Patents by Inventor Beuford C. Hall, Jr.

Beuford C. Hall, Jr. has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4325673
    Abstract: A diffuser for a centrifugal compressor has an annular array of vanes which is movable to vary the configuration of the diffusing passages between the vanes. Each vane includes suction and pressure surfaces joined at an inlet apex and divergent therefrom to form a wedge-shaped control surface between fixed, spaced parallel side walls of the diffuser and pivoted about the apex for varying flow area through the diffuser. Each vane has an elastomeric inner portion which is selectively inflatable to expand to either side of said wedge-shaped control surface to sealingly engage the spaced parallel side walls to seal against gas flow between the pressure surface and the suction surface on each of the vanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Beuford C. Hall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4062638
    Abstract: An integrally cast turbine blade and wheel assembly has a plurality of circumferentially spaced radially outwardly directed blades on a peripheral rim that is connected by a wheel web to a central hub having a bore therethrough. The assembly includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced, pairs of grooves to define a plurality of weakened sections in the wheel rim and web that will selectively crack in shear to relieve stresses during either a tensile or compressive phase of wheel assembly operation produced during thermal cycling of an associated engine; and wherein resultant stress relief cracks define a labyrinth seal path to control gas bypass across the blade row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Beuford C. Hall, Jr.