Patents by Inventor Cerith Davies

Cerith Davies 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).

  • Publication number: 20210062732
    Abstract: A method of controlling a gas turbine engine including receiving an instantaneous thrust demand for current operation of the engine, determining the inlet flow rate and/or the pressure ratio within the compressor of the engine and determining whether the inlet flow rate and/or the pressure ratio match the working line for the compressor. The angle of one or more vane of the compressor is adjusted according to a closed control loop if the inlet flow rate and/or pressure ratio lie outside said desired range in order to adjust the inlet inflow rate and/or pressure ratio to meet the working line. The fuel flow to the engine combustor is adjusted concurrently in order to meet the thrust demand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Cerith DAVIES, Marko BACIC
  • Patent number: 8740548
    Abstract: A compressor variable stator vane arrangement comprises at least one stage of variable stator vanes. A speed sensor measures the rotational speed of the compressor rotor. A pressure sensor measures the outlet pressure of the compressor. A second pressure sensor, a temperature sensor and a third pressure sensor measure the total inlet pressure, the temperature and the ambient pressure at the inlet of the gas turbine engine. A processor determines a target operating line as a function of ambient pressure and total inlet pressure. The target operating line is defined to ensure the gas turbine engine operates simultaneously at both the minimum required compressor speed and the minimum required compressor outlet pressure when commanded to idle to minimize idle thrust and fuel burn. The processor determines if the operating point of the compressor, defined in terms of corrected outlet pressure and corrected rotational speed of the compressor rotor is above or below the target operating line of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Arthur L. Rowe, Marc Pons Perez, Cerith Davies
  • Publication number: 20100021285
    Abstract: A compressor variable stator vane arrangement comprises at least one stage of variable stator vanes. A speed sensor measures the rotational speed of the compressor rotor. A pressure sensor measures the outlet pressure of the compressor. A second pressure sensor, a temperature sensor and a third pressure sensor measure the total inlet pressure, the temperature and the ambient pressure at the inlet of the gas turbine engine. A processor determines a target operating line as a function of ambient pressure and total inlet pressure. The target operating line is defined to ensure the gas turbine engine operates simultaneously at both the minimum required compressor speed and the minimum required compressor outlet pressure when commanded to idle to minimise idle thrust and fuel burn. The processor determines if the operating point of the compressor, defined in terms of corrected outlet pressure and corrected rotational speed of the compressor rotor is above or below the target operating line of the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Arthur L. Rowe, Marc Pons Perez, Cerith Davies
  • Patent number: 7215054
    Abstract: With an active magnetic bearing 1 there is a limit to the available rapidity of response to transient loadings upon a target or rotor 4. Thus, in accordance with the present invention, storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 hold an electrical voltage VS significantly greater than the normal supply voltage V provided by a normal electrical source 22, 32. In such circumstances when a very large transient loading is detected on the bearing 1 a switch 26, 37 discharges the supply voltage VS across the coil 23, 33 in order that a more rapid increase and higher value inductance current IT is presented to the coil 22, 32 in response to that variable loading upon the target/rotor 24, 34. The electrical discharge from the storage device 25, 125, 225, 35 can be adjusted using the switch 26, 37 or mixing the storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 as required for an appropriate discharge signal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: John James Anthony Cullen, Cerith Davies, John Richard Webster
  • Publication number: 20070018518
    Abstract: With an active magnetic bearing 1 there is a limit to the available rapidity of response to transient loadings upon a target or rotor 4. Thus, in accordance with the present invention, storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 hold an electrical voltage VS significantly greater than the normal supply voltage V provided by a normal electrical source 22, 32. In such circumstances when a very large transient loading is detected on the bearing 1 a switch 26, 37 discharges the supply voltage VS across the coil 23, 33 in order that a more rapid increase and higher value inductance current IT is presented to the coil 22, 32 in response to that variable loading upon the target/rotor 24, 34. The electrical discharge from the storage device 25, 125, 225, 35 can be adjusted using the switch 26, 37 or mixing the storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 as required for an appropriate discharge signal shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Applicant: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: John Cullen, Cerith Davies, John Webster
  • Patent number: 7138739
    Abstract: With an active magnetic bearing 1 there is a limit to the available rapidity of response to transient loadings upon a target or rotor 4. Thus, in accordance with the present invention, storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 hold an electrical voltage VS significantly greater than the normal supply voltage V provided by a normal electrical source 22, 32. In such circumstances when a very large transient loading is detected on the bearing 1 a switch 26, 37 discharges the supply voltage VS across the coil 23, 33 in order that a more rapid increase and higher value inductance current IT is presented to the coil 22, 32 in response to that variable loading upon the target/rotor 24, 34. The electrical discharge from the storage device 25, 125, 225, 35 can be adjusted using the switch 26, 37 or mixing the storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 as required for an appropriate discharge signal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: John James Anthony Cullen, Cerith Davies, John Richard Webster
  • Publication number: 20050248226
    Abstract: With an active magnetic bearing 1 there is a limit to the available rapidity of response to transient loadings upon a target or rotor 4. Thus, in accordance with the present invention, storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 hold an electrical voltage VS significantly greater than the normal supply voltage V provided by a normal electrical source 22, 32. In such circumstances when a very large transient loading is detected on the bearing 1 a switch 26, 37 discharges the supply voltage VS across the coil 23, 33 in order that a more rapid increase and higher value inductance current IT is presented to the coil 22, 32 in response to that variable loading upon the target/rotor 24, 34. The electrical discharge from the storage device 25, 125, 225, 35 can be adjusted using the switch 26, 37 or mixing the storage devices 25, 125, 225, 35 as required for an appropriate discharge signal shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Applicant: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: John Cullen, Cerith Davies, John Webster