Patents Examined by Vernon K. Rising
  • Patent number: 4639994
    Abstract: Apparatus for processing the damaged tubes of a steam generator either to prepare the tubes for insertion of a sleeve, or to insert a sleeve or to treat the sleeve after it is inserted. This apparatus includes a drilling tool for drilling out plugs, a sleeving tool for inserting sleeves in the tubes, a high-roller tool for rolling the sleeves at their upper ends where they have been expanded, and a low-roller tool for rolling the sleeves at their lower ends in the tube sheet. The sleeves are inserted in the tubes and are rolled by rolls driven by a hydraulic motor. For drilling, for sleeve insertion and for high and low rolling, the motor is controlled by a servo control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Frank W. Cooper, Jr., Bruce A. Howard, David A. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4640005
    Abstract: A superconducting magnet, applied for a train side permanent magnet for a magnetically levitated train as one embodiment of the invention, comprises a coil structure including a superconducting wire wound into a form of a race track and impregnated with epoxy resin, an annular vessel member accommodating the coil structure, and a spacing member rigidly mounted in the vessel member so as to divide the interior thereof into first and second spaces. The coil structure is securely sealed in the first space, and the second space constitutes a liquid helium path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Tokyo Shibaura Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Susumu Mine, Takao Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 4631808
    Abstract: Superconductive conductors, having as many as thousands of filaments, are joined together to form a true superconductive joint. The method is particularly applicable in the situation in which superconductive filaments are embedded in an overlying or surrounding matrix of resistive material such as copper or aluminum. The resistive material is removed by chemical dissolution to expose a length of superconductive filaments. The filaments are juxtaposed within a sleeve of superconductive material which is crimped about the exposed filaments. The connection may be completed by thermally fusing the exposed ends of the filaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Donald W. Jones
  • Patent number: 4617711
    Abstract: In automatic transmissions for use in automobiles and other vehicles, the shaft on the forward pump cover is generally sealed with respect to the direct clutch housing by way of split seal rings, each fitting within an appropriate groove on the pump cover shaft. In most transmissions, these seal rings are cast iron rings elastically deformed during assembly and expanding outward in use to locate on and spin with the pump cover shaft. In one specific transmission, these seal rings are Teflon rings which cannot be replaced by cast iron rings, as cast iron rings do not have adequate elasticity to allow compression of the ring sufficient to pass through the direct clutch drum bushing without breaking the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Inventor: William D. McMinn
  • Patent number: 4598455
    Abstract: An improved pressure type connection on stepped-thread Hydril-type tubing and casing tool joints is disclosed, wherein a secondary sealing means is included between the stepped threaded areas of the Hydril-type connector. The secondary sealing means includes an annular ring of relatively rigid, internally tenacious plastic or rubber material, which serves to contain well pressure if the metal-to-metal sealing surfaces on the pin and box members of the Hydril-type connector are damaged. With such secondary sealing rings, damaged Hydril-type connectors can still be used, without having to scrap same, or having to repair the damaged area at great expense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Inventor: James B. N. Morris
  • Patent number: 4587707
    Abstract: A composite material containing dispersed particles is manufactured by disposing within a mold a porous shaped article of ceramic particles, then pouring a molten metal into the mold, compressing the contents of the mold, subsequently allowing the molten metal to solidify, and subjecting the resultant solidified composite to a plasticizing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignees: Agency of Industrial Science & Technology, Ministry of International Trade & Industry
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nishida, Tsunemichi Imai, Hiromi Matsubara
  • Patent number: 4581802
    Abstract: A caster adjustment tool is used to adjust the caster angle on a McPherson front end suspension system having a strut arm connected to an upper bearing assembly which, in turn, is adjustably connected to a strut mounting plate affixed to the frame of a vehicle. The upper end of the strut arm is connected to the bearing assembly by a strut fastener exposed in an opening in the strut mounting plate. The caster adjustment tool includes a ring for fitting around the upper strut fastener, a lever arm, and a force arm of adjustable length extending between the ring and a lower portion of the lever arm. The force arm pivots on the lower portion of the lever arm. A connector on the lever arm below the pivot engages an edge of the strut mounting plate as the ring fits around the strut fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventor: John H. Castoe
  • Patent number: 4581807
    Abstract: The disclosure is of a co-extruded insulated edge guard in which insulating material is co-extruded onto metal. Various embodiments of edge guards are disclosed. The co-extruded insulating material interlocks with the metal of the edge guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: U.S. Product Development Company
    Inventor: Robert Adell
  • Patent number: 4578854
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a repair device for planar surfaces, such as drywall panels, wherein the repair of holes in a panel can be performed without a laborious and time-consuming process whereby a portion of the drywall must be removed or the entire drywall panel must be detached from the wall studs and replaced with a new panel. The device comprises a fan like object which opens up to form an umbrella effect, implemented by the use of a rotary mounting arrangement of fan blades which are slidably disposed or mounted about the periphery of a disc. In addition, a tripod-like supporting arrangement is disconnectably connected to the disc for supporting the device against the inner surface of the panel. In use, the device, with the fan in a closed position, is inserted through a hole or opening in the planar surface which requires repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Inventor: John Demeglio
  • Patent number: 4578858
    Abstract: A process for making an insulated metal edge guard comprises extruding plastic insulating metal material onto a flat strip of metal as the strip is pulled through an extruder, coiling the insulated strip while still in the flat, uncoiling the coiled strip at the beginning of a roll-forming apparatus and feeding the insulated strip through the roll-forming apparatus to form the strip into a desired cross sectional shape for the edge guard. The process improves the efficiency of manufacturing insulated metal edge guards and it permits various embodiments, including new and unique ones, to be created efficiently. The invention has a special utility where a range of colored edge guards must be produced in varying quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: U.S. Product Development Company
    Inventor: Robert Adell
  • Patent number: 4578848
    Abstract: A method of forming a flanged bearing from a strip having a steel backing and a lining of bearing metal. Firstly, an aperture is formed in the backing, then a collar is punched out of the strip material surrounding the aperture. Finally, the collar is blanked out of the strip leaving a flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: AEPLC
    Inventor: Eric W. Dickson
  • Patent number: 4577385
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for observing and/or repairing damages on a wall of a coke oven or combustion chamber is disclosed. The damages on the wall are detected by positioning a heat resisting lance which includes an optical system for observing an image on the wall and conduit having a nozzle for spraying repairing materials onto damaged areas on the wall in the inside of the coke oven and moving the lance horizontally and vertically within the coke oven along its wall while observing the image on the wall at an outside of the coke oven through the optical system. When the damages are detected, the damages are repaired by spraying the repairing material onto the damaged area on the wall from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Omae, Kunio Ishikawa, Takahisa Fukao, Katsushige Yoshida
  • Patent number: 4575927
    Abstract: A submicron-particle ductile superconductor and method of fabricating the same wherein the submicron particles (e.g., 300 Angstroms) of a superconductor (e.g., NbC) are encapsulated in a metal tube (e.g., copper) and then fabricated down to fine wire in the absence of sintering of reaction annealing. Because of the fluid-like properties of the unsintered submicron-particle powdered core, the composite fabricated wire retains ductility and resistance to fracture while exhibiting superconducting properties approaching those of the bulk material in the core. Multifilamentary composites are obtained by bundling and fabricating the bundle down in a required number of steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Aleksander I. Braginski, Alan T. Male
  • Patent number: 4574450
    Abstract: A suspension unit operatively connected between sprung and unsprung portions of a vehicle includes a replacement air sleeve and special air sleeve fitting facilitating installation. The air sleeve fitting is installed over the reservoir tube of the suspension unit and cooperates with a dust tube to locate the air sleeve on the suspension unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne V. Fannin, James M. Pees
  • Patent number: 4574449
    Abstract: As improved method for maintenancing the clutch housing in the transmission of a vehicle engine. The housing includes a cylindrical inner wall provided with a plurality of spaced apart U-shaped grooves each shaped and dimensioned to receive and house one of the radially projecting spaced apart U-shaped tangs on the periphery of a circular clutch plate positioned inside the housing, the spacing between the housing grooves generally corresponding to the spacing between the clutch plate tangs but only permitting certain ones of the tangs on the clutch plate to contact their respective grooves during operation of the transmission. The improved method retrofits the U-shaped grooves of the transmission housing such that all tangs on a clutch plate mounted in the housing simultaneously contact and bear against their respective U-shaped grooves in the housing during operation of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Inventor: Harley E. Wussow
  • Patent number: 4574459
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for forming a die for use in fabricating a ceramic honeycomb monolith structure having passages separated by walls having predetermined thicknesses. The method involves forming slots in the die and then applying a uniform coating of iron boride, chromium carbide, aluminum oxide, titanium carbide, titanium nitride or titanium carbonitride to the slot-defining surfaces of the die through CVD, the coating ranging in thickness up to 30 microns and being controlled in thickness to .+-.1 micron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: Corning Glass Works
    Inventor: Donald C. Peters
  • Patent number: 4574451
    Abstract: A fluid-cooled article, such as a turbomachinery blading member, is provided with a fluid passage by a method of depositing a first material on a work surface of a mandrel by low pressure plasma deposition. A first member thus generated is separated from the mandrel. In one form, an inner surface of the first member is provided with a surface groove. After depositing a sacrificial material in the groove, a cover material is applied to entrap the sacrificial material. Removal of the sacrificial material provides the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Russell W. Smashey, Lewis J. Stoffer
  • Patent number: 4573248
    Abstract: A method for the in situ repair of heat exchanger tubes in major heat exchanger equipment is disclosed in which supercooled sleeves are inserted into cracked heat exchanger tubes and are expansion-fitted firmly against the inner walls of the cracked tubes. In order to prevent premature expansion of the relatively long, small diameter sleeves during insertion, the tubes may be filled with a heat sink material which is removed following insertion. The insertion is also preferably accomplished very rapidly by means of a power-actuated ram which maintains the sleeve at its low temperature until the very last moment before insertion. Various guide means and plug means for the sleeve are described. The technology is also indicated as being applicable to the temporary sealing of defective tubes by using a removable plug in the form of a closed-end sleeve into whose interior a cryogenic agent can be selectively introduced during insertion and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Inventor: Steven B. Hackett
  • Patent number: 4573250
    Abstract: A method of fixing an annular piston onto a piston shaft includes providing an annular piston with a central bore having a diameter slighty less than the shaft diameter, heating the annular piston to expand the bore diameter and then placing the heated piston onto the shaft so that the piston, upon cooling, is permanently shrink-fit onto the shaft. In an end-of-car cushioning unit for a railway car, the prior shaft is cut adjacent the piston and the piston is rebored to a diameter slightly less than the diameter of the end portion of the piston onto which it is to be shrink-fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Inventors: Dennis Miller, Scott R. Koch
  • Patent number: RE32117
    Abstract: Process for manufacturing a forged article in which a preform is generated by filling a semi-rigid liner with powdered metal, providing the liner with a sealing element, and isostactically compressing the liner and its contents. The liner is then removed from the green preform, the preform is sintered, and the resulting sintered preform is forged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: Wyman-Gordon Company
    Inventor: Elbert K. Weaver