Patents by Inventor Frank Hummel

Frank Hummel 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: 10539255
    Abstract: An additive layer manufacturing method is disclosed for producing a three-dimensional object and a corresponding object. Layers of powder material are applied to a carrier and each layer is irradiated with a laser beam or a particle beam only in areas of the layer corresponding to the three-dimensional object to be produced. Irradiation occurs so the powder material in the corresponding areas is locally melted or sintered. An elongate portion of the object is constructed so longitudinal channels extend at an angle of more than 45° to the direction of the force of gravity, and along its entire length the longitudinal channels are formed so that in cross section perpendicular to the direction of extension of the elongate portion the minimum distance to the outer surface of the elongate portion is not smaller than the minimum distance to the closest neighbouring longitudinal channel or the closest neighbouring longitudinal channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Kroll, Frank Schubert, Sebastian Blümer, Gerhard Hummel
  • Patent number: 10441989
    Abstract: According to the manufacturing method of the invention the line component, in particular an additively fabricated line component, comprises a line element for conducting a fluid from a first opening to a second opening, and a line branching connected with the line element for conducting the fluid to a third opening, wherein an outer region of the line component is designed load-compliant by means of a numerical optimization program and thereby includes a multitude of irregular topological structures in its outer region. In the manufacturing method of the line component a notch is incorporated on the inside of the line element, which serves to relieve a tension in a highly loaded state of the line component or the line element, a particle-filled gas stream is guided through the interior of the line component, in order to smooth the inside of the line component and/or the line component is subjected to a pressurization, in order to produce a plastic deformation on an inner surface of the line component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Kroll, Frank Schubert, Stefan Demmig, Sebastian Blümer, Alexander Altmann, Camille Kunzi, David Hölzler, Gerhard Hummel
  • Publication number: 20190165347
    Abstract: A retaining element provided for two-stage fastening to an accumulator or which is part of an accumulator, safeguards against removal from a retaining device. The retaining device is oriented toward the retaining element and is fastened in an interior of tubes of a bicycle frame of an electrically driven bicycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Christian Trif, Christoph Schumacher, Frank Hummel, Martin Tenzer, Volker Jabs
  • Patent number: 10288155
    Abstract: A dual clutch transmission as a speed-change transmission for motor vehicles, includes two coaxially arranged input shafts, each being activatable via a clutch, an output shaft and gearwheel sets that are mounted on the shafts and can be shifted by means of shifting clutches to allow a plurality of forward gears and a reverse gear, the gearwheel sets being subdivided into a sub-transmission having the one input shaft and a sub-transmission having the other input shaft. To achieve a wider gear-ratio spread in a structurally compact construction, a shifting unit that can be shifted between two gear ratio stages is mounted upstream of the sub-transmission having the hollow input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Johann Märkl, Axel Heitmann, Steffen Hummel, Frank Vollmer
  • Patent number: 10207879
    Abstract: A honing machine using a robot to load gears into a loadbox at a loadbox station. The loadbox moves downstream to a position over an empty pallet in a pallet load station where the gears are released into the empty pallet. A series of downstream machining stations performing a series of honing operations on the bores of the gears in a series of pallets. A removal mechanism removing the honed gears simultaneously from the pallet at a pallet unload station. An overhead gripper on a movable gantry grips the empty pallet at the unload station and returns the pallet to the pallet load station where the pallet is reloaded with additional gears from the loadbox. The honing machine can continuously hone gears using only one pallet at each machining station and one pallet at the pallet loading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Gehring L.P.
    Inventors: Dennis Monnier, Wayne Starosciak, Frank Hummel
  • Publication number: 20180093837
    Abstract: A honing machine using a robot to load gears into a loadbox at a loadbox station. The loadbox moves downstream to a position over an empty pallet in a pallet load station where the gears are released into the empty pallet. A series of downstream machining stations performing a series of honing operations on the bores of the gears in a series of pallets. A removal mechanism removing the honed gears simultaneously from the pallet at a pallet unload station. An overhead gripper on a movable gantry grips the empty pallet at the unload station and returns the pallet to the pallet load station where the pallet is reloaded with additional gears from the loadbox. The honing machine can continuously hone gears using only one pallet at each machining station and one pallet at the pallet loading station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Gehring L.P.
    Inventors: Dennis Monnier, Wayne Starosciak, Frank Hummel
  • Patent number: 9221106
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for the combined precision turning and honing of a cylindrical borehole (35). The device (1) according to the invention can comprise either only honing stones (29) which can be fed or also cutters (7) that can be fed during machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Gehring Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Flores, Erwin Baumgartner, Frank Hummel, Michael Rach
  • Publication number: 20140113535
    Abstract: A honing tool for machining cylindrical bores has a tool body provided with a guide bore and a feed rod disposed in the guide bore. The tool body has a honing stone receptacle extending from the guide bore in a radial direction of the tool body outwardly through the tool body. A honing stone is arranged in the honing stone receptacle. A pin is disposed in the honing stone and projects laterally from the honing stone. An elongate spring is disposed in the tool body parallel to the honing stone, wherein the elongate spring element has a first end section, a central section, and a second end section opposite the first end section. The central section is guided across the pin and the first end section is secured in the radial direction in the tool body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: GEHRING TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Erwin Baumgartner, Jörg Necker, Klaus Fleckenstein, Andreas Senke, Frank Hummel, Alexander Christian Weber
  • Publication number: 20130058730
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for the combined precision turning and honing of a cylindrical borehole (35). The device (1) according to the invention can comprise either only honing stones (29) which can be fed or also cutters (7) that can be fed during machining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: GEHRING TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Flores, Erwin Baumgartner, Frank Hummel, Michael Rach
  • Patent number: 8378852
    Abstract: A monitoring system for alerting operators of aircraft or other vehicles when they are approaching a geographical feature of interest, such as a runway, taxiway or other aircraft. The system includes a database having at least one geo-referenced chart, a processor, a positioning system configured to identify a number of aircraft or other vehicle operational parameters and transmit that data to the processor, and a display unit configured to display the present position of the aircraft on the geo-referenced chart. After receiving the operational parameters, the processor identifies a virtual containment zone centered about the aircraft or vehicle. The processor further monitors the position of the aircraft or other vehicle relative to any geographical features of interest and determines whether at least a portion of a geographical feature is located within the containment area. If such a condition is detected, a notification is generated and presented to the operator who may respond accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Avionics Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Joachim Laurenz Naimer, Frank Hummel, David Zeitouni, Patrick Krohn
  • Patent number: 8373579
    Abstract: A monitoring system for alerting pilots of aircraft or operators of vehicles when the aircraft or vehicle is approaching a geographical feature of interest, such as a runway, includes a database including at least one geo-referenced chart; a processor; a positioning system configured to identify at least one of the position, heading, track and velocity of the vehicle, and transmit such data to the processor; and a display unit configured to display the present position of the aircraft on the at least one geo-referenced chart. After receiving the position, heading, track and/or velocity data, the processor determines whether the aircraft has entered a containment area associated with a geographical feature of interest, and if so, provides a visible notification to the pilot or operator, which may comprise a change in display of the geographical feature of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Avionics Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Joachim Laurenz Naimer, Frank Hummel, John Jorgensen, Patrick Krohn
  • Publication number: 20090115637
    Abstract: A monitoring system for alerting operators of aircraft or other vehicles when they are approaching a geographical feature of interest, such as a runway, taxiway or other aircraft. The system includes a database having at least one geo-referenced chart, a processor, a positioning system configured to identify a number of aircraft or other vehicle operational parameters and transmit that data to the processor, and a display unit configured to display the present position of the aircraft on the geo-referenced chart. After receiving the operational parameters, the processor identifies a virtual containment zone centered about the aircraft or vehicle. The processor further monitors the position of the aircraft or other vehicle relative to any geographical features of interest and determines whether at least a portion of a geographical feature is located within the containment area. If such a condition is detected, a notification is generated and presented to the operator who may respond accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Joachim Laurenz Naimer, Frank Hummel, David Zeitouni, Patrick Krohn
  • Publication number: 20080140269
    Abstract: A monitoring system for alerting pilots of aircraft or operators of vehicles when the aircraft or vehicle is approaching a geographical feature of interest, such as a runway, includes a database including at least one geo-referenced chart; a processor; a positioning system configured to identify at least one of the position, heading, track and velocity of the vehicle, and transmit such data to the processor; and a display unit configured to display the present position of the aircraft on the at least one geo-referenced chart. After receiving the position, heading, track and/or velocity data, the processor determines whether the aircraft has entered a containment area associated with a geographical feature of interest, and if so, provides a visible notification to the pilot or operator, which may comprise a change in display of the geographical feature of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Joachim Laurenz Naimer, Frank Hummel, John Jorgensen, Patrick Krohn
  • Patent number: 7220099
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for a rotor of a turbomachine includes a blade (2), a heat shield (3, 4) and a sealing element (5, 6) for sealing between the blade (2) and the heat shield (3, 4) when the blade (2), heat shield (3, 4) and sealing element (5, 6) are assembled for use in the rotor. The heat shield (3, 4) includes a first slot (7, 8) for accommodating a first member (11, 12) of the sealing element (5, 6), and a root portion of the blade (2) includes a second and third slot (9, 10) for accommodating a second member (13, 14) of the sealing element (5, 6). The first slot (7, 8) extends in a direction which is substantially mutually perpendicular to a direction in which the second and third slot (9) extends, and the first member (11, 12) extends in a direction which is substantially mutually perpendicular to a direction in which the second member (13, 14) extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Igor A. Bekrenev, Arkadi Fokine, Frank Hummel, Igor Ossipov, Sergey Trifonov
  • Publication number: 20050129525
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for a rotor of a turbomachine includes a blade (2), a heat shield (3, 4) and a sealing element (5, 6) for sealing between the blade (2) and the heat shield (3, 4) when the blade (2), heat shield (3, 4) and sealing element (5, 6) are assembled for use in the rotor. The heat shield (3, 4) includes a first slot (7, 8) for accommodating a first member (11, 12) of the sealing element (5, 6), and a root portion of the blade (2) includes a second and third slot (9, 10) for accommodating a second member (13, 14) of the sealing element (5, 6). The first slot (7, 8) extends in a direction which is substantially mutually perpendicular to a direction in which the second and third slot (9) extends, and the first member (11, 12) extends in a direction which is substantially mutually perpendicular to a direction in which the second member (13, 14) extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: Igor Bekrenev, Arkadi Fokine, Frank Hummel, Igor Ossipov, Sergey Trifonov
  • Patent number: 6758533
    Abstract: In a wheel for a motor vehicle, the existing hollow spaces are filled with residual cores. These cores are made of a metallic foam or are of shell-shaped bodies or shell-shaped bodies filled with metallic foam. The cores are arranged in closed and open hollow spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Frank Hummel, Jens Stach
  • Patent number: 6622946
    Abstract: A device for coating of workpieces has an application unit provided with a distributing plate which has at least one nozzle and at least one valve unit, the at least one valve unit being formed as a plate valve with at least one inlet slider and at least one outlet slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Sieghard Schiller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Held, Frank Hummel, Martin Speidel, Andreas Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 6497459
    Abstract: A multi-part vehicle wheel includes a rim spider and a rim which are mutually connected by screwing devices. For connection by way of the screwing devices, the rim spider has ring surfaces which are placed flush on the rim. So that precise positioning of the metal foam core can take place, this metal foam core has core marks or needle cushions. For sealing off the hollow space of the spoke of the rim spider, which is filled with metal foam, a sealing strip or a sealing ring is arranged between the rim and the rim spider and is held in a clamped-in manner when the wheel parts are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Hummel, Jens Stach
  • Patent number: 6471303
    Abstract: A wheel for a motor vehicle includes cavities in a spoked rim structure. These cavities are provided with a removable sand core or with a remaining core, for example, made of metal foam. A rim, or a rim and a rim flange, may be connected with the spoked rim structure, so that a two-part or a three-part wheel can be produced in a simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Frank Hummel, Jens Stach
  • Publication number: 20020020768
    Abstract: A device for coating of workpieces has an application unit provided with a distributing plate which has at least one nozzle and at least one valve unit, the at least one valve unit being formed as a plate valve with at least one inlet slider and at least one outlet slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas Held, Frank Hummel, Martin Speidel, Andreas Zimmermann