Patents Examined by Thomas Denion
  • Patent number: 9581049
    Abstract: The invention relates to a warming arrangement having a warming system for warming a steam turbine. The warming system has a makeup line and recycle line fluidly connected to the steam turbine. A gas moving device and a heater are located in either of these two lines. The warming system further includes a pressure measurement device that is configured and arranged to determine a gauge pressure in the steam turbine as well as a controller. The controller is configured to control a flow rate of the warming gas through the steam turbine, based on the pressure measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Helbig, Christian Kuehne, Wolfgang Franz Dietrich Mohr
  • Patent number: 9581129
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wave power unit with a floating body (1), a submerged station (2) and flexible connection means (3) connecting the floating body (1) to the submerged station (100). The submerged station (100) has a stator 5 (5) and a moving part (6). According to the invention the flexible connection means (3) is provided with a damper (12). The damper (12) is arranged to absorb tensile forces in the flexible connection means (3). The invention also relates to a use of such a wave power unit and to a 10 method for producing and supplying electric energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Seabased AB
    Inventors: Mats Leijon, Kalle Haikonen
  • Patent number: 9581050
    Abstract: A waste heat recovery Rankine cycle system has a first Rankine cycle operated with a first working medium and a second Rankine cycle operated with a second working medium having a lower boiling point than the first working medium, the first Rankine cycle has a second scroll type fluid machine as an expander, a second electric generator, a second condenser, a condensing tank, a second condensing pump, a gas-liquid separation device, a heat exchanger, a low rate regulation valve, and a control device. This structure can drive a generator by a waste heat not only in a first Rankine cycle but also in a second Rankine cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taisuke Ono
  • Patent number: 9581145
    Abstract: A variable area fan nozzle comprising an array of hinged rigid petals and a petal actuation system in which the principle of actuation is realized by changes in shape (i.e., deformation) of the actuators rather than by movement of cooperating mechanical parts. Because these actuators have no rotating or sliding mechanical components, wear and associated maintenance are reduced. Each deformable actuator has a portion made of shape memory alloy that has been trained to change shape in a specific manner when heated to a temperature above a transition temperature. In addition, each shape memory alloy actuator is shaped to act as a fairing to reduce aerodynamic drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Christopher T. Jasklowski
  • Patent number: 9581046
    Abstract: In a scroll structure of a centrifugal compressor, there are provided a radius increase arc portion E in which a radius from the center of a scroll 12 to a scroll centroid P of the cross section of the scroll 12 is gradually increased in any range in a circumferential direction from the start of winding of the scroll, and a radius decrease arc portion F in which the radius is gradually decreased toward a scroll end point Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Hoshi, Isao Tomita, Motoki Ebisu, Hiroshi Suzuki, Takashi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9574483
    Abstract: An engine control system includes an injection determination module, a correction factor determination module, and a regeneration control module. The injection determination module determines a desired amount of hydrocarbons (HC) to inject into exhaust gas produced by an engine based a flow rate of the exhaust gas. The correction factor determination module determines a correction factor for the desired amount of HC based on engine speed and engine load. The regeneration control module controls injection of an adjusted amount of HC into the exhaust gas during regeneration of a particulate matter filter, wherein the adjusted amount of HC is based on the desired amount of HC and the correction factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sarah Funk, Thomas Larose, Jr., Patrick Barasa, Michael V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9574461
    Abstract: A method of controlling a thermal power plant for electricity generation, said power plant comprising at least one heat source to supply thermal energy to a working fluid circulation circuit. The circuit comprises a high pressure turbine mechanically connected to an electricity generator, a high pressure regulating valve controlling the steam supply to said high pressure turbine from a high pressure superheater associated with a high pressure storage tank. The fluid supply to said high pressure storage tank from a high pressure steam generator is controlled by a high pressure supply valve, and, in response to a need for additional electrical power, the opening of the high pressure regulating valve is increased the opening of the high pressure supply valve is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
    Inventor: Eve Dufosse
  • Patent number: 9574550
    Abstract: A support structure for mooring a vertically extending floating wind turbine or the like body has a ring of tether attachment points for connecting respective tethers running down to the seabed. The ring is spaced from the body by a ring of inclined struts running diagonally downwardly and inwardly from the plane of the attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Alexander John Fyfe
  • Patent number: 9574562
    Abstract: A pump for pumping a multiphase fluid includes a housing and a rotor with an outer surface. A plurality of inducer vanes are attached to the rotor hub, each having a leading edge and a trailing edge where the leading edge of one inducer vane overlaps the trailing edge of an adjacent inducer vane by a first overlap angle. A plurality of impeller vanes are also attached to the hub. The impeller vanes each have a leading edge and a trailing edge where the leading edge of one impeller vane overlaps the trailing edge of an adjacent impeller vane by a second overlap angle larger than the first overlap angle. The pump includes a rotor flow channel extending between the hub outer surface and the housing inner surface. The rotor flow channel has an inlet area and an outlet area, whereby the outlet area is smaller than the inlet area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Vittorio Michelassi, Ismail Hakki Sezal, Xuele Qi, Rene du Cauze de Nazelle, Vishal Gahlot, Scott Richard Erler
  • Patent number: 9574482
    Abstract: A method of operating components for exhaust gas after-treatment disposed in the exhaust gas tract of a turbocharged internal combustion engine. A partial exhaust gas stream is removed from the main exhaust gas stream upstream of at least one exhaust gas turbine. The partial exhaust gas stream is fed back into the main exhaust gas stream downstream of the at least one exhaust gas turbine. The feed is located, in terms of exhaust flow, between an NO oxidation catalytic converter and a particle filter (i.e., the exhaust gas after-treatment component). That is, the at least one exhaust gas after-treatment component is arranged downstream of the feed. The quantity of exhaust gas branched off as a partial exhaust gas stream is controlled or closed-loop controlled as a function of at least one target temperature in at least one defined point in the exhaust gas tract, in particular in the partial exhaust gas stream and/or of the at least one exhaust gas after-treatment component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MAN Truck & Bus AG
    Inventor: Andreas Döring
  • Patent number: 9574553
    Abstract: The invention relates to a solar-powered apparatus, comprising a housing (1), a shield panel (5) disposed on the housing (1), and a transmission apparatus (2) disposed inside the housing (1). The transmission apparatus (2) is provided with eight or more memory alloy sheets (3). The housing (1) is also provided with a ratchet pawl (13). The shield panel (5) is provided with a light-focusing apparatus (51) used for focusing light. The apparatus is capable of converting solar energy into mechanical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG GONGSHANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tongqiang Li, Xiaoning Jiang
  • Patent number: 9566754
    Abstract: The invention provides a wind turbine blade comprising a first shell, having a first bonding region, and a second shell having a second bonding region, wherein the second bonding region of the second shell is bonded to the first bonding region of the first shell; and a temperature sensor positioned between the first bonding region and the second bonding region. Having a temperature sensor positioned within the turbine blade, in the region at which the two shells of the turbine blade are bonded together, allows for accurate determination and control of the temperature of the critical bonding regions during blade manufacture. The temperature sensor may be used during the service life of the wind turbine blade to detect delamination of the wind turbine blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VESTA WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventor: Ib Svend Olesen
  • Patent number: 9567929
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed which includes: an engine; a catalyst purifying exhaust gas of the engine; a grille shutter adjusting an opening area of a radiator grille; and an electronic control unit configured to: (a) control an injection quantity of fuel to be supplied to the engine, (b) detect a malfunction of the grille shutter in a state where the grille shutter is closed, and (c) increase the injection quantity when the malfunction is detected in comparison to when the malfunction is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9567856
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracting energy from a fluid flow including a secondary fluid channel, a fluid driveable generator unit and a primary fluid channel. The primary fluid channel comprises a fluid intake in fluid communication with a throat. The throat is configured to increase the flow velocity and reduce the pressure of the primary fluid flowing through the primary fluid channel and includes at least one plenum in the interior of the throat configured to further reduce the pressure of the primary fluid flowing through the primary fluid channel. The plenum includes at least one perforation through its exterior surface in fluid communication with the secondary fluid channel. As such, the flow of primary fluid through the primary fluid channel draws the secondary fluid into the primary fluid channel through the secondary fluid channel and the perforation and thereby into driving engagement with the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Frank Faller
  • Patent number: 9569913
    Abstract: A self-aligning memory alloy wire actuator has a memory alloy wire having first and second ends with at least one terminal coupled to one end of the memory alloy wire. The terminal includes two wings and an extended piece connected in the shape of a T. The two wings are disposed on opposite sides of the extended piece and perpendicular to the extended piece. Each wing comprises top and bottom surfaces, a front surface, and an outside end. The top surfaces of the two wings lie on a common top plane and the front surfaces of the two wings lie on a common front plane. The memory alloy wire is coupled to the extended piece of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Dean Weber, Henricus Mark Ruyten, Thomas Kmetiko
  • Patent number: 9567891
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for controlling a concentration of oxygen that is measured by an oxygen sensor of an after-treatment system of an internal combustion engine when a regeneration of an after-treatment device is required. The method may be a computer-implement method. An oxygen sensor target value is lowered in a stepped phase as a function of an exhaust gas flow speed as the exhaust gas passes through the after-treatment system. The oxygen sensor target value is lowered evenly as a function of the exhaust gas flow speed and by a filter phase when a measured air/fuel ratio value is less than or equal to an AFR threshold value and until the oxygen sensor target value is equal to an oxygen sensor final target value. The oxygen concentration is controlled by applying the oxygen sensor target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Roberto Argolini, Giovanni Montinaro, Alberto Giordano
  • Patent number: 9567869
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting icing and other loadings on blades of wind turbines. Advantageously, the method utilizes existing wind turbine actuators, for example pitch actuators, far excitation of blade vibrations. Vibration sensors on the blade such as strain sensors or accelerometers measure the blade vibrations excited in response to the actively excised vibrations. By comparing the measured response with previously obtained reference responses, it is possible to determine if blade icing is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Steen M. Lauritsen, Erik Carl Lehnskov Miranda
  • Patent number: 9567889
    Abstract: In an internal combustion engine, an exhaust purification catalyst and a hydrocarbon feed valve are arranged in an exhaust passage. When the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas which flows into the exhaust purification catalyst should be made rich, rich control, which makes the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas which is exhausted from the combustion chamber rich, is performed. In order to prevent clogging of the hydrocarbon feed valve, clogging preventing injection which injects hydrocarbons from the hydrocarbon feed valve by an injection interval ?tCB is performed. The exhaust purification catalyst has an oxygen storage ability. At the initial period of rich control, clogging preventing injection is performed by a shorter injection interval ?tCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshito Nogi
  • Patent number: 9567975
    Abstract: A method for operating a wind turbine (10). The wind turbine (10) is operated with variable rotational speed between predeterminable minimum and maximum rotational speeds. A characteristic variable (51) of an oscillation of the wind turbine (10) is detected. The wind turbine (10) includes a tower (14) and a rotor (13). An open-loop or closed-loop control device (36, 50) provides open-loop control or closed-loop control of the rotational speed of the rotor (13) between a minimum rotational speed and a maximum rotational speed during a power-supplying operation of the wind turbine. A sensor (40) detects a characteristic variable (51) of an oscillation of the wind turbine (10) and the minimum rotational speed is changed depending on the characteristic value (51) of the oscillation. The minimum rotational speed is altered depending on the characteristic variable (51) of the oscillation by the open-loop or closed-loop control device (36, 50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Senvion SE
    Inventors: Marco Hansen, Karsten Warfen
  • Patent number: 9567070
    Abstract: A rotor system for rotor aircraft comprises a rotor hub comprising a plurality of rotor blades, a rotatable rotor mast coupled to the rotor hub, a swashplate assembly comprising a non-rotating ring engaged with a rotatable ring, a plurality of pitch links mechanically coupling the rotatable ring to the plurality of rotor blades, and a swashplate actuator system. The rotatable ring is configured to rotate with the rotor mast, and the non-rotating ring is configured to engage and guide the rotatable ring. The pitch links are configured to control the pitch angle of each rotor blade. The swashplate actuator system consists of: a first actuator and a second actuator, where the first actuator and the second actuator are mechanically coupled to a stationary surface and the non-rotating ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Shundo, Carlos A. Fenny, Frank B. Stamps