motoaki Ishiguro, Shuichi Kamori
  • Patent number: 11372385
    Abstract: A shot peening valve controller comprises a hub connector configurable for connecting or operating one or more shot peening valve; a microprocessor that is connected to the hub connector; and a human-machine interface that is connected to the microprocessor. The human-machine interface is configured to operate the one or more shot peening valves respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Chia Loon Cheng, Chong Wei Lee, Keng Huat Tan, Ser Hean Tan
  • Patent number: 11365757
    Abstract: A fastener for assembling at least two structural elements having an aperture, may have a fastener comprising an enlarged head (12) and a shank (14) exhibiting, prior to fitting, an outside diameter (D1) greater than an inside diameter (DS) of the aperture, and a locking portion comprising a screw thread or annular grooves. The fastener further comprises a lubricating sacrificial ring (40) on the exterior surface of the fastener, extending at least between a distal end of the shank and a proximal end of the locking portion, said ring having, before the fastener is fitted into the structure, an outside diameter greater than a diameter of the aperture. The sacrificial ring comprises a polymer resin forming a matrix encapsulating dispersant molecules and oil molecules. The fastener assembly may apply to the assembly of aircraft structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: LISI AEROSPACE
    Inventors: Alexandre Berthou, Florent Verdier, Charles Pham
  • Patent number: 11364581
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing an aircraft structure. A drivable support may be driven from a first location to a second location to bring the drivable support together with at least one other drivable support to form a drivable support system. A structure may be held in a desired position using the drivable support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeiog Company
    Inventors: Dan Dresskell Day, Clayton Lynn Munk, Steven John Schmitt, Eric M. Reid
  • Patent number: 11358857
    Abstract: Apparatus for manufacturing pillows, comprising: at least one first bobbin of a first fabric and a second bobbin of a second fabric, means adapted to place the first fabric on the second fabric along their advancement path, means configured to drag the fabrics, a pair of side welding devices for welding the side edges of first and second fabrics, a transverse welding device adapted to weld the fabrics found in a tubular envelope transversally to the advancement path for forming a pillowcase, a press for pressing the first fabric onto the second fabric when the length of the pillow reaches the desired length, means adapted to insert material inside the pillowcase, means for cutting the fabrics welded by the transverse welding device to separate the pillow from the successive pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: G TECHNOLOGIES S.R.L.
    Inventors: Matteo Brosio, Pasquale Brosio
  • Patent number: 11352080
    Abstract: Provided are a system and a method for assembling a double-deck vehicle body. The system includes a vehicle body chassis support and an upper floor support. The vehicle body chassis support includes a crossbeam, end supports, and an intermediate support, where the end supports are arranged separately at two ends of the crossbeam, the intermediate support is arranged at the middle of the crossbeam, a height of the end supports is greater than a height of the intermediate support, an upper surface of the end supports and an upper surface of the intermediate support are configured to be closely fitted to a lower surface of a vehicle body chassis; and the upper floor support is detachably arranged on a vehicle body chassis for supporting an upper floor of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CRRC TANGSHAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinli Tian, Wenzhong Liang, Xiaozhong Feng, Dongjun Liu, Mingwei Zhang, Wenxiao Wang, Mao Mao
  • Patent number: 11353003
    Abstract: Provided is a wind turbine blade for a wind turbine, the wind turbine blade including a root, a tip, a trailing edge, a leading edge and at least two beams including carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and being spaced apart from one another, wherein the at least two beams are arranged in the wind turbine blade in the longitudinal direction of the wind turbine blade at the trailing edge or within a distance of 25% of the width from the trailing edge, whereby the at least two beams are electrically connected to one another by at least one electrically conductive member and at least one of the at least two beams and/or at least one of the at least one electrically conductive member is configured to be connected to a down conductor of the wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Claus Burchardt, Soeren Randrup Daugaard Henrichsen, Ashish Pawar